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Stamford
Morpeth Town
S Grouse (67')
Full time
J Walton (30' Pen, 58')
Sat 15 Sep 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 285

Daniels Lose Unbeaten Start

Daniels boss Graham Drury wants his side to learn from their first defeat of the new Evo-Stik League Division One East campaign.

Stamford went down to a 2-1 home reversal against Morpeth Town in a rare setback at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday.

It was their first home defeat since January after losing just once at home in the league all last season.

And Drury was disappointed in the manner of the defeat after admitting the visiting Highwaymen had 'done a job' on his charges.

He was also unhappy with the goals his side conceded and felt his players hadn't done enough in the final third.

Drury said: "They've come and done a job on us.
"I don't think the referee has helped at all, he's allowed them to do that.
"I'm not blaming him, but he's got sucked into quite a bit of time-wasting and a bit of play-acting.
"That's clever from the opposition and, I've just said to our boys, that we've got to learn that.
"They squealed at every foul which they got and have come and done a real good job.
"They've come away from here with three points and there's not many teams who have done that in the last year-and-a-half so they deserve credit for that."

A penalty on the half-hour mark from Joe Walton gave Morpeth the advantage which was doubled in the second half by Jeff Henderson.

Stamford then made a triple subsititution which sparked a rousing finale with Sam Grouse halving the deficit.

Drury added: "I felt that when we got it down and played we looked lively and sharp.
"But we were not pro-active enough on our movement in the final third.
"Jake Duffy has put some absolute quality balls into the box and we haven't got on the end of them.
"We've put balls across the box and stayed static. You've got to be wanting to make two runs - you've got to take your man away and get across him and we haven't done that.
"Some of the players have been lethargic and, make no bones, they've been told about it and that's not me being harsh.
"I thought we defended well. The defence has done their jobs.
"We had a go at Morpeth first half and were in their defensive areas. We had them on the back foot.
"We were pressing well from midfield, but then we've given a silly penalty away.
"We've completely left the man for the second goal and that's game over at 2-0 against a decent side. It was another lapse in concentration which has killed us.
"We've made two errors for the goals which have come from dead balls.
"They haven't really opened us up or carved anything out. The two goals have been poor ones to give away.
"We've also got to be a bit more clinical in our movement in the box.
"If we are that little bit sharper in there then we would have got goals today.
"We've lacked that bit of drive from the midfield and our movement in the box in first half wasn't good enough.
"We were a bit more livelier after the changes. I think sometimes players think they're guaranteed a place and maybe I've kept with it too much.
"I've not too downbeat though. It's just the two goals we've conceded that I'm most disappointed about."

Stamford went into contest without defender Taron Hare and midfielder Cleveland Taylor who both left for Premier Division Matlock on Thursday night.

Club stalwart Jordan Smith has also left the Daniels for family reasons while Chris Salt was suspended.

This saw a first start of the season for Mike Armstrong as Stamford made the most of the early running without threatening the visiting goal.

Henderson flashed an early header over the visitors from a Ben Sayer corner while a dangerous in-swinging free-kick from Duffy clipped off Highwaymen defender Julian Petrache and looped over the crossbar.

The home side then had strong penalty appeals turned down when Reece Morris was bundled over in the box by Daniel Carson.

Appeals at the other end when Joe Burgess clipped David Carson were then successful when Morpeth were awarded a 30th minute spot kick.

Walton stepped up to send Dan Haystead the wrong way and give the visitors a first half advantage.

Stamford enjoyed plenty of possession after failing behind, but Daniel Lowson in the visiting goal didn't have a save to make in the first half.

This pattern continued after the break with another deft Duffy delivery evading everyone while Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson's burst forward and a low shot was easily gathered by Lowson.

The visitors doubled their lead just before the hour mark when Sayer's corner found Henderson unmarked to rifle home and leave Stamford with an uphill task.

Jon Challinor, Grouse and Liam Adams were all introduced in a triple substitution which paid dividends after 67 minutes.

Challinor weaved past several challenges in a mazy dribble in the box before unleashing a fierce strike which rattled the underside of the crossbar with Grouse nodding home from close range.

The initiative looked to be with the Daniels and Adams' surge forward was halted by a rash Petrache challenge on the edge of the box, but again the resultant free-kick brought no reward for the home side.

Adams unleashed a stunning curling strike which flew narrowly wide as Stamford started to push more men forward.

This left them exposed to some slick Morpeth breaks and Haystead produced a brilliant save to tip over a well-struck shot from Liam Henderson.

Sayer then curled a cross against the Stamford crossbar with the home defence scrambling clear of several occasions.

Challinor then headed over late on as Stamford were unable to find a second goal.

