Late Strike Secures Replay
A brilliant injury-time equaliser from Joe Boachie earned Stamford an FA Trophy replay with higher level Barwell after a 1-1 draw at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday.
Boachie blasted home a stunning strike in the third minute of stoppage time to earn the Daniels a deserved second chance against their Southern League Central Premier Division visitors.
Jamie Towers had given Barwell a 10th minute lead, but a rousing second half performance from the Daniels saw them earn a share of the spoils and a replay at Kirkby Road on Tuesday night.
Manager Graham Drury praised the character of his side who refused to concede defeat and more than matched higher level visitors for the second successive round.
He said: "Apart from their goal, I thought we did really well all over the pitch.
"They started the game on fire. They were always going to come and show us what they're all about with the dominance of being at a higher level.
"It was a great ball in the box and good header for their goal, but we didn't panic and stayed with the game-plan.
"I believed that was how we could play and do things and there was always a plan B and C in the armoury.
"I stuck with my beliefs and stayed with the shape. We had 11 corners to their four which showed our dominance.
"Ryan Seal has had two great chances and I can't really remember them working Dan Haystead too much.
"We've showed that, if we play at our best, we can compete not just in our division but the one above as well.
"It might sound absolutely crazy, but I actually find our division harder than the one above.
"We are suited to that higher level, but ours is such a tough league to get out of.
"We've played against Kettering and Barwell now and acquitted ourselves really well.
"We stood up to it. There was no taking ourselves off the front foot.
"We went a goal down at Tadcaster last week and it seemed to drain our belief, but we've gone a goal down against Barwell and we believed in what we set up to do.
"The lads deserve the credit because they stuck to the game-plan.
"I was pleased with the lads all over. We've been strong and it was a great strike to equalise.
"I've watched Joe play and he can frustrate you, but he's got that in his locker and it was fantastic."
Boachie and Seal were both brought back into the starting line-up after last week's league loss at Tadcaster with Chris Salt and Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson dropping to the bench alongside Harry Peasgood who has returned after a loan spell with Pinchbeck United.
The visitors made the brighter start with Brady Hickey just failing to connect with an inviting cross from ex-Daniel Eliot Putman.
They took a 10th minute lead when Towers reacted first to a cross from the left to head home the opening goal.
Barwell were then forced into an early substitution when ex-Wolves striker Sylvain Ebanks-Blake was forced off injured.
Stamford then enjoyed their best spell of the first half as they produced a strong response to going behind.
Seal headed narrowly wide from a Jake Duffy corner before bursting clear and electing to tee up Boachie instead of shooting himself which allowed Luke Kay to get back and make a crucial interception.
Liam Adams saw a well-struck effort blocked by a cluster of defenders while Josh Egginton made a vital interception at the other end after a marauding run into the box from Jean-Ruben Desrosiers.
Hickey then had a further chance for Barwell as he burst into the box only to hook his over the crossbar.
Stamford started the second half in the ascendancy with several dangerous crosses and raids on the Barwell goal being repelled by the visitors.
Fortnam-Tomlinson was introduced to add an extra option to the home attack and he nearly made an instant impact by firing in a cross-shot that Liam Castle tipped away at full stretch.
The Daniels continued to probe for an opening as they cranked up the pressure by throwing extra players forward.
Massiah McDonald had a well-struck effort routinely saved by Haystead as Barwell look to sting Stamford on the break.
But it was the hosts whose persistence finally paid off in the dying throes with a stunning strike from Boachie who side-stepped a couple of challenges before unleashing an unstoppable shot that flew past Castle.
Stamford could have snatched a dramatic win when Adams produced an excellent run in the box, but Castle blocked his effort from an acute angle with Boachie blazing the follow up over as the honours finished even.