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Stamford AFC travel to face Corby Town in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division

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Manager Graham Drury is determined to find a solution to address the inconsistent performances of his Stamford side.

The Daniels saw their 11-match unbeaten run in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division ended on Monday with a 2-1 home reversal against Yaxley.

The defeat means Stamford have taken just two points from their last three games and leaves them outside of the play-off places ahead of the New Year's Day trip to face Corby Town.

Graham Drury. Phioto: Rob O'Brien (53995648)
Graham Drury. Phioto: Rob O'Brien (53995648)

They will visit a Steelmen side who are on a six-game losing streak but Stamford have struggled this term against teams in the bottom half of the table.

Drury said: "It gets like a broken record in terms of the difference when you're playing sides near the top to those in the bottom half.

"Last week we were on such a high after the Ilkeston game following the performance which makes it so hard as a manager.

"I did say to the players that we have only taken one point from such a good performance but we can't even play badly at the moment and scrape a result.

"I have to find a solution very quickly with it because it either needs a change in the changing room, whether that's me or them, but something needs to be readdressed for this club because I wasn't happy with the performance on Monday.

"I will either readdress it myself very quickly to make sure we're not throwing money away because the performance wasn't good enough.

"There was dominance and good play but you can't legislate for mistakes and we made two howlers which have been punished."

Stamford are currently three points outside of the play-off places but do have a game in hand and better goal difference than Coleshill who are in fifth spot.

They will be aiming to complete a league double over Corby on Saturday following the 1-0 home victory in August.

And Drury is targetting a return to winning ways against his former club who he led into the Conference North during his tenure at Steel Park.

He commented: "They will probably sit in behind the ball and play on the counter-attack, but for me it is about getting some consistency in our changing room.

"I am quite a loyal manager and stick by my players through thick and thin and give them opportunities but there has been a few too many opportunities which we have probably let pass by.

"I don't think there's been an easier chance for us to perhaps win a title due to the results we have dropped.

"We haven't dropped many points against the top sides because the only team that has really done a proper job and put us to bed was Chasetown.

"We are throwing points away which is frustrating but there are still 17 games to go and we're in a position where we are still challenging for a play-off spot.

"When you get in there it is anybody's game, but at the minute we have to get in there first."

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