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Match reaction from Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury after his side's victory over Spalding United




Manager Graham Drury felt his side went from turning in an 'abysmal' first half performance to producing a 'fantastic' display after the break in Saturday's derby victory over Spalding United.

The Stamford boss admitted he had given his players a 'rocket' during the interval of the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division clash at the Zeeco Stadium.

The two sides had gone in at the break on level terms after Tom Siddons' goal had cancelled out Tobias Liversedge's opener for the Tulips.

Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578907)
Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578907)

But the Daniels turned on the style in the second half to score four times without reply in a 5-1 victory and record a seventh successive league victory.

Drury said: "I thought in the first half that our movement off the ball was abysmal.

"We were lethargic in any sprints and any angle to create and Spalding were going to enjoy that.

"They put men behind the ball and then scored with a good finish to take the lead when we were sloppy defensively.

"We were lackadaisical on the goal and that was us all the way through the first half.

"We didn't make angles for each other and there was a real lack of desire to find space. If you're stood still for more than three seconds on this football pitch then they're getting a rollicking because that isn't what we're about.

Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578938)
Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578938)

"We started complacent and it took a big switch at half-time to make us even think about moving off the ball.

"I said to them at half-time that it felt like Liverpool when they've started losing games where they have got complacent, not been playing well and scraping last minute goals.

"We have been going the same and we needed to show a spark.

"It might sound like I'm nit-picking, but we need to be a lot sharper for 90 minutes rather than just 45.

"They had a bit of a rocket at half-time, but then we've showed the way of playing like we have all season.

"We had to create more space in the middle of the park by going in and out to fetch the ball to give our full-backs a starting point.

Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578932)
Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578932)

"We did that far better in the second half and stretched the pitch wider. We got hold of the ball better in the central areas so again instructions were taken on board and the lads deserve massive credit for that."

Siddons had put Stamford in front for the first time in the contest within nine minutes of the restart with his 18th league goal of the season.

Harry Vince made it three with his fourth goal in as many games in the best move of the afternoon which involved half-time substitute James Hicks and Rob Morgan.

Tendai Chitiza then completed the rout with two goals in the final 19 minutes of a contest which was watched by a superb crowd of 513.

Drury added: "It was a fantastic second half performance with a third goal that would grace any Arsene Wenger side with the passing and movement, touch and cleverness of the running.

"James (Hicks) has made a massive difference. He's come on and changed the whole aspect of how we need to play.

Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578952)
Stamford were 5-1 derby winners over Spalding United. Photo: Alan Walters (31578952)

"He's gets on the ball, takes responsibility, knows when to join in and has had a massive part to play in that third goal.

"His touch was unbelievable and his awareness helped create a goal that was as good as you will see anywhere.

"It was a fantastic crowd and I appreciate everyone for coming.

"I was worried about it because after the first half I wouldn't be coming back, but the second half showed what Stamford can really do."

Holbeach United striker Michael Frew has become the latest addition to the Daniels ranks after signing BetVictor League forms to dual register with the club.

Frew - who has also played for King's Lynn, Corby and Wisbech - joins Jordan Smith and Delroy Gordon in signing as cover in the Stamford squad as they continue their push for promotion.


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