Favourites? Not us, says Daniels boss

Stamford manager Graham Drury.

Stamford manager Graham Drury.

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THE Daniels won’t go into tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at lower league Holbeach United as favourites, Stamford boss Graham Drury insists.

Drury’s Evo-Stik League side travel to Carter’s Park with a record of four wins win from five in the league this season but the Stamford boss reckons the United Counties League side will prove a tough place to visit.

The Tigers have won all four of their matches this season, beating Blackstones 2-1 on Wednesday, and Drury believes that their home advantage will be a huge leveller.

“It’s a very tough one to call,” he said. “They are unbeaten all season and have very good players with higher league experience.

“I would say it’s pretty even going into the game. Budget-wise I think they are at least level with us. And they are at home where they will know the pitch and how it plays. If we are not at our best we will get beaten.

But Stamford head into tomorrow’s FA Cup clash at Holbeach on the back of an excellent result at Loughborough Dynamo on Tuesday.

Stamford won 2-0 to put last Saturday’s loss by the same scoreline to Romulus behind them.

Loughborough started brightly on Tuesday and could have taken the lead twice in the opening ten minutes with a Dan Henton shot deflected wide and Reece Lester’s shot going wide off the post. But it was Stamford that took the lead on 11 minutes.

Elliott Shilliam’s goal kick was flicked on by Jordan Smith to Sam Mullarkey and he laid it back into the path of Smith, who dummied it, leaving Jake Gibson to shoot low into the bottom corner from the edge of the area. Stamford doubled their lead after 58 minutes when Loughborough’s Carl Sibson played a pass across the box that was intercepted by Smith who took a touch before placing the ball into the corner of the net.

Stamford had a further opportunities but had their backs to the wall in the final 15 minutes as Loughborough pushed further forward. However, the Daniels held on.

Drury added: “We had to make a few changes but we came through with flying colours. Elliott was back and he made a couple of saves that were out of this world. There’s not too much wrong at the moment but we won’t rest on our laurels.”

Drury hopes to have Greg Smith and Paul Mayo back from injuries tomorrow and centre back Tom Batchelor will be available again after his recent suspension. The biggest doubt is Jack McGovern who is likely to be out for a further week to 10 days due to a twisted knee.