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Sat 28 Apr 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK South Attendance 442

Daniels Secure Play-Off's

Stamford secured their place in the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off places with a 1-0 home win over Cleethorpes in a nailbiting final day of the season clash at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday.

Needing a point to secure their play-off spot, a dramatic turn of second half events swung the match in Stamford's favour.

First goalkeeper Dan Haystead produced a superb penalty save to deny Danny North before the Daniels took the lead minutes later when substitute Kieran Wells headed home with his first touch.

Wells had only been on the field a matter of seconds when he nodded in the vital goal that secured an away semi-final tie at Frickley Athletic on Tuesday night to the delight of manager Graham Drury.

Drury said: "I'm over the moon to have secured a place in the play-offs.
"It was hearts in mouths at times because Cleethorpes made it a real battle for us and neither side created too much.
"I thought the penalty decision was harsh so justice was done as Dan has made a great save and gone on to keep our 24th clean sheet of the season which is a phenomenal achievement.
"I've always managed teams who have tried to out-score the opposition, but I know what this league is about and I wanted us to be more resolute this season.
"It's all credit to the lads. Brad Wells was gutted to be taken off, but Kieran has come on, scored with his first score and that's given everywhere a massive boost in confidence to take into Tuesday night."

A cagey and tense opening period saw the Owls create the best early chance but North blazed over when well placed after being teed up by Curtis Bateson.

Mike Armstrong fired a fierce shot over the visitors' crossbar while Jordan Smith saw an effort go narrowly wide following Brad Wells' flick on.

Rob Morgan sent a shot close from outside the box before Delroy Gordon produced a couple of pieces of top-drawer defending to deny both North and Bateson.

Callum Ball was introduced at the start of the second half in place of Smith as Stamford sought to find a vital breakthrough with all of their play-off rivals in winning positions.

It took a timely tackle from Henry Eze to block Jack Richardson's route to goal before the visitors were awarded a penalty when a fiercely-driven cross was harshly adjudged to have struck Jake Duffy's arm.

However, Haystead hurled himself to his left to keep out North's spot kick and recovered quickly to block the follow up.

This sparked Stamford's introduction of Kieran Wells as they broke away and forced a corner where the substitute put himself in the right place at the right time to head home.

Cleethorpes threw more players forward in search of an equaliser which allowed Stamford to break at will as the Owls understandably tired with this being their fifth game in eighth days.

Ball headed straight at Liam Higton after being picked out by Eliot Putman's cross while Duffy produced a terrific tackle at the other end to deny Richardson a shooting chance when well-positioned.

Challinor cracked a sweet strike that Higton palmed away before the Cleethorpes custodian excelled to tip over an audacious effort from Kieran Wells.

Wells then broke the offside trap, but fired inches wide of the far post before another well-struck Challinor effort was met by an equally impressive response from Higton as Stamford finished on top to secure their place in Tuesday's play-off semi-finals.

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Key moments

Goal Kieran Wells scores for Stamford


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88:00 Corner taken
Corner for Cleethorpes Town
87:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Wells is yellow carded for Stamford
80:00 Yellow Card
Tim Lowe is yellow carded for Cleethorpes Town
79:00 Missed Shot
Kieran Wells misses a shot for Stamford
67:00 Sub Off
Laurence Mckay is substituted off for Cleethorpes Town
67:00 Sub On
Brody Robertson is substituted on for Cleethorpes Town
59:00 Sub Off
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted off for Stamford
59:00 Sub On
Ben George is substituted on for Stamford
55:00 Goal 1 - 0
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54:00 Sub On
Kieran Wells is substituted on for Stamford
54:00 Sub Off
Bradley Wells is substituted off for Stamford
51:00 Saved Penalty
Dan Haystead saves a penalty for Stamford
51:00 Missed Penalty
Daniel North misses a penalty for Cleethorpes Town
46:00 Sub On
Callum Ball is substituted on for Stamford
46:00 Sub Off
Jordan Smith is substituted off for Stamford
End of period 1
44:00 Missed Shot
Alex Flett misses a shot for Cleethorpes Town
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Cleethorpes Town
21:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Stamford
18:00 Missed Shot
Jordan Smith misses a shot for Stamford
6:00 Missed Shot
Daniel North misses a shot for Cleethorpes Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Cleethorpes Town
  • 0
  • Callum Ball Sub On 46:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub Off 46:00'
  • Dan Haystead Saved Penalty 51:00'
  • Daniel North Missed Penalty 51:00'
  • Kieran Wells Sub On 54:00'
  • Bradley Wells Sub Off 54:00'
  • Kieran Wells Goal 55:00'
  • Ben George Sub On 59:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub Off 59:00'
  • Brody Robertson Sub On 67:00'
  • Laurence Mckay Sub Off 67:00'
  • Tim Lowe Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Kieran Wells Yellow Card 87:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
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
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Wells, Bradley Wells, Bradley
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Cleethorpes Town
  • 1. Liam Higton
  • 2. Josh Lacey
  • 3. Laurence Mckay
  • 4. Liam Dickens
  • 5. Tim Lowe
  • 6. Matt Bloomer
  • 7. Jack Richardson
  • 8. Alex Flett
  • 9. Curtis Bateson
  • 10. Daniel North
  • 11. Jonathan Oglesby
  • 12. Liam Davis
  • 13. Marc Cooper
  • 14. Brody Robertson

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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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