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Sat 17 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 232

Daniels Earn Win In Arctic Conditions

Daniels boss Graham Drury hailed the character and battling qualities of his side after they pocketed three priceless points in their promotion quest on Saturday.

Kieran Wells' first goal in Stamford colours secured a 1-0 home success over play-off rivals Leek Town as the Daniels gained immediate revenge for last week's away reversal by the same margin against the Blues.

The match was played in a gale-force wind and freezing cold conditions at the Zeeco Stadium and Drury was delighted with how his side applied themselves in a victory that moved them five points clear of their defeated visitors.

Drury said: "I asked the lads to give a real high intensity, high pressing performance to stop Leek playing because they're a good footballing side.
"We showed a lot of character and worked very hard. We stepped up to the plate in awful conditions and it's a huge win from a massive game."
"It was a good team performance. We showed great desire and I'm chuffed to bits."

Leek Town - 17th March 2018
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Stamford made a couple of changes to the side that had been beaten by Leek the previous week as, with regular number one Dan Haystead unavailable for the crunch clash, the Daniels turned to last season's custodian Sam Donkin to fill the goalkeeping berth.

And, although superbly protected by the rock-solid Stamford defence, Donkin excelled whenever called into action, with one particular superb first half stop shortly after Stamford had taken the lead.

Drury explained: "Sam is such a reliable keeper and that's what I wanted and I can't thank him enough for helping us out.
"He's been playing for Biggleswade and Whitehawk this season but he hasn't played enough because he's been working towards his coaching licenses.
"It's tough coming into a close group and not knowing everyone, but Sam's a strong personality and has the right mentality to be able to do that and he's made a good save at a crucial time just after we had scored."

Drury also began with the Wells brothers - Kieran and Brad - in attack along with Ollie Brown-Hill who made his first start of the season.

And his selection paid off when Kieran Wells scored the only goal of the game - his first since joining Stamford - midway through the first half.
Drury commented: "The players justified their selection by the way they battled in awful conditions.
"I was over the moon for Kieran to get his first goal for us. Both the Wells' get goals and chances from their sheer work-rate and that's been the case today.
"It's tough on the lads who were left out. They are obviously disappointed to not start and I wouldn't want players at the club if they weren't disappointed at not playing but they've got to channel it in the right way and take their chance when they get it because everyone has a big part to play.
"We shouted for Eliot Putman to get the ball short from the corner for the goal and it's good that the players are listening to the instructions and taking on board what we're telling them and have got the belief in what we're doing.
"It was a big performance and I think five wins from the last eight games will be enough to get us in the play-offs."

Just two points separated the sides going into this clash and it was Stamford who started the brighter with the elements in their favour.

They forced a succession of corners in the opening exchanges before breaking the deadlock after 23 minutes.

Jake Duffy played the corner short to Putman whose cross was flicked on by Delroy Gordon for Kieran Wells to pounce and rifle home from close range.

Leek's response was instant and Donkin showed rapid reflexes to turn away a goalbound effort from Nathan Whitehead.

Stamford looked the more likely to increase their lead as they forced nine corners in the opening period with Henry Eze heading inches wide from a Duffy delivery just before the break.

The visitors were expected to offer more of a threat after the break with the strong wind now in their favour.

But Stamford have perfected the art of one goal victories this season and didn't really look in any danger of conceding.

Their back four were water-tight with Gordon and Eze again imperious while the midfield engine of Duffy, Rob Morgan and Mike Armstrong - with the later introduction of substitute Jon Challinor - kept Stamford's work-rate high.

Robert Stevenson struck an effort wide for the visitors while Eze was in the right place to block a well-struck effort from Tim Grice as Stamford struck to their task to earn a vital victory over their play-off rivals.

It now leaves Stamford with a five-point cushion over the Blues and also moves them further clear of the chasing pack currently outside of the play-off spots.

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Henry Eze

Player of the Match

Henry Eze

Key moments

Goal Kieran Wells scores for Stamford

Videos and photos

Leek Town - 17th March 2018
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90:00 Player of the Match
Henry Eze is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Sam Donkin keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
86:00 Sub On
Liam Adams is substituted on for Stamford
86:00 Sub Off
Kieran Wells is substituted off for Stamford
80:00 Sub Off
Robert Stevenson is substituted off for Leek Town
80:00 Sub On
Sam Grimshaw is substituted on for Leek Town
73:00 Sub On
Dan Shelley is substituted on for Leek Town
73:00 Sub Off
Dan Trickett-Smith is substituted off for Leek Town
71:00 Sub Off
Bradley Wells is substituted off for Stamford
71:00 Sub On
Jordan Smith is substituted on for Stamford
65:00 Yellow Card
Ben George is yellow carded for Stamford
63:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
60:00 Missed Shot
Robert Stevenson misses a shot for Leek Town
60:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
60:00 Sub Off
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted off for Stamford
53:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Wells is yellow carded for Stamford
46:00 Sub On
Tim Grice is substituted on for Leek Town
46:00 Sub Off
Nathan Whitehead is substituted off for Leek Town
End of period 1
45:00 +2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Leek Town
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
30:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Whitehead is yellow carded for Leek Town
28:00 Missed Shot
Henry Eze misses a shot for Stamford
27:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
27:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
25:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Leek Town
23:00 Blocked Shot
Bradley Wells has a shot blocked for Stamford
23:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
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13:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
13:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
13:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
8:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
7:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
6:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Leek Town
  • 0
  • Kieran Wells Goal 23:00'
  • Nathan Whitehead Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Tim Grice Sub On 46:00'
  • Nathan Whitehead Sub Off 46:00'
  • Kieran Wells Yellow Card 53:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 60:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ben George Yellow Card 65:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub On 71:00'
  • Bradley Wells Sub Off 71:00'
  • Dan Shelley Sub On 73:00'
  • Dan Trickett-Smith Sub Off 73:00'
  • Sam Grimshaw Sub On 80:00'
  • Robert Stevenson Sub Off 80:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub On 86:00'
  • Kieran Wells Sub Off 86:00'

Team selection

Donkin, Sam Donkin, Sam
George, Ben George, Ben
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Brown-Hill, Ollie Brown-Hill, Ollie
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Wells, Kieran Wells, Kieran
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Leek Town
  • 1. Danny Roberts
  • 2. Niall Green
  • 3. Caleb Richards
  • 4. Marc Grocott
  • 5. Scott Lycett
  • 6. Mat Bailey
  • 7. Nathan Whitehead
  • 8. Sam Hall
  • 9. Jordan Johnson
  • 10. Dan Trickett-Smith
  • 11. Robert Stevenson
  • 12. Tim Grice
  • 13. Dan Shelley
  • 14. Niall Maguire
  • 15. Jordan Lemon
  • 16. Sam Grimshaw

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
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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