‘More of that please’ says Daniels boss as Robbins sinks The Mariners

A Ryan Robbins hat-trick was the icing on the cake in their away victory over fifth-placed Marine. Picture: Geoff Atton
A Ryan Robbins hat-trick was the icing on the cake in their away victory over fifth-placed Marine. Picture: Geoff Atton
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Daniels boss David Staff is refusing to get carried away after a top class 3-1 victory over high-flying Merseyside opponents Marine.

On-fire striker Ryan Robbins grabbed a hat-trick on Saturday when Stamford travelled to face the Mariners - fifth at the start of the day in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League.

But now Staff’s buoyant squad have their sights set on the visit this Saturday of league leaders Skelmersdale.

And they know they will have to show more consistency if their magnificent Merseyside win is to have much long-term meaning.

“Looking back on things,” said Staff, “it makes it quite frustrating that it was quite a comfortable win against one of the top sides - it shows we’ve let ourselves down on other occasions against teams that are not so strong.

“Skelmersdale are newly-promoted as well and are a bit of a surprise package.

“They would not have been among the title favourites but they’ve had a brilliant start to the season.

“It’s actually a nice time to play them, on the back of a good away win. We are in quite a buoyant mood but we need to turn the corner and get momentum.

“In a tight league like this, a bit of consistency will take you into the higher places. This game is an opportunity for us to build on a good performance.”

He was, nevertheless, delighted with the Daniels’ performance against Marine.

Alex Lynch had to make an early save in the Stamford goal from a Joe Fowler free kick.

But it was soon his counterpart who was the busier, saving well from Robbins, twice, Jack Ashton and full back Shawn Richards.

Just after the half hour, Robbins turned sharply on the edge of the box and rifled his first goal home.

He then got on the end of a Richards cross in the 50th minute to angle a header inside the far post and double the Daniels’ advantage.

Richards nearly added a third, a fierce shot against the crossbar, before Robbins sent one into the side netting.

Marine’s best chance was lifted over the top by midfielder Lee Parle, but by now they were getting stretched as they sought a way back into the game.

A cross to the far post seven minutes from time was met by Robbins, who kept it low as he completed his hat-trick - and his eighth in four games.

The Mariners, who went into the match with only one home loss in nine games, pulled one back through Matty Devine in injury time but it could not hide the fact they were well-beaten by the Daniels.

Robbins’ performance deserved the plaudits but Staff was keen to share the credit.

“In certain passages of games, Ryan has been fantastic. He has a canon of a left foot as he showed with his first goal on Saturday.

“Not wanting to take anything away from Ryan, but I actually wanted someone else to score! That would be good for the team. So I was pleased that several others created chances.”

And there were several other positives for Staff, who blooded two new signings, 21-year-old striker Nabil Shariff from Corby who got close with one strong shot, and left back Jason Field, 20, from Lincoln United.

“I wanted to freshen things up slightly,” Staff said. “A couple of new faces doesn’t do any harm. They offered us something different and renewed vigour on the pitch.”

He was also pleased with the style of play: “We have been working quite a lot on defending from the front. That was good to see on Saturday, that we were defending as a team. We drained Marine towards the end. All the top teams in this league press a lot when they haven’t got the ball and that’s what I want to see from us.”

Apart from Ash Robinson, who suffered an injury on Saturday, and the suspended Alvin Jarvis, most of Staff’s squad are available for the Skelmersdale clash and he expects to turn out quite a settled side.

Kick off on Saturday at the Vic Couzens stadium against Skelmersdale is 3pm.

Stamford: Alex Lynch, Shawn Richards, Jason Field, Jack Ashton, Richard Jones, Ryan Walker (Ashley Robinson, Liam Richardson), Daniel Lawlor, Jon Challinor, Nabil Shariff, Jordan Smith, Ryan Robbins (David Moyo). Subs not used: Richard Wesley, David Staff.