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Stamford
Sutton Coldfield Town
B Fortnam-Tomlinson (2'), P Mwanyongo (59' Pen), B George (93')
Full time
N Draper (58' Sent Off), K Taylor (74' Sent Off)
Sat 28 Oct 15:00 - The FA Trophy 17-18 Attendance 229

Royals See Red As Daniels Progress

Stamford steamrollered higher level opposition to make FA Trophy progress on Saturday at the expense of a Sutton Coldfield side who had two goalkeepers sent off. Writes James Bedford

Regular Royals custodian Nick Draper was dismissed just before the hour mark after poleaxing Bradley Fortnum-Tomlinson in an incident that led to Stamford's second goal from the penalty spot.

His replacement Kris Taylor then saw red for felling Fortnum-Tomlinson when he was clean through with 16 minutes of the first qualifying round clash remaining.

Despite the double dismissal, Stamford were good value for their victory and boss Graham Drury felt they always looked in control against their Evo-Stik Premier Division visitors.

Sutton Coldfield Town - 28th October
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Drury said: "It was a good day at the office. We've scored three goals, kept a clean sheet and produced a professional performance which are good habits to have.

"The windy conditions spoilt the game, but it's a scalp for us against a higher level side. "We defended really well in the first half against the strong wind and, although scoring the second goal from the penalty spot has lifted us, I didn't think the sending offs effected the game.
"They started with one up top which showed they gave us a lot of credit. Even though we're a level below them, they saw us as a threat."

Drury was also full of praise for the performance of midfielder Mike Armstrong after his industrious display in the centre of the park.
He enthused: "I thought Mike was fantastic. His reading of the game and reacting to situations was superb.
"He was always first to the second ball and he's one of our unsung heroes. He does a lot of things that people don't always see, just by picking up the pieces. He made a big difference to us."

Stamford got off to a flying start as they went ahead after just two minutes when an astute pass from Pearson Mwanyongo released Fortnum-Tomlinson who raced clear before clipping his shot over the advancing Draper.

The visitors, despite having the elements in their favour in the first half, rarely made an impression with Kris Taylor flashing a free-kick wide being their only notable effort.

Jordan Smith headed wide following good work from Fortnum-Tomlinson who then fired over himself after a good move involving Rob Morgan and Eliot Putman. Stamford took the game to their visitors after the break as Henry Eze came close to doubling their lead with an audacious long distance thunderbolt that rattled the crossbar with Draper well beaten.

The Daniels second goal came shortly after as Fortnum-Tomlinson raced away but, after knocking the ball past Draper, he was flattened by the Royals goalkeeper. Draper was dismissed and Mwanyongo stepped up to confidently stroke home the resultant penalty past stand-in Taylor.
Taylor's stint in between the sticks though lasted just 15 minutes when he came racing off his line and took out Fortnum-Tomlinson who had broken clear.

He was red carded and skipper Danny O'Callaghan took over as Stamford piled on the pressure with Eze heading just wide while Putman's excellent run saw James Beresford make an excellent block to deny the Daniels.

Substitute Joe Burgess also saw an effort superb kept out by Nathaniel Kelly's challenge before fellow replacement Sam Hollis put a gilt-edged chance over the bar after a good move involving Lee Clarke and Armstrong.

Stamford wrapped up the victory in the 90th minute when Ben George started and finished a good move down the right with a low shot that beat O'Callaghan at his near post and rubber-stamp the Daniels' place in the second qualifying round on November 11.

