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Stamford AFC host Hereford FC in an FA Trophy clash at the Zeeco Stadium

Manager Graham Drury feels his Stamford side will have to overcome a 'massive disadvantage' if they are to cause another FA Trophy upset on Saturday.

The Daniels host National League North side Hereford at the Zeeco Stadium in the fourth round clash.

They have already claimed the scalps of higher level Kidderminster Harriers and Stourbridge on their way to the last 32 of the national competition.

Graham Drury. Photo: Dan Allen
Graham Drury. Photo: Dan Allen

But, victory over the Bulls this weekend, would eclipse those successes with Stamford having been on the sidelines for the past month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

They haven't played a competitive match following the suspension of their league season since the Kidderminster victory on December 15 and have only received special dispensation from the football authorities to restart training this week.

They played an in-house game on Saturday and trained on Tuesday but Thursday night's planned session was cancelled due to the inclement weather.

Drury said: "We are at a massive disadvantage.

"Hereford might have missed the last couple of games because they have had Covid in their camp, but they had lots of games over the Christmas period.

"They are going to be much sharper and fitter than us, but we will still be going for the throat and will be really attack-minded.

"It's a one-off match so why can't we go out and do it again. There is no pressure on us but, if we want to carry on playing for as long as we can, we have got to try and get through to the next round.

"It will give us something to train for and give us a purpose to continue to play because I still want to be around the boys and wanting to play football and I am sure they want the same.

"We have just got to go out and give it everything that we have got."

The fourth round tie is being played behind closed doors but the game will be streamed for supporters to watch.

Stamford have already accounted for Lincoln United, Stourbridge, Kidsgrove and Kidderminster in this season's competition before receiving a bye to the fourth round following the withdrawal of Macclesfield.

Victory would see the Daniels reach the fifth round for only the second time in the club's history after last reaching the same stage in 2005 when they narrowly lost 1-0 at home to Exeter City.

They bolstered their squad this week by signing former Leicester City goalkeeper Conrad Logan and ex-Boston United defender Nathan Stainfield.

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