Stamford AFC will be hunting for more points this weekend after firmly putting their FA Cup blues behind them with a win over Rushall Olympic on Tuesday.
On Saturday, the Daniels face Whitby Town who are 14th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division and then play 15th-placed Barwell on Tuesday, again at Kettering Road.
Stamford boss David Staff was delighted his boys bounced back from the 2-0 loss to Hednesford, with both goals coming from penalties, to beat a solid Rushall side 2-0.
He said: “I’m quite proud of the way the players responded following the cup loss.
“You need to reflect on things and maybe we did okay in the FA Cup but we felt a bit flat after the game on Saturday as, although they were in the league above us, they were still non-league and it was a big game and we were competing.
“They were two big calls for penalties and perhaps it was the way the game was lost that probably made it harder to take.”
The loss in the fourth qualifying round of the cup deprived Stamford the chance of making the first round of the competition for the first time in club history. However their run did earn the club £15,000 in winnings.
Against Rushall, Nathan Haines gave the Daniels the lead from a free-kick in the 34th minute. Then Richard Wesley slotted home the second in the 59th minute.
Rushall themselves had come into the game on the back of an FA Cup defeat to Grimsby on Saturday and were more the jaded side. The Daniels were the first to most balls and winning challenges.
Staff said: “We looked like we wanted to win it more than they did and that’s a credit to the players who worked very hard.”
The three points moved Stamford out of the relegation zone into 20th place, one point above Trafford. However there’s not a lot separating the bottom half of the table with only an eight-point difference between Stamford and 10th-placed Buxton.
The next two games are a good chance for Stamford to pick up more points and momentum.
It will be the first time they have played Whitby this season, however they were beaten 1-0 by Barwell in September.
Staff said: “Barwell are a good side when they are in front so it’s important how we start that game.
“They drew on Tuesday and lost at the weekend so they’re on a bit of an unsuccessful run, so both games are there to be won and we’ve got a really good chance.”
Although it’s still early in the season, getting out of the relegation zone may also give the Daniels a bit of an extra psychological boost.
Dan Lawlor is the only injury concern for tomorrow with a knock to the ankle, but it is expect to be fit to play.
Stamford: Lynch, Challinor, Haines, Jarvis, Jones, Ashton, Richards, Lawlor, Smith, Moyo, Wesley. Subs Burgess, Robbins, Robinson, Walker, Feetham