Right ingredients in Stamford squad is the recipe for success

Ben George is buried by delighted Stamford players after scoring the second goal in their 3-1 win over Basford. Photo: LEE HELLWING
Ben George is buried by delighted Stamford players after scoring the second goal in their 3-1 win over Basford. Photo: LEE HELLWING
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Daniels boss Graham Drury believes his squad has the right ingredients to turn their season into a success.

Stamford claimed a memorable victory last Saturday by becoming the first side this season to defeat unbeaten league leaders Basford.

The 3-1 victory cemented Stamford’s place in the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off places as title favourites Basford saw their 27-match unbeaten run ended by the Daniels.

The win was met by raucous celebrations in the Stamford camp and Drury now wants his side to build on that super success when they visit Kidsgrove Athletic this weekend.

He said: “It proved how much it means to the players by how they celebrated at the end.

“We’ve got a really good team spirit and that showed with the lads who were on the bench joining in and celebrating as a group.

“It’s a great changing room and everyone is really trying to put it together and hopefully we can build on Saturday’s win.

“Every success I’ve had at clubs has been when everyone has been in it together and it’s the same with this squad this season.

“It was a great result, but we won’t be getting carried away by it because the bottom line is we played against 10 men.

“We’ve now got to back our victories up with another couple of wins to make sure we’re in the play-offs.

“It’s really tight and it will be tough to stay in there because there’s a lot of good sides. It’s really in the balance and it will come down to which side can produce a run.

“Every game is massive now and we’re just going to take it one game at a time.”

Stamford make the trip to Kidsgrove looking to complete a league double over the Staffordshire side, having won 4-1 in November’s home match.

However, Drury is expecting a different proposition against their 17th-placed hosts in what wasn’t a happy hunting ground for the Daniels last season following a 3-0 reversal.

He added: “It’s a tough place to go. We never seem to play that well there, but it’s all about the results and not necessarily the performances now. I’d gladly go there and come away with a 1-0 win.

“They are very good going forward. Anthony Malbon is a class act and among the best strikers in the division.

“They didn’t look fit enough when they came to us and we won comfortably on the day, but it will be different on Saturday.

“Keeping clean sheets is important, but we need to be more expansive and go out and try and win games.”

Drury will have the same squad as last weekend at his disposal with Joe Burgess the only absentee as he edges ever closer to a return from injury.