Tommy’s relishing promotion tests

Stamford boss Tommy Brookbanks will face his former side Carlton Town tomorrow
Stamford boss Tommy Brookbanks will face his former side Carlton Town tomorrow
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DANIELS boss Tommy Brookbanks will come up against one of his former sides when second-placed Carlton Town visit the Premier Kitchens Arena tomorrow.

Stamford face a tough four days with a long trip to fourth-placed Sheffield on Tuesday evening, hot on the heels of tomorrow’s clash. Both games will provide a tough test of Stamford’s promotion credentials.

Brookbanks, who spent 14 years at Carlton, said: “I am really looking forward to the game.

“I still have very good relations with the club although there are now hardly any of the players that I knew still there.

“These are two massive games for us.

“At the end of the day we have to relish these kinds of games.”

Fifth-placed Stamford are struggling for consistency and drew 2-2 at Market Drayton last Saturday but they were not the only side at the top to drop points.

Ominously for Stamford, promotion rivals Carlton will also be looking to return to winning ways when they visit Stamford tomorrow and they boast two of the league’s top marksmen in Ruben Wiggins-Thomas (15 goals) and Ian Brown (13 goals).

Carlton, who like Stamford are one-time leaders of the Evo-Stik First Division South this season, were beaten 3-2 at home by Newcastle Town last Saturday. It was the first defeat for Carlton in two months.

Stamford lost 4-2 at Carlton back in August and tomorrow’s clash promises more goals.

Tuesday’s opponents, Sheffield edged two points further ahead of Stamford with a 3-2 victory at Hucknall on Saturday.

Sheffield boast one of the tightest defences in the league but went down 4-1 at fellow high-flyers Ilkeston on Monday. But Stamford cannot afford to read too much into that amount.

Two days earlier, Brookbanks had read the riot act to his players at half time at Market Drayton.

The Daniels were poor in the first half but came back with late goals from Nick Ghislanzoni and Danny Brooks, who scored a 90th minute penalty.

The Daniels boss said: “It was a shocking first half. The lads were told in no uncertain terms that they were not working hard enough and they responded well in the second half.”

He added: “It is all so closely matched this season that there are no whipping boys. It’s the strongest I have ever seen this league.”

Stamford beat East Midlands League side Radford 3-0 on Wednesday evening with all three goals scored by midfielder Chris Cox on his trial.

Tomorrow’s game at home to Carlton kicks off at 3pm at the Premier Kitchens Arena.

l STAMFORD youth player Jake Walton has been snapped up by Corby Town.