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Stamford AFC need two wins to be safe says manager Staff

By Rob Byrne

Stamford AFC in action against Ashton United. Daniels skipper Richard Jones fails to connect with the ball Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150804-143936001
Stamford AFC in action against Ashton United. Daniels skipper Richard Jones fails to connect with the ball Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150804-143936001

Stamford manager David Staff believes his side need to win two of their last three league games to be safe come the end of the season.

That starts with the visit of Whitby Town to the Zeeco Stadium tomorrow where the manager hopes his side can finally end their home jinx and claim a victory.

They are going to need to as well because their only away game of the season is a trip to champions elect FC United of Manchester next weekend.

Stamford manager David Staff said: “It might be we go to FC United with them needing to win to take the title. They are probably going to have 2,500 people there supporting them so it’s going to be hard to get anything up there.

“We need that first league victory at home. We need six points because it is so tight at the bottom and we are not expecting our rivals to roll over either. I don’t think four points will be enough.”

On Bank Holiday Monday Stamford ended a ten match run without winning by beating derby rivals Grantham Town 4-1 in the Evo-Stik NPL thanks to a hat-trick from Dan Clements.

On Saturday they lost 2-0 at home to Ashton United. However Staff said on Monday it was refreshing to his side show a clinical edge in front of goal and he hopes it will instil some confidence into them after their difficult run which saw them drop into the relegation zone at the weekend.

The latest result moved them out of immediate trouble into 20th position thanks to Frickley Athletic drawing 1-1 at Whitby Town.

However the Daniels (20th - 46 points) have played a game more than both Frickley (21st - 45 points) and Marine (22nd - 43 points) so they will need to pick up points in their final three games to stay up.

First up is Whitby Town at home on Saturday, followed by FC United of Manchester on the road, with Witton Albion at the Zeeco Stadium on the final day of the season.

The good news is club top scorer Ryan Robbins is back from international duty and has completed his three game ban after getting a red card and will offer Stamford an added threat up front.

Staff said: “It’s nice to have him back and with the four goals on Monday it’s an added threat.

“We had a strong bench on Monday so whether he starts is still yet to be decided. Everyone would like to have a player like him around.”

Kick-off at Borderville tomorrow is 3pm.


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