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Stamford
Market Drayton Town
B Wells (38'), J Smith (44'), B George (63'), S Hollis (71')
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Sat 16 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 240

Promotion Push Still On Course

In-form Stamford stormed into the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off places after a comfortable 4-0 home success over Market Drayton on Saturday. Writes James Bedford

Two goals in each half secured a third successive victory for Graham Drury's side who now move up into fifth place in the league standings.
They are also just three points off the second automatic promotion place after keeping a third consecutive clean sheet against a visiting Shropshire side who were forced to field a number of their reserve team players following the resignation of manager Carl Abbott this week.
Daniels boss Drury praised his side for their professional approach to the contest as goals from Brad Wells, Jordan Smith, Ben George and Sam Hollis maintained Stamford's unbeaten home league record.

Drury said: "We had an opportunity to move to move into the play-off places and we had to make sure we grabbed it.
"All credit to Market Drayton because they worked really hard and we had to be patient, but I believe and trust this group of players. We are very together as a group and made the most of the opportunity.
"It can be hard to keep your focus when you're so dominant, but we were very professional and that's now 10 clean sheets for the season.
"We have only conceded 18 goals in the league this season and, in a division where your goal difference is usually minus unless you're in the top three, that's fantastic.
"We are also spreading the goals about the team and it's great that everyone is chipping in.
"The play-offs are the minimum requirement for this club and, if we don't achieve that, then I haven't done my job."
Stamford were forced to make a couple of changes to their starting line-up with Eliot Putman unavailable while Jon Challinor was ruled out through illness.

They made the most of the early running though against a Drayton side who were content to sit deep and defend in numbers.

Market Drayton Town - 16th December 2017.  Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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Jake Duffy saw an early free-kick gathered at the second attempt by Jay Nash while Wells saw a header collected by the visiting custodian.
Stamford then had a gilt-edged chance to break the deadlock when Smith was bundled over in the box, but the usually-reliable Liam Adams fired the resultant spot kick wide.

Rob Morgan and Mike Armstrong both sent shots just wide of the visitors' goal before Stamford got the breakthrough their pressure deserved seven minutes before half-time.

Wells turned his marker smartly before steering home a tidy finish into the far corner to break Drayton's stubborn resistance.

The relief of scoring the first goal seemed to give Stamford a new lease of life and a stunning passing move opened up the visitors where George fired narrowly wide.

The Daniels doubled their lead right on the stroke of half-time when Duffy's near-post corner was turned home by Smith.
The visitors changed their goalkeeper at half-time with Ash Rawlins entering the fray and he was beaten for the first time just past the hour mark.

Duffy was the architect of the goal as he surged into the box and, although Rawlins blocked his initial effort, George was following up to tap home his second goal in as many games.

The fourth and final Stamford goal followed eight minutes later when a terrific run from Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson created the opening for substitute Sam Hollis to finish with aplomb.

Dan Haystead had rarely been called into action, but he produced an athletic save to turn away the visitors' best effort from James Tindall-Bennett.

Substitute Harry Peasgood, on for his league debut, nearly capped a memorable first Evo-Stik appearance as he turned another Duffy corner goalwards only to see his effort blocked on the line as Stamford finished, like they started, in the ascendancy.

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Ben George

Player of the Match

Ben George

Key moments

38:00
Goal Bradley Wells scores for Stamford
44:00
Goal Jordan Smith scores for Stamford
63:00
Goal Ben George scores for Stamford
71:00
Goal Sam Hollis scores for Stamford

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Ben George is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Haystead keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
85:00 Blocked Shot
Harry Peasgood has a shot blocked for Stamford Watch the video
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84:00 Sub On
Cameron Muir is substituted on for Market Drayton Town
84:00 Sub Off
Joe Pickering is substituted off for Market Drayton Town
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
82:00 Corner taken
Corner for Market Drayton Town
81:00 Sub On
Harry Peasgood is substituted on for Stamford
81:00 Sub Off
Rob Morgan is substituted off for Stamford
80:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
79:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Market Drayton Town
76:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
76:00 Blocked Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo has a shot blocked for Stamford
71:00 Goal 4 - 0
Sam Hollis scores for Stamford Watch the video
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71:00 Assist
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson makes an assist for Stamford
68:00 Sub On
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted on for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Liam Adams is substituted off for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Bradley Wells is substituted off for Stamford
68:00 Sub On
Sam Hollis is substituted on for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Dan France is substituted off for Market Drayton Town
68:00 Sub On
James Tindall-Bennett is substituted on for Market Drayton Town
63:00 Goal 3 - 0
Ben George scores for Stamford Watch the video
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59:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Market Drayton Town
55:00 Blocked Shot
Jake Duffy has a shot blocked for Stamford
55:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
55:00 Missed Shot
Liam Adams misses a shot for Stamford
48:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
46:00 Sub Off
Jay Nash is substituted off for Market Drayton Town
46:00 Sub On
Ash Rawlings is substituted on for Market Drayton Town
End of period 1
44:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jordan Smith scores for Stamford Watch the video
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43:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
42:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Stamford
38:00 Goal 1 - 0
Bradley Wells scores for Stamford Watch the video
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35:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
34:00 Missed Shot
Rob Morgan misses a shot for Stamford
28:00 Missed Penalty
Liam Adams misses a penalty for Stamford
27:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
25:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
21:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
11:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
1:00 Saved Shot
Jake Duffy has a shot saved for Stamford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Market Drayton Town
  • 0
  • Liam Adams Missed Penalty 28:00'
  • Bradley Wells Goal 38:00'
  • Jordan Smith Goal 44:00'
  • Jay Nash Sub Off 46:00'
  • Ash Rawlings Sub On 46:00'
  • Ben George Goal 63:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub On 68:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub Off 68:00'
  • Bradley Wells Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub On 68:00'
  • James Tindall-Bennett Sub On 68:00'
  • Dan France Sub Off 68:00'
  • Sam Hollis Goal 71:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Assist 71:00'
  • Rob Morgan Sub Off 81:00'
  • Harry Peasgood Sub On 81:00'
  • Joe Pickering Sub Off 84:00'
  • Cameron Muir Sub On 84:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Adams, Liam Adams, Liam
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Market Drayton Town
  • 1. Jay Nash
  • 2. Martin Lalley
  • 3. Charlie Walford
  • 4. Colum Dunphy
  • 5. Zak Hill
  • 6. Simon Gregory
  • 7. Joe Cuff
  • 8. Dan France
  • 9. Liam Dunphy
  • 10. Dan Pollard
  • 11. Joe Pickering
  • 12. Cameron Muir
  • 13. Steve Lalley
  • 14. James Tindall-Bennett
  • 15. Ash Rawlings

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1. Basford United 42 100
2. Alvechurch 42 85
3. Frickley Athletic 42 82
4. Bedworth United 42 74
5. Chasetown 42 73
6. Stamford 42 71
7. Leek Town 42 68

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