No more awards for the Daniels manager please

Stamford manager Graham Drury.
Stamford manager Graham Drury.
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The next time that Stamford chalk up four straight league wins, somebody should ask the league not to name their boss manager of the month.

Every time Graham Drury receives the award, his side loses their next game and the curse struck again on Saturday with the Daniels losing 3-1 at Chasetown.

Drury was named manager of the month by the Evo_Stik League after his side had won five of their six matches in November including all four league ties and cup tie at King’s Lynn. They scored 20 goals in the process but after Ricky Miller’s early strike that form deserted them on Saturday.

“It’s great for the club to get the award but I would rather have the three points,” said Drury.

“Six times as manager and I have never won the match afterwards. I think we scored too early. All credit to Chasetown; they were the better team.

“There were times when we should have moved the ball quicker in the final third but we could have played for ever and we wouldn’t have got anything.”

Drury’s side are on the road again tomorrow, travelling to play Lincoln United who the Daniels beat 5-1 in the first match of the season at Kettering Road.

But Drury, who will be without suspended skipper Richard Jones tomorrow, warns Lincoln will be no pushovers.

“There may be tactical changes,” he said. “We will try to pick out their weaknesses.

“It was 5-1 at the start of the season but they still gave us a lot of trouble and since then they have brought in a few players and are a different outfit. I’m expecting a tough game.”

Stamford’s last home game - a 4-1 victory against Belper attracted the club’s highest league attendance of the season and the club is hoping to build on that in the push for promotion.

For the first time ever, Stamford are releasing half-season tickets that will include the final 11 home games of the 2012/13 Evo-Stik Division One South season - beginning with Boxing Day’s match against Kidsgrove Athletic and including potential title-deciders against current leaders Coalville Town and third-placed Kings Lynn Town.

The tickets cost £60 for adults (£40 concessions) and are available from the club shop.