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Stamford AFC host Chasetown at the Zeeco Stadium in the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division




Manager Graham Drury is backing his Stamford side to quickly recover from their first blip of a promising campaign.

The Daniels were knocked out of the FA Trophy on Tuesday night after a 3-0 home defeat by Halesowen Town in the first qualifying round replay at the Zeeco Stadium.

The defeat ended a six-match unbeaten run and also denied the Daniels a tasty home tie with near neighbours Grantham Town in the next round.

James Blunden goes close against Halesowen on Tuesday night. (21091917)
James Blunden goes close against Halesowen on Tuesday night. (21091917)

It means they now have a rearranged home clash with Chasetown this Saturday in the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division.

And Drury is targeting a rapid return to winning ways for his seventh-placed side who, if they win their games in hand, could close in on second spot.

Drury said: "It was our first defeat in seven games on Tuesday night and I said to the lads afterwards that good sides bounce back.

"It's time for us to show that we're a good side on Saturday and bounce back from a defeat because we've not been used to that.

"I trust this group though. I think they'll pick themselves up and I don't think it will take a lot from me to do it.

"They're such a good group that their desire themselves will do that.

"We've got to forget about Tuesday night quickly, move on and look forward to winning our games in hand which can take us into second in the league.

"It's not all doom and gloom. It's about dusting ourselves down and putting it under the carpet now.

"It's no good looking back and thinking about ifs, whats and maybes. It's all about getting back to knowing what we can be which is being a good side."

Top scorer Tom Siddons goes up for a header on Tuesday night. (21091920)
Top scorer Tom Siddons goes up for a header on Tuesday night. (21091920)

Chasetown are currently 15th in the table but have only played eight league matches so far this season.

The Staffordshire side have only been beaten once in their three away league games this season, but bowed out of the FA Trophy at the same stage as Stamford after a 2-0 away loss at South East Division rivals Leek Town.

Drury added: "They haven't played many league games, but they'll be a decent side and it will be another test for us.

"We've got to find a way of playing. I thought we got too congested in midfield against Halesowen on Tuesday.

"We had too many touches in there and over-run the ball which let them get on the front foot from that instead of driving at them and then slipping the ball through.

"We didn't do it well enough on Tuesday night and we got punished for that.

"We tried a few different things to try and get us back in the game, but it didn't come off and we're out of the competition."

Jon Challinor missed the midweek defeat due to an injury picked up in last weekend's draw at Spalding United and was being assessed at training on Thursday night but is hopeful of returning to the Stamford squad.


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