Stamford battling injury nightmare

Stamford AFC's last match at The Vic Couzens Stadium, Kettering Road, before moving to Borderville
Stamford AFC's last match at The Vic Couzens Stadium, Kettering Road, before moving to Borderville
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A weekend off has come as a bit of relief to Stamford AFC whose treatment room is busier than the training pitch at the moment with at least five key players injured.

Leading the list of injured players is leading scorer Ryan Robbins who broke his ankle in the Daniels 3-0 victory over Rushall Olympic in the final Stamford match played at Wothorpe Road.

The star striker is expected to be out of action for up to two months.

The news does not get any better when it comes to players trying to make their way back from injury. Cameron Powell had exploratory surgery on his knee and the damage is worse than originally thought and he could be out for as long as four months.

Shawn Richards and Nathon Fox are both battling ankle ligament injuries sustained from the impact of tackles and are taking longer than originally hoped to recover.

Stamford manager David Staff fears neither man will feature until the New Year.

Centre back and captain Richard Jones misses Saturday’s away trip to Witton Albion through suspension and he is also struggling with a minor back issue and is a doubt for Stamford’s first game at the Zeeco Stadium on December 13.

Staff said: “The injuries are a pain for a manager but I am still confident we have more than enough to go to Witton and look to get something from the game, to start off December well.”

Stamford have on-loan Kettering Town striker Josh Moreman to call upon up front, after an impressive debut two weeks ago.

Ketton’ young star Will Bird has made the step up from the PDFL Division One om the last month and done well however Staff is not rushing the young goal-scorer’s development.

With two of Staff’s attacking options crooked he has been looking to bring in another player and subject to the paperwork going through could have another striker to call upon by the weekend.

Tonight (Friday) the Daniels’ under-18s will play local rivals Blackstones FC at the Zeeco Stadium in Ryhall Road at 7.45pm in the first match at the new ground.

Entry to spectators will be free and the club hopes to offer fans a chance to experience the new ground and Borderville complex.