Daniels boss wants United in next round

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STAMFORD face a tough task in the next round of the FA Trophy, after today’s draw for the Second Qualifying Round.

The Daniels will face the winners of tomorrow evening’s replay between FC United of Manchester of the Evo-Stik League’s premier division, and AFC Mossley, who currently top the First Division North.

Mossley were leading 3-0 away on Saturday before United pulled back in the final 17 minutes to level.

Stamford, who beat Kidsgrove 3-1 on Saturday, will be at home for the clash, due to take place on October 27, and Daniels boss Graham Drury hope to face the premier division side.

“I am hoping it will be Manchester,” said Drury. “They will bring a few hundred fans with them.

“But either way it will be a tough tie. Mossley are flying high in their division at the moment.”

Gary King opened the scoring on Saturday with a strike from 25 yards and Jordan Smith doubled Stamford’s lead just before half-time, getting behind the visitors’ defence to rifle home a shot from inside the box.

Smith added Stamford’s third within 30 seconds of the restart after half-time, scoring after Richard Jones had headed Danny Brooks’ corner across the box. Kidsgrove pulled one back but rarely looked like taking the points from Stamford.

Drury added: “They were fantastic strikes from King and Smith but we were only at 60 or 70 percent in the first half. I had a real go at them at half time.”

Stamford will have Louis Hamilton, who was cup-tied on Saturday, available for their next game, a league tie at Brigg Town on Saturday afternoon. Drury also hopes to have Tom Batchelor and Greg Smith available for selection. Jake Gibson remains on the injured list.