Daniels feeling buoyant after award accolade

Stamford AFC have been named Evo-Stik League Division One South Club of the Month for February.
Stamford AFC have been named Evo-Stik League Division One South Club of the Month for February.
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Daniels boss Graham Drury believes winning the Evo-Stik League Club of the Month award has added to the euphoria currently surrounding the Zeeco Stadium.

Stamford were named as the league’s February award winner after collecting 10 points from their four matches and only conceding one goal.

They started the month off with a 1-0 away success at Kidsgrove which was followed by a 2-1 triumph at promotion rivals Bedworth.

A goalless home draw with second-placed Alvechurch was then backed up by Saturday’s 1-0 away success at Newcastle Town.

It was Stamford’s first league award since picking up the fair play accolade in November 2015 and the first club of the month gong since August 2014.

And Drury feels the achievement is testament to all the hard work that is going on both on and off the pitch.

He said: “The players deserve massive credit for all the hard work that they’ve put in, not just in February but for the consistent performances and results throughout the season.

“The award is for everyone at the club though for all the hard work and graft.

“Everyone is really buoyant at the moment. There is a real buzz around the club from the boardroom to the players and the supporters.

“We had a crowd of 400-plus for the last home game and our record at home this season is tremendous.

“The players are working really hard and that effort is being recognised because, whichever players are selected, I know I’ll get maximum effort from them all.

“The club is going in the right direction and that’s credit to the whole squad.

“I now want to go and win the award in March as well. We’ve got some tough games coming up so we’ve got to back up what we’ve just done.

“We’re capable of beating the top sides, but we need to be consistent against the lesser teams as well.”

Stamford are scheduled to host struggling Gresley Rovers at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

The Moatmen caused a huge upset last weekend by beating runaway league leaders Basford and include former Daniels Pearson Mwanyongo, Alvin Jarvis, Courtney Meade and Shawn Richards in their ranks.

However, due to the severe wintry weather hitting the area, the game will be in doubt.

Drury commented: “We will need the same standard of performance as if we were playing a top five or six side because last Saturday was a struggle.

“We want to play and we’re desperate for the game to be on but we can’t do anything about it.

“We will prepare properly as if the game is going to be on, but we’ve played a good number of matches so it won’t hurt as much as other teams.

“We want to keep the momentum going, but we’re not in the same position as the likes of Alvechurch, Cleethorpes or Stocksbridge who have got so many games to get in.

“But everybody is fit and raring to go. It’s really difficult when lads are not starting or not getting on, but everyone is still a big part of the camp.

“They’re a great bunch of lads and, although the ones who don’t start or get on are disappointed, they all show a fantastic attitude.

“I’ve got to make big decisions which I think is right for the football club and that’s difficult, but the lads are all together in what we’re trying to achieve.”