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Daniels determined to end the leaders’ unbeaten run




Stamford manager Graham Drury.
Stamford manager Graham Drury.

Daniels boss Graham Drury wants his side to go out with all guns blazing as they attempt to smash runaway league leaders Basford’s unbeaten record on Saturday.

Stamford play host to the table-topping Nottinghamshire side who are unbeaten in their 27 Evo-Stik League Division One South games so far this season, having racked up 22 wins and five draws.

They have a 22-point lead at the top of the table and are the division’s highest scorers with 65 goals while having the meanest defence which has been breached just 21 times.

Striker Liam Hearn is the division’s leading marksman with 24 goals for a Basford side which has recently won back-to-back Division One South team of the month awards.

They defeated the Daniels 2-1 in their meeting at Greenwich Avenue in November in a cracking contest that has given boss Drury plenty of belief that his side can become the first team this season to beat Basford.

He said: “I’m confident we can beat them. We spoke very positively at training this week about how we want to go about things.

“We played really well at their place. They said that we were the best footballing side they’ve played this season so I’m looking for the same kind of performance on Saturday.

“They know how to win games and Liam Hearn is the best player in the division and will take some stopping.

“They’ve got a lot of National League North standard players in the squad and play a system that suits them. They’ve been grinding out wins and will keep going until the very last kick.

“It will be a tough game and we are going to have to be at our very best to beat them.

“They will be expecting a tough test, but we’re not going to sit back and get behind the ball and try and hit them on the break.

“We are going all out to get the three points and, as long as we turn up with the right mentality and get ourselves up for it, then we’ve got a real chance.”

Stamford go into the clash at the Zeeco Stadium holding onto the final play-off place following a goalless draw at Sheffield on Saturday.

It was Stamford’s 14th clean sheet in all competitions this season, but Drury wants his side to be putting more points on the board.

He added: “We’ve had nine draws this year and we’ve got to start turning them into wins.

“We are going to have to be a bit more expansive and we’ll be looking to go for it. We’ve got to push on if we want to be in the play-offs at the end of the season.

“We started really well on Saturday, but then we lost our shape a little bit and had to re-adjust. Sheffield were a lot better side than the team that came to our place which they proved by beating Cleethorpes 4-0 and winning against Stocksbridge recently.

“It might not have been a bad result in the context of things because we had to defend well for the last 10 or 15 minutes but I was still a bit disappointed that we didn’t get more out of it.”

Drury will have virtually a full squad at his disposal this weekend, with the injured Joe Burgess the only absentee.



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