Ball boosts attacking options as Stamford swoop for towering targetman
Stamford have boosted their attacking options by signing towering targetman Callum Ball.
Ball, 25, has joined the Daniels from Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division side Barwell and has previously played for Corby Town and Nuneaton.
Stamford manager Graham Drury was delighted to land the 6ft 3ins powerhouse who has played professionally for Derby County, Coventry City, Torquay, Notts County and St Mirren.
He said: “He’s a big targetman with a decent background.
“He started really well at Barwell, but he’s been out injured and they’ve been scoring goals so he hasn’t been able to get his place back in the side.
“It’s no secret that I’ve been looking for that type of player for a while because teams like Basford and Frickley have got the likes of Rob Duffy and Gavin Allott who are a real handful.
“Most clubs at this level have got a big striker and it’s something we need. Our strikers give us a lot of pace, energy and work-rate, but Callum will hold the ball up and give us something different.
“He reminds me of the likes of Jack Defty and Gregg Smith and will give us something extra for the final push.”
Ball is expected to go straight into the Stamford squad for Saturday’s Evo-Stik Division One South trip to Sheffield.
The Daniels make the trip to Yorkshire having a conceded a last minute goal to draw 2-2 in the earlier meeting between the two sides at the Zeeco Stadium.
Sheffield, who have former Stamford striker Grant Ryan in their ranks, haven’t played since a 2-1 away win at Stocksbridge on New Year’s Day.
Stamford will be looking to bounce back from a 4-2 home reversal against promotion rivals at Frickley at the weekend.
Despite the defeat, the Daniels remain in the play-off places and Drury believes they will need to win 10 of their final 16 league games to stay in contention for promotion.
He explained: “All the sides wanting to get in the play-offs will be playing each other in the next few weeks so we’ve got to keep pushing forward to ensure we finish in that top six or above.
“I think 10 wins from our last 16 games will get us into the play-offs and, anything better than that, will move us even higher.
“We dominated Sheffield earlier in the season, but made a late error which gifted them a point. Grant Ryan will be out to prove a point against us so it will be a real battle.”
The Daniels are hoping that centre-half Delroy Gordon will shrug off the effects of a dead leg sustained in the Frickley defeat.
Pearson Mwanyongo is away for the next fortnight so misses Saturday’s match and the home clash with unbeaten table-toppers Basford on January 27.