Daniels boss insists side will play offensive to win

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Daniels boss Graham Drury says his side will go on the offensive aganst FC United in one of the biggest games at Stamford in years.

The Manchester side, who play a division higher than Stamford, are expected to bring up to 500 supporters for tomorrow’s FA Trophy tie.

Drury, who will be missing the cup-tied Louis Hamilton on the wing and Michael Jacklin in defence, said: “Our best opportunity will be at home and if means being open and getting caught, so be it.

“They break in numbers quickly and have a lot of pace so we have to work out a strategy but we will certainly go for it.”

Stamford also face league leaders Coalville and high-flying Sheffield FC within the next eight days but skipper Richard Jones says the side is ready for the challenge despite a loss at home to Carlton Town during the week.

Jones said: “It’s a massive part of the season for us.

“Hopefully it will be a great atmosphere on Saturday but we will need to perform a lot better than Tuesday if we are to progress.

“It’s important that we get an early goal to ourselves a good chance.”

Stamford were second best during much of Tuesday’s game at home to Carlton which they lost 2-1 and Drury was candid about the defeat.

“We were beaten by a better side on the night,” was his verdict.

Stamford have come from behind in a string of fixtures and the Stamford manager said: “I think having to come from behind so often has taken its toll.

“You cannot do that time after time. It takes more energy to keep coming back.

“But everyone will lose games. We are going to lose games at this level. This is a strong division.”

He added: “Coalville and Sheffield are two top sides. Three points from those two games would not be a bad return.”

Drury has recruited pacy wideman Joe French from Boston United but the Daniels have failed to lure either Karl Gibbs fro St Ives Townor Matt Heron from Deeping Rangers as replacements for Jordan Smith, who moved to Ilkeston earlier this month.

Kick off at Kettering Road tomorrow is at 3pm. Admission costs £8 for adults, £5 (OAPs and concessions). Children under 12 enter for free.