Daniels are confident ahead of the play-offs

Stamford's Ricky Miller battles for the ball against Coalville Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford's Ricky Miller battles for the ball against Coalville Photo: Geoff Atton
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Confidence has returned at Kettering Road where the Daniels have six matches to seal their place in the promotion play-offs.

Stamford followed up their 4-1 demolition of title-contenders King’s Lynn with a 1-1 draw at home to the top side Coalville and, after taking four points from the top two sides, Wayne Hatswell expects his side to secure their play-off place ahead of the final day of the season.

Nine points from the 18 available should be enough for the Daniels, who were disappointed not to take all three from a 1-1 draw at home with Coalville on Saturday.

Ricky Miller put Stamford ahead just before half-time and Richard Jones, Jordan Hempenstall, Andy Hall and Tom Byrne all had good chances before Jerome Murdoch levelled for the visitors.

“The way that we went at them, I felt the confidence was back,” said Hatswell.

“It’s a shame that they hit us at the end. The lads were dejected because it felt like a loss. But there are lots of positives.

“We have been excellent in the last few games. We looked strong and organised and a threat going forward from Saturday.

“If we had got the second it would have killed it off. My only concern was that we did not punish them enough. It was just the final pass that was missing. We should have scored more ”

Now the Stamford manager’s priority is for his players to avoid injuries or suspensions; a concern highlighted when man-of-the-match Andy Hall limped off late in the game on Saturday, while skipper Richard Jones will miss a match after collecting one too many bookings.

Hall, who had taken on a free role supporting strikers Ricky Miller and Jordan Hempenstall in the last two games, is not expected to feature at Sheffield tomorrow.

Hatswell said: “I won’t risk Andy if it means losing him for the rest of the season.

“We need to get something at Sheffield to keep the unbeaten run going into the two home games.”

Stamford have played in front of their two highest league crowds of the season against King’s Lynn and Coalville and the Stamford manager added: “Hopefully people have seen some good football. It certainly lifts the place.

“It’s nice that it’s not just me shouting at the referee.”