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Stamford
Kidsgrove Athletic
S Hollis (15'), P Mwanyongo (23' Pen, 63' Pen), R Morgan (55')
Full time
K Diskin (53')
Sat 18 Nov 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 255

Daniels Produce Dominant Display

A dominant Daniels display got a crucial three-match spell for Stamford off to a flying start with a 4-1 home victory over Kidsgrove on Saturday. Writes James Bedford

Two penalties from Pearson Mwanyongo and strikes from Sam Hollis and Rob Morgan secured the victory which helped maintain Stamford's unbeaten home league record.

Boss Graham Drury had pinpointed this match, Monday's trip to league leaders Basford and next weekend's away clash at Leek Town as a vital run of fixtures for his side's Evo-Stik Division One South promotion aspirations.

And the Daniels manager was delighted with his side's performance as they bounced back from last weekend's FA Trophy defeat by Droylsden.

Kidsgrove Athletic - 18th November.  Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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Drury said: "I asked for a response after we lost at home for the first time last week and I couldn't have got a better one than that.
"We were very dominant and, if a few decisions had gone our way, then we could have had six or seven goals.
"We played a higher line and that allowed the midfield to get on the ball more.
"Sam Hollis set the tone up top with his commitment and work-rate. His attitude has been tremendous and I was really pleased for him because he's such a genuine lad.
"This run of three games will set our season. It will tell us where we are at. We need a good points return and this has got us off to a good start."

Despite losing top goalscorer Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson to injury after just 10 minutes and being without sidelined centre-back Henry Eze, the Daniels were excellent value for their victory with a polished passing performance.

Drury added: "It's a blow to lose your top goalscorer after 10 minutes, but Pearson and Sam have done a good job up there.
"They've stuck the ball away when they've needed to and Rob Morgan has scored a really important third goal for us.
"We've gone to sleep for their goal and then took our foot of the gas for the last 15 minutes but, apart from that, we've been dominant.
"I'm very happy. I was very chuffed with the performance and I'm one pleased manager."

Stamford made a bright start with visiting goalkeeper Dave Parton making a good early save to deny Eliot Putman while Fortnam-Tomlinson had a goal ruled out after being adjudged to have fouled a Kidsgrove defender.

Fortnam-Tomlinson was forced off shortly after, but his replacement Mwanyongo made the most of his early introduction by robbing a defender but seeing his shot saved.

He then helped create Stamford's 15th minute opener as his good run down the left and low cross was swept home by Hollis.
The Daniels then doubled their lead eight minutes later when Hollis was pushed over in the box and Mwanyongo stepped up to coolly convert the resultant spot kick.

A slick Stamford move then saw a back heel from Morgan release Jon Challinor who dragged his shot wide of the goal.

Dan Haystead safely gathered a low shot from Lee Pickerill, but the Daniels custodian was rarely called into action in the opening period.
However, the visitors halved the deficit just eight minutes into the second period when Kyle Diskin was allowed time and space to pick his spot with a low drive into the bottom corner.

Stamford hit back immediately though and had restored their two-goal advantage within two minutes when Hollis cleverly worked an opening to release Morgan who finished with aplomb.

The three points were secured just past the hour mark when marauding full-back Ben George was fouled by Rhys Thompson and Mwanyongo again confidently converted the resultant penalty.

Lee Cropper went close with a low shot for the visitors who were then awarded a penalty of their own when Joe Burgess fouled Pickerill.

However, Haystead produced a cracking save, diving low to his right to hold onto Anthony Malbon's spot kick to ensure the afternoon ended on a high for Stamford.

The Daniels also handed a debut to midfielder Stefan Broccoli as a second half substitute.

The Peterborough-based youngster was released by Newcastle United in the summer and is now working his way back to full fitness after a spell out with injury.

Drury explained: "Stefan's been to the last couple of training sessions. He's got high-energy, he's busy and he's tidy on the ball.
"He's played under Peter Beardsley at Newcastle so he's learned the right way, but now we just need to see how he handles the ugly side of the game as well."

