Daniels to enjoy underdog status

Stamford Daniels v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford Daniels v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton

Stamford Daniels will travel to league title favourites Chorley tomorrow with nothing to lose as they seek to make the most of their underdog status.

Chorley currently sit one point off top in the Evo-Stik Premier North and have three games in hand over pacesetters Skelmersdale United.

The Daniels are in 19th position.

Stamford manager David Staff said: “There is no pressure on us as no-one expects us to get anything from this game.

“But with the players we have, if we can get out and make a good start, you never know what can happen.

“We are fortunate that we have trained together a couple of times this week.

“We need to keep the players sharp because it is probably one of the toughest games of the season.”

Staff was pleased his side had been able to train together because their league match at home to Matlock on Saturday lasted just 20 minutes after the match was stopped for lightning and then abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch.

Staff said: “The water had nowhere to go and was just lying on the field, so like so many non-league fixtures across the country, our game was abandoned.

“The referee made the right decision.”

On the bench on Saturday was Stamford’s latest signing Emeke Nwadike.

The 35-year-old midfielder was signed last week to add some experience to the Daniels squad after Jon Challinor left for Conference side Halifax Town.

Staff said: “After Challinor left there was a gap in the squad in terms of experience, leadership, and a presence in the dressing room.

“We often put out a team with an average age of just 21 
so I wanted to bring in someone with some more experience.

“I felt Macca ticks all those boxes. He has been in the game for a long time and he has a lot to offer.”

Nwadike, whose career has included spells at Shrewsbury and Grantham, is expected to be involved for the trip tomorrow to Chorley.

Kick off is at 3pm.