Daniels bring in reinforcements

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Daniels boss Wayne Hatswell is drafting in reinforcements as Stamford seek to cement their place in the promotion play-offs.

Stamford have slipped to fourth in the Evo-Stik First Division South standings following three defeats on the spin and a victory for play-off rivals Belper at Carlton on Wednesday.

Hatswell has worked to strengthen his side ahead of a busy Easter weekend with Stamford due to play Newcastle Town away tomorrow and then second-placed King’s Lynn at home on Monday.

Wingers Tom Byrne and Shawn Richards have been drafted in from Bedworth United and Loughborough Dynamo to add width and pace going forward, while defenders Robbie Maddox and Paul Mayo are also on their way back to Kettering Road.

Speaking ahead of the yesterday’s transfer deadline, Hatswell said he was also hoping to secure the services of a central midfielder.

The Stamford boss said: “We are trying to get a couple from the league above. We are a bit thin on the ground at the moment.

“I felt we needed a bit of width. I am looking to play Jordan Hempenstall in a more forward role. He’s been playing wide but has been round peg in a square hole.”

Influential midfielder James Ozmen is out injured until after the visit of leaders Coalville on April 6, and central defender Tom Batchelor is only 80-90 per cent likely to feature this weekend.

Hatswell said: “Ozmen is definitely out until after the Coalville game. He will be missed but he will have a rest and the break may do him good.”

The Stamford manager also feels the time freed up by recent postponed matches will have helped his side.

“With the injuries that we have had it will help. We hope to have Tom back and have been able to train indoors. We have worked on the things that have cost us points in the last few games.

“We have been giving people cheap opportunities and been punished. We need to stop the supply at source and need to keep the ball better.

“We are 12 points clear of the teams outside the play-offs. Another three or four wins out of the nine should be enough but ideally I want the points on the board as early as possible.

“If we can get back to how we were playing with the exciting youngsters coming in I think we can have a good month.”

Monday’s visit of King’s Lynn should see one of the biggest crowds of the season at Kettering Road with home supporters urged to make their voices heard above a large contingent of travelling fans who are expected.

“It should be an exciting match and there should be a big crowd,” said Hatswell. “The snow has been cleared from the pitch. Now it’s in the hands of the gods.”

Kick off on Monday is at 3pm.