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Bumper festive points haul ignites push for play-offs

Daniels boss Graham Drury feels his in-form side are in buoyant mood as they prepare to tackle four successive away games.

Stamford make the short trip to face Carlton Town on Saturday with away clashes against Sheffield FC, Frickley and Brighouse on the following weekends.

A bumper 10-point haul from their four games over the festive period has moved Stamford to within three points of the Evo-Stik Division One East play-off places.

They have lost just once in their last seven league games and also have a game in hand on the majority of sides above them.

And Drury wants his side to maintain that momentum as they seek revenge against a Millers side who ran out 2-0 winners at the Zeeco Stadium in October with then-Daniels transfer target Aaron Okopu - who is suspended for Saturday's clash - bagging a brace.

Rob Morgan's return has boosted Stamford. (6446886)
Rob Morgan's return has boosted Stamford. (6446886)

Drury said: "It's crazy having four games away in succession, but we've just got to deal with it.

"The camp is really buoyant at the moment and we're ready to go. There's nothing like winning games of football to boost your confidence.

"We're in a good vein of form and the return of Rob Morgan and John Sands has given everyone a big lift as well.

"The recent run has given us a lot of confidence because it was so important we took points if we wanted to have a chance of finishing in the top five.

"We outplayed Carlton for long periods in the home game, but then gave away a silly penalty before they hit us on the break with the second goal.

"It's a place nobody likes playing at, but we know what to expect and we've got to make sure we play our football and get the win.

"We need to keep the momentum going and need to be looking at stringing four, five or six wins together.

"There's no easy games and we know it will be tough, but we need to keep heading in the right direction.

"We need to keep focussed and make sure we're ready to go in every game."

Carlton have won just once at home this season, having drawn two and lost eight of their 11 league matches at the Bill Stokeld Stadium.

Stamford - who drew 1-1 at Carlton last season - will have a full-strength squad to choose from which has seen recent recruit Jake Sansby move back to Peterborough Northern Star by mutual agreement following the re-signing of Morgan and return of Jake Duffy from suspension.

Former Stamford assistant manager Danny Hussey was appointed as the new manager of United Counties League Premier Division side Holbeach United this week.

Drury commented: "Danny's got my backing and I'll help him out as and when I can because he's a great lad who I am sure will do well."

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