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Jack Duffy and Ashton Offler reject moves to stay with Stamford AFC

Manager Graham Drury has praised the commitment of his squad to the Stamford cause after two players rejected moves away from the Zeeco Stadium.

Top scorer Jack Duffy has turned down an offer from Southern League Premier Division Central rivals and current pacesetters Mickleover.

Centre-half Ashton Offler has also pledged to stay with the Daniels despite interest from higher level National League North side Peterborough Sports.

Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Manager Graham Drury. Photo: Rob O'Brien

He said: "It's fantastic that the players are showing loyalty to myself and the club.

"It shows the togetherness which we build and players can see what we're trying to do and appreciate everything that we do for them.

"They understand the philosophy of the club. We don't overspend or put ourselves in trouble and just look to develop players."

Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Jack Duffy. Photo: Rob O'Brien

After their midweek match with AFC Telford was postponed due to a frozen pitch, Stamford return to league action on Saturday with a trip to Kettering Town.

They defeated the Poppies 3-2 on the opening day of the season in Stamford's first match following their promotion last term and Kettering's relegation from step two of the non-league pyramid.

The two sides are again having contrasting campaigns with Stamford pushing for the play-offs while Kettering are currently in the relegation zone having won just one of their last six league games.

Ashton Offler. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Ashton Offler. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Drury added: "I think Kettering were unlucky not to win their game last weekend, let alone lose it, so it won't be an easy task at all.

"We've also got that form of not playing very well against sides that are down there so that doesn't help so we've got to make sure that we're a bit better than we have been against the lower teams in the table to get anything out of it.

"There should be a decent crowd though and we'll travel in numbers so we've got to see it as a chance to really push ourselves into those play-off places."

Stamford make the trip to Latimer Park on Saturday on the back of a 2-2 home draw with Redditch United on Saturday.

A late leveller from Will Glennon secured a share of the spoils for the Daniels against their play-off rivals.

Drury commented: "There have been plenty of times this season where we've conceded late on so it was nice for us to do it this time.

"I think if we had scored 15 minutes earlier than we did then we would perhaps have gone on and won it but, with us not doing that, a draw was a fair result.

"It was a good point in the end and to take four points off a side like Redditch from the two games this season is no mean feat because they're a good team."

The draw on Saturday has left Stamford in seventh spot in the table, three points outside the play-off places.

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