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Stocksbridge Park Steels
H Eze (89')
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R Stirrup (66')
Sat 30 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 315

Eze Rescues Point For Daniels

A lasp-gasp equaliser from Henry Eze earned Stamford a vital point in their promotion quest and maintained this season's unbeaten home Evo-Stik League record on Saturday.

Eze pounced to volley home with just a minute remaining to pocket a point against Division One South promotion rivals Stocksbridge Park Steels after a stirring Stamford finale.

The visitors had taken a 66th minute lead through Richard Stirrup which sparked Stamford into life as they created a flurry of chances which both frustrated and pleased manager Graham Drury.

Drury said: "I'm frustrated we've only got a point because we created a lot of chances towards the end.
"Their keeper has made two world-class saves while Liam Adams has had a good chance at the back stick.
"We've gone with three at the back and put Henry up front late on and we've got our rewards as the big man has come up with a great finish. It shows the character of the boys.
"I was frustrated with the goal that we conceded because, although it was a good finish, we have left him unmarked at the back stick which is out of character."
Drury also felt the introduction of Pearson Mwanyongo as a second-half substitute added extra impetus to Stamford who stayed in fourth spot in the standings after the draw.
Drury added: "Pearson caused them plenty of problems and injected some pace and guile.
"We showed great character because we didn't want to lose. The boys are a very together group and just kept going. They raised their game when we went behind and deserve credit for that.
"A draw's enough to keep us in the play-off places, but it will only be a good point if we then follow that up with three at Peterborough Sports on Monday."

2017-12 Stamford v Stocksbridge Steels 1-1
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With club captain Jordan Smith suspended, the Daniels were also without injured duo Ben George and Joe Burgess.

They played into a fierce head wind in an opening period where clear-cut chances were at a premium.

Todd Jordan headed straight at home goalkeeper Dan Haystead from close range following a long Stocksbridge throw into the penalty area while Mike Armstrong did well to clear under pressure after a dangerous cross into the home box.

Stamford's best chance saw Jon Challinor picked out by a Rob Morgan cross, but his goalbound effort that was destined for the bottom corner brought a fantastic reaction save out of Park Steels goalkeeper David Reay.

The second half continued in the same cagey vein until the visitors broke the deadlock just before the midway mark.

A cross from the right was fizzed to the back post where the unmarked Stirrup rifled home a fine finish past Haystead for the first league goal Stamford have conceded at home since the end of November.

The setback seemed to inspire Stamford though and they quickly set about finding a way back into the contest.

Jake Duffy, who was at the heart of Stamford's best moves, produced a sublime turn and first-time shot that beat Reay but clipped the top of the crossbar.

Mwanyongo then skilfully created an opening to cross for Adams at the far post, but he headed a great chance over.

Reay then produced a fine save to keep out a stinging shot from Morgan before Haystead made a smart stop at the other end to deny Brodie Litchfield.

Stamford's pressure finally paid off with just a minute remaining as Duffy swung in a cross to the back post where Eze threw himself forward to power home the equaliser.

The initiative might have been with Stamford after their late leveller, but it was the visitors who came closest to snatching the points in injury-time.

The home side twice conceded free-kicks in dangerous positions and, although Rory Coleman blazed the first one high and wide, his second effort brought an excellent save from Haystead with Matt Reay firing the rebound over from close range.

The draw leaves Stamford firmly in the play-off mix and only two points off the second automatic promotion place ahead of Monday's trip to Peterborough Sports.

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Key moments

66:00
Goal Richard Stirrup scores for Stocksbridge Park Steels
89:00
Goal Henry Eze scores for Stamford

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90:00 +6:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Stocksbridge Park Steels
90:00 +4:00 Yellow Card
Delroy Gordon is yellow carded for Stamford
90:00 +3:00 Missed Shot
Rory Coleman misses a shot for Stocksbridge Park Steels
89:00 Goal 1 - 1
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85:00 Yellow Card
Liam McFadyen is yellow carded for Stocksbridge Park Steels
84:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
81:00 Saved Shot
Aiden Salmons has a shot saved for Stocksbridge Park Steels
79:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
79:00 Saved Shot
Bradley Wells has a shot saved for Stamford
78:00 Missed Shot
Pearson Mwanyongo misses a shot for Stamford
76:00 Missed Shot
Liam Adams misses a shot for Stamford
75:00 Sub On
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted on for Stamford
75:00 Sub Off
Jon Challinor is substituted off for Stamford
74:00 Saved Shot
Scott Ruthven has a shot saved for Stocksbridge Park Steels
71:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
70:00 Sub Off
Todd Jordan is substituted off for Stocksbridge Park Steels
70:00 Sub On
Oliver Warren is substituted on for Stocksbridge Park Steels
69:00 Sub On
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted on for Stamford
69:00 Sub Off
Sam Hollis is substituted off for Stamford
66:00 Goal 0 - 1
Richard Stirrup scores for Stocksbridge Park Steels
65:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stocksbridge Park Steels
64:00 Yellow Card
Jon Challinor is yellow carded for Stamford
62:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
61:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
60:00 Saved Shot
Liam Adams has a shot saved for Stamford
58:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
52:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stocksbridge Park Steels
End of period 1
45:00 +2:00 Missed Shot
Rob Morgan misses a shot for Stamford
39:00 Yellow Card
Brodie Litchfield is yellow carded for Stocksbridge Park Steels
31:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
31:00 Saved Shot
Jon Challinor has a shot saved for Stamford
27:00 Yellow Card
Liam Adams is yellow carded for Stamford
18:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stocksbridge Park Steels
6:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Stocksbridge Park Steels
4:00 Blocked Shot
Liam Adams has a shot blocked for Stamford
3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Stocksbridge Park Steels
  • 0
  • Liam Adams Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Brodie Litchfield Yellow Card 39:00'
  • Jon Challinor Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Richard Stirrup Goal 66:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub On 69:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub Off 69:00'
  • Oliver Warren Sub On 70:00'
  • Todd Jordan Sub Off 70:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub On 75:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub Off 75:00'
  • Liam McFadyen Yellow Card 85:00'
  • Henry Eze Goal 89:00'
  • Delroy Gordon Yellow Card 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Hollis, Sam Hollis, Sam
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Adams, Liam Adams, Liam
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Stocksbridge Park Steels
  • 1. David Reay
  • 2. Ben Rhodes
  • 3. George Grayson
  • 4. Todd Jordan
  • 5. Liam McFadyen
  • 6. Matt Reay
  • 7. Brodie Litchfield
  • 8. Richard Stirrup
  • 9. Scott Ruthven
  • 10. Aiden Salmons
  • 11. Rory Coleman
  • 12. Will Osgathorpe
  • 13. Oliver Warren
  • 14. Lee Thompson
  • 15. Ryan Laight
  • 16. Chris Hilton

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5. Chasetown 42 73
6. Stamford 42 71
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