Late Goal Denies Win
The Stamford youth team almost grabbed all three points in their opening league game of the new Northants Senior youth league against Corby Kingswood.
In front of a healthy crowd and first team manager Graham Drury, Andy Noble’s charges started the game in a bright and positive manner.
Stamford were in front after just four minutes. Harvey Oxford took the ball in and made a great turn and he raced away from the Corby back line. He then calmly slotted the ball past Tommy Doherty in the visitor’s goal.
The visitors then had a chance when a shot was struck from the edge of the area and the shot took a big deflection and originally this wrong-footed Daniels keeper Harry Stephenson, but he recovered to smother the ball. Corby Kingswood were level after fourteen minutes when Dillon Tomkins slotted the ball past Stephenson.
The game then settled down with few chances for either side. Corby had a couple of chances to take the lead, but the Stamford back line kept them out.
Stamford retook the lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. Oxford made a strong run on the Daniels right and crossed the ball along the six-yard box where Sam Bayley was waiting. His initial effort was blocked he recovered and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
In the second half, chances were at a premium with little goalmouth action from either side.
With fifteen minutes left, Ben Brown had a shot for the visitors, but Stephenson saved the shot easily. Corby continued to press, and Stephenson parried a shot away with ten minutes remaining.
With time almost up, the visitors grabbed a deserved equaliser. A free kick was given on the Daniels left. The free-kick was swung in and although initially repelled the ball found its way back out to the wing. This time the ball found its way to Ben Cross who slotted the ball home.