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Lincoln United
Stamford
Full time
E Putman (67')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 169

Putman Strike Gives Daniels Victory

Stamford got their promotion push back on track with a hard-fought 1-0 away victory at Lincoln United on Saturday. Writes James Bedford

Eliot Putman's strike midway through the second half secured a vital away victory for the Daniels and ensured they bounced back following their disappointing derby defeat at Peterborough Sports on New Year's Day.

Manager Graham Drury was full of praise for his squad which included returning striker Olly Brown-Hill who is back in the Stamford ranks after a spell this season at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Drury said: "I'm over the moon. It's a local derby against a team who have been a bit of bogey side to us over the past seasons so to win both games against them, score four goals without conceding and take six points is really pleasing.

Lincoln United - 6th January 2018
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"Lincoln deserve a lot of credit because they've been on a good run of form, but we stayed strong and showed a real willingness to work for each other.

"We had to show a lot of character. The work-rate was a lot better than in Monday's game and it was a great team performance full of hard work and endeavour.

"I had been asking Olly to come training for the past couple of weeks, but he said he wanted to work more on his fitness and he's lost a stone-and-a-half. He played a massive part in helping us get the win.

"I was really proud of the lads in the changing room afterwards and it's a lot better feeling than New Year's Day because that was the most disappointed I'd been in a long while."

On a tricky playing surface that cut up as the game progressed, Stamford fielded the same side that had started the excellent away win at Chasetown last month with both Ben George and Mike Armstrong returning after missing the Peterborough Sports setback.

Both sides created openings in the early exchanges with home defender Phil Watt clearing the danger after Whites goalkeeper Phil McGann had spilled a cross from George.

Jack McGovern headed a Scott Matthews cross while the Lincoln full-back then saw a fierce centre deflected over the crossbar.

Paul Grimes fired over for the hosts while Whites defender James Blunden did well to halt Bradley Wells' progress with a timely tackle as he homed in on goal in his final match of his loan spell with the Daniels.

Stamford goalkeeper Dan Haystead smartly palmed away a Matt Cotton shot before the action quickly switched to the other end where McGovern headed an inswinging corner from Putman off the line.

McGann did well to tip away a looping cross from Liam Adams while the Whites custodian was also equal to a well-struck free-kick from Jake Duffy.

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson saw a fine effort deflected over while Haystead had to be alert to smother a low shot from Rob Norris as the half ended goalless despite the attacking endeavours of both sides.

Lincoln started the second half brightly and Charlie Ward put an early header over from a corner while Daniels defender Henry Eze did well to clear under pressure following a Norris cross.

The Stamford rearguard continued to stand strong amid of couple of goalmouth scrambles while Grimes hooked a shot straight at Haystead.

McGovern rattled the upright when he diverted a Jack Wightwick centre goalwards before Stamford broke the deadlock after 67 minutes.

The double introduction of Brown-Hill and Jordan Smith had the desired effect as the former made a spritely surge forward before teeing up Smith who powered down the left and centred for Putman to apply a composed and sublime finish at the back post.

Sam Hollis had a chance to add a second Stamford goal when he headed wide from a pinpoint George cross before the Daniels batten down the hatches for a late Lincoln onslaught.

Watt and Grimes both flashed efforts wide while two free-kicks in dangerous positions were successfully blocked by the Stamford wall.

Duffy produced a crucial defensive header to clear with Cotton waiting to pounce while Haystead kept out a McGovern free-kick in injury-time as Stamford's 13th clean sheet of the season provided the backbone of their victory.

The success also took Stamford back into the play-off places and the challenge now is to remain there ahead of fourth-placed Frickley's visit to the Zeeco Stadium next Saturday.

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Key moments

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Goal Eliot Putman scores for Stamford

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Lincoln United - 6th January 2018
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Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Eliot Putman is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Haystead keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
77:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
74:00 Missed Shot
Sam Hollis misses a shot for Stamford
72:00 Sub Off
Rob Norris is substituted off for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub On
Oliver Ryan is substituted on for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub Off
Callum Ward is substituted off for Lincoln United
72:00 Sub On
Andy Toyne is substituted on for Lincoln United
68:00 Sub On
Sam Hollis is substituted on for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stamford
67:00 Goal 0 - 1
Eliot Putman scores for Stamford
67:00 Assist
Jordan Smith makes an assist for Stamford
58:00 Sub On
Jordan Smith is substituted on for Stamford
58:00 Sub Off
Bradley Wells is substituted off for Stamford
58:00 Sub Off
Liam Adams is substituted off for Stamford
58:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
57:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Lincoln United
56:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
50:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
46:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
End of period 1
43:00 Missed Shot
Bradley Wells misses a shot for Stamford
42:00 Saved Shot
Callum Ward has a shot saved for Lincoln United
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
34:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
33:00 Blocked Shot
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson has a shot blocked for Stamford
33:00 Missed Shot
Liam Adams misses a shot for Stamford
32:00 Blocked Shot
Jake Duffy has a shot blocked for Stamford
25:00 Blocked Shot
Eliot Putman has a shot blocked for Stamford
24:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
24:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Lincoln United
19:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
19:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Lincoln United
3:00 Saved Shot
Henry Eze has a shot saved for Stamford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Lincoln United
  • Stamford
  • 0
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 58:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub On 58:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub Off 58:00'
  • Bradley Wells Sub Off 58:00'
  • Eliot Putman Goal 67:00'
  • Jordan Smith Assist 67:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub On 68:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Andy Toyne Sub On 72:00'
  • Callum Ward Sub Off 72:00'
  • Oliver Ryan Sub On 72:00'
  • Rob Norris Sub Off 72:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Adams, Liam Adams, Liam
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Lincoln United
  • 1. Phil McGann
  • 2. Callum Ward
  • 3. Scott Matthews
  • 4. Charlie Ward
  • 5. Phil Watt
  • 6. James Blunden
  • 7. Rob Norris
  • 8. Matt Cotton
  • 9. Jack McGovern
  • 10. Paul Grimes
  • 11. Jack Wightwick
  • 12. Kallum Smith
  • 13. Luke Hornsey
  • 14. Andy Toyne
  • 15. Oliver Ryan
  • 16. Kane Hutchinson-Wilkes

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