Staff admits concerns over defensive frailties

Action from Tuesday night's game. Photo: Geoff Atton
Action from Tuesday night's game. Photo: Geoff Atton
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Daniels’ recent slump continued with another home defeat on Tuesday evening, mid table Barwell picking up their second win against Stamford.

The visitors plundered two goals in the first half to secure the points and complete the double over Stamford, who they beat 1-0 earlier in the season in the reverse fixture.

Again Daniels’ manager David Staff was disappointed, saying: “It was a poor result for us.

“Having home advantage you expect a little more but we are just giving away too many cheap goals at the moment.

“I don’t think we are defensively strong enough, particularly in the midfield.

“We knew that Barwell were a strong unit defensively, so to fall two goals behind before half time put our backs to the wall. From there it was never going to be easy.

“We appear to have hit something of a slump since the FA Cup defeat, which is a little ominous.

“One of the concerns is that we are too fragile in midfield, which is something we need to address. We are gifting teams too many goals.”

Barwell’s opening goal illustrated Staff’s concerns about defensive frailties, with a visiting forward allowed to break through two defenders too easily before stabbing the ball home.

Daniels fell further behind when a Barwell attacker cut into the box from the left and placed his shot into the corner of the net.

l Daniels also went down on Saturday in another home game.

This time it was Whitby Town who plundered the points at the Vic Couzens Stadium. As on Tuesday, Daniels fell two goals down in the opening 45 minutes.

As if to underline Daniels’ defensive issues, the opening goal was something of a gift.

Jack Ashton’s back pass fell short and Steven Snaith nipped in to pick up the loose ball and round keeper Alex Lynch to tap into an empty net after 11 minutes.

Three minutes before half time, with Daniels pushing forward, Whitby hit them on the break, with Snaith bagging his second.

Ryan Robbins netted from the penalty spot for Daniels on 58 minutes.

l Staff has had some good new this week, though – David Moyo has extended his loan deal for another month.

Moyo was due to return to Northampton Town after the game against Whitby but the Cobblers have agreed to renew the loan until December 7. He has scored three goals for Stamford in seven starts and two substitutions.

l This Saturday Stamford have a difficult game at eighth placed Worksop Town.

Staff said: “It is one of the hardest places to play in the league. Worksop have scored 24 in their last six games, so it won’t be easy. But, thankfully, we have skipper Rick Jones and Jon Challinor back for this game, which is a big plus for us.”

On Tuesday, Daniels entertain Lincoln United of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier First Division South in the Doodson Cup, kick of 7.45pm.