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Sat 11 Nov 2023  ·  Premier Division Central
Hitchin Town
L Eadie (49')
Stamford AFC
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T Siddons (41'), L Shaw (25')
Stamford Bounce Back

Stamford Bounce Back

Richard Curtis16 Nov - 14:00
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The Daniels got back to winning ways with their first win in six games with a 2-1 victory of Hitchin Town.

In fact, Stamford’s last win was over the same opponents in the FA Trophy at the start of October.

There were two changes to the starting line up with Connor Bartle and Jack Duffy coming in for Joe Burgess and Billy Bennett.

The home side who were in good form started brightly and had an early chance when a cross from the right flashed across the goalmouth but thankfully for Stamford no one was on hand to score.

Stamford’s first chance came when Jack Duffy came close, but Charlie Horlock was able to block.

The Daniels took the lead on twenty-five minutes when good build up play from Stamford saw the ball come out to Lee Shaw on the edge of the area and his delicate chip shot went over the bodies in the box and came back off the underside of the bar and into the net.

Stamford kept up the pressure and Harry Vince had a shot deflected wide for a corner. From the resultant set piece, Stamford doubled their lead. The ball was floated into the box and Tom Siddons rose highest to head the ball into the net.

Just before halftime, Hitchin almost reduced the arrears when a free kick was fired a shot towards goal but Michael Duggan was able to push the ball over the bar.

Into the second half and the hosts did reduce the arrears. Finley Wilkinson found Layne Eadie who able to fire the ball past Duggan.

This brought a period of pressure from Hitchin but thankfully the Daniels defence were able to hold firm.

Stamford still looked dangerous and midway through the half; a cross from the left was met by Siddons but his header was wide of the goal.

Siddons could have had another when he met a free kick delivered by Connor Bartle but again the Daniels front man but his header wide.

Then a strong run from Vince found Shaw whose cross looked for Jack Duffy but before the frontman could connect the ball was cleared by the Hitchin defence.

Duffy almost grabbed a third for Stamford when he broke free of the Hitchin back line but as he closed in on goal he fired his shot wide.