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Stamford
Witton Albion
R Robbins (55')
Full time
R Hopley (3', 34'), K Noon (81')
Sat 13 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier - First Division South Attendance 276

Stamford Open With A Loss

A loss for Stamford to start off their NPL Division One South campaign as they lose 3-1 to Witton Albion at the Zeeco stadium. writes Stephen Breden

After just three minutes Witton took a 1-0 lead after a long ball forward was allowed to bounce after an error of communication at the back. Witton’s number 9 Robert Hopley ran on to the ball and lobbed Stamford goalkeeper Peter Denton. After the Witton goal they enjoyed a period of control but were unable to trouble Denton in the Stamford goal.

Later in the half Stamford had their first chance of the game as a long throw came in but in the following scramble Stamford were unable to get a shot on target.
On the 33rd minute Witton doubled their lead after a free kick came in bouncing in front of the Stamford number 1 which was parried straight into the path of Hopley for his second of the game.

Following this the game started to become a little scrappy with neither team able to maintain a long period of possession in challenging windy conditions. In this period chances were few and far between with the best falling to Ryan Robbins who ran on to a long Jordan Smith ball which he controlled well and then toe poked wide.

Witton Albion - 13th August.  Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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On the 45th minute after a foul in the middle of the field a scrap between 21 of the players lead to Witton’s Prince Haywood and Stamford’s David Bell getting booked.
In the second half Stamford looked the brighter team with more possession than they had in the first half. After 55 minutes a deep corner from David Bell was headed towards goal by Sam Hill where it was put in by Ryan Robbins, opening his account for NPL First Division South, this year.

After these substitutions were made by Stamford as they tried to push to win the game, as first John King was replaced by Jevani Brown, then Elliot Sandy made way for Sam Mulready and finally Ryan Robbins was taken off for Jake Duffy.

Shortly after these substitutions a nasty looking injuries to Witton Albion’s Cameron Dalton lead to a long delay before he was stretchered off the field.

Soon after this Dalton’s replacement Tolani Omotola ran down the wing before squaring the ball across the box where it was slotted into the Stamford goal under the body of Peter Denton.

On the 81st minute Stamford had the last chance of the game with Jevani Brown’s powerful volley hit straight at Daniel Roberts in the Witton Goal.

Delroy Gordon

Player of the Match

Delroy Gordon

Key moments

3:00
Goal Robert Hopley scores for Witton Albion
34:00
Goal Robert Hopley scores for Witton Albion
55:00
Goal Ryan Robbins scores for Stamford
81:00
Goal Karl Noon scores for Witton Albion

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90:00 Sub Off
Karl Noon is substituted off for Witton Albion
90:00 Sub On
Ryan Hickman is substituted on for Witton Albion
90:00 Player of the Match
Delroy Gordon is awarded player of the match for Stamford
81:00 Goal 1 - 3
Karl Noon scores for Witton Albion
77:00 Sub Off
Cameron Dalton is substituted off for Witton Albion
77:00 Sub On
Tolani Omotola is substituted on for Witton Albion
66:00 Sub Off
Ryan Robbins is substituted off for Stamford
66:00 Sub On
Jake Duffy is substituted on for Stamford
63:00 Sub Off
Elliot Sandy is substituted off for Stamford
63:00 Sub On
Sam Mulready is substituted on for Stamford
59:00 Sub Off
John King is substituted off for Stamford
59:00 Sub On
Jevani Brown is substituted on for Stamford
55:00 Goal 1 - 2
Ryan Robbins scores for Stamford
End of period 1
40:00 Yellow Card
Niall Mather is yellow carded for Stamford
34:00 Goal 0 - 2
Robert Hopley scores for Witton Albion
26:00 Yellow Card
Prince Haywood is yellow carded for Witton Albion
26:00 Yellow Card
David Bell is yellow carded for Stamford
25:00 Yellow Card
Anthony Gardner is yellow carded for Witton Albion
3:00 Goal 0 - 1
Robert Hopley scores for Witton Albion
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Witton Albion
  • 0
  • Robert Hopley Goal 3:00'
  • Anthony Gardner Yellow Card 25:00'
  • David Bell Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Prince Haywood Yellow Card 26:00'
  • Robert Hopley Goal 34:00'
  • Niall Mather Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Ryan Robbins Goal 55:00'
  • John King Sub Off 59:00'
  • Jevani Brown Sub On 59:00'
  • Elliot Sandy Sub Off 63:00'
  • Sam Mulready Sub On 63:00'
  • Ryan Robbins Sub Off 66:00'
  • Jake Duffy Sub On 66:00'
  • Tolani Omotola Sub On 77:00'
  • Cameron Dalton Sub Off 77:00'
  • Karl Noon Goal 81:00'
  • Karl Noon Sub Off 90:00'
  • Ryan Hickman Sub On 90:00'

Team selection

Denton, Peter Denton, Peter
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Mather, Niall Mather, Niall
Hill, Sam Hill, Sam
Miller, Kern Miller, Kern
Malone, Paul Malone, Paul
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Bell, David Bell, David
Sandy, Elliot Sandy, Elliot
Robbins, Ryan Robbins, Ryan
King, John King, John
Witton Albion
  • 1. Daniel Roberts
  • 2. Anthony Gardner
  • 3. Matthew Devine
  • 4. Michael Wilson
  • 5. Anthony Brown
  • 6. Paul Williams
  • 7. Prince Haywood
  • 8. Bradley Bauress
  • 9. Robert Hopley
  • 10. Cameron Dalton
  • 11. Karl Noon
  • 12. Wesley Benjamin
  • 13. Tolani Omotola
  • 14. Myles Arnold
  • 15. Ryan Hickman
  • 16. Dominic Garner

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# Team Pl Pts
14. Market Drayton Town 42 50
15. Sheffield FC 42 48
16. Stamford 42 48
17. Chasetown 42 47
18. Gresley FC 42 45
19. Carlton Town 42 42
20. Loughborough Dynamo 42 34

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