Football: Daniels beat Grantham, sign two defenders and Tyrone Kirk leaves club

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THE DANIELS beat Grantham 2-1 in friendly last night.

It was the third pre-season victory and comes as the club adds two new faces to the squad in defensive duo Aaron Davies and Tom Batchelor.

Meanwhile Tyrone Kirk has left Stamford by “mutual consent”.

Davies and Matchelor have been training with the team for pre-season and have both done enough to impress Drury and earn an opportunity.

Davies, who plays right-back, joins after spending last season with Stewarts & Lloyds Corby, who play in the United Counties League, while Batchelor spent the back end of the last campaign with Lincoln Moorlands.

Drury told “Aaron was being watched by Cheltenham Town last year which says a lot about him. He’s a young lad but is big and quick. He reads the game exceptionally well and has really impressed me in the two pre-season games that we have had so far.

“Tom, on the other hand, is only 20 but is a towering 6ft 5in centre-half. He played for Lincoln City as well as Shrewsbury Town, before his spell with Lincoln Moorlands last term.

“He’s a big lad, quick, and strong in the air, which are all the attributes a centre-back needs. It’s another positive signing for the club.”

On Tuesday night the Daniels maintained their fine start to the season by beating Grantham at home with Stamford’s Gregg Smith and Sam Mullarkey both on target.

Mullarkey also scored on Saturday as the Daniels beat Hinckley United, who play three divisions above the Daniels, 3-1. Joe Hopewell and Seth Burkett also scored for Stamford.

Drury said: “Against Hinckley we adapted ourselves well and coped with what they threw at us.

“The actual goal we conceded was from a set piece, which we are yet to work on, so we didn’t get opened up during the game at all – which was obviously very pleasing on the defensive side.

“Offensively, we scored three goals so that was good. We certainly don’t look shy of goals and when we tighten up, particularly from our set pieces, we won’t concede sloppy goals.

“Winning is a good habit to have and I hope we can carry it on and really get that winning mentality instilled in the team.”

The next pre-season friendly is on Saturday at home to Thurnby Nirvana, kick-off 3pm.