Stamford AFC lost 3-0 to Southern Football League Premier Division side Histon on their opening pre-season game on Tuesday night but manager David Staff said it was a useful exercise.
Stamford manager David Staff said: “I know as a manager we are told to win games but that is not the priority in pre-season, it is about the process.”
He said he would have liked to have won the match, and Stamford had their chances, missing a penalty in the first half and failing to take a series of chances.
Stamford shaded the first half of an enjoyable encounter at the Vic Couzens Stadium, creating good chances but a sloppy, short, back pass was seized upon by the visitors and Mateusz Kuzminski’s alert finish gave them a 1-0 lead at half time.
Things quickly got worse for the Daniels after the break when Franklin Mensah headed the ball into the net inside the box with just two minutes of the second half played.
Late in the game Histon made it three with a tap in for Henry Randell.
Stamford’s defence included three new signings in the form of full back Ellis Myles, former King’s Lynn skipper Ryan Clarke and Cameron Powell who has joined the Daniels from Oadby.
Myles particularly caught the eye last night with a good attacking display.
Staff said: “I think three or four really looked good and a few others still need to get sharp. The lads who came in over the summer looked good.
“I thought Ellis Myles showed what type of player he can be and Ryan Robbins looked quite sharp, and I think that he can have the same success that he had last year.”
No one can accuse Stamford of not working hard in the build up to their second season in the Evo Stik Northern Premier Division. Staff said: “We have got a lot of games in the next few weeks. We have seven games to get us ready for August.”
Stamford have two pre-season games each week leading up to the start of the new season, with an away trip to Harborough tomorrow and an intriguing derby match with Blackstones on Wednesday.