Injuries and suspensions leave Daniels thin for Barwell trip

Stamford AFC striker Ryan Robbins celebrates his stunning goal against Lincoln United in the FA Cup qualifying round one. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140915-173546001
Stamford AFC striker Ryan Robbins celebrates his stunning goal against Lincoln United in the FA Cup qualifying round one. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-140915-173546001
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Stamford AFC manager David Staff has always said success this season will only come if everyone in his small squad plays their part and with some keep players out for tonight’s (Tuesday) Evo-Stick Norther Premier League game against Barwell there will be no better time for some of the Daniels’ support cast to step into the limelight.

Stamford are without skipper Richard Jones who picked up a back injury in the Daniels’ 1-1 away draw at Halesowen Town on Saturday.

Star striker Ryan Robbins will also miss the trip to Barwell following a one game ban and Cameron Powell is out of the mix.

Last week Stamford also allowed Matthew Cotton to join Lincoln United.

Manager David Staff said: “We have to keep a small squad because of the finances, and we don’t have an under-21s or a reserves side like some clubs to call upon. We can’t ever have lads sitting around not actively involved. We have a good squad here, and I think we will get better but it’s the Northern Premier League and it’s a strong league.

“In my opinion, a lot stronger than the one below and a sustainable club like ours can’t have 20 players scrapping for 11 places. Realistically we might try and get one in for Tuesday, and it does make it hard for us when two contracted players can’t feature for obvious reasons. What we do have is a great dressing room, and the lads scrapped right until the end at Halesowen and we’ll do the same at Barwell and look for another positive result.

“They are very much our bogey side but that has to change at some point. Clearly it’ll be difficult as they are on a good run, and we have a few out but we still have plenty of quality available to us.”

Barwell are one place below Stamford in the league table, sitting in 11th with two games in hand over the Daniels who have had a number of matches postponed because of their opposition being involved in cup replays,

The game kicks-off at 7.45pm.