Daniels in high spirits after a fantastic start

Stamford's 2012-13 squad. Paul Mayo and Gary King not pictured

Stamford's 2012-13 squad. Paul Mayo and Gary King not pictured

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DANIELS skipper Richard Jones says his side’s sensational start to the season is down to a great atmosphere in the changing room.

High-flying Stamford made it three from three in the league and four wins in all competitions this week, with victories against Borrowash Victoria in the FA Cup and at Kidsgrove Athletic in the league. And the tall centre back puts their early success in large part down to the spirit in the Daniels camp.

“We have a great set of lads,” said Jones this week. “I did not know many of them before I joined in the summer but the banter in the changing room is fantastic.

“Some clubs have a bad egg or two but there’s not one person here who likes to cause trouble.

“There has been some great support as well. We had a great turnout for the midweek game and players do appreciate it. Little things like being clapped on to the pitch really do help.”

But despite what appears to be the perfect start, he says there is room for improvement.

“I feel we have a lot more to come,” said Jones, who has weighed in with two goals already this season.

“We have conceded too many goals. Even though most are from penalties or free kicks we have to stamp them out.

“It’s a good start which is what we wanted but we have to keep our feet on the ground.”

The Daniels drew Holbeach United in the next round of the cup, to be played on September 8, and Jones reckons the United Counties League side will provide tough opposition.

“They will go in as underdogs but I think they could be our toughest test so far,” he said, and Stamford boss Graham Drury echoed his skipper’s warning about the trip to Holbeach in a week’s time.

“Holbeach is a tough place to go,” said Drury. “They are going well and are full of confidence, and have players like Ash Stevens and Jermaine Palmer who have lots of experience.

“Away from home it is always going to be difficult and we will have to be right on our game.”

But before the lure of the FA Cup, The Daniels have two league games, beginning with a home match against Romulus tomorrow and then a trip to Loughborough Dynamo on Tuesday.

“We will be without Batchelor, Shilliam and Mayo,” said Drury. “It will test our squad. It will test us mentally but Jack Cotton, Joe Hopewell and Richard Satinsby have all done well in the past. We have a few options.

“We have a lot of momentum and want to keep it going.”