Daniels aim to silence FC United supporters

Daniels players celebrate scoring against Frickely Athletic in the opening game of the season'Photo: Geoff Atton
Daniels players celebrate scoring against Frickely Athletic in the opening game of the season'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Silencing the crowd will be The Daniels’ first task when they travel to one of the title favourites, FC United tomorrow.

The Manchester side, formed by disgruntled fans of the Premiership side, are one of the Evo-Stik League’s big guns and despite taking just one point from their opening two games they will be one of Stamford’s toughest tests this term.

More than 1,600 fans attended their last home fixture, and Daniels boss David Staff said: “Attendance makes a difference when they are supporting you.

“We must start strongly and turn the crowd. If spectators are frustrated it can be a negative factor.”

Stamford dumped FC United out of the FA Cup last season, winning 2-1 on a memorable day at Kettering Road - a victory tomorrow would be an impressive double for the newly-promoted Daniels.

Staff added: “FC United are going for the title but the lads want these kinds of challenges.

“We should be at full strength on Saturday and we will be stronger down the line from playing these games now. It’s a good grounding for us.”

Two days later, Stamford host Lincolnshire rivals, Grantham Town, who beat Worksop 3-1 on Tuesday evening.

“Grantham are a tough, strong side and there are a few ex-Daniels there. I expect there to be a tough derby atmosphere,” said the Stamford boss, whose side have a win and loss from their opening two games.

On Saturday they began life in the Evo-Stik Premier League with a sensational 6-4 victory at home to Frickley Athletic.

Ryan Robbins gave the Daniels an early lead before Jordan Smith plundered his first hat-trick of the season. Dan Lawlor was also on target and an own goal added to Stamford’s tally.

On Monday, Stamford were brought down to earth at Ilkeston, who won 3-0 with all the goals early in the second half.

Staff, whose side hit the woodwork in the first half, said: “The scoreline probably gives the wrong impression.

“At the end of the game the lads were very frustrated. They knew we were in with a chance.

“Defensively we were strong but there were a couple of errors and we have to cut down the number of goals we are conceding.

“For a long period of the game we were in with a chance but once they had their first goal it changed the game. We went from being in the game to being out of it in less than 20 minutes.”

Monday’s game at home to Grantham kicks off at 3pm.