Daniels are beginning to look the part

Ryan Robbins on his way to scoring against Worksop. Picture: Geoff Atton
Ryan Robbins on his way to scoring against Worksop. Picture: Geoff Atton
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Stamford made it three wins in a row with two oustanding performances which suggest they are coming of age in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League.

Observers who took notice of a 3-1 win at Marine two weeks ago might have dismissed it as a one-off, but they can’t have failed to have been impressed by a classy 2-0 defeat of league leaders Skelmersdale on Saturday and a 3-1 cup win over Worksop Town on Tuesday night.

It all adds up to a decent sequence of five games unbeaten and means The Daniels go into the vital December and New Year programme with growing confidence.

Manager Dave Staff said of the 2-0 win on Saturday: “It was a great result for us, with Skelmersdakle top of the table at the time.

“On Tuesday, Worksop did not have their strongest team out for the league cup tie, but we looked strong throughout.

“Our form is improving and we’re putting together a string of results.

“We’re going quite well at the moment and performing well both individually and as a team.”

Staff says he believes that after a period of initiation, his players are finding their feet in the league.

Two players in particular are maturing at this level and their progress has been key to the team’s improvement.

The manger says right sided midfielder Shaun Richards - who scored Daniels winner in last season’s play-off victory - has grown in confidence with games played this season and is his most improved player.

And talented teenager Don Lawlor, who signed at the end of last season after a year as a pro with Peterborough United, has similarly grown into his role.

New additions Nabil Shariff and Jason Field have also made their mark.

Shariff, signed from Corby, got his second goal in two games to set The Daniels on their way after 17 minutes of the Doodson Cup second round tie on Tuesday when he latched on to a clearance from skipper Richard Jones and lobbed the Worksop keeper.

Ryan Robbins and Alvin Jarvis came on for the second half and Stamford exerted more pressure on the Worksop back line.

But they had to wait a long time for their reward and it was not until five minutes from time that the scoring was completed by Robbins 
and David Mayo.

Robbins and Shariff gave The Daniels the goals which dispatched the league leaders on Saturday.

Robbins got the first midway through the first half when he seized on a loose ball in the penalty area and looped the ball home. Then in the second half Shariff took his chance when a ball from Smith found him in the six-yard box.

Stamford (against Skelmersdale) Alex Lynch, Shawn Richards, Jason Field (Liam Richardson), Jack Ashton, Richard Jones, Ryan Walker, Dan Lawlor, Jon Challinor, Nabil Shariff (David Moyo), Jordan Smith, Ryan Robbins (Nathan Haines). Subs: David Staff, Will Jones.

l History was made in the Doodson Cup tie on Tuesday when under 18 player Alex Walton came on for the final 15 minutes, following in the footsteps of his father Guy, and brother Jake.

l Daniels travel to Frickely Athletic on Saturday, expecting a tough encounter against the side they beat 6-4 on the opening day of the season.