Near neighbours have recruited well during the summer says Stamford boss
Daniels boss Graham Drury believes FA Cup opponents Peterborough Sports will be a ‘different animal’ to the side his team faced last season.
Stamford host their near neighbours in a preliminary round clash at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).
The two teams met three times last term before the Turbines were switched to the Southern League Central Division during the close season.
They shared the spoils in a 1-1 Evostik League Division One South draw at the Zeeco Stadium with Sports then triumphing 2-0 in the return fixture after the Daniels had won the League Cup clash between the two sides.
Sports went on to finish 12th in their maiden campaign at this level, but Daniels boss Graham Drury believes they will be a different proposition this time around with both sides having won their opening two games.
He said: “Peterborough Sports have recruited very well and will be a different animal from the side we played last season so it will be an interesting game.
"Lewis Moat is a good goalkeeper while Mitch Griffiths, Stuart Wall and Paul Malone have strengthened them defensively.
"Josh McCammon is playing really well in midfield for them and Jordan Brown is a real livewire on the wing so it will be a tough game.”
Stamford go into the contest minus the services of holidaying duo Stan Mugisha and Liam Adams, but Jordan Smith will return to the squad to face a Sports side who include ex-Daniels Liam Marshall, Richard Jones, Dan Lawlor, Josh Moreman, Jake Newman and Malone in their ranks.
The Daniels have also decided not to retain the services of two popular players from last season’s squad with Birmingham-based defensive duo Ben George and Henry Eze moving on to pastures new.
Drury explained: “They are both fantastic lads, but they couldn't commit to training twice a week which is something the club wanted them to do.
"It was just too far for them to travel and we will miss them both because they are great lads in both the changing room and on the pitch.
“I've got a lot of time for the pair of them and you never know what might happen in the future."