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Stamford
Brighouse Town
B Fortnam-Tomlinson (3', 13'), G Ryan (38' Pen), M Armstrong (72' Sent Off)
Full time
T Haigh (28'), A Martin (70'), I Heeley (22' Sent Off)
Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 203

Daniels Edge Out Brighouse

Manager Graham Drury declared Stamford's 3-2 home success over Brighouse on Saturday as their most important win of the season so far.

After back-to-back Evo-Stik League Division One East defeats, Stamford returned to winning ways with a hard-fought success against a visiting side who started proceedings in third place.

Three goals in the opening period laid the foundations for the success as Stamford staved off a nervy finale to gain the three points in a match which saw both sides finish the contest with 10 men.

Drury said: "We've got a starting point again which is what we needed.
"The confidence looked low and you could see it at times in the performance.
"But no matter hook or crook, how we played, we needed a win.
"It's not one of the best performances of the season, but it's perhaps the biggest win of the season.
"I didn't care how we won that game, it's all about having a start point again for this football club.
"It's been a bit doom and gloom with player movement going on here and there which is frustrating for me.
"But if the players have been part of the problem, they've got to part of the solution as well.
"If they don't want to be part of the solution they are no good to us.
"We ended up with eight men out there at the end against a very good side.
"Chris Salt has probably broken his nose and Ollie Brown-Hill got a dead leg in one leg and a tight hamstring in the other.
"I think they were the best side we've played this season.
"They reminded me of Alvechurch from last season. The midfield rotate into areas and they're hard to find.
"They've got the option of the Plan B with Aaron Martin who is very physical and Chris' nose proves that.
"Whoever finishes above them will definitely make the play-offs. They were as good as Morpeth and Marske in my eyes and certainly better than Ossett.
"The run we've had we've lost to the top three by the odd goal so I've said to the players that we're not a million miles off.
"But we had to be able to go and walk into the bar tonight with our heads held high and I think we've put a shift in.
"It wasn't about the performance. It was about a team effort, work-rate and commitment and I felt I got that from the players."

Drury was again forced to ring the changes with Sam Vince returning in goal due to the unavailability of Dan Haystead while Stan Mugisha was missing through injury.

New signings Kern Miller and Grant Ryan went straight into the starting line-up on their returns to the Stamford ranks.

Miller came into the centre of defence which allowed Josh Egginton to move out to left-back following the departure of Eliot Putman to higher level Barwell.

The hosts, like their last home outing against Spalding, again made a flying start and took a third minute lead.

Vince's pinpoint clearance picked out Ryan who cushioned the ball into the path of Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson who shrugged off his marker before firing home into the bottom corner.

The lead was then doubled 10 minutes later when Jake Duffy fired in a corner which was turned home by centre-back Salt.

Brighouse's woes then continued midway through the first half when Iwan Heeley was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Jon Challinor.

However, they did halve the deficit six minutes later when Thomas Haigh hit a fine finish into the roof of the home net.

But it only took Stamford 10 minutes to restore their two-goal advantage when Joe Burgess was brought down in the box and Ryan converted the resultant spot kick with aplomb.

Reece Morris then saw an effort blocked on the line by Ellis Nicholls as Stamford finished the first half in the ascendency.

However, the tables were turned at the start of the second period as Brighouse began brightly.

It needed a superb double save from Vince to preserve Stamford's two-goal lead as he first denied substitute Gabriel Johnson before reacting immediately to keep out Jack Normanton's follow-up.

The visitors did reduce the deficit with 20 minutes remaining when Martin headed home a Mohammed Ibrahim cross.

Stamford were then reduced to 10 men themselves when substitute Mike Armstrong was shown a red card for a late tackle on Haigh with 18 minutes remaining.

That created a tense finish for the home side which saw Vince deny Martin before a sensational late save to turn away Rhys Jenkinson's shot that was destined for the top corner and secure a victory that leaves Stamford in seventh spot just a point outside the play-off places.

