Daniels have to show more steel

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THE Daniels kick off their pre-season friendlies tomorrow with a promise to stamp their authority on matches.

Stamford travel to Louth for their first warm-up match and boss Simon Clark is determined his side will show more steel than last season which ended with a disappointing 19th place in the EvoStick First Division South.

Clark said: “We looked at areas that we felt we needed to strengthen. Up to Christmas we were OK but afterwards we struggled. We simply have to do better than we did last year.

“We still want to pass and play but we are going to have to be more physical. There were times we needed more experience last year.

“We were never out-run in games but we did not do well enough in both boxes. If we are a little bit cleverer as a unit we will do a lot better.

“A lot of stuff we do is played on the floor but we need to get better results. There are some who expect us to play Arsenal-style football every game but the conditions and pitches do not always allow it.”

Clark has brought in several new faces but retained the players he says will be crucial to success in 2011-12 and he says training has gone well.

“We have retained Lee Beeson and Andy Toyne and that is pleasing. I expect these two to kick on from last season.

“We’ve brought in Michael Jacklin from Brigg; he’s a good defender. We have Gavin Saxby, who is 6”4’ and a very physical presence in goal. And we have Gary King up front. With his pedigree I expect him to be a big player for us.”

Tomorrow’s match at Louth starts at 3pm.

Stamford then host Boston United at the Vic Couzens Stadium on Tuesday evening.

Stamford’s first league fixture is at home to Kidsgrove Athletic on Saturday, August 13.