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Stamford AFC will be missing strikers Tom Siddons and James Hicks for their FA Cup clash with Witham Town at the Zeeco Stadium

Stamford manager Graham Drury feels his in-form side will need to find a different way of playing to combat the absence of their two first choice strikers in Saturday’s FA Cup clash.

The Daniels will be without frontmen James Hicks and Tom Siddons for the first qualifying round tie against Witham Town at the Zeeco Stadium (3pm).

The duo are both away for a fortnight which means they miss Stamford’s next four matches, starting with Saturday’s clash which is followed by league matches against Carlton and Stocksbridge as well as an Integro Cup tie with Lincoln United.

Tom Siddons. Photo: Dan Allen (16158514)
Tom Siddons. Photo: Dan Allen (16158514)

Siddons has scored in three of the last four games for the Daniels while Hicks has proved a handful for BetVictor Northern Premier League defences following a prolific pre-season.

And Drury knows his side – who have won five of their six competitive matches so far this season – will have to adapt to overcome the absence of their previously ever-present front two.

He said: “We’re going to miss them, but we’ll have to find a different way of playing and that’s what we’ll look to do.

“I’ve not really had to change too much so far, but there will be quite a few changes on Saturday because of what’s gone on.

“It might change the shape. It’s definitely going to change the clientele going forward.

“But Cosmos Matwasa and Tendai Chitiza are both scoring goals while Pearson Mwanyongo and Ollie Brown-Hill have also got one each after coming on as substitutes.

“We’ve got goals in us from all over with James Blunden banging them in from centre-half as well.”

James Hicks. Photo: @RussellDossett (16158202)
James Hicks. Photo: @RussellDossett (16158202)

Stamford go into FA Cup match on the back of a 3-1 victory at Lincoln United on Monday night as they bounced back from losing their 100 per cent record in the South East Division after a 3-1 home loss against Sheffield FC on Saturday.

Witham play at the same level as the Daniels, plying their trade in the Isthmian League North Division.

They are currently 15th, having won one and drawn one of their opening four league games.

The Essex side needed extra-time to set up their trip to the Zeeco Stadium after overcoming lower level FC Clacton on Tuesday in a preliminary round replay which was watched by Stamford assistant manager Paul Holden.

Harry Vince. Photo: Dan Allen (16158199)
Harry Vince. Photo: Dan Allen (16158199)

Stamford will also be without midfielder Harry Vince for the cup clash as he starts the first match of a three-game ban following his sending off against Sheffield at the weekend. He missed Monday’s match at Lincoln United with a knee injury.

Stamford are also at home to Tuesday night when they return to league action against Carlton Town.

The Nottinghamshire side – who are jointly managed by ex-Stamford boss Tommy Brookbanks – have made a strong start to the new season having recorded four wins out of four South East Division clashes.

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