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 Stamford prepare to take on mighty Wolves


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Stamford take on Wolves

 

Former Rotherham and Hartlepool goalkeeper Peter Denton has signed for Stamford AFC and goes straight into the team for tonight’s (Wednesday’s) prestige friendly with Championship glamour boys Wolves.

 

Denton (19) will compete for the number one jersey at the Zeeco Stadium with Ollie Sutton, who joined last week, and Taylor McMillan, with first choice Paul Bastock sidelined until Christmas following a shoulder operation.

 

Sutton (20), son of former Celtic and Norwich striker Chris, impressed on his debut on Saturday in the 2-1 friendly victory at Holbeach United.

 

Denton spent two season at Championship side Rotherham United without making a league appearance.

 

He joined League Two Hartlepool a year ago but was out injured from February after a cartilage operation.

 

Daniels boss Graham Drury says he has brought in Denton to provide added competition for what is a key position with the start of the Evo-Stick First Division South campaign just 10 days away.

 

He said: “Peter is a talented lad and he will play from the start against Wolves.

 

“Ollie did really well against Holbeach. He’s not the biggest or the tallest but his long arms give him a massive wing span which is obviously an advantage for a ’keeper.

 

“His kicking is tremendous – I’ve never seen a goalkeeper who is able to kick with both feet so accurately.

 

“Ollie has done nothing wrong when he played so let’s see if Pete can go out and top that.

 

“I can only choose one of them to start the season so let’s see what happens.”

 

Wolves arrive at Borderville tonight (kick-off 7.30pm) promising to bring a talented young squad of under 23 players, several with first team experience.

 

They include French defender Sylvain Deslandes, who has played first XI and Capital One Cup football for the Molyneux club, goalkeeper Jon Flatt, who turned out in the FA Cup away at Stoke City while on loan at Wrexham, and winger Will Randall, who played 11 League One games while at Swindon Town.

 

New Italian manager Walter Zenga is not expected to be at the Stamford game after replaced the sacked Kenny Jackett last week.

 

Wolves will instead be led by former Leeds, Newcastle and Blackburn  Premier League midfielder Scott Sellars.

 

Drury said: “I know Scott because I once tried to sign his son for Stamford and I’m really grateful to him for bringing his team to play us.

 

“They are bringing their Under 23s with some really talented players so it’s going to be a great workout for my lads – I’m really looking forward to it.”

 

The manager said Stamford’s players were excited to be playing a club with the pedigree of Wolves, adding: “It shows in a player’s mentality when they are playing higher level opposition.

 

“No disrespects to Bourne, Deeping and Holbeach but our players have raised their game against the likes of Grimsby and Scunthorpe this pre-season and hopefully we will do it again against Wolves.

 

“These next two matches – tonight and against Spalding on Saturday – are crucial for us in terms of trying a few things out and getting ready for the league starting on the 13th.”

 

Drury is hoping tonight’s glamorous opposition will attract a big crowd to the Zeeco Stadium.

 

He added: “This is the biggest of our pre-season game probably. I’ve worked really hard to get some decent teams to come and play at Stamford because the last few seasons it’s been pretty poor in terms of the opposition the club has played in pre-season.

 

“Wolves are a big club so I am hoping we get lots of support and we break the 500 attendance mark.”

 

Stamford have a squad of 18 for tonight’s match, minus the unavailable Ryan Robbins, Tom Batchelor and Kern Miller.


Drury had hoped to sign a striker in time for the game, to replace the newly-departed Gregg Smith, but now hopes to secure him for Saturday’s match against Spalding.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Published: 03/08/2016





 
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