Fired-up Stamford hope Pools cup tie won’t be a Bridge too far

Pools' Nicky Featherstone gets away from the Leyton Orient midfield in the most recent home match. Picture by Tom Banks

Pools' Nicky Featherstone gets away from the Leyton Orient midfield in the most recent home match. Picture by Tom Banks

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Stamford manager Graham Drury wants his underdogs to match their defensive heroics from the last round in tomorrow’s FA Cup tie away to Hartlepool United.

The Evo-Stik League Division One side won 3-2 at Wrexham last month to clinch their first ever tie in the first round proper.

Pools provide the opposition, and boss Drury anticipates a testing afternoon for the side 95 places lower in the pyramid.

Drury told the Peterborough Telegraph: “We know it’s going to be tough. We are not naive. We are massive underdogs.

“But if we can defend like we did against Wrexham, when we kept them quiet, just the one goal at our place and then two late goals at theirs, and hit them on the break then we have got a chance.

“We have to take our chances, we won’t get many, but if we can put the ball in the back of the net you never know what might happen and hopefully we will be in the second round draw come Monday.”

The Daniels will have the backing of more than 400 fans at the Northern Gas & Power Stadium, and Drury added: “I don’t think it is going to be all that different to the Wrexham game.

“That was like a cup final for us. We have got to repeat how we played against them.

“We want that feeling again, it was a fantastic changing room after the game.

“The lads will give it their all.”

Stamford travel north today ahead of tomorrow’s 2pm kick-off.