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Stamford
Lincoln United
J Sands (71'), J Boachie (77')
Full time
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - East Division Attendance 309

Daniels Keep Momentum

A quick-fire second half goal double boosted Stamford's play-off hopes at the expense of their promotion rivals following a 2-0 home success over Lincoln United on Saturday.

A debut strike from John Sands - just 16 minutes after coming on as a substitute - and another scorching strike from Joe Boachie sent Stamford to within three points of the play-off places.

It capped a tremendous 10-point return from their four games over the festive period for a Stamford side who have lost just once in their last seven league matches.

Manager Graham Drury admitted afterwards that he had piled the pressure on his players to perform in a bid to maintain their push for promotion.

He said: "I feel we are starting to get a more balanced squad, but we had to be in the position we're in before Saturday.

"Anything less than where we were, it would have been a struggle for us to push for the top five.

"I put a lot of pressure on the lads to do that. We're trying to up the professionalism around the club and we've changed a few things around behind the scenes.

"All of the bench was capable of upping the standard on Saturday and I'm over the moon with the squad because it's really good now.

"We've now taken four points from two sides who were in the top five.

"We were not getting back-to-back wins, but we finally got that and then we were just a couple of minutes away from getting a third consecutive victory on New Year's Day.

"That was still a good point against an in-form Pontefract side who had won their last six games.

"Lincoln are probably lacking a bit of confidence, but you don't take anything away from our lads.

"We dictated and dominated the first 15 minutes of the game. We got into a bit of scrap from there and we had to regroup at half-time.

"We didn't start the second half very well and we tended to be a little bit uneasy with the ball. We needed to keep better possession.

"The changes we made were pro-active and it was written in the stars for John Sands to score. I knew it was going to happen because it's the way he is.

"I can't take anything away from Ollie Brown-Hill for his part though. He deserves a lot of credit and made a good decision. He's rolled it across and we've got the goal.

"Joe's then hit another worldie which, as I've told everybody, that's what he is about because he will score goals like that.

"He's now put three in like that, but he can't rest on his laurels. He's got a great strike on him, but there's times I'd like him to do it more often.

"I think he's a talent and these players win you games, but you've got to have all elements in a team.

"A special talent can win you the game, but Dan Haystead has made a crucial penalty strike, Mike Armstrong was named man-of-the-match and the work-rate of the midfield four gave us the right balance."

Stamford handed a debut to returning midfielder Rob Morgan while Sands was named on the bench for the first time after being sidelined with a troublesome groin problem.

The Daniels made a stirring start with Isia Marselia curling an early effort over while Jake Duffy volleyed just wide after good link-up play between Morgan and Boachie.

Morgan had another decent shot from a strong run safely gathered by Whites goalkeeper Michael Emery before the hosts had a strong penalty appeals turned down when Boachie went down under a challenge from Sean Wright.

Lincoln though weathered the early storm and grew into the contest as the half wore on while looking particularly threatening from set pieces.

Joe Burgess made a vital headed interception from a corner before an in swinging free-kick from Jonathan Williams saw Matt Wilson's effort rattle the home post.

The Whites were then awarded a 34th penalty when Morgan was adjudged to have fouled Andy Hutchinson.

But Haystead came to Stamford's rescue as he plunged low to his left to turn away the spot kick from ex-Stamford player Matt Cotton.

That turned up the heat in the derby duel with the Whites having three players booked in an opening period that saw five yellow cards.

Lincoln again edged the opening exchanges of the second period which sparked a double Stamford substitution following the introductions of Jon Challinor and Sands which was followed shortly after by Brown-Hill.

And the trio of replacements played crucial roles in Stamford breaking the deadlock after 71 minutes.

Morgan's pass saw Challinor's deft flick release Brown-Hill who, with just Emery to beat, unselfishly squared the ball for Sands to tap home the opening goal which sparked mass celebrations from both player and supporters.

The lead was doubled six minutes later to secure the win as Boachie found space about 20 yards out before curling home an unstoppable shot beyond Emery.

Haystead then had to make another crucial stop to deny a late Lincoln raid to secure his fifth clean sheet in the last seven league games as Stamford's play-off charge begins to gain momentum.

