‘We can survive’, insists Daniels boss Drury
Defiant Daniels boss Graham Drury is confident he can turn the club’s fortunes around following Tuesday’s derby defeat by Grantham Town.
The 3-1 reverse, which continued Stamford’s miserable run of form at the Zeeco Stadium, left them firmly mired in the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
Drury, who was appointed a fortnight ago, said: “We’ve brought in new players and that is bound to be disruptive.
“But we are still really positive around the place and it’s up to us to work hard on the training field now.
“We’ve got to start picking up some scrappy points before Christmas and then kick on in the new year.”
Things looked rosy at start of Tuesday’s game when the Daniels stunned the Gingerbreads by snatching an early lead.
Duffy took a corner in the ninth-minute and after Paul Malone’s header was blocked former Grantham man Gregg Smith thrashed the ball home.
The visitors were determined to get back into it, though, and ex-Stamford ace Ben Saunders hit the bar and then the post.
Daniels custodian Ashley Timms then did well to keep out Lee Shaw but he couldn’t stop the equaliser arriving on 24 minutes, Danny Meadows bending in a good finish.
Tom McGowan went close to restoring Stamford’s lead and just before the interval Duffy missed a good chance.
It was a disastrous start to the second period for the Daniels as they fell behind two minutes in courtesy of a great effort from Michael Hollingsworth.
Grantham dominated and missed a further opening before sealing the points just after the hour mark.
A long range free kick from Meadows was parried by Timms and Shaw pounced on the loose ball to score.
Drury had no complaints about the result: “Grantham’s work rate was tremendous, they were stronger and fitter than us and they got the result they deserved.”
He added: “We had a tough game at Salford on Saturday and Grantham didn’t play, so that helped them.
“But I was frustrated with our reaction to going behind.”
Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) scheduled home league game with Marine has been postponed due to the opposition’s involvement in the FA Trophy.
The Daniels are back in action on Tuesday night when they host mid-table Buxton in the league.