THE revolving door of players coming and going at Stamford has to stop spinning, Daniels boss Tommy Brookbanks declared this week.
After a series of arrivals and departures during his predecessor’s reign and a flurry of activity since Brookbanks replaced Simon Clark, the Daniels boss intends to establish a settled squad.
“I do not want Stamford to be a selling club or a stepping stone,” he said this week. “We have to stop players leaving if we have aspirations of moving the club higher.
“I need players that will be with us for the rest of the season.
“We still have some gaps to fill. To win the league you need four strikers, five defenders, six midfielders, a goalkeeper and a reserve keeper. That brings competition for places.”
Among Brookbanks’ recruits are strikers Bruno Holden and Nick Ghislanzoni who both scored within 17 minutes of their Daniels debuts on Saturday, when Stamford beat Quorn 3-2.
Brookbanks further boosted his strikeforce with the signing of former Hucknall striker Kieran Watson this week and said: “He’s different to the other strikers. He’s very quick behind defenders and gives us other options.
“It’s still transitional but we have won two out of three in the league and it feels more like my team.
“The buzz was there on Saturday and you have to have camaraderie and team spirit if you are going to win leagues.
“We defended very well. Luke Garton at right back made a big difference. There were two very poor decisions for the free kicks which led to their goals. We could have had five or six.”
Stamford benefited from a disastrous start for Quorn who lost Adam Burton to a straight red card after only four minutes. Burton received his marching orders after hauling down Holden who had spun the defender to chase a long ball.
Seven minutes later, Stamford had taken the lead. Andy Toyne won the ball in midfield and played the ball out to the right wing where Nathan Watson played an inch perfect first time cross that was headed into the bottom corner by Holden.
Moments later, former Daniels skipper Chris Gray’s header came back off the bar but it wasn’t long before Stamford doubled their lead.
After 17 minutes Watson beat several defenders and cut into the penalty area. His cross shot was spilled by the Quorn goalkeeper and Ghislanzoni blasted the ball home.
Toyne was close to adding his name to the scoresheet. His deflected shot from 25 yards looked to have beaten the keeper but he managed to just get a fingertip to the ball and push it over for a corner.
Stamford’s third came on 37 minutes. Watson again caused trouble for the Quorn defence and forced a corner, which was nodded down by Holden for Staff to smash in number three.
Quorn were handed a lifeline from a sloppy free kick as half time approached. Chris Gray rose the highest to flick the ball into the far corner of the net.
Stamford started the second half strongly with Barrett playing in a more advanced role having a great game.
Quorn reduced the deficit to a single goal on 53 minutes when another needless free kick was given away on the edge of the area and Andrew Osei-Siribour unleashed an unstoppable shot into the top corner that left Mario Ziccardi with no chance.
Marcello Schiavone was brought on with 20 minutes to go and he offered a different outlet up front with pace and youthful exuberance, and had soon set Holden away. But his shot came off the keeper’s knee and went safely away for a corner.
Stamford’s final chance of the match came from a corner when Miles Chamberlain’s header was cleared off the line.
The result leaves Stamford second in the Evo-Stik First Division South, just three points behind Ilkeston, who won midweek and have played more matches than the Daniels.
Stamford: Ziccardi, Garton, Hewitt, Pheasant, Chamberlain, Staff, Watson, Toyne, Holden, Ghislanzoni, Barrett. Subs: Gibson, Deane, Burkett, Schiavone.
Man of the match: Bruno Holden
Att 209. Match sponsor: Manor Roofing
l The Daniels travel to Belper tomorrow. Their next match at the Premier Kitchens Arena is against Romulus on Saturday, November 19.
Kick off for the EvoStik League clash will be 3pm.