Stamford Denied Win by Late Leveller
The Daniels almost secured three vital points in their fight against relegation but denied by an injury time goal in their match against Salford City.
There were three changes to the starting eleven compared to the line up against Stourbridge. In came the fit again Taron Hare, Jack Wightwick and Callum Rzonca.
Stamford started brightly and they took the lead on fifteen minutes. The Daniels were awarded a free-kick following a push on Jordan Smith. Jake Duffy took the set piece and swung it in to the far post where Batchelor rose highest to head into the far top corner of the net. That goal was the first Salford had conceded in over nine hours of football.
The visitors probed the Daniels defence but the well marshalled back line kept them at bay. They were awarded a free-kick which was crossed in from the left but the shot was wide of the post. Then former Manchester United player Danny Webber had a shot a good possession from Salford but shot did not trouble Paul Bastock.
As the first half was coming to an end, Salford had their best chance of the half. A long ball downfield was flicked on by Jordan Hulme to Gary Stopforth and he unleashed a shot that Bastock pushed away and the Stamford defence cleared the danger at the expense of a corner. There was still time for the Daniels to have another chance when Sam Hill crossed the ball from the right towards Greg Smith but the Daniels frontman could not direct his header on target.
In the second half, Stamford continued to press. Greg Smith hit a crossfield ball to Jack Wightwick but the young winger could only put the ball into the side netting. Salford then had a chance with Webber again involved but his shot was well over the bar.
With twenty minutes remaining, the visitors made a triple substitution with Luke Clark, John Johnston and Gareth Seddon all coming on.
This injected more urgency into Salford and they almost equalised on seventy-five minutes a cross by Hulme crossed from the right and Chris Lynch poked the ball goalwards and Bastock missed the ball but Taron Hare was on hand to clear off the line. Seddon then had a chance but his header was straight at Bastock.
Salford were really pressing Stamford and the defence were finding it more difficult to push up the field.
As we entered injury time, Salford got the equaliser they were looking for. John Johnston crossed the ball from the right and fellow sub Luke Clark arrived late to volley the ball into the net.