Key moments

15:00
Goal Sam Hollis scores for Stamford
23:00
Scored Penalty Pearson Mwanyongo scores a penalty for Stamford
53:00
Goal Kyle Diskin scores for Kidsgrove Athletic
55:00
Goal Rob Morgan scores for Stamford
63:00
Scored Penalty Pearson Mwanyongo scores a penalty for Stamford

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Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Sam Hollis is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Rob Morgan misses a shot for Stamford
90:00 +2:00 Blocked Shot
Lee Clarke has a shot blocked for Stamford
89:00 Saved Penalty
Dan Haystead saves a penalty for Stamford
85:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Kidsgrove Athletic
83:00 Saved Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo has a shot saved for Stamford
78:00 Sub Off
Ross Davidson is substituted off for Kidsgrove Athletic
78:00 Sub On
Leon Ashman is substituted on for Kidsgrove Athletic
76:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
76:00 Sub Off
Sam Hollis is substituted off for Stamford
76:00 Sub On
Lee Clarke is substituted on for Stamford
75:00 Sub On
Stefan Broccoli is substituted on for Stamford
75:00 Sub Off
Jon Challinor is substituted off for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Kyle Diskin is substituted off for Kidsgrove Athletic
68:00 Sub On
Dan Skelton is substituted on for Kidsgrove Athletic
68:00 Yellow Card
Dan Skelton is yellow carded for Kidsgrove Athletic
67:00 Sub Off
Ryan Austin is substituted off for Kidsgrove Athletic
67:00 Sub On
John Higham is substituted on for Kidsgrove Athletic
64:00 Yellow Card
Rhys Thompson is yellow carded for Kidsgrove Athletic
63:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 1
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58:00 Yellow Card
Shaun Rhodes is yellow carded for Kidsgrove Athletic
57:00 Missed Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo misses a shot for Stamford
55:00 Goal 3 - 1
Rob Morgan scores for Stamford Watch the video
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53:00 Goal 2 - 1
Kyle Diskin scores for Kidsgrove Athletic
48:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Stamford
End of period 1
39:00 Missed Shot
Jon Challinor misses a shot for Stamford
30:00 Yellow Card
Sam Hollis is yellow carded for Stamford
30:00 Yellow Card
Dave Parton is yellow carded for Kidsgrove Athletic
23:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Pearson Mwanyongo scores a penalty for Stamford Watch the video
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20:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Stamford
15:00 Goal 1 - 0
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13:00 Saved Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo has a shot saved for Stamford
12:00 Sub On
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted on for Stamford
12:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stamford
8:00 Missed Shot
Lee Cropper misses a shot for Kidsgrove Athletic
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Kidsgrove Athletic
  • 0
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub On 12:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 12:00'
  • Sam Hollis Goal 15:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Scored Penalty 23:00'
  • Sam Hollis Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Dave Parton Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Kyle Diskin Goal 53:00'
  • Rob Morgan Goal 55:00'
  • Shaun Rhodes Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Scored Penalty 63:00'
  • Rhys Thompson Yellow Card 64:00'
  • John Higham Sub On 67:00'
  • Ryan Austin Sub Off 67:00'
  • Kyle Diskin Sub Off 68:00'
  • Dan Skelton Sub On 68:00'
  • Dan Skelton Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub Off 75:00'
  • Stefan Broccoli Sub On 75:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub Off 76:00'
  • Lee Clarke Sub On 76:00'
  • Leon Ashman Sub On 78:00'
  • Ross Davidson Sub Off 78:00'
  • Dan Haystead Saved Penalty 89:00'
  • Sam Hollis Player of the Match 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Hollis, Sam Hollis, Sam
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Kidsgrove Athletic
  • 1. Dave Parton
  • 2. Rhys Thompson
  • 3. Lee Pickerill
  • 4. Shaun Rhodes
  • 5. Ryan Austin
  • 6. Ross Davidson
  • 7. Tom France
  • 8. Tim Sanders
  • 9. Lee Cropper
  • 10. Ant Malbon
  • 11. Kyle Diskin
  • 12. Dan Skelton
  • 13. Leon Ashman
  • 14. Josh Graham
  • 15. John Higham

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
9. Chasetown 16 25
10. Loughborough Dynamo 18 25
11. Stamford 17 24
12. Newcastle Town 17 24
13. Spalding United 17 23
14. Belper Town 17 23
15. Carlton Town 16 20

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