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Stamford AFC make the trip to face AFC Telford in the FA Cup

Manager Graham Drury is calling on his Stamford side to show their mettle as the Daniels look to cause an FA Cup upset on Saturday.

Stamford make the trip to face National League North side AFC Telford in the second qualifying round clash.

The Bucks play two levels above a Daniels side who are aiming to bounce back after a disappointing midweek loss to Chasetown in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Stamford manager Graham Drury. Photo: Dan Allen (51307197)
Stamford manager Graham Drury. Photo: Dan Allen (51307197)

Drury said: "If we play like we did on Tuesday night by being slow and pedestrian then we will have problems because Telford are a big, strong side who will be direct.

"We have got to show our mettle now. It's a really tough game but, at the end of the day, these boys have shown that they can do it but we will certainly have to be better with the ball and with our passing and be stronger defensively than Tuesday night."

Stamford claimed a National League North scalp last season when they defeated Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy at the Zeeco Stadium before being beaten by Hereford in the next round.

They will travel to the New Buck's Ground to face a Telford side who have only played four league matches so far this season due to a Covid-19 outbreak in their squad earlier this month.

They were beaten 3-1 at Alfreton at the weekend and also lost on their travels at Blyth Spartans but are unbeaten on home soil after defeating Chorley and playing out a goalless draw with Hereford.

Stamford have lost two of their last three league game as their 4-1 weekend win over Bedworth was followed by the defeat to Chasetown on Tuesday.

Michael Frew. Photo: Tim Smith (51307351)
Michael Frew. Photo: Tim Smith (51307351)

The Scholars scored three goals in 10 first half minutes and Drury wants to see an improved display from his Daniels side.

He added: "If we defend like we can, stand up and man up then we can match Telford up and then, on the day, we've just got to open them up which is going to be the key.

"If we have too many touches then it will be like Chasetown and they will get men behind the ball.

"They will be very organised like Chasetown were and, if you do things slowly, then they will pick you off. We will be working on a shape and a plan in training this week to try and effect the game."

New signing Michael Frew will be included in the Stamford squad while boss Drury will be watching the game from the stands after being hit with a three-match touchline ban following his sending off before kick-off at Spalding last week.

The Daniels boss served the opening game of his suspension on Tuesday night.

Former Stamford striker Gregg Smith - now skipper of Spalding who was involved in the pre-match altercation - has also received a three-match suspension.

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