Stamford target double over Marine

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Stamford lost 2-0 to high-flying AFC Fylde on Saturday but Daniels manager David Staff believes the quality of his side’s performance puts them in prime position to win tomorrow.

The Daniels conceded a goal to Matt Blinkhorn just before the break on Saturday and a second through Danny Lloyd two minutes from time as they chased to get something from the game.

The away loss meant that Fylde completed a league double over Stamford, having beaten them at home 3-1 a week earlier.

The title-chasing side are the form team in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier, extending their unbeaten streak to 17 matches in all competitions with their win over Stamford.

However, there was a hint of optimism coming from the Stamford camp after the match.

Manager Staff said: “It was always going to be a tough task. They are a team that have aspirations to move up the leagues and get quite significant financial backing.

“We gave them maybe a little bit too much respect in the first half.

“They were 1-0 up at half time but when we went in I thought we might have a chance to get something from the game.

“In the second half we looked after the ball much better and defended much better. I was impressed with the attitude and commitment of the players. I was also impressed with the resolve and commitment we showed.

“I never want to lose and I am never happy losing but the weekend was not all bad. It has got to that stage in the season when you start looking at the results of those around you and it went our way on Saturday.”

Stamford dropped down to 17th in the week but with Barwell one place below them drawing 0-0 and Ilkeston a place above, also with 49 points, losing 1-0 it meant that Stamford did not lose ground on those around them.

The two teams just ahead of that group, Grantham Town and Buxton played each other on Saturday, with Buxton running out 3-1 winners.

Tomorrow Stamford face Marine who they beat 3-1 away in November, and who sit just one point and a place above the relegation zone.

Staff said: “They are battling for their lives.

“We have highlighted it as a real chance to win and maybe move away from those teams in the bottom half of the table.”

Marine have slipped into trouble since Christmas, winning just once in their last 10 games. Stamford host them at the Vic Couzens Stadium tomorrow, kick off 3pm.