Striker Sam calls for a strong start in the cup

Stamford striker Sam Mullarkey scores against Market Drayton'Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford striker Sam Mullarkey scores against Market Drayton'Photo: Geoff Atton

Striker Sam Mullarkey has warned that the Daniels cannot afford to keep giving sides a head start ahead of tomorrow’s big cup tie.

Stamford face FC United of Manchester in the FA Trophy at Kettering Road in one of their biggest tests of the season tomorrow and Mullarkey said: “We need to get off to a good start.”

The Daniels have gone behind in five of their last six matches, and although they fought back to win four and draw one of those games, no team can pull off the great escape forever as Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat at home to Carlton Town showed.

“It’s important to bounce back,” said Mullarkey. “We have to put it out of our mind.

“We have a good team but we have started slowly in games and it’s difficult to keep coming back.

“There have been glimpses of how we can play but I think it has taken longer to gel than we expected. We just need to raise our game a little bit.”

Mullarkey who has scored three goals in the last three games believes he is finding the form that convinced Daniels boss Graham Drury to bring him back to Kettering Road after a spell at Corby.

“I think my form is getting there,” he said. “Once you get one or two, sometimes that gets you started. My strike partner has set me up a couple of times in recent games. Hopefully I can return the favour on Saturday.”

After tomorrow’s cup clash, the Daniels face a trip to league leaders Coalville on Tuesday and the visit of Sheffield FC next weekend.

Skipper Richard Jones echoed Mullarkey’s warning about giving away early goals.

He said: “We have a bad knack of going behind and always chasing games; and the decent sides will punish you for that.

“It’s important that we get an early goal to give ourselves a good chance.”

“After we lost to Romulus we bounced back and we need to do it again.”