Jordon Cooke

Player of the Match

Jordon Cooke

Key moments

3:00
Goal Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford
13:00
Goal Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford
22:00
Red Card Iwan Heeley is sent off for Brighouse Town
28:00
Goal Thomas Haigh scores for Brighouse Town
38:00
Scored Penalty Grant Ryan scores a penalty for Stamford
70:00
Goal Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
72:00
Red Card Michael Armstrong is sent off for Stamford

Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Jordon Cooke is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +2:00 Corner taken
Corner for Brighouse Town
90:00 +2:00 Saved Shot
Rhys Jenkinson has a shot saved for Brighouse Town
81:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
81:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stamford
79:00 Corner taken
Corner for Brighouse Town
72:00 Red Card 3 - 2
Michael Armstrong is sent off for Stamford
71:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
70:00 Goal 3 - 2
Aaron Martin scores for Brighouse Town
63:00 Sub Off
Joe Burgess is substituted off for Stamford
63:00 Sub Off
Jack Normanton is substituted off for Brighouse Town
63:00 Sub On
Michael Armstrong is substituted on for Stamford
63:00 Sub On
Mohammed Ibrahim is substituted on for Brighouse Town
60:00 Sub Off
Reece Morris is substituted off for Stamford
60:00 Sub On
Liam Adams is substituted on for Stamford
54:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
46:00 Sub Off
Ousan Cham is substituted off for Brighouse Town
46:00 Sub On
Gabriel Johnson is substituted on for Brighouse Town
End of period 1
45:00 +4:00 Missed Shot
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson misses a shot for Stamford
44:00 Blocked Shot
Reece Morris has a shot blocked for Stamford
43:00 Sub Off
Zeph Thomas is substituted off for Brighouse Town
43:00 Sub On
Jack Lazenby is substituted on for Brighouse Town
38:00 Scored Penalty 3 - 1
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28:00 Goal 2 - 1
Thomas Haigh scores for Brighouse Town
22:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Iwan Heeley is sent off for Brighouse Town
22:00 Yellow Card
Joe Burgess is yellow carded for Stamford
13:00 Goal 2 - 0
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12:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
3:00 Goal 1 - 0
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Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Brighouse Town
  • 0
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Goal 3:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Goal 13:00'
  • Joe Burgess Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Iwan Heeley Red Card 22:00'
  • Thomas Haigh Goal 28:00'
  • Grant Ryan Scored Penalty 38:00'
  • Jack Lazenby Sub On 43:00'
  • Zeph Thomas Sub Off 43:00'
  • Gabriel Johnson Sub On 46:00'
  • Ousan Cham Sub Off 46:00'
  • Liam Adams Sub On 60:00'
  • Reece Morris Sub Off 60:00'
  • Joe Burgess Sub Off 63:00'
  • Michael Armstrong Sub On 63:00'
  • Mohammed Ibrahim Sub On 63:00'
  • Jack Normanton Sub Off 63:00'
  • Aaron Martin Goal 70:00'
  • Michael Armstrong Red Card 72:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 81:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 81:00'

Team selection

Vince, Sam Vince, Sam
Cooke, Jordon Cooke, Jordon
Miller, Kern Miller, Kern
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Salt, Chris Salt, Chris
Egginton, Josh Egginton, Josh
Morris, Reece Morris, Reece
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Ryan, Grant Ryan, Grant
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Brighouse Town
  • 1. Jordan Porter
  • 2. Ellis Nicholls
  • 3. Rhys Jenkinson
  • 4. Iwan Heeley
  • 5. Adam Field
  • 6. Sam Wright
  • 7. Jack Normanton
  • 8. Thomas Haigh
  • 9. Aaron Martin
  • 10. Zeph Thomas
  • 11. Ousan Cham
  • 12. Marley Grant
  • 13. Edward Busfield
  • 14. Jack Lazenby
  • 15. Mohammed Ibrahim
  • 16. Gabriel Johnson

League round up

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1
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Wisbech Town
1
4

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9. Pontefract Collieries 12 18
10. Stamford 12 17
11. Frickley Athletic 11 16
12. Loughborough Dynamo 11 15
13. Carlton Town 12 14
14. Sheffield FC 11 14

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