Trophy victory tastes so sweet for the Daniels

Jordan Smith with the Lincs Senior Trophy
Jordan Smith with the Lincs Senior Trophy
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Fresh from the joy of landing his first trophy as team boss, Daniels manager Dave Staff had even more cause for celebration this week when it was revealed key striker Jordan Smith is staying with the club.

Smith, who scored his side’s second goal in their Lincs Senior Trophy win at Sincil Bank stadium on Tuesday, has signed up for another year at the club.

Staff is delighted to have retained his vice captain, who scored 13 goals this season.

He said: “Jordan is someone who is hard working, a real winner and team player, and can do all parts of the game.

“He enjoys his football here and is rightfully well respected for the efforts he puts in. We are building for next season and he has always been part of the plans moving forward so it’s good have him onboard.”

Smith and his teammates were thrilled with their success in the final, even though it was achieved only after a penalty shoot-out following a remarkable recovery from 3-1 down in the last four minutes by their opponents Brigg Town.

The manager said: “We are delighted to have won the trophy but it was a strange 
affair. We dominated for large parts of the game and I can’t really believe we didn’t win the game outright. But I am chuffed for everybody involved, especially the players.

“Fair play to Brigg but I think they were as surprised as anyone to find themselves on level terms at 90 minutes.

“I suppose I was a bit frustrated because I thought the players deserved to win outright. We have shown signs of inexperience sometimes this season but there have been more positives than negatives both in this game and during the season.

“We played some wonderful football in the final and scored some great goals.

“Now we move on with preparations for next season and I feel we have a really good base to build on.

“The early signs are that the majority of the squad want to be involved again and we want them to stay with us.”

Two players will be missing from the squad next season as they are relocating.

Charlie Binns is moving back to his home area of York and Will Jones is moving to Newcastle with his work.

Both played key roles in the thrilling final.