Penalty Costs Daniels
Stamford suffer first league defeat of the season going down by a single goal at Stocksbridge. Writes Stephen Breden.
Eight minutes in Stamford looked bright as Jake Duffy played in John King but his shot was a comfortable save for the Stocksbridge keeper. A minute later Henry Eze’s header was straight at the keeper. A quarter of an hour into the game the home side had their first chance as a Liam McFadyen had his header blocked over the bar.
On the 30th minute Scott Ruthven volleyed the ball wide. A minute later a George Grayson cross almost went in forcing Dan Haystead to tip it over the bar. Six minute later Stocksbridge were to take the lead. Danny Draper tripped an attacker on the edge of the area and Rory Coleman made no mistake from the spot sending the keeper the wrong way. Four minutes before the break Lee Thompson saw his volley fly over the bar.
A few minutes after the break Stamford retained possession before playing the ball to Danny Draper but his shot was poor and was comfortably saved by David Reay. Ten minutes later Stamford made a double change with Pearson Mwanyongo and Andy Hall coming on for Sam Hollis and John King.
A minute after this change Pearson was in on goal but his effort was saved by the keeper. From the resulting corner Jordan Smith had his header cleared off the line by the Stocksbridge defence. Up the other end Tom Charlesworth had his shot deflected wide.
With ten minutes to go a Jake Duffy free-kick found Henry Eze but his header went well over. With five minutes to go a Jake Duffy free-kick forced a great save out of the Stocksbridge keeper. From the resulting corner Jordan Smith went wide. Four minutes into stoppage time Andy Hall should have equalised the game as he cut inside from the right wing but could only shoot into the side netting.