Staff praises Daniels’ intensity and debutants against FC United of Manchester

Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150323-142552001
Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150323-142552001
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Stamford AFC manager David Staff was pleased with the intensity his side played with against Evo-Stik NPL leaders FC United of Manchester on Saturday but frustrated at their lack of consistency this season.

The Daniels drew 1-1 with FC United, coming back from a goal down after Shelton Payne scored in the 23rd minute thanks to a mistake by Stamford keeper Andy Stevens. But big defender Tom Batchelor nodded in a corner in the 36th minute to level the scores.

Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Greg Smith Photo: John Evely EMN-150323-141411001

Stamford AFC v FC United of Manchester. Greg Smith Photo: John Evely EMN-150323-141411001

Both sides had chances to win the tie in the second half, new Stamford signing Greg Smith missed an open goal early in the second half, and FC United has a goal disallowed and penalty turned down.

Staff said: “I thought it was competitive. I think both manager could have argued that they could have won but I think a draw was probably a fair result.

“We played with good intensity and tempo. We often do well against the big teams. Now we need to replicate that against the other teams.

“It was a good draw but it’s vital wins that we need.”

Staff signed two new player last week and both came straight into the starting team. Winger Kurtis Revan, signed from Oadby Town, made quite an impression beating defenders with his pace and trickery.

Staff said he added some width which has perhaps been missing from the team since Ellis Myles-Tebbutt was sent to prison for drug dealing offences in October.

Staff praised the wingers performance on his debut.

The other edition to the squad was former Spalding Town and Grantham striker Greg Smith who made his second debut for the Daniels having played for the club in the 2012-13 season.

Staff said: “He is a nuisance, and a pest and a different type of striker to what we have at the football club.”

He said when he heard that Smith was available, with top-scorer Ryan Robbins absent for at least five games, it made sense to bolster the striking options.