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Daniels must stay focused in the push for promotion

The Daniels go close to breaking the deadlock in Saturday's 0-0 draw with second-placed Alvechurch.
The Daniels go close to breaking the deadlock in Saturday's 0-0 draw with second-placed Alvechurch.

Daniels boss Graham Drury is calling for his side to not let their focus slip as the race for promotion intensifies.

The current top 10 sides in the Evo-Stik League Division One South all have their sights set on claiming either a promotion or play-off spot this term.

Fifth-placed Stamford are on a decent run of form, having taken 10 points from their last four league games.

Four of their last six matches have been against their promotion rivals and Drury now wants his side to show the same sort of application when taking on teams at the other end of the table.

They travel to out-of-form Newcastle Town on Saturday before hosting bottom-of-the-table Gresley Rovers the following weekend.

Drury said: “If you take Basford out of the equation, then we’re one of the sides in the division who are showing championship form.

“We have had some fantastic results recently but, because it is so tight around the play-off places, we have to keep this run of form going.

“We’ve got to make sure we go to Newcastle fully focused on Saturday. We need to be as motivated as if we were playing a top five side because we just can’t turn up and expect it to happen.

“There isn’t usually a lot of atmosphere at Newcastle so hopefully as many of our fans as possible will make the trip and create some noise.

“We need to make sure that we’re not flat and that we’re really motivated to go out and get the three points.”

Stamford have dropped a number of points this season against teams in the lower half of the table.

They have twice failed to beat Peterborough Sports and Sheffield, been held away at Carlton and Market Drayton, while also failing to take maximum home points against Spalding and Newcastle.

Drury added: “These teams are scrapping for their lives and will be just as motivated as the top sides. We will be taking nothing for granted.

“I will always back ourselves to beat anybody, but it’s not going to be easy because all of these grounds are hard places to go.

“We need to make sure we go to Newcastle on Saturday and get the job done because sides will be raising their game against us to stop us either getting promotion or a place in the play-offs.

“There is a real buzz about the club at the moment - from the players to the management team to the boardroom.

“Everyone believes that something special is going to happen so we’ve got to keep going out there and giving everything so we’re there come the end of April.”

Drury expects to select his side from the same squad that drew 0-0 at home to second-placed Alvechurch last Saturday with Joe Burgess the only absentee.

Drury commented: “We had a really good de-brief with the players at training this week and they are really buoyant.

“I was pleased with the work against Alvechurch. We stuck to the game-plan and I’m over the moon with our recent points tally.

“We had five good chances to win the game which would have been an amazing result so we just need to keep that form going.”


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