Stamford AFC looking to make FA Cup history

Stamford AFC's Shawn Richards on the ball against Chorley Photo: MSMP051013-126js
Stamford AFC's Shawn Richards on the ball against Chorley Photo: MSMP051013-126js
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The Daniels will be looking to make the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 40 years on Saturday.

Stamford last reached that stage in the 1973-74 season when they lost 3-1 to King’s Lynn. They were in the third round in 2007, but lost to Nuneaton 4-1.

Stamford boss David Staff said everyone at the club was well up for the home fixture against Ashton United.

“We’re all looking forward to it. It’s a break from the league and the players are all motivated by playing in the FA Cup.
It’s also quite important to the club and we are going into the game with a lot of confidence and you can’t buy that.

“We’ve had a good couple of results and we know Ashton are a good side, but we know a lot about them.”

Stamford enjoyed a 1-1 draw against second-placed Chorley on Saturday and beat Buxton 1-0 on Tuesday so go into the cup match in good form. The cup run has also so far generated £7,500 for the club and a win would match that figure.

The only downside is Stamford will be without suspended top goal scorer Ryan Robbins who last week penned a deal to keep him at Stamford for the rest of the season.

Staff said: “Ryan is a raw dynamic player and can create something out of nothing so we will have to look at other ways to create opportunities.”

David Mayo is likely to come into the starting line up for Robbins.

On Saturday, Stamford took the lead through Andy Burgess in the 17th minute. However Chorley, who are second in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division, equalised in the 35th.

On Tuesday, Buxton had a man sent off just before half-time for a two-footed challenge on Nathan Haines.

But it’s never easy playing against 10 men and the visitors held on until the 92nd minute when Shawn Richards slotted the ball home.

The Daniels have been on the wrong end of late winners and equalisers this season so Staff said it was good to get a bit of luck at last.

“It is nice to have our turn of fortune in front of goal and it is also pleasing that we have improved defensively and conceded only one goal in the last two and that obviously gives you a platform.

“Against Chorley we had to grind out a result as they are one of the title favourites so a draw is never going to be a bad result.

“Buxton are a solid side and we defended well and restricted their chances and it was nice to score late on.”

The results leave Stamford in the relegation zone but they are level on points with Whitton Albion who are in safety just one place above.

Stamford also play on Wednesday at home against Stocksbridge Park Steels.

Kick off at Kettering Road on Saturday is at 3pm.