Stable Stamford are back in action

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Stamford go into their first competitive pre-season game with manager David Staff happy to bring in just a few new faces to a settled squad.

Now into their second week of pre-season training, Staff said: “It’s going really well.

“What’s nice is that we have a nice level of continuity from last season, which is not something we’ve always had in the past.

“We had a good enough squad at the end of last season so we are making tweaks rather than wholesale changes as we try to improve things.

“A lot of the lads are familiar with the club and with each other and with what we are trying to do here.

“I would imagine we might have four or five new faces for the new season.

Defender Cameron Powell has joined the Daniels for their pre-season, having turned out for them a couple of times in the Lincs Cup.

He was a mainstay of Oadby Town, scoring 11 goals for them as they romped to the United Counties League Division 1 title last season.

Staff is also hoping to take a look at a few triallists during pre-season, giving an opportunity to some of the better players swho have stood out in the lower leagues.

“They deserve a chance,” he said, “and that’s how we found Ryan Robbins and a few others.”

Tuesday’s opponents, Histon, (kick off 7.45pm) may have dropped down from the Conference North but Staff knows they will offer a good workout at the Vic Couzens Stadium.

“They are now in about the same standard as us, the Southern Premier. They’re a good, steady side who play good football.”

Goalkeeper Alex Lynch, on loan from Peterborough last season, signed for Wycombe Wanderers on Thursday last week.

Despite the 19-year-old playing for Wales under-19 he never made an appearance for Posh first team.

The teenager caught the eye while playing for Stamford and has moved to Adams Park on a free transfer to develop his career under goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson, with whom he worked at Peterborough.

Richardson told the Wycombe Wonders website: “I’ve known Alex since he was a 16-year-old and I’m really pleased to be working with him again.

“He is another young keeper to add to the two we already have, and he has played for his country, so he’ll be a great addition to the squad.”

Other departures from Stamford include keeper Will Jones, Charlie Binns and defender Paul Malone.

Already joining the Daniels are full-back Ellis Myles, former King’s Lynn captain defender Ryan Clarke, and goalkeeper Andy Stevens, who turned out for them in a few cup games.

The Daniels’ first Evo-Stik Northern Premier outing will be on August 16, with the fixture list due out next week.