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Stamford
AFC Mansfield
R Seal (23'), I Marselia (32'), J Duffy (48' Sent Off)
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Sat 8 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 233

Daniels Secure Vital Win

Stamford reignited their Evo-Stik League Division One East campaign with a battling 2-0 home success over AFC Mansfield at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday.

Two first half strikes from Ryan Seal and Isia Marselia - his first for the club - gave the Daniels their first league win since the beginning of October. They also had to soldier on for the majority of the second half with 10 men following the harsh dismissal of skipper Jake Duffy after an innocuous collision with Bulls frontman Joe Iaciofanu.

And, despite a torrential downpour in the second period in addition to the strong swirling wind throughout the game, Stamford dug in to grind out a vital victory. They welcomed back Joe Burgess to their starting line-up after he missed last Saturday's goalless home draw with Pickering due to suspension. New signing Jake Sansby started on the substitutes bench against a bottom-of-the-table AFC Mansfield side who included ex-Stamford striker Grant Ryan in their ranks.

The Daniels had the fierce wind in their favour in the opening period, but it was home goalkeeper Dan Haystead who had to be alert first to race off his line and block an effort from Iaciofanu who had burst into the box.

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Bulls custodian Tom Crosby then safely gathered efforts from a Jake Duffy free-kick and Marselia's sharp turn and shot. Mike Armstrong was then forced into a smart covering tackle to deny the lively Iaciofanu before the Daniels broke the deadlock after 23 minutes.

A well-placed through ball from Joe Boachie set Seal free and he slotted home into the bottom corner past the advancing Crosby. The visitors then had a great chance to equalise when Jack Broadhead rose highest to meet a corner, but he planted his free header wide of the Stamford goal.

And the Daniels took the full advantage to double the lead after 32 minutes when Boachie and Seal again combined well with some good link-up play. Seal saw his initial effort blocked by Crosby, but Marselia was alert to react first to the rebound and smash home Stamford's second goal.

The Daniels were now full of confidence and it was then the turn of Seal to set Boachie free but, with just Crosby to beat, he rattled the post. Seal then set a curling effort just wide as Stamford finished the opening period in the ascendency.

However, they suffered a setback in the early stages of the second half when Duffy was shown a straight red card. The Stamford skipper tangled with Iaciofanu and, as the Bulls forward tumbled to the ground, Duffy appeared to try and step out of the way of his fall.

However, the minimal contact - Iaciofanu was soon back on his feet - was deemed by referee Kev Saunby to have been a stamp and Duffy was dismissed. This forced Stamford to dig deep to defy both the disadvantage of being a man down and the rapidly deteriorating elements.

The chances in the second period were few and far between for both sides which suited Stamford's two-goal advantage. Ex-Daniel Ryan had the best opening for the Bulls when he found space in the box, but Haystead was more than equal to his effort with a superb finger-tip save.

Marselia sent a well-struck effort over the crossbar before Sansby's astute through ball teed up fellow substitute Jon Challinor who was denied by a smart reaction save from Crosby as Stamford saw out more than five minutes of injury-time to claim a worthy win.

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Ryan Seal

Player of the Match

Ryan Seal

Key moments

23:00
Goal Ryan Seal scores for Stamford
32:00
Goal Isai Marselia scores for Stamford
48:00
Red Card Jake Duffy is sent off for Stamford

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Highlights

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90:00 +6:00 Player of the Match
Ryan Seal is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +6:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Haystead keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
90:00 +3:00 Saved Shot
Jon Challinor has a shot saved for Stamford
90:00 +1:00 Corner taken
Corner for AFC Mansfield
88:00 Sub On
Jake Sansby is substituted on for Stamford
88:00 Sub Off
Joe Boachie is substituted off for Stamford
86:00 Sub Off
Isai Marselia is substituted off for Stamford
86:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
79:00 Missed Shot
Isai Marselia misses a shot for Stamford
78:00 Corner taken
Corner for AFC Mansfield
70:00 Sub On
Philip Buxton is substituted on for AFC Mansfield
70:00 Sub Off
Sean Whaler is substituted off for AFC Mansfield
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Annable is substituted off for AFC Mansfield
70:00 Sub On
Cameron Dear is substituted on for AFC Mansfield
60:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
60:00 Sub Off
Ryan Seal is substituted off for Stamford
58:00 Yellow Card
Joe Iaciofano is yellow carded for AFC Mansfield
48:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Jake Duffy is sent off for Stamford
End of period 1
43:00 Yellow Card
James Ghaichem is yellow carded for AFC Mansfield
41:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Stamford
36:00 Blocked Shot
Joe Boachie has a shot blocked for Stamford
32:00 Goal 2 - 0
Isai Marselia scores for Stamford
31:00 Missed Shot
Jack Broadhead misses a shot for AFC Mansfield
30:00 Corner taken
Corner for AFC Mansfield
27:00 Missed Shot
Liam Marsden misses a shot for AFC Mansfield
23:00 Goal 1 - 0
Ryan Seal scores for Stamford
11:00 Saved Shot
Isai Marselia has a shot saved for Stamford
11:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
7:00 Saved Shot
Jake Duffy has a shot saved for Stamford
4:00 Corner taken
Corner for AFC Mansfield
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • AFC Mansfield
  • 0
  • Ryan Seal Goal 23:00'
  • Isai Marselia Goal 32:00'
  • James Ghaichem Yellow Card 43:00'
  • Jake Duffy Red Card 48:00'
  • Joe Iaciofano Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 60:00'
  • Ryan Seal Sub Off 60:00'
  • Cameron Dear Sub On 70:00'
  • Jordan Annable Sub Off 70:00'
  • Philip Buxton Sub On 70:00'
  • Sean Whaler Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 86:00'
  • Isai Marselia Sub Off 86:00'
  • Jake Sansby Sub On 88:00'
  • Joe Boachie Sub Off 88:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Cooke, Jordon Cooke, Jordon
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Miller, Kern Miller, Kern
Egginton, Josh Egginton, Josh
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Seal, Ryan Seal, Ryan
Boachie, Joe Boachie, Joe
Marselia, Isai Marselia, Isai
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
AFC Mansfield
  • 1. Tom Crosby
  • 2. Liam Marsden
  • 3. Mark Dudley
  • 4. Jonathan D'laryea
  • 5. Jack Broadhead
  • 6. Jordan Annable
  • 7. Sean Whaler
  • 8. James Ghaichem
  • 9. Grant Ryan
  • 10. Joe Iaciofano
  • 11. Charlie Dawes
  • 12. Cameron Dear
  • 13. Philip Buxton
  • 14. Bradley Peace-McDonald
  • 15. Mark Ward

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9. Ossett United 17 25
10. Loughborough Dynamo 17 22
11. Stamford 16 22
12. Gresley FC 19 21
13. Frickley Athletic 17 19
14. Cleethorpes Town 16 18
15. Spalding United 19 18

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