Daniels skipper wants to make history in FA Cup tie

Stamford skipper Richard Jones tackles Belper's Mark Ward. 'Photo: timharrisonphotography.com
Stamford skipper Richard Jones tackles Belper's Mark Ward. 'Photo: timharrisonphotography.com
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Stamford AFC captain Richard Jones has urged the people of Stamford to help the club make history tomorrow (Saturday).

The defensive colussus hopes the Vic Couzens Stadium will be packed when the Daniels bid to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time.

David Staff’s men take on higher-level Hednesford Town in a fourth qualifying tie (3pm kick-off).

Jones said: “It is a huge game and a chance for us to put this club on the map.

“Every non-league footballer dreams of being in the hat for the first round of the FA Cup and we have the opportunity to do it.

“Some people say the magic of the cup is disappearing, but that’s not the case at our level.

“I know for a fact that it will mean the world to everyone in our dressing room if we can get a result tomorrow.

“We want to make it a great day for the club and the fans can help us do that.

“Hednesford might not fancy it at our place and we have to make the most of our home advantage. Hopefully people around here will get along and support us.

“We are not having the best of times in the league and the FA Cup offers a great escape.

“We go into the game as huge underdogs and all the pressure is on Hednesford.

“We just need to concentrate on producing the best performance we possibly can. Hopefully that will be enough.”

Stamford will have to do it without star striker Ryan Robbins who is still away. Flying winger Shawn Richards returns after missing a midweek Northern Premier Division defeat at Stafford Rangers, while Jack Ashton and Ryan Walker should also be available.

Peterborough United will again not allow on-loan goalkeeper Alex Lynch to play so Andy Stevens returns.