Sat 04
Carlton Town
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Mens First Team
A Opoku (44')
C Bartle (40'), T Chitiza (68'), H Vince (76')
Stamford Leapfrog Playoff Rivals

Stamford Leapfrog Playoff Rivals

By Richard Curtis
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Stamford made it nine games unbeaten as they beat Carlton Town to jump above them into a playoff place.


There were two changes to the starting line up compared to the last game against Sporting Khalsa. Dan Haystead replaced Dan Wallis and Tendai Chitiza replaced Zayn Hakeem.

Stamford started brightly and forced an early corner which the Carlton defence managed to repel.

The home side had an opportunity on six minutes when Aaron Opoku worked the ball down the right and his cross flashed across the six-yard box and thankfully for Stamford there were no Carlton players able to take advantage.

On the quarter hour mark, Cosmos Matwasa had a shot which was easily saved by former Grantham Town keeper Keiran Preston, but Connor Bartle had an effort saved by Preston.

With five minutes remaining of the half, Stamford opened the scoring. The ball was laid across the edge of the Carlton penalty area to Bartle who fired a shot into the top right corner of the goal past the despairing dive of Preston.

Unfortunately, the lead did not last long as a long ball up field was contested by Opoku, and Stacey Freeman and the Carlton frontman held off the Daniels man and he managed to slot the ball past Dan Haystead.

At the start of the second half, Carlton almost took the lead when a shot cannoned off the post and away from danger.

The Daniels started to put pressure on the home goal midway through the second half. First Rob Morgan made a strong run through the midfield and fired a shot which was saved by the Carlton keeper. Then Tendai Chitiza worked the ball into a good position before firing into the bottom corner of the net.

With fifteen minutes to play, Stamford added a third when Harry Vince had a shot which Preston did well to parry, but Vince was on hand to receive the rebound and he slotted the ball home from close range to score his eighth goal of the season.

With just over five minutes remaining, Stamford had