The defeat sent Stamford down to eighth place but, with just two points currently separating the top 11 sides, it's looked like being a keenly and closely-contested division this season.

The FA Respect: We Only Do Positive

Key moments

30:00
Scored Penalty Joseph Walton scores a penalty for Morpeth Town
58:00
Goal Joseph Walton scores for Morpeth Town
67:00
Goal Sam Grouse scores for Stamford

Highlights

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90:00 +3:00 Missed Shot
Jon Challinor misses a shot for Stamford
90:00 Yellow Card
Reece Morris is yellow carded for Stamford
88:00 Sub Off
Samuel Hodgson is substituted off for Morpeth Town
88:00 Sub On
Adam Burnicle is substituted on for Morpeth Town
83:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford taken by Jake Duffy
83:00 Missed Shot
Jon Challinor misses a shot for Stamford
80:00 Corner taken
Corner for Morpeth Town
79:00 Corner taken
Corner for Morpeth Town
78:00 Missed Shot
Liam Henderson misses a shot for Morpeth Town
76:00 Sub Off
Lulian Petrache is substituted off for Morpeth Town
76:00 Sub On
Stephen Forster is substituted on for Morpeth Town
73:00 Missed Shot
Eliot Putman misses a shot for Stamford
71:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Lowson is yellow carded for Morpeth Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Lulian Petrache is yellow carded for Morpeth Town
67:00 Assist
Jon Challinor makes an assist for Stamford
67:00 Goal 1 - 2
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64:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
64:00 Sub On
Liam Adams is substituted on for Stamford
64:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stamford
64:00 Sub On
Sam Grouse is substituted on for Stamford
64:00 Sub Off
Joe Burgess is substituted off for Stamford
64:00 Sub Off
Stan Mugisha is substituted off for Stamford
61:00 Yellow Card
Stan Mugisha is yellow carded for Stamford
58:00 Goal 0 - 2
Joseph Walton scores for Morpeth Town
54:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford taken by Jake Duffy
53:00 Sub Off
Daniel Carson is substituted off for Morpeth Town
53:00 Sub On
Tom Potter is substituted on for Morpeth Town
End of period 1
44:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford taken by Jake Duffy
40:00 Yellow Card
Joe Burgess is yellow carded for Stamford
36:00 Missed Shot
Ben Sayer misses a shot for Morpeth Town
30:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 1
Joseph Walton scores a penalty for Morpeth Town
21:00 Yellow Card
Liam Henderson is yellow carded for Morpeth Town
15:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford taken by Jake Duffy
5:00 Missed Shot
Liam Henderson misses a shot for Morpeth Town
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Morpeth Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Morpeth Town
  • 0
  • Liam Henderson Yellow Card 21:00'
  • Joseph Walton Scored Penalty 30:00'
  • Joe Burgess Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Tom Potter Sub On 53:00'
  • Daniel Carson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Joseph Walton Goal 58:00'
  • Stan Mugisha Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 64:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub On 64:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 64:00'
  • Sam Grouse Sub On 64:00'
  • Stan Mugisha Sub Off 64:00'
  • Joe Burgess Sub Off 64:00'
  • Sam Grouse Goal 67:00'
  • Jon Challinor Assist 67:00'
  • Lulian Petrache Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Daniel Lowson Yellow Card 71:00'
  • Lulian Petrache Sub Off 76:00'
  • Stephen Forster Sub On 76:00'
  • Samuel Hodgson Sub Off 88:00'
  • Adam Burnicle Sub On 88:00'
  • Reece Morris Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Egginton, Josh Egginton, Josh
Mugisha, Stan Mugisha, Stan
Cooke, Jordon Cooke, Jordon
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Morris, Reece Morris, Reece
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Morpeth Town
  • 1. Daniel Lowson
  • 2. Daniel Carson
  • 3. Michael Turner
  • 4. Ben Sayer
  • 5. Lulian Petrache
  • 6. Jeffrey Henderson
  • 7. Sean Taylor
  • 8. Samuel Hodgson
  • 9. Joseph Walton
  • 10. Liam Henderson
  • 11. David Carson
  • 12. Adam Burnicle
  • 13. Tom Potter
  • 14. Stephen Forster
  • 15. Chris McDonald
  • 16. Wayne Phillips

League round up

Other East Division results

Sheffield FC
4
1
Gresley FC
0
0
Pickering Town
Stocksbridge Park Steels
2
1
AFC Mansfield
Wisbech Town
3
1

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Frickley Athletic 6 12
7. Lincoln United 8 11
8. Stamford 7 11
9. Sheffield FC 7 10
10. AFC Mansfield 6 10
11. Gresley FC 8 10
12. Stocksbridge Park Steels 8 10

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