In-form Daniels set sights on top spot

Action from Stamford's victory at Coalville
Action from Stamford's victory at Coalville
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STAMFORD can go top of the league tomorrow with another win at the PK Arena against Brigg Town.

The Daniels moved to fourth last weekend with a superb 2-0 win at Coalville and Simon Clark’s side are now just one point behind the leaders Sheffield.

As one of a trio of teams on 18 points they are only being kept off second spot by goal difference.

Confidence is high within the squad which has climbed to its highest league position since January 2009, and while The Daniels host Brigg tomorrow, the top two sides in the Evo-Stik League First Division South (Sheffield and Ilkeston) face each other.

Clark said: “We have won six out of our last eight and won all five in league and cup at home this season. Come and cheer us on.

“If we can get 200 or more to support us, it really does make a difference.

“We could go top this weekend,” boasted Clark, who was delighted with last Saturday’s victory at Coalville.

He said: “In the second half we dominated the game against the 2010 FA Vase winners.

“We were just a tiny bit away last year but we are better in both boxes now.

“We have players working for the cause and we have a better balance.

“We are threatening up top and have a bit more experience with Michael Jacklin, Sam Mullarkey and Mario Ziccardi.

“With Mario we have one of the best goalkeepers in the league. Michael is solid at the back and we have good strikers.”

Ziccardi, however, is not available tomorrow or for the following two games, at Shepshed in the League Cup on Tuesday and at Ilkeston in the league the following Saturday.

In his absence, Peterborough United youth-teamer Alex Archer has been drafted in.

Archer has been on loan at Haverhill recently and Clark, himself a Posh player in the mid-1990s, said: “I’ve had a lot of conversations with Barry Richardson, the Posh goalkeeping coach, and he has agreed for Alex to come here on work experience.

“We have three good games in the next week and he looked very handy in training on Wednesday night.

“He is only 17 but we have no doubts about his ability to stand up to the physical nature of Evo-Stik League football.”

Clark, who will hand a home debut to left-back Adam Hewitt tomorrow, also praised the contribution of assistant manager Dave Frecklington saying: “He came in late last season and has helped no end.”