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Gainsborough Trinity's Darryn Stamp dreams of doing historic double

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 21, 2012

Gainsborough Trinity's Darryn Stamp

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Gainsborough Trinity's stunning run of seven successive wins has left talismanic striker Darryn Stamp dreaming of an historic double.

The Blues pulled off one of the shocks of the FA Trophy this season when they defeated big-spending Conference outfit Forest Green 2-1 last weekend.

Super Trinity followed that up with a 2-0 win at Bradford Park Avenue to soar into the Blue Square Bet North play-off positions.

Stamp says there is a buzz around the Trinity dressing room, which is reminiscent of when he played for Conference title winners Chester in 2003/04.

The veteran striker says the Blues are playing well enough to have a similar period of success having fired his eighth and ninth goals of the season at the weekend.

"To be fair, any goal you score as a striker is a bonus," said Stamp.

"But in terms of the run we are on and the importance of this FA Trophy competition, it is nice to know I can still do it against teams at a higher level.

"We have some great momentum at the moment and when you are on a winning run like this, it feels like it is never going to end.

"We are going into every game high in confidence – even when we went to Forest Green, who are obviously doing very well in the league above us.

"But we travelled with total belief that we could get something from that game.

"That shows you the strength of character we have within the squad.

"I think all of us would be disappointed if we didn't at least make the play-offs again this season. And while no-one is going round talking about going to Wembley, we all believe we can beat anyone on our day."

On Monday evening, two-goal hero Stamp was rested for the trip to Bradford Park Avenue, highlighting the depth of talent that Housham has at his disposal.

But, on Saturday, former Scunthorpe United man Stamp is hoping to return to the starting line-up as Stalybridge are the visitors to the Northolme, but says no-one is assured of a place in the team.

"At the moment, it seems anyone can come in and score goals," said Stamp.

"I was up front with Dominic Knowles on Saturday and I scored two goals.

"But, on Monday we were both rested by the manager and Brad Barraclough and Paul Connor came in with Brad getting on the scoresheet.

"I was joking around on Monday, saying I would be banging on the gaffer's door if I wasn't in the team, but the manager knows what he's doing.

"Hopefully I will be in the side again against Stalybridge on Saturday.

"They are not going great at the moment, but we certainly won't take them lightly. Both teams like to play football and get the ball on the floor. Hopefully it will be a good game for the fans to watch."

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