Daniels aiming for upset in FA Cup showdown

Stamford hope to be celebrating further FA Cup success.  Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford hope to be celebrating further FA Cup success. Photo: Geoff Atton
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Stamford AFC manager David Staff has urged his players to enjoy every minute of one of the biggest matches in the club’s history.

The Daniels are 90 minutes away from reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time.

Staff’s men entertain Skrill North table-toppers Hednesford in a fourth qualifying round tie at the Vic Couzens Stadium at 3pm tomorrow (Saturday).

They will start as big underdogs, but Staff knows that anything is possible in this famous competition.

He believes the combination of top-notch individual performances from his players and super support from the Stamford faithful can create a winning recipe.

He said: “The FA Cup has been tremendous for us this season and this tie has created a lot of excitement.

“We know what is at stake with the chance of reaching the first round for the first time, but we cannot afford to take our eyes off tomorrow.

“We will need everyone to bring their ‘A’ game to stand a chance of going through, but it is also vital that we enjoy the occasion.

“We can score goals and we can hurt teams, and hopefully we will have plenty of fans behind us.

“It is an old cliché, but the crowd can make a big difference on a day like tomorrow.

“This is our best chance to win the tie and we have to make the most of home advantage.”

Stamford have already banked £15,000 in FA Cup prize money with another £12,5000 up for grabs to the winners of this tie.

And Staff admits that sort of money is invaluable to a club of Stamford’s size and set-up.

He added: “The money is massive - especially to a club like ourselves which has to self-sustain.”

The bookies don’t fancy the Daniels’ chances of causing a shock. Staff’s side are as big as 4/1 to win tomorrow.