Goalkeeper says Daniels are promotion material

Stamford goalkeeper Matt Finlay save a penalty against Buxton'Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford goalkeeper Matt Finlay save a penalty against Buxton'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Daniels goalkeeper Matt Finlay says his high-scoring Stamford team has what it takes to secure promotion this season.

Stamford are currently second in the Evo-Stik League First Division South and have struck a rich vein of form in recent matches, scoring 17 in their last four league games.

Finlay said: “We should definitely be in the play-offs.

“I think there is a top three, along with Kings Lynn and Coalville, and they should be there or thereabouts.”

Despite missing out on another clean sheet at home to Belper on Saturday, Finlay maintains he was fouled during the melee which led to the 
goal, he reckons the Daniels have what it takes at both ends of the pitch.

The keeper, who signed from Banbury early in the season, added: “We are very good going forward and will always score goals, especially with Gary King and Ricky Miller up front.

“We are attack-minded and perhaps sometimes we concede because of that. Luckily it didn’t come back to bite us on Saturday.”

Stamford conceded after going two ahead against Belper but went on to win, with Ricky Miller scoring all four Daniels goals. But Finlay insists there is more to the side than their prolific marksman.

“He has taken the chances in front of him but it’s not a one-man team,” he said. “We have a decent back four and I think the squad is very strong. Certainly one of the strongest I have played in.

“There is a real buzz about the place. Graham Drury sold the club to me and I wanted to be a part of it.”

Stamford have drawn Micklover Sports away in the next round of the Doodson Cup. The tie is due to be played on December 18.

Stamford travel to Chasetown in the league tomorrow.