WEEKEND PREVIEW: Daniels out to match a 100 year old club record in the FA Cup

Spalding United celebrate their second goal in a 3-1 win over Rugby. Photo: Tim Wilson.
Spalding United celebrate their second goal in a 3-1 win over Rugby. Photo: Tim Wilson.
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Stamford AFC manager Graham Drury is not thinking about how close his side are to making a piece of club history in the FA Cup, despite them ebing just two wins away from the first round proper.

The Daniels reached the equivalent of the first round more than 100 years ago when there were fewer rounds in the competition, but they’ve never officially been in a draw alongside Football League clubs.

Striker Avelino Vieira is staying at Peterborough Sports.

Striker Avelino Vieira is staying at Peterborough Sports.

Tomorrow (October 1), Drury’s side travel to Northern Counties East League Premier Division side AFC Mansfield, who play a level lower than the Daniels, in the third round of qualifying for the historic trophy.

Drury is not taking Mansfield lightly. He said: “They are a very expensively assembled side.

“They have got lots of players in there I know from Conference North football with the likes of Ryan Williams, Jason White in goal and that lad Gary Bradshaw up front, scoring lots and lots of goals, and they will know all about us because they were watching us on Tuesday night.”

Stamford, who have lost striker Sam Mulready to higher-level St Neots this week, beat Bedworth United 3-2 in the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South on Tuesday, scoring in the 92nd minute through Ryan Robbins, adding to goals from Lee Beeson and Ollie Brown-Hill.

That was just a second win for Daniels who can see local rival Spalding United disappearing into the distance at the top of the table.

Tulips are four points clear after scoring twice late on to beat bottom club Rugby 3-1 at the Sir Halley Stewart Field on Tuesday with goals from Cenk Acer, Brad Wells and Rees Longville-Daley.

Spalding travel to mid-table Chasetown tomorrow.

United Counties Premier Division leaders Peterborough Sports host Leicester Nirvana at PSL (3pm) boosted by the decision of star striker Avelino Vieira to rebuff a transfer approach from higher-level St Neots.

Second-placed Holbeach United, who are three points behind Sports, entertain Desborough.

Blackstones have boosted their ailing Division One squad by picking up four players, Craig Hill, Adam Piergianni, Jack Bates and ex-Posh player Daniel French, from the defunct Whittlesey Athletic UCL club. French will also help coach the team.

Blackstones entertain Lutterworth tomorrow.

FIXTURES

Saturday, October 1

FA CUP

Third Round Qualifying

AFC Mansfield v Stamford.

EVO STIK LEAGUE

Division One South

Chasetown v Spalding Utd.

CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE

Premier Division

Holbeach United v Desborough Town

Kirby Muxloe v Yaxley

Northampton ON Chenecks v Deeping Rangers

Northampton Sileby Rangers v Huntingdon Town

Peterborough Northern Star v Newport Pagnell Town

Peterborough Sports v Leicester Nirvana

Wellingborough Town v Wisbech Town.

Division One

Blackstones v Lutterworth Athletic

Bourne Town v Rushden and Higham United.

THURLOW NUNN EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

Division One

March Town v Cornard United.

Wisbech St Mary v Braintree.