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Stamford AFC host Belper Town in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division play-off semi-final



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Manager Graham Drury doesn't want his Stamford side to have any complacency when they take on Belper Town tonight (Tuesday) in the play-off semi-final.

The two sides meet at the Zeeco Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm) hoping to move another step closer to securing promotion from the Northern Premier League Midlands Division.

Stamford have already scored 10 goals in their two victories over the Nailers this season with a 6-1 home success being followed by a 4-1 away win.

Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Drury said: "The first words in the changing room after Saturday's win was about not being complacent.

"We face a Belper side who, if we start thinking we've got a bye into the final, will knock us out and we know what we have to do.

"They have more of a threat now and have recently signed Sam Muggleton who has a ridiculous long throw which is so difficult to defend.

"We have to make sure that we're really sharp on winning the first and second balls and clearing our lines.

"It's their main threat but hopefully the overloads that we get with our pace is the real key in the game and our desire to be on the front foot.

"When we press the second ball and get those overloads then we're a dangerous animal.

Stamford's young supporters on Saturday. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Stamford's young supporters on Saturday. Photo: Rob O'Brien

"I trust these boys but, at the end of the day, I am just a support bubble for them, on and off the pitch.

"They trust me with my decisions and substitutions and that's a recipe for a fantastic cake which anyone like Delia Smith would be proud to make.

"If you trust each other and you allow them to play, breathe and express themselves then they will work so hard to get control of the ball and they have been doing that week in, week out."

A bumper crowd of 660 watched Stamford's victory over Carlton at the weekend and Drury is hoping for another strong show of support.

A number of club's Young Daniels players got behind their senior counterparts and the Stamford manager wants to create another special night for the club.

He said: "It was a fantastic crowd on Saturday and it was great to see the youth all enjoying the day.

"These are the future of the club and it only builds our fan-base. I saw some young lads on Saturday who thanked us for everything we had done and it's great to be part of that.

"Saturday was a special occasion with no real gains, apart from home advantage, so it's now about time we make sure we do what we have to."



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