Key moments

2:00
Goal Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford
58:00
Red Card Nicholas Draper is sent off for Sutton Coldfield Town
59:00
Scored Penalty Pearson Mwanyongo scores a penalty for Stamford
74:00
Red Card Kris Taylor is sent off for Sutton Coldfield Town
90:00 +3:00
Goal Ben George scores for Stamford

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Sutton Coldfield Town - 28th October
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Highlights

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90:00 +4:00 Player of the Match
Eliot Putman is awarded player of the match for Stamford
90:00 +4:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
Dan Haystead keeps a clean sheet for Stamford
90:00 +3:00 Goal 3 - 0
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88:00 Missed Shot
Sam Hollis misses a shot for Stamford
87:00 Yellow Card
Reece Webb is yellow carded for Sutton Coldfield Town
80:00 Missed Shot
Henry Eze misses a shot for Stamford
75:00 Sub Off
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is substituted off for Stamford
75:00 Sub On
Sam Hollis is substituted on for Stamford
74:00 Red Card 2 - 0
Kris Taylor is sent off for Sutton Coldfield Town
72:00 Missed Shot
Delroy Gordon misses a shot for Stamford
70:00 Sub On
Reece Webb is substituted on for Sutton Coldfield Town
70:00 Sub Off
Lewis Probert is substituted off for Sutton Coldfield Town
70:00 Sub Off
Alexander Perry is substituted off for Sutton Coldfield Town
70:00 Sub On
Reece Hutchinson is substituted on for Sutton Coldfield Town
68:00 Yellow Card
Eliot Putman is yellow carded for Stamford
66:00 Sub Off
Joe Burgess is substituted off for Stamford
66:00 Sub Off
Pearson Mwanyongo is substituted off for Stamford
60:00 Sub Off
Jordan Smith is substituted off for Stamford
60:00 Sub On
Lee Clarke is substituted on for Stamford
59:00 Scored Penalty 2 - 0
Pearson Mwanyongo scores a penalty for Stamford Watch the video
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58:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Nicholas Draper is sent off for Sutton Coldfield Town
54:00 Missed Shot
Henry Eze misses a shot for Stamford
End of period 1
45:00 +2:00 Saved Shot
Alexander Perry has a shot saved for Sutton Coldfield Town
44:59 Saved Shot
Ben George has a shot saved for Stamford
32:00 Yellow Card
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson is yellow carded for Stamford
21:00 Missed Shot
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson misses a shot for Stamford
19:00 Missed Shot
Jordan Smith misses a shot for Stamford
15:00 Missed Shot
Shot missed for Sutton Coldfield Town
2:00 Goal 1 - 0
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson scores for Stamford Watch the video
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As it happened

  • Stamford
  • Sutton Coldfield Town
  • 0
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Goal 2:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Yellow Card 32:00'
  • Nicholas Draper Red Card 58:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Scored Penalty 59:00'
  • Lee Clarke Sub On 60:00'
  • Jordan Smith Sub Off 60:00'
  • Pearson Mwanyongo Sub Off 66:00'
  • Joe Burgess Sub Off 66:00'
  • Eliot Putman Yellow Card 68:00'
  • Lewis Probert Sub Off 70:00'
  • Reece Hutchinson Sub On 70:00'
  • Alexander Perry Sub Off 70:00'
  • Reece Webb Sub On 70:00'
  • Kris Taylor Red Card 74:00'
  • Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson Sub Off 75:00'
  • Sam Hollis Sub On 75:00'
  • Reece Webb Yellow Card 87:00'
  • Ben George Goal 90:00 +3:00'
  • Eliot Putman Player of the Match 90:00 +4:00'

Team selection

Haystead, Dan Haystead, Dan
George, Ben George, Ben
Eze, Henry Eze, Henry
Armstrong, Michael Armstrong, Michael
Gordon, Delroy Gordon, Delroy
Putman, Eliot Putman, Eliot
Mwanyongo, Pearson Mwanyongo, Pearson
Morgan, Rob Morgan, Rob
Smith, Jordan Smith, Jordan
Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson, Bradley
Duffy, Jake Duffy, Jake
Sutton Coldfield Town
  • 1. Nicholas Draper
  • 2. James Beresford
  • 3. Lewis Probert
  • 4. Kris Taylor
  • 5. James Haran
  • 6. Nathaniel Kelly
  • 7. Tyler Lyttle
  • 8. Zak Martin
  • 9. Danny O'Callaghan
  • 10. Alexander Perry
  • 11. Gurjit Singh
  • 12. Harri Lovett
  • 13. Reece Webb
  • 14. Brian Smikle
  • 15. Reece Hutchinson

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