Daniels boss targets an unbeaten run

Stamford boss Wayne Hatswell on the touchline earlier this season'Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford boss Wayne Hatswell on the touchline earlier this season'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Daniels boss Wayne Hatswell has set his players an ambitious target after picking up maximum points from four matches in February.

With ten games in just 31 days, second-placed Stamford are heading into the most exciting stage of the season - and Hatswell wants to emerge from the tough run unbeaten.

“It’s crazy set of fixtures,” said Hatswell. “But while we are winning we want to keep playing. There are 30 points to play for and if we come out unbeaten I will be pleased. Four out the next five are at home so hopefully we can put a bit of pressure on Coalville.”

The Leicestershire side have the led the Evo-Stik League First Division Side for months but chinks are just showing in their form with just two points from their last three games.

“It’s theirs to lose,” said Hatswell who wants his players to watch every detail of their lifestyle as they enter the crucial stage of the campaign.

“Pre-match meals and making sure that they eat well is important. Little things like that make a difference. But I have got a set of lads that want to achieve something.

“We have some exciting games coming up but we are going to have to keep our fingers crossed that we don’t pick up injuries or suspensions, and that momentum keeps us going.”

However midfielder Danny Brooks, who broke the deadlock during Stamford’s 2-0 win at Romulus last Saturday, will miss the matches against Belper and Hucknall after picking up too many yellow cards.

“It’s a miracle he got this far the way he plays and the way referees give out cards,” said the Stamford boss, who rested centre back Tom Batchelor last weekend.

Batch was not 100 percent fit and Hatswell said: “He had rolled his ankle in training and I did not want to lose him for all of March.”

Stamford’s busy run begins with the visit of Sutton Coldfield Towm tomorrow (3pm) with Halesowen at Kettering Road on Tuesday (7.45pm).

Stamford v Romulus match report on page 126