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Mickleover Sports
G Smith (16', 49')
Full time
Sat 23 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - Premier Division Attendance 366

Daniels Finish Off With A Win

Stamford end the season on a high with a comfortable win over there relegation adversary. Reports Chris Bond

A slim chance of a reprieve if Stamford were to finish fourth bottom gave slight motivation to an otherwise meaningless game.

Following the disappointment of relegation on Wednesdays night, after the day’s opponents Mickleover had come away with a surprise draw against Nantwich, the fixture was mainly being played out for pride and the atmosphere in the healthy 366 crowd was downbeat to say the least, mainly as a result of how close the Daniels had come to pulling off another great escape.

The match started with a subdued, end of season feel to it and the first ten minutes came and went without incident. The first chance went to Stamford and Jake Newman, who almost capitalised on a misunderstanding between Goalkeeper Jack Tolley and centre half Dwayne Wiley; a long ball from Jon Challinor caused the confusion and Newman managed to get in between the two but could only poke the ball wide of the target.

Mickleover Sports - 23rd April.  Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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Stamford did take the lead soon after, Lee Beeson drilled a ball in from the right hand side, Newman managed to get a slight touch which eluded the goalkeeper and Gregg Smith was on hand to bundle the ball, and defender, over the line.
Mickleover then had their best moments of the game soon after, striking the bar twice in quick succession. Firstly Nyambu Dinanga curled a shot on to the top of the bar and then Andy Dales repeated the feat, both times Paul Bastock looked to have the goal covered.

Minutes before the break Stamford had a great chance to extend their leader; Tom Batchelor headed a Jake Duffy freekick back across goal and Gregg Smith looked to get his second but could only place his header onto the roof of the net.

However, he did manage to increase the lead just after the half time interval when he converted a Jordan Smith flick on at the far post following an Ollie Luto cross. The visiting side changed their formation in an attempt to get back into the game but rarely created anything of note with the again impressive back four and goalkeeper not giving Mickleover any opportunities to gain momentum.

Sam Downey, Callum Rzonca and Sam Hill came on in the latter stages, and Hill had a great chance to round of the game following another excellent set piece from Duffy but he sent his effort over the bar from inside the box.

Just before full time manager Graham Drury did a lap of the ground thanking the home fans for their support over the season, he was met with warm applause from all areas and the general consensus has been; had Drury been in charge since the start of the season then Stamford wouldn’t be saying goodbye to their three year stay in the premier division.

The full time whistle came and the applause didn’t mirror that of a relegated side as everyone recognised the player’s and management team’s efforts since Christmas. The crowd massed around the tunnel to show their appreciation as the players went off for the final time, with special adulation going to goalkeeper Paul Bastock and captain Jon Challinor who had given everything for the cause.

Video highlights from SRSN: Here

Jon Challinor

Player of the Match

Jon Challinor

Key moments

Goal Greg Smith scores for Stamford
Goal Greg Smith scores for Stamford

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90:00 Player of the Match
Jon Challinor is awarded player of the match for Stamford
75:00 Sub Off
Dwayne Wiley is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
75:00 Sub On
Tyron Buxton is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
68:00 Sub Off
Greg Smith is substituted off for Stamford
68:00 Sub On
Sam Hill is substituted on for Stamford
65:00 Sub Off
Lee Beeson is substituted off for Stamford
65:00 Sub On
Sam Downey is substituted on for Stamford
60:00 Yellow Card
Greg Smith is yellow carded for Stamford
58:00 Sub On
Callum Rzonca is substituted on for Stamford
58:00 Sub Off
Jordan Smith is substituted off for Stamford
55:00 Sub Off
Nyambu Dinanga is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
55:00 Sub On
Jack Broadhead is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
55:00 Sub Off
Zeph Thomas is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
55:00 Sub On
Niall Thompson is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
49:00 Goal 2 - 0
Greg Smith scores for Stamford
End of period 1
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Greg Smith scores for Stamford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Mickleover Sports
  • 0
  • Greg Smith Goal 16:00'
  • Greg Smith Goal 49:00'
  • Nyambu Dinanga Sub Off 55:00'
  • Jack Broadhead Sub On 55:00'
  • Zeph Thomas Sub Off 55:00'
  • Niall Thompson Sub On 55:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub Off 58:00'
  • Callum Rzonca Sub On 58:00'
  • Greg Smith Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Lee Beeson Sub Off 65:00'
  • Sam Downey Sub On 65:00'
  • Greg Smith Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sam Hill Sub On 68:00'
  • Dwayne Wiley Sub Off 75:00'
  • Tyron Buxton Sub On 75:00'

Team selection

Bastock, Paul Bastock, Paul
Hare, Taron Hare, Taron
Luto, Oliver Luto, Oliver
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Batchelor, Tom Batchelor, Tom
Hartley, Curtis Hartley, Curtis
Beeson, Lee Beeson, Lee
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Smith, Greg Smith, Greg
Newman, Jake Newman, Jake
Mickleover Sports
  • 1. Jack Tolley
  • 2. Liam Marsden
  • 3. Jake Green
  • 4. Joe Fitzpatrick
  • 5. Dwayne Wiley
  • 6. Nico Degirolamo
  • 7. Andy Dales
  • 8. Jay Cooper
  • 9. Zeph Thomas
  • 10. John McGrath
  • 11. Nyambu Dinanga
  • 12. Jack Broadhead
  • 13. Kevin Grocott
  • 14. Niall Thompson
  • 15. Kyade Bola
  • 16. Tyron Buxton

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Grantham Town 46 51
19. Whitby Town 46 47
20. Mickleover Sports 46 46
21. Stamford 46 45
22. Hyde United 46 40
23. Colwyn Bay 46 38
24. Ramsbottom United 46 26

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