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FOOTBALL: Reality check for Daniels

Graham Drury is demanding maximum points from the next two games to keep alive Stamford's play-off hopes.

The Daniels' boss felt frustrated after Brad Wells nodded in a stoppage-time equaliser for Spalding United against his former club at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Saturday.

Stamford celebrate going 1-0 up
Stamford celebrate going 1-0 up

Wells cancelled out goals from Rob Morgan and Jake Duffy - leaving Stamford ninth in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League East Division.

Seven of the sides above them in the table were weekend winners.

Drury is now looking for a perfect start to March at home to Ossett United on Saturday and away to Brighouse Town the following weekend.

Graham Drury
Graham Drury

He said: "We can't afford to drop points at this stage of the season.

"We were in control on Saturday at 1-0 and 2-1 but we needed to defend properly in the final seconds.

"You can't give away stupid free-kicks around the penalty box.

"The ball came into the area and Morgan was guilty twice of not picking up Wells. He pulled away and scored two goals against us - that was unacceptable.

"He was honest enough to hold up his hands in the dressing room after the game but he hasn't done the job on the pitch.

"We've dropped two points at Spalding. If we don't take maximum points from the next two games against two very good sides then we are not going to make the play-offs.

"This is a reality check for the players after dropping two crucial points. It was really frustrating and we can't afford to defend like that again."

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