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Stamford
Sheffield FC
B Fortnam-Tomlinson (39'), S Hollis (76')
Full time
T Williams (9'), J Gregory (92'), R Adams (68' Sent Off)
Sat 4 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 260

Freak Goal Denies Daniels

Daniels boss Graham Drury blasted his side's management of the game as an injury-time equaliser denied Stamford maximum points following a 2-2 draw with Sheffield FC on Saturday. Writes James Bedford

A stunning overhead kick from substitute Sam Hollis with 14 minutes remaining looked to have been enough to secure victory for Stamford against a visiting side who were reduced to 10 men following Richard Adams' 68th minute dismissal.

However, following what Drury described as a 'comedy of errors,' Sheffield snatched a 92nd minute equaliser when goalkeeper Dan Haystead saw his attempted clearance richochet off James Gregory and loop into the home net.

And Drury pulled no punches in a post-match assessment of the draw which saw Stamford slip down to 12th place in the EvoStik Division One South standings.

Sheffield FC - 4th November
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He said: "I am absolutely seething. Our man-management of the game has cost us.
"We were not at the races in the first 15 minutes or the last 15 minutes and that has cost us two points.
"We can forget about being in contention for the title and the play-offs if we perform like that.
"Sam Hollis has scored a great goal which should have won us the game, but a comedy of errors has let them back in.
"Mistakes happen at any level of football, but we should have managed it better and should have been good enough to have kept the ball against 10 men rather than going backwards.
"We started in first gear and, when that happens, you struggle to ever find fifth gear in a game.
"There was too much back-biting between the players and they will be getting a big shock at training on Tuesday because we have thrown two points away.
"There was no positives for me even though we've maintained our unbeaten home record because it's points that get you into good positions in the league table."

Stamford made just one change to their starting line-up following their FA Trophy victory the previous weekend with Joe Burgess replacing the unavailable Mike Armstrong.

However, a sluggish start saw Sheffield take the lead after just nine minutes when Tyler Williams cut into the penalty area from the right before rifling in a shot that took a deflection and looped over Haystead.

Stamford responded with Pearson Mwanyongo firing a long distance shot just wide while the lively Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson saw an audacious first-time effort from Haystead's clearance land just over the bar.

Gregory, an early replacement for Alex Brown, then broke free in the box for the visitors but dragged his shot wide when well placed.
Haystead showed good handling to gather a shot from Ricardo German before Stamford got back on level terms six minutes before the break.
A long clearance released Fortnam-Tomlinson who left the Sheffield defence trailing in his wake before slotting home past the advancing Ben Ledger.

Sheffield almost regained the lead immediately though as Haystead made a cracking fingertip save to keep out a German header but, with the goal at his mercy, Ben Turner fired the rebound into the side-netting from a tight angle.

Eliot Putman then went close with a shot from a flowing Stamford move as the hosts finished the half in the ascendency.

Jake Duffy cracked an early second half effort narrowly wide while Jordan Smith had an effort blocked after Hollis - who had replaced Mwanyongo - had his timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap.

Stamford upped the pressure as Rob Morgan saw his magnificent mazy run into the box create an opening only for his goalbound shot to be deflected over by a terrific last-gasp block.

The match looked to be swinging in Stamford's favour when Sheffield skipper Adams, as the last man, brought Fortnum-Tomlinson's burst clear to an abrupt halt and was red-carded.

The Daniels then took the lead eight minutes later when Fortnum-Tomlinson's cross picked out Hollis whose sublime overhead kick looked to have secured the points for the hosts. It was a goal worthy of winning any game, but unfortunately for Stamford they let the victory slip from their grasp in the second minute of injury-time.

The ball was needlessly played back to Haystead when Stamford were in possession and the home goalkeeper allowed Gregory to get too close before clearing and the ball rebounded off the Sheffield player and looped into the home net.

Stamford forced a couple of late corners in a bid to salvage the three points, but Sheffield held firm to pocket a priceless point in their battle against relegation while denting the Daniels' promotion aspirations.

Key moments

9:00
Goal Tyler Williams scores for Sheffield FC
39:00
Goal Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford
68:00
Red Card Richard Adams is sent off for Sheffield FC
76:00
Goal Sam Hollis scores for Stamford
90:00 +2:00
Goal James Gregory scores for Sheffield FC

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Sheffield FC - 4th November
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Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Rob Morgan is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +2:00 Goal 2 - 2
James Gregory scores for Sheffield FC
90:00 +1:00 Saved Shot
Jon Challinor has a shot saved for Stamford
87:00 Saved Shot
Jon Challinor has a shot saved for Stamford
82:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hollis is yellow carded for Stamford
79:00 Sub Off
Andrew Gascoigne is substituted off for Sheffield FC
79:00 Sub On
Jamie Yates is substituted on for Sheffield FC
76:00 Goal 2 - 1
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76:00 Assist
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson makes an assist for Stamford
73:00 Sub On
Adam Chapman is substituted on for Sheffield FC
73:00 Sub Off
Ricardo German is substituted off for Sheffield FC
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Smith is substituted off for Stamford
70:00 Sub On
Lee Clarke is substituted on for Stamford
68:00 Red Card 1 - 1
Richard Adams is sent off for Sheffield FC
66:00 Saved Shot
Rob Morgan has a shot saved for Stamford
62:00 Sub On
Sam Hollis is substituted on for Stamford
62:00 Sub Off
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted off for Stamford
62:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
62:00 Sub Off
Joe Burgess is substituted off for Stamford
52:00 Yellow Card
Pearson Mwanyongo is yellow carded for Stamford
48:00 Missed Shot
Ben Algar misses a shot for Sheffield FC
46:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
End of period 1
45:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Eliot Putman misses a shot for Stamford
44:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Sheffield FC
39:00 Goal 1 - 1
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford Watch the video
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31:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Gascoigne is yellow carded for Sheffield FC
29:00 Saved Shot
Tyler Williams has a shot saved for Sheffield FC
18:00 Sub On
James Gregory is substituted on for Sheffield FC
18:00 Sub Off
Alex Brown is substituted off for Sheffield FC
14:00 Missed Shot
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson misses a shot for Stamford
11:00 Missed Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo misses a shot for Stamford
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Tyler Williams scores for Sheffield FC
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Sheffield FC
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  • Tyler Williams Goal 9:00'
  • James Gregory Sub On 18:00'
  • Alex Brown Sub Off 18:00'
  • Andrew Gascoigne Yellow Card 31:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Goal 39:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Yellow Card 52:00'
  • Joe Burgess Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 62:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub Off 62:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub On 62:00'
  • Richard Adams Red Card 68:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub Off 70:00'
  • Lee Clarke Sub On 70:00'
  • Ricardo German Sub Off 73:00'
  • Adam Chapman Sub On 73:00'
  • Sam Hollis Goal 76:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Assist 76:00'
  • Andrew Gascoigne Sub Off 79:00'
  • Jamie Yates Sub On 79:00'
  • Sam Hollis Yellow Card 82:00'
  • James Gregory Goal 90:00 +2:00'
  • Rob Morgan Player of the Match 90:00 +4:00'

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