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Daniels target FA Trophy upset




Stamford manager Graham Drury wants his side to play without fear as they target an FA Trophy giantkilling on Saturday.

The Daniels host Southern League Premier Division table-toppers Kettering Town at the Zeeco Stadium in a plum second qualifying round clash.

The Poppies are flying high at the level above Stamford with nine wins and a draw from their 11 league games this season.

They have netted 24 goals and conceded just six while Stamford have slipped down to 10th place in the Evo-Stik League Division One East standings.

The Daniels let a two-goal lead slip in Saturday's 2-2 away draw at Lincoln United and then did the same on Tuesday night as they lost in the final of Lincolnshire Senior Cup to Cleethorpes Town on penalties.

Graham Drury. (5273637)
Graham Drury. (5273637)

And boss Drury wants his side 'to be brave' in their approach to the clash where Stamford are expected to include new signing John Sands and returning defender Henry Eze in their squad.

Drury said: "If we stand off Kettering then they will play and get us on the back foot.

"We've got to be really brave and not be frightened to lose. It's a one-off game so we've got to adopt that approach.

"Kettering are such a fluent side. They've just brought Dan Holman in from Aldershot and that's added another dimension to their game.

"All I can ask of my lads is to be really brave and try and get on the ball in good areas and try and squeeze and press and not give them space. We've got to condense the areas.

"Teams seem to be frightened of us early doors at the moment. They're giving us a lot of respect and that's because we're pressing.

"We're strangling teams, but we haven't done that in the second halfs on Saturday and Tuesday which has given teams that room and space to find pockets.

"It all comes from being brave. For us to be good we've got to strangle teams.

"If we don't strangle Kettering then we'll get strangled ourselves.

"We've got to keep pressing and keep believing in what we're doing.

"It's going to be tough. We're the underdogs. On paper they should walk us, but no game is ever won on paper.

"I get excited about the big challenges and the boys have got to get excited as well.

"We can't crumble. We've got to stay at it and we've got to take the game to them."

Stamford will be without suspended centre-back Kern Miller who starts the first match of a three-game ban following his sending off in the last round at Leek Town.



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