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Spalding United
Stamford
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Full time Attendance 242

Tulips Frustrate Daniels

Daniels boss Graham Drury felt that being disappointed with a derby draw at Spalding United on Saturday was a measure of his side's progress and expectation this season.

Stamford were left frustrated by a second successive goalless stalemate away from home after a tricky Tulips test.

The point helped keep Stamford in the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off places and Drury felt there was different emotions in the respective camps at the final whistle of a dour derby duel.

He said: "Spalding played for a point and they were over the moon with it and credit to them for holding out.

Spalding United - 7th April 2018.  Photo's courtesy of Geoff Atton
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"But I said to the lads afterwards how many other teams relish taking points off us and our lads deserve credit for that.

"I'm a bit disappointed and a little bit frustrated, but we keep clocking up the points and we're still on target.

"It's another clean sheet and a point away from home and, if we can follow that up with three points at Corby on Wednesday, then we're averaging two points a game which is not too bad.

"Nothing really fell for us. It was a really scrappy game on a horrible pitch - it was a typical derby.

"We have tried everything. We had the better chances and, apart from their long throws into the box, Dan Haystead hasn't really had a save to make."

Drury was forced to make one change to the Stamford side that had been so impressive seven days earlier with club captain Jordan Smith absent for family reasons.

Callum Ball came into starting line-up while striker Kieran Wells was missing from the Stamford squad after leaving the Zeeco Stadium to drop down to the Central Midlands League with Sherwood Colliery.

Wells, who joined the Daniels from Division One South champions-elect Basford, made his debut for the Mansfield outfit on Thursday and scored a 12 minute hat-trick after coming on as a substitute.

Drury explained: "Kieran decided to play for Sherwood Colliery on Thursday night as he wasn't enjoying his football with us and I don't want players to feel like that.

"There's no bad feelings and I think he's made the right decision for himself. His confidence got knocked after leaving Basford and, dropping down a couple of leagues, will get him refreshed again for next season."

Stamford made a sluggish start to proceedings at the Sir Halley Stewart playing field with a couple of crucial challenges early on from Mike Armstrong denying Spalding a sight of the visitors' goal.

Ball came close to taking advantage of some confusion in the home box while Rob Morgan saw a shot deflected wide after a strong surge forward.

Spalding went closest to breaking the deadlock in the opening period as James Hugo rattled the crossbar with an effort from an acute angle.

Stamford responded more after the break and looked the more likelier of the two sides to snap the stalemate.

Henry Eze headed just over from a corner while an excellent cross field ball from Eliot Putman found Brad Wells in space, but the ex-Spalding striker saw his effort blocked with Morgan's rebound squirming just wide of the far post.

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson then saw a half chance blocked by a stubborn Spalding rearguard before substitute Jon Challinor brought a decent block out of Tulips goalkeeper Michael Duggan after an astute pass from Morgan.

Stamford used all their three substitutes in a bid to try and prise an opening but, despite the switches, Spalding stood strong to claim a second draw of the season against the Daniels.

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Delroy Gordon

Player of the Match

Delroy Gordon
Dan Haystead

Player of the Match

Dan Haystead

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90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Delroy Gordon is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +3:00 Player of the Match
Dan Haystead is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +1:00 Yellow Card
Conor Marshall is yellow carded for Spalding United
87:00 Corner taken
Corner for Spalding United
87:00 Corner taken
Corner for Spalding United
86:00 Sub Off
Ben Avison is substituted off for Spalding United
86:00 Sub On
Jonny Lockie is substituted on for Spalding United
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
81:00 Blocked Shot
Jon Challinor has a shot blocked for Stamford
74:00 Sub On
Luke White is substituted on for Spalding United
74:00 Sub Off
Gary King is substituted off for Spalding United
73:00 Sub Off
Bradley Wells is substituted off for Stamford
73:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
72:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
66:00 Corner taken
Corner for Spalding United
62:00 Sub Off
Ben George is substituted off for Stamford
62:00 Sub On
Liam Adams is substituted on for Stamford
59:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
56:00 Corner taken
Corner for Spalding United
55:00 Sub Off
Callum Ball is substituted off for Stamford
55:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
55:00 Saved Shot
Ben Avison has a shot saved for Spalding United
52:00 Missed Shot
Rob Morgan misses a shot for Stamford
49:00 Missed Penalty
Henry Eze misses a penalty for Stamford
49:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
End of period 1
41:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Spalding United
38:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Spalding United
31:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
26:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
11:00 Corner taken
Corner for Spalding United
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
3:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Spalding United
  • Stamford
  • 0
  • Henry Eze Missed Penalty 49:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 55:00'
  • Callum Ball Sub Off 55:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub On 62:00'
  • Ben George Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 73:00'
  • Bradley Wells Sub Off 73:00'
  • Luke White Sub On 74:00'
  • Gary King Sub Off 74:00'
  • Jonny Lockie Sub On 86:00'
  • Ben Avison Sub Off 86:00'
  • Conor Marshall Yellow Card 90:00 +1:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Ball, Callum Ball, Callum
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Spalding United
  • 1. Michael Duggan
  • 2. Kern Miller
  • 3. James Hugo
  • 4. Matthew Varley
  • 5. Ellis Humble
  • 6. Neal Spafford
  • 7. Conor Marshall
  • 8. Danny Brooks
  • 9. Gary King
  • 10. Ben Avison
  • 11. Cenk Acar
  • 12. Luke White
  • 13. Jonny Lockie
  • 14. George Stainfield
  • 15. Alex Smith

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK South results

Gresley FC
0
3
Loughborough Dynamo
3
1
Romulus
1
2
Bedworth United
Sheffield FC
0
4
Stocksbridge Park Steels
1
1

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# 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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