Super signing as Mario joins Daniels

Mario Ziccardi in goal during his Grantham Town days
Mario Ziccardi in goal during his Grantham Town days

GOALKEEPER Mario Ziccardi is likely to face his former club Grantham Town when Stamford take on their local rivals in the second round of the Lincolnshire Senior Shield tomorrow.

Ziccardi played 45 minutes for the Daniels during last Saturday’s 7-2 thumping at home to Corby Town and he played again on Tuesday in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw at Lincoln Moorlands.

The former Grantham, Lincoln United and Lincoln Moorlands keeper joined after the sudden departure of Gavin Saxby, who joined Stamford during the summer. Saxby has switched to Rainworth Miners Welfare, which is closer to his home.

Daniels boss Simon Clark said: “Gavin was finding the travelling tough anyway and there is no hard feelings. We wish him all the best.”

Clark described Saturday’s 7-2 reversal as a “wake-up call”, saying: “We could not do a lot about Matt Rhead who was a class apart, which is probably why he is being looked at by Chesterfield.

““I thought we did really well against them in the first half. But in the second half we forgot the basics and let them run away with it a bit as we gave them some sloppy late goals.

“It was basic defending and it is something we need to put right and we will. We knew they would come here and give us a really tough physical battle and that is what happened – it was a real wake up call.”

New signings Gary King and Scott Mullarkey scored for Stamford. For a full report turn to page 119.

Centre half Miles Chamberlain will miss the Grantham game after suffering a knock against Corby but is expected to be fit for the start of the Evo-Stik League Division One South season.

Kick-off at Grantham tomorrow is at 3pm.

On Saturday, August 13, Stamford begin the league campaign at home to Kidsgrove Athletic.