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Highwaymen aiming to stall Stamford's unbeaten start

Stamford manager Graham Drury. (4161849)
Stamford manager Graham Drury. (4161849)

Daniels boss Graham Drury is predicting a cracking contest as his unbeaten side face their toughest test so far of the Evo-Stik League Division One East campaign on Saturday.

Stamford, who are joint top with a game in hand after picking up 11 points from their first five league games, host newly-promoted Morpeth Town at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday.

The Highwaymen, who won the FA Vase a couple of seasons ago, have been one of the dominant forces in the Northern League before their promotion this term

They have quickly adapted to life at the higher level with three wins from their opening four games and will provide a stern test to Stamford’s unbeaten home record.

Drury commented: “We had Morpeth watched early doors and it will be our toughest game so far.

“They will be right at it so we have got to make sure we are as well to stay unbeaten.

“They are a good footballing side who pass the ball really well. They play three up top so they’re going to be a handful going forward.

“It promises to be a cracker. I hope we can get a big crowd to come and support us.

“They have a strong following so hopefully the fans of Stamford will turn out for us.”

Stamford maintained their solid start to the new league campaign with a 1-1 away draw at Belper Town on Tuesday.

They came from behind for the third time this season with Jon Challinor’s super late strike earning a share of the spoils after Eliot Putman had earlier seen a penalty saved.

Drury commented: “We are sat in a good position after five games, but it could be better and we could have more points on the board.

“We have showed a lot of mental strength though to come from behind in a number of games and also see out a tough home win against Loughborough.

“It shows what we’re about and that the players are prepared to listen and play out the game-plan. They are determined to do well.

“I’m really chuffed with the group because they have shown a great work-rate and desire.”

Rob Morgan returns to the Stamford squad on Saturday after missing the Belper game through suspension, but Chris Salt remains banned.

Mike Armstrong is now back in the Stamford ranks after a brief loan spell at Long Eaton.

Summer signings Taron Hare and Cleveland Taylor have joined Matlock Town while Jordan Smith has left the club due to family reasons.

The Daniels are also at home on Tuesday night when they host Premier Division side Mickleover Sports in the Integro League Cup.

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