Daniels Fail To Take Chances
Hesitation in front of goal denied Stamford all three points as they travelled to Cheshire to take on Northwich Victoria.
With this being played on Sunday it meant that Delroy Gordon was unavailable and Chris Salt went sick on the morning of the game. This saw Jon Challinor in central defence along with debutant Liam Marshall. There was also a start for Danny Draper who has joined on a month’s loan from Corby Town.
The Daniels started brightly but the first shot of the game came after 20 minutes when John King burst into the box and the Northwich keeper managed to block the shot. Josh Nodder then had two shots, the first going wide of the goal before Dylan Forth in the home goal blocked his second.
The only other chance of the half came on forty minutes when a free-kick to Stamford was swung in from the right and although initially cleared it was crossed back in for Nodder to shoot at the keeper who then beat it away from goal.
The second half started again in a positive fashion for the Daniels; first Ollie Luto broke into the box and hit a shot across the six yard box but it went wide of the far post. Then Challinor had a great chance to break the deadlock. A corner was swung in from the right by Jake Duffy and Challinor was left unmarked six yards out but the Northwich keeper was equal to it and tipped the ball over the bar.
Stamford controlled most of the game and kept the home side at bay and limited them to very few chances.
With twenty minutes remaining, Stamford had another opportunity to score. Josh Nodder played the ball over the top and Jordan Smith ran onto the ball but the Daniels captain took too long to decide to shoot and a Northwich defender got back to deny him.
Grant Ryan then had a chance to score. He was played in behind the Northwich defence but like Smith he took too long to shoot and again the home defence got back to deny his the chance.
In injury time, Josh Nodder had another effort but his shot went wide of the goal in a very congested goalmouth.