Season target set for Stamford Daniels

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Stamford need to start taking points off some of the top sides in the league according to Daniels manager David Staff and there is no better time to start than tomorrow.

Stamford welcome fifth-placed Ashton United to the Vic Couzens Stadium for a second time this season.

Stamford lost 2-1 away to Ashton in the Evo-Stik Premier North earlier in the season but beat them at home 4-2 on their FA Cup run.

Staff said: “It is a tough side against an inform side who we know well.

“You have to respect teams but we need to start picking up points against some of the better teams, especially when we are at home.

“We need to reach 50 points to survive in this league but there are plenty of points still available.”

The Daniels are currently on 33 points, just one point above the relegation zone.

Stamford were unable to add to their tally on Saturday when they were beaten 3-0 away at new league leaders Chorley.

Chorley, who are title favourites, were on top for much of the game but only led 1-0 at half time thanks to a Daniel Lawlor own goal.

But after the break, two goals from in-form striker James Dean condemned Stamford to their first league loss of 2014.

Chorley started strongly and only an acrobatic save 
by Stamford keeper Alex Lynch kept Keiran 
Walmsley’s curling free-kick out just four minutes into the game.

Lynch was kept busy in the Stamford goal, saving from Jack Dorney, scooping a Whitham header around the post and tipping a Paul Jarvis corner over his bar.

However, he was finally beaten by his own player. A whipped in corner was deflected off Lawlor’s head into the bottom corner.

On 40 minutes, Stamford’s Ryan Robbins had a chance to level ,after he latched onto a misplaced pass. However, the striker shot wide.

Stamford responded after the break with Robbins, Nabil Shariff and Shawn Richards causing the Magpies’ defence problems.

A great run by Jordan Smith opened up the Chorley defence and created a chance but the ball sailed over the 

Stamford’s latest signing, 35-year-old midfielder Emeka Nwdike, made his debut replacing Dan Lawlor after the break.

However, the Daniels’ conceded a penalty on 64 minutes. Chorley broke and before Magpies midfielder Jake Cottrell could shoot, 
he was taken out by Ryan Walker.

Lynch got a hand to Dean’s penalty but could not prevent the forceful strike going in.

The closest Stamford came to scoring all game was when Jason Field saw a wind-assisted corner bounce off the bar.

Dean notched his 15th goal of the season four minutes from time for a 3-0 final score.

Staff said: “If we were going to get anything from Chorley we had to be at our best and we didn’t have everyone firing on full cylinders on Saturday.

“If we could have got a goal early on we could have tested them but it didn’t happen.”