Cup final not a priority for Stamford in relegation battle

Stamford AFC in action against Ashton United. Greg Smith goes close. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150804-143925001
Stamford AFC in action against Ashton United. Greg Smith goes close. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150804-143925001
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It’s easy to forget but Stamford AFC are in a cup final on Tuesday when they travel to Lincoln City’s Sincil Bank Stadium to take on lower league Louth Town in the Lincolnshire Cup.

Louth compete in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League Division One, which is two divisions below the Daniels, and they are currently in fifth place in the league following a seven game winning run. While there is a gulf between the leagues there is also a gulf in form. Stamford in comparison have only won one of their last 11 and that was the 4-1 win against Grantham Town on Monday.

Stamford manager David Staff said: “It’s a massive game for them and it would be good for us to get a victory.”

Staff said it’s a nice stadium, a big day for the fans and winning some silverware is always good but it’s not his or the club’s priority right now. Staying in the Evo-Stik NPL is their only target. However he said if they can get a positive result on Saturday against Whitby Town it will be important to keep the momentum going.