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Stamford host Halesowen Town at the Zeeco Stadium in FA Trophy first qualifying round replay




Manager Graham Drury wants his Stamford side to create a special week for the club with victory in tonight's FA Trophy replay with Halesowen Town.

The two sides clash at the Zeeco Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm) having drawn the first meeting 2-2 at the Grove last week.

Drury was 'immensely proud' of his players for their performance against the Southern League Division One Central side.

Olly Brown-Hill, pictured after scoring at Spalding on Saturday, was on target in last week's FA Trophy tie at Halesowen. Photo: Tim Wilson (20827035)
Olly Brown-Hill, pictured after scoring at Spalding on Saturday, was on target in last week's FA Trophy tie at Halesowen. Photo: Tim Wilson (20827035)

And, despite being disappointed at letting a two-goal lead slip in Saturday's league match at Spalding United, the Daniels boss is looking for his side to extend their six-match unbeaten run and set up an intriguing clash with Premier Division neighbours Grantham Town in the second qualifying round on Saturday.

Drury said: "We didn't lose the game on Saturday so we're six matches unbeaten and our form is very good, but we've got to make it a special week now.

"We've started the week on a bit of a negative in the sense of the result at Spalding, but you can also flip that round and say that, if you win your home games and draw your away ones, you'll be somewhere there.

"We go into the Halesowen game now knowing that we've got to make this week a special one.

"I'm sure the boys will be up for it. We've scored 22 goals and only conceded six in six games so there's lots and lots of positives to take into the game.

"The lads put in such a shift to get a result at Halesowen last week that it would be such a shame to throw that away now.

Tom Siddons scored Stamford's second goal at Halesowen last week. He also netted against Spalding on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson (20827038)
Tom Siddons scored Stamford's second goal at Halesowen last week. He also netted against Spalding on Saturday. Photo: Tim Wilson (20827038)

"The tie in the next round is a lucrative one and we really don't want that to throw that away, but it's a tough game because I really rate Halesowen.

"I think they're a really good outfit and it's going to take a real special effort from the boys to make sure we get the result we want.

"It's our first home game since the start of last month so it would be nice to get some real backing. It's a good competition and it's a really big game for us."

Jon Challinor is expected to be sidelined after leaving Spalding United's ground on crutches at the weekend, but Jack Keeble and Dec O'Hare are both back in contention for places in the squad.

Stamford have rearranged their Integro League Cup first round clash with Lincoln United for Tuesday, November 12 (kick-off 7.45pm at the Zeeco Stadium).


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