Daniels sign defender ahead of Buxton game tonight

Ryan Robbins in action for Stamford'Photo: Geoff Atton
Ryan Robbins in action for Stamford'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Stamford AFC have signed defender Jack Ashton who is available for tonight’s game against Buxton in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Stamford are fourth from bottom in the division and Buxton are mid-table. The Daniels held second-placed Chorley to a 1-1 draw on Saturday. Kick-off is 7.45pm.

Staff said: “It isn’t quite a must-win match at this stage of the season, but three points would certainly be good.

“We picked up a solid point on Saturday against a Chorley team who are among the favourites for the title and hopefully we can follow it up with a good result against a mid-table Buxton side.

“It is a ridiculously tight division where the leading 16 clubs are covered by just eight points. Our challenge is to drag ourselves up into that pack.”

Staff expects to have Peterborough United youngster Alex Lynch back between the sticks tonight.

The teenager was recalled by Posh from a work experience loan ahead of the weekend Will Jones became the fourth goalkeeper to don the gloves for the Daniels this season.

The signing of Ashton comes after the Daniels have also strengthened the coaching staff with the announcement that Rob Gould and Andy Burgess have joined the team.

Gould has vast non-league playing experience, starting his career at Ilkeston. His longest stint was a three -season spell at Kettering.

As a central defender, he has also played for a number of clubs and managed two UCL sides.

Stamford boss David Staff said: “Rob has been with me since Steve Farmer departed for Tamworth, and is a great person to have around.

“He is a real football man, knowing the game at this level well. He’s got good playing and coaching experience and fits in well with the way we want to move forward.”

Andy Burgess has been a player this season but, with his vast experience, has stepped up to the head coach’s role.

Staff said: “Andy has a wealth of experience, and has a great understanding of the game, so it’s only common sense to get him on board and his input will be greatly appreciated. He is well respected by his peers and has a lot to offer.”

Director of Football Guy Walton added: “The response from our advert for the coach’s role was very good in terms of numbers and quality of applicants.”

“Rob has come in as someone who can bring a lot to the team and with Andy we would have been daft not to utilise his experience. We know have an exciting coaching team in support of Staffy.”

The Daniels have also confirmed that top goalscorer Ryan Robbins has put pen to paper on a contract which commits him to Kettering Road for the rest of this season.

The pacy front man has scored nine times this season in all competitions and was voted player of the month for August.