Favourites test for new boys

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THE Daniels face one of the title favourites, Kidsgrove Athletic, away tomorrow with manager Simon Clark ready to test several new signings.

Kidsgrove beat Stamford 4-0 at the Vic Couzens Stadium at the start of the season and are currently third in the Evo-Stick First Division South – they will prove a tough test for Clark’s reshaped side.

“We played them in the first game of the season and let ourselves down,” said Clark this week. “They are a decent side. They have experience and ability and it will be a good test for us.”

Clark will be without the suspended pair of Dan Cotton and Lee Beeson, and the injured duo of Simon Mowbray and Stuart King. But he will have recent arrivals Gary King, Ryan Oliver, Adam Millson, Matt Heron and possibly Nathan Adams and Dean West available.

Adams has been released by Lincoln City and Clark hopes to bring him back to the Daniels after a recent short loan spell, while 38-year-old West is a right back, currently at Corby Town, who Clark expects to sign in time for tomorrow’s clash.

Clark said: “Dean is an ex-pro, who I have known for a few years. I am keen for him to come and bring us some experience.”

He added: “Nathan could come back in. He was on a pro-contract at Lincoln and has to rebuild now. It’s different here and he has to take that on board and focus. But he has a decent pedigree.”

Meanwhile Clark is grateful for as many games as he get from King before higher league clubs seek the services of the former Football League player.

“How long I can keep him; I don’t know. But while he’s here we can all benefit,” said the Daniels boss, whose side has been forced to train indoors during the early winter lay-off.

He said: “The spirit is good and we desperately want to play again.

“It has been difficult because we have not had a pitch to play on. we have been going indoors but you cannot train tactically, you can only try to keep fit. But the lads trained hard on Tuesday and will have a short, sharp session tonight (Thursday).”

Kick off at Kidsgrove is at 3pm tomorrow.

l Stamford are then due to travel to Brigg on Tuesday evening and the next home match is the 1pm game against current league leaders Barwell on Bank Holiday Monday.