In the wake of a turbulent few weeks at the Daniels, skipper Richard Jones insists the season remains on track – even if they are doing it the hard way.
Promotion, he says, is still the target and he adds new boss Wayne Hatswell is the man to deliver and to bring stability to Kettering Road.
“He’ll need time to bed in but I think he’ll get results,” said Jones. “With Staffy alongside it’s a good partnership.
“He’s already making his mark. Training seems shorter, sharper.
“He wants us to build from the back and the lads have been trying hard to impress.”
Stamford brought in Hatswell earlier this month after the surprise departure of Graham Drury, and in an eventful spell at the club, have seen their star striker depart and become the subject of an ownership bid.
“It has been a rollercoaster,” admitted Jones, who just wants the side to settle and focus on chasing down leaders Coalville Town.
“Losing Rick Miller was a blow,” he said. “He’s a big player to lose. I was offering baby-sitting duties, all sorts, if it would have helped. But he can be replaced.”
Strikers Greg Smith and Gary King have also moved on in the last few weeks but Stamford have moved swiftly to bring in Alec Denton on loan from Rotherham United and Jordan Hempenstall from Lincoln United.
“We’ll welcome the new lads in of course, but I’m crying out for a settled side from now until the end of the season,” said Jones.
“It’s disappointing how far we are behind Coalville but overall I’m happy where we are – with the gap between us and the play-offs.
“I still think we can challenge for the title but if we have to go up via the play-offs, we’ll do it the hard way.”
The Daniels are due to host bottom side Hucknall tomorrow, although that fixture looks unlikely due to the weather. If that is cancelled the next match is at Market Drayton on February 2.
l Turn to page 35 for news of the Daniels’ latest off-field activities - including a tie-in with a local brewery.