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First Team - Match centre

J Boachie (93')
Full time
J Towers (10')
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - The FA Trophy 18-19

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.

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Key moments

Goal Jamie Towers scores for Barwell
90:00 +3:00
Goal Joe Boachie scores for Stamford


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86:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
82:00 Saved Shot
Massiah McDonald has a shot saved for Barwell
81:00 Corner taken
Corner for Barwell
79:00 Sub Off
Josh Egginton is substituted off for Stamford
79:00 Sub On
Ollie Brown-Hill is substituted on for Stamford
70:00 Sub Off
Jon Challinor is substituted off for Stamford
70:00 Sub On
Reece Morris is substituted on for Stamford
66:00 Sub On
Jahvan Davidson-Miller is substituted on for Barwell
66:00 Sub Off
Jamie Towers is substituted off for Barwell
65:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
62:00 Sub Off
Ryan Seal is substituted off for Stamford
62:00 Sub On
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted on for Stamford
57:00 Sub On
Jai Rowe is substituted on for Barwell
57:00 Sub Off
Liam Kay is substituted off for Barwell
56:00 Missed Shot
Rob Morgan misses a shot for Barwell
52:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
End of period 1
45:00 +49:00 Blocked Shot
Joe Boachie has a shot blocked for Stamford
45:00 +4:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
45:00 +1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Stamford
44:00 Corner taken
Corner for Barwell
42:00 Missed Shot
Brady Hickey misses a shot for Barwell
33:00 Yellow Card
Joe Burgess is yellow carded for Stamford
19:00 Blocked Shot
Ryan Seal has a shot blocked for Stamford
16:00 Sub Off
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is substituted off for Barwell
16:00 Sub On
Massiah McDonald is substituted on for Barwell
12:00 Corner taken
Corner for Barwell
10:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jamie Towers scores for Barwell
1:00 Corner taken
Corner for Barwell
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Barwell
  • 0
  • Jamie Towers Goal 10:00'
  • Massiah McDonald Sub On 16:00'
  • Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Sub Off 16:00'
  • Joe Burgess Yellow Card 33:00'
  • Liam Kay Sub Off 57:00'
  • Jai Rowe Sub On 57:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub On 62:00'
  • Ryan Seal Sub Off 62:00'
  • Jahvan Davidson-Miller Sub On 66:00'
  • Jamie Towers Sub Off 66:00'
  • Reece Morris Sub On 70:00'
  • Jon Challinor Sub Off 70:00'
  • Ollie Brown-Hill Sub On 79:00'
  • Josh Egginton Sub Off 79:00'
  • Joe Boachie Goal 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
Cooke, Jordon Cooke, Jordon
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Seal, Ryan Seal, Ryan
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Egginton, Josh Egginton, Josh
Burgess, Joe Burgess, Joe
Challinor, Jon Challinor, Jon
Boachie, Joe Boachie, Joe
Adams, Liam Adams, Liam
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
  • 1. Liam Castle
  • 2. Jean-Ruben Desrosiers
  • 3. Eliot Putman
  • 4. Liam Kay
  • 5. Brad-Lee Gascoigne
  • 6. Lee Hildreth
  • 7. Alex Tomkinson
  • 8. Rob Morgan
  • 9. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake
  • 10. Brady Hickey
  • 11. Jamie Towers
  • 12. Jahvan Davidson-Miller
  • 13. Massiah McDonald
  • 14. Jai Rowe
  • 15. Edward Nisevic
  • 16. Elliott Taylor


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