Stamford must take a point at Halesowen

Action from Stamford's 2-1 defeat at home to Rainworth'Photo:Geoff Atton
Action from Stamford's 2-1 defeat at home to Rainworth'Photo:Geoff Atton
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Stamford boss Wayne Hatswell says his side must take at least a point at Halesowen Town this evening.

Tonight’s hosts trail the Daniels by four points with three games remaining and the West Midlands side are one of two sides - along with Chasetown - challenging for the promotion play-offs in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

“I do not want to go into the last game needing to win it,” said Hatswell, who described Saturday’s 2-1 loss at home to Rainworth Miners Welfare as painful.

“We looked organised and never looked in any danger and then were punished for two errors - that one has really hurt me.

“I don’t know how we lost on Saturday. We were cruising at 1-0 but shot ourselves in the foot. I came away angry, disappointed and in a bit of shock.”

Hatswell hasn’t been helped by suspensions and illness at the crucial time of the season. Skipper Richard Jones will serve the second of his two match suspension this evening, and fellow centre-back Tom Batchelor may miss the rest of the season following a bout of pneumonia. Danny Brooks also missed Saturday’s game through illness while James Ozmen and Andy Hall both came off carrying knocks.

The Daniels manager has drafted in former Macclesfield midfielder Lewis Chalmers as emergency cover in midfield.

This evening’s game at Halesowen kicks off at 7.45pm.