Match Preview: Stamford AFC vs Bedworth United

With snow falling heavily across the UK this week, all supporters will hope that games across the country brave the weather and games go ahead. All being well, Bedworth United head to the Zeeco Stadium as The Greenbacks face league leaders Stamford this weekend on Saturday 11th March. The fixture has been rescheduled a couple of times, so hopefully this weekend’s encounter goes ahead! Bedworth head to Stamford in poor form, which continued with a 1-0 defeat against Gresley Rovers last weekend. The Daniels go into the game looking to get back to winning ways as they were held to a 1-1 draw against Sutton Coldfield.

Opposition

Stamford were established in 1896 and spent a single season in the East Midlands League. After several years without league football, the club joined the Northamptonshire League in 1909, and won the title in 1911–12. In 1933 the league was renamed the United Counties League. The club came to be known as “The Daniels” after Daniel Lambert, often cited as England’s heaviest ever man, a Stamford resident

During the 2016–17 season The Daniels reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time after beating National League side Wrexham 3–2 away in a 4th qualifying round replay. In their first round tie they were beaten 3-0 by League Two side Hartlepool United

Stamford currently lead the Norther Premier League- Midlands division collecting 70 points from their 30 games. They currently have a 3 point advantage over second place Halesowen Town as both clubs head in to the final 8 games of the season. While Stamford top the league table, they also top the form guide as Stamford have amassed 16 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 games, with their 1-1 draw against Sutton Coldfield ending a run of 6 consecutive wins.

Stamford’s home form has been a major contributing factor to The Daniels title charge this season, with their only loss at home coming to Sutton Coldfield back in October. From their 14 home games this season, they have picked up 11 wins and 2 draws making the trip to Lincolnshire this weekend a daunting challenge for The Greenbacks as The Daniels are undefeated in 2023 so far.

However. Bedworth are winless in 2023 and will be looking to put some distance from the relegation playoffs. The 1-0 defeat to Gresley Rovers compounded a disappointing performance, as it was another missed opportunity for The Greenbacks to get back to winning ways with Gresley being reduced to 10 men in the first half.  Bedworth currently sit 15th, just five points from 17th placed St Neots Town who occupy one of the relegation playoff places.

The Greenbacks will be hoping new signings Trea Bertie, Jakob Burroughs and Josh Endall will be able to make a positive impact for the remaining 8 games of the season to help The Greenbacks steer away from danger.

Manager

Graham Drury is the manager at the helm at the Zeeco Stadium, with this being his third spell in charge of Stamford, most recently being appointed in November 2015. Over the three different spells, his time as manager of Stamford spans over 11 years as Drury continues to succeed in his role with The Daniels. In between his different times as Stamford manager, he has previously managed Corby Town and Boston United.

Previous meeting

The Greenbacks last encounter with Stamford was the opening day of the season back in August at The Oval. Stamford came away victorious as a brace from Cameron Johnson sealed a 2-0 win over The Greenbacks.  Bedworth United put up a tough fight against The Daniels and were in the game up until Johnson bagged his second goal in the 90th minute.

Stamford’s Footballing Famous Face

In this section, we look back over the years of our upcoming opponents former players who might be familiar to fans who know their football. The player may have just played one game or a hundred, this section will briefly look at the career of a former oppositions career. The next player to feature on this Football Famous Face section is…

Lee Frecklington

Frecklington came through the youth academy at home town club Lincoln City, he spent time on loan with Lincoln United and Stamford before going on to make 127 league appearances, scoring 21 goals. He was part of the Imps team that missed out on promotion to League One during the 2005–06 season. In 2009 he joined Peterborough United, later moving to Rotherham United in 2013 where he scored 26 times in 157 appearances, twice being promoted to the EFL Championship. He returned to Lincoln in 2017 and won the EFL Trophy and the 2019 League Two title. He retired in October 2021 after a brief spell with Non-League side Frickley Athletic. In 2006 he was capped by the Republic of Ireland B team.

In his first season as a professional, Frecklington did not initially make the first team squad and in September 2005 he was loaned to Stamford in the Southern League Division One East to gain further experience, remaining until Lincoln recalled him in December 2005. While at Stamford he played alongside his uncle David Frecklington who had been an apprentice at Lincoln City in the mid-1990s. Upon his return to Sincil Bank he became a regular presence on the substitutes bench and on 4 February 2006 stepped off the bench to score his first league goal in the game at Stockport.

During his loan spell at Stamford, he made 11 appearances and scored 1 goal for The Daniels. In total, Frecklington made 491 appearances, scoring 75 goals.

How to follow

Kick off is at 3pm at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday 11th March. Ticket prices are below:

Adults: £10

Concessions: £7

Under 18s: £3

Zeeco Stadium, Borderville Sports Centre, Ryhall Road, Stamford, PE9 1US

If you aren’t able to make it to the game, make sure that you’re following the club on Twitter- @bedworth_united for live updates.