Toughest start at title favourites

Greg Smith fires Stamford's second against Boston Photo: Geoff Atton
Greg Smith fires Stamford's second against Boston Photo: Geoff Atton

THE Daniels get their league campaign under way tomorrow with possibly their toughest match of the season – away at Northwich Victoria.

Tomorrow’s opponents finished second in the Evo-Stik League’s Premier division last season only to be demoted for a breach of league rules and they will provide a formidable test for Graham Drury’s new squad.

“Playing the title favourites in your first game is not the easiest start to have and I expect a tough test,” sad the Stamford boss who was given a boost this week when Jake Gibson and Jack McGovern both came through training after earlier knocks.

He added: “They will be well organised.

“We will have to use possession well and may have to play on the counter.

“It’s a long season but I hope to get something from the 
game.”

Stamford then play Lincoln United on Tuesday for the first league match at Kettering Road this season and Drury said Daniels fans can be a real asset at home games.

“It’s important to win our home games and if the crowd can get behind us it’s real help,” he said.

“Last time I was here we had Dean Cornish rallying the troops and it helps two ways. They can help give us a spark and be intimidating to away sides; but also bigger crowds help the finances which helps us to keep our best players.

“It’s a long way to Northwich but if fans can come they will see a good game of football and we will certainly appreciate it.

“Obviously I’d like six points but if we get four points from those two, I will be happy.”

Fans travelling to the game should head to the home of Stafford Rangers, where Northwich currently play. Kick off will be at 3pm. Tuesday’s game against Lincoln starts at 7.45pm. The following Saturday, Stamford host Borrowash Victoria in the Preliminary round of the FA Cup.

n STAMFORD AFC revealed that newly appointed director Chris Rivett will the club’s new chairman.

Rivett, 33, will be the youngest chairman in the club’s history and the second youngest club chairman in the country.

He is the managing director of a sports media company, and recently worked in a senior reporting role for the Olympic News Service.

He said: “It sounds a cliché but our long term aim at Stamford is - to adopt the Olympic motto - to inspire a generation.

“If we can bring in more kids, participating and supporting the team, they will be its future.”

He added: “It is a terrific privilege and a wonderful opportunity. This is a proper football club, steeped in 116 years of history, and it is a real honour to be invited by the board of directors to be the chairman.

“There is a big challenge ahead with the new stadium on the horizon but it is an exciting one.

“I would like to thank the board for providing me with this opportunity. They have done an excellent job in a difficult economic climate to consistently turn a profit over the last few seasons.

“It has set up a fantastic chance for the club to grow and I am looking forward to contributing to the development of the club for future generations to enjoy.”