New boy Evans will give Daniels extra bite

Former Spalding skipper Matt Evans is expected to make his Stamford debut tomorrow
Former Spalding skipper Matt Evans is expected to make his Stamford debut tomorrow
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STAMFORD will hand a debut to new signing Matty Evans as the Daniels promise a more direct approach in tomorrow’s game against Quorn at the Vic Couzens Stadium.

Evans has been recruited from Spalding United to add some bite in midfield but can also play on the right hand side of defence.

Assistant boss Pat Rayment said: “He will start on Saturday. He’s a feisty character, a tenacious competitor.”

The Daniels have found themselves out-muscled in several games recently and Rayment added: “All our lads compete but he will add something we do not have.

“It has been a bit of an eye-opener for Simon (Daniels’ boss Simon Clark) and myself to see how many teams just smash the ball upfield.

“Perhaps we play too much and are over-elaborate. I think there will be more emphasis on getting the ball forward. We have to adjust to the league we are playing in. The pitches are not good and we have been playing to other teams’ strengths.”

Tomorrow’s opponents are managed by ex-Daniels boss Dougie Keast and currently trail Stamford on goal difference in the Evo Stik Division One South table, although the Daniels have five games in hand.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm.

Last Saturday’s scheduled game against Carlton Town was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

l TWO young Daniels players have completed their third and final trials for England College U19 honours and now await the decision of England’s selection team.

Defender Max Avory and midfielder Jake Walton hope to make the 22 man squad that will take on Wales and Scotland and several teams from Spain’s La Liga on an end-of-season tour.

Both Stamford AFC youth players took part in a two-day programme at Lilleshall National Sports Centre as members of the successful Huntingdon College Football Development Centre.

Young Daniels coach Nathan Foster said: “Max and Jake have worked hard this season and we are proud of their achievements.

“An opportunity to compete with ex-Premiership academy players is great for their personal progress and football education.

“Simon, as first team manager, sees the progress of our younger players as a source of talent that in time will represent the club when the strength and physical side of their games match their technical ability.”

l FORMER England, Leicester City and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Peter Shilton will be the guest speaker at Stamford AFC’s sportsman’s dinner on February 17.

Tickets for the dinner cost £38 and can be booked via Peter Lane on 01778 346439.