Daniels Left To Rue Missed Chances
Stamford suffered their heaviest league defeat of the season as they lost 3-0 at in-form Tadcaster Albion. The story could have been different if the Daniels had taken their chances.
This was the Daniels first game after beating high flying Kettering Town in the FA trophy and were hopeful of getting a result in Yorkshire as the home side had only won two of their opening seven league games.
The home side had the first chance of the game when Casey Stewart saw his shot tipped away by Dan Haystead in the Daniels goal. Stamford then went up the other end and had a fine chance when Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson had a shot from about 20 yards but James Hodges in the home goal tipped over the bar for a corner.
The resultant corner saw the ball come to Liam Adams but again Hodges was equal to it as he pushed the Daniels forwards shot over the bar. Tadcaster had another opportunity a few minutes later when Joe Lumsden was denied by Haystead.
Fortnam-Tomlinson then had another chance on the half hour mark, but he dragged his shot wide of the Tadcaster goal. This was followed by the opening goal for Tadcaster, Billy Whitehouse slid the ball to Casey Stewart and he was able to slot the ball past Haystead in the Daniels goal.
With five minutes left of the first half, the home side doubled their lead. A quickly taken free-kick was played to the dangerous Joe Lumsden and he slotted the ball into the back of the net. Stamford finished the half strongly and Mike Armstrong hit a shot from distance but again Hodges was equal to it in the home goal.
The home side killed off any chance of a Stamford revival at the start of the second half when they scored a third. A quickly taken corner was taken short and Billy Whitehouse was allowed the freedom to drive into the box and he bent his shot round Haystead into the far corner.
Stamford continued to press, and a Chris Salt shot was just off target as the game approached the hour mark. Manager Graham Drury made a couple of changes bringing on Reece Morris and Ollie Brown-Hill. In a tactical switch Henry Eze was moved up front.
Brown-Hill had a chance a few minutes later but his shot was saved by Hodges in the Tadcaster goal.
Stamford could not find a way past a resolute keeper and the ultimate difference between the two sides is that Tadcaster was more clinical and took their chances while Stamford were denied by poor finishing and a goalkeeper in great form.