Daniels itching to get back on the pitch

Daniels boss Simon Clark
Daniels boss Simon Clark
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THE Daniels are itching to take on Romulus tomorrow after more than a month out of action.

Monday’s match at home to Barwell was called off due to a snowbound and frozen pitch at the Vic Couzens Stadium, making it seven postponements in a row since the Daniels last saw action in a 3-1 defeat at Carlton Town back in November.

And after seven postponed matches, manager Simon Clark does not expect a classic tomorrow as players from both sides dust off cobwebs tomorrow.

A single mistake could cost either side he warned, saying: “We have not played football for a month and I doubt it will be free-flowing football on Saturday. It will be bitty and bobby and it’s important in the boxes that we do our jobs.

“When you have not played for so long you lose that little bit of speed but we must not give anything away.”

Clark, who planned to have his players working out on grass behind the goals at the Vic Couzens Stadium yesterday evening, said: “We have had some training sessions but it’s nothing like playing a full 90 minutes.

He added: “All the work that we do has been for 3pm on Saturdays. It has been frustrating. But fortunately the forecast is better this week. The only downer I can see is the possibility of a water-logged pitch.”

The long lay-off caused by the big freeze means that fixture congestion now looms for Stamford who face eight games in January with a home tie against Lincoln United at 3pm on Monday due to be the first home tie of 2011.

Clark hopes to strengthen his squad before the rush of matches and said: “I will need a bigger squad. This league does not finish in mid-May like the pros, we were due to finish in early April.

“If we have suspensions and injuries we will need a heavier squad.”

Clark is without the suspended pair of Dan Cotton and Lee Beeson tomorrow, and Beeson will also miss Monday’s game at home to Lincoln United and the following match at Belper.

The Stamford boss will have new signings Dean West, Adam Millson, Ryan Oliver and Nathan Adams all available but he suffered a setback to his rebuilding this week when former-Lincoln City and Accrington striker Gary King opted to join Conference North Harrogate without making an appearance in Daniels colours.

However his registration with Stamford remains.

n DANIELS fans are asked to return Christmas draw tickets to treasurer John Burrows on Monday. The draw will be made after the match.