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Key moments

71:00
Goal John Sands scores for Stamford
77:00
Goal Joe Boachie scores for Stamford

Highlights

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90:00 +5:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Haystead keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
90:00 +5:00 Player of the Match
Michael Armstrong is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 Yellow Card
Sean Wright is yellow carded for Lincoln United
90:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
89:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
77:00 Goal 2 - 0
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74:00 Missed Shot
John Sands misses a shot for Stamford
73:00 Saved Shot
Shot saved for Lincoln United
72:00 Yellow Card
John Sands is yellow carded for Stamford
71:00 Assist
Ollie Brown-Hill makes an assist for Stamford
71:00 Goal 1 - 0
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68:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
68:00 Sub Off
Ryan Seal is substituted off for Stamford
63:00 Blocked Shot
Ryan Seal has a shot blocked for Stamford
55:00 Sub Off
Isai Marselia is substituted off for Stamford
55:00 Sub On
Jon Challinor is substituted on for Stamford
55:00 Sub Off
Joe Burgess is substituted off for Stamford
55:00 Sub On
James Blunden is substituted on for Lincoln United
55:00 Sub Off
Matthew Wilson is substituted off for Lincoln United
55:00 Sub On
John Sands is substituted on for Stamford
51:00 Yellow Card
Scott Matthews is yellow carded for Lincoln United
End of period 1
45:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Andrew Hutchinson is yellow carded for Lincoln United
45:00 +3:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
40:00 Yellow Card
Jonathan Williams is yellow carded for Lincoln United
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
36:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
34:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
34:00 Yellow Card
Kern Miller is yellow carded for Stamford
33:00 Saved Penalty
Dan Haystead saves a penalty for Stamford
33:00 Missed Penalty
Matthew Cotton misses a penalty for Lincoln United
33:00 Yellow Card
Rob Morgan is yellow carded for Stamford
30:00 Missed Shot
Kern Miller misses a shot for Stamford
28:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Cotton is yellow carded for Lincoln United
26:00 Missed Shot
Matthew Wilson misses a shot for Lincoln United
25:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
22:00 Saved Shot
Ryan Seal has a shot saved for Stamford
19:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
18:00 Corner taken
Corner for Lincoln United
11:00 Missed Shot
Jake Duffy misses a shot for Stamford
7:00 Missed Shot
Isai Marselia misses a shot for Stamford
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Lincoln United
  • 0
  • Matthew Cotton Yellow Card 28:00'
  • Rob Morgan Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Dan Haystead Saved Penalty 33:00'
  • Matthew Cotton Missed Penalty 33:00'
  • Kern Miller Yellow Card 34:00'
  • Jonathan Williams Yellow Card 40:00'
  • Andrew Hutchinson Yellow Card 45:00 +3:00'
  • Scott Matthews Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub On 55:00'
  • Joe Burgess Sub Off 55:00'
  • John Sands Sub On 55:00'
  • Isai Marselia Sub Off 55:00'
  • James Blunden Sub On 55:00'
  • Matthew Wilson Sub Off 55:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 68:00'
  • Ryan Seal Sub Off 68:00'
  • John Sands Goal 71:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Assist 71:00'
  • John Sands Yellow Card 72:00'
  • Joe Boachie Goal 77:00'
  • Sean Wright Yellow Card 90:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Cooke, Jordon Cooke, Jordon
Miller, Kern Miller, Kern
Seal, Ryan Seal, Ryan
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Egginton, Josh Egginton, Josh
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Boachie, Joe Boachie, Joe
Marselia, Isai Marselia, Isai
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Lincoln United
  • 1. Michael Emery
  • 2. Sean Wright
  • 3. Scott Matthews
  • 4. Joshua Nichol
  • 5. Michael Jacklin
  • 6. Matthew Wilson
  • 7. Jack Wightwick
  • 8. Jonathan Williams
  • 9. Thomas Garrick
  • 10. Andrew Hutchinson
  • 11. Matthew Cotton
  • 12. James Blunden
  • 13. Lynton Karkach
  • 14. Kevin Hemagou
  • 15. Callum Dye
  • 16. Philip McGann

League round up

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Morpeth Town 22 48
2. Brighouse Town 23 45
3. Pontefract Collieries 22 40
4. Tadcaster Albion 23 38
5. Sheffield FC 22 37
6. Ossett United 23 36
7. Stamford 22 35

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