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Stamford AFC set for derby duel with Spalding United




Stamford boss Graham Drury feels his side will need to show the other side to their game to triumph in Saturday's derby duel with Spalding United.

The Daniels make the short trip to their South Lincolnshire rivals looking to maintain their place among the leading lights in the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division.

Despite not having played a league match since the beginning of the month due to postponements and FA Trophy clashes taking priority, Stamford are still in sixth spot in the table.

Stamford manager Graham Drury (20574056)
Stamford manager Graham Drury (20574056)

They trail table-topping Carlton by seven points, but have two games in hand and are on the back of a five-match unbeaten run since their FA Cup exit against higher level Boston United last month.

Those five matches have produced 20 goals for a free-scoring Stamford side, but derby duels at Spalding have been tight affairs over the past of couple of seasons.

They drew 2-2 at the Sir Halley Stadium last season after recording a narrow 2-1 away win in the pre-season Lincolnshire Senior Cup clash.

A goalless draw in 2018 followed the Tulips taking the derby honours with a 2-1 victory the previous season and Drury is again expecting a tight tussle.

He said: "It's a derby match and we're looking forward to it. We haven't been beaten in the last five games and we want that to continue.

"It isn't an easy place to play though so we will need to go there and show the other side of our game. If we can dig in and grind out a 1-0 win then I'll be over the moon.

"It's a local derby and we know that Spalding will raise their game like teams tend to do against Stamford. We're seen as a big club in this division and every team wants to beat us."

Stamford go into the clash having played their first match for 17 days on Tuesday night when they drew 2-2 at Halesowen Town in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy.

Drury was delighted with the character of his players against an impressive Southern League Division One Central side who will now visit the Zeeco Stadium on Tuesday night for a replay with the winners facing a home tie with Grantham Town.

He added: "We've got to show the same character as Tuesday night and get the three points on Saturday.

"We really showed a lot of character and I was immensely proud of the players for their efforts. We can't under-estimate what a good result it was.

"The replay will be just as tough, but we've got to move on, forget about it and put it to the back of our minds because Spalding is the more important game now."

Defender Sean Wright is expected to recover from illness which forced him to miss Tuesday's trip while Jack Keeble is available again following the end of his suspension with Dec O'Hare also back in contention to return to the squad.


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