FOOTBALL: Millers display delights Daniels boss

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THERE was no giant-killing act when Football League Division Two side Rotherham United came to Stamford on Tuesday evening but Daniels boss Graham Drury was pleased by what he saw.

Stamford lost 3-1 with substitute Jake Gibson on target for the home side against a strong Millers side.

“I was pleased by the team that Steve Evans sent down. Rotherham had mostly first team players – they were a good side,” said Drury.

“I thought we were a bit nervy early on and all three goals we conceded were down to mistakes. But the lads won’t come across that quality every week.

“I was impressed with the way we kept our shape. After 15 minutes we closed down better and created a couple of chances. In the second half we made a few changes and got the goal.

“The lads stood up to a stern test and the backs grew in confidence as the game went on. Joe (Hopewell) made a mistake for the penalty but he did not put a foot wrong before and after that.

“Jack McGovern stood up very well in midfield and Danny Brooks moved the ball a lot quicker than he’s used to.”

The match followed a disappointing showing at Lincoln Road on Saturday where Blackstones beat their cross-town rivals 3-1.

“Now we have to keep the consistency,” added the Stamford boss. “The game at Blackstones was disappointing but we changed a few positions in that game, which we had to.

“It looks like we have lost three games but we have played good teams that should on paper beat us. We have tested characters and I’ve been pretty pleased. Now I’m hoping that will stand us good stead.

“The lads are buoyant and hopefully we are set for a strong start.”

The Daniels’ final pre-season game is at Harrowby tomorrow. Then it’s the real thing on August 18 with the start of the Evo-Stik League season and a trip to Northwich Victoria. Stamford’s first home game will be against Lincoln United on Tuesday, August 21.

Drury has also trimmed his squad this week sending Jake Walton and Seth Burkett out on loan to United Counties League side Peterborough Northern Star.

Match report on page 111.