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Boss confident newcomers will gel together after conceding eight goals in two games

Graham Drury (4027351)
Graham Drury (4027351)

Daniels boss Graham Drury is confident his new-look back-line will plug his side’s recent defensive leaks.

After keeping 23 clean sheets in all competitions last season, Stamford have conceded eight goals in their last two games.

They twice let two-goal leads slip in Saturday’s thrilling 4-4 home draw with Cleethorpes in the Evo-Stik League Division One East.

And in Tuesday night’s FA Cup preliminary round replay at Peterborough Sports, Stamford conceded twice in injury-time to lose a pulsating contest 4-3.

The close season departure of influential centre-back Delroy Gordon to higher level Bedworth plus the decisions to not retain the services of Ben George and Henry Eze while moving Eliot Putman further forward has seen Stamford field a new-look back four this season.

Drury commented: “It’s a little bit concerning to have conceded eight goals in the last two games, but I didn’t think we would have to bring four new defenders in.

“Maybe it will take time for them to gel together, but they are all great players and it will get better – I’m sure of that.”

The FA Cup exit this week has left Stamford without a fixture on Saturday. They return to league action on Tuesday night with a league trip to Belper Town.

Midfielder Rob Morgan will be suspended for the Belper match after his sending off for collecting two bookings in the Cleethorpes clash.

Centre-back Chris Salt will be eligible before starting a ban following his red card at Peterborough Sports on Tuesday night for an alleged stamp on home frontman Mark Jones.

Cleveland Taylor is expected to return to the Stamford ranks on Tuesday following an injury sustained in the opening day win over Stocksbridge.

Stan Mugisha is also available again after returning from holiday which saw him miss the last three matches.

Drury added: “We’re out of the FA Cup now so we’ve got look to move on.

“There were still plenty of positives to take from the game. Peterborough Sports are flying with confidence and scoring lots of goals.

“They haven’t been conceding goals and we’ve come away from home and scored three against them and still not won the game.

“Maybe the experience of Cleveland might have helped us a bit and, if we had been playing one up front, then I think Stan could have caused them even more problems.

“But it’s all ifs, buts and maybes. We’ve just got to dust ourselves down and go again on Tuesday night.”

Stamford have been drawn at home to Premier Division side Mickleover Sports in the first round of the League Cup. The match takes place at the Zeeco Stadium on Tuesday, September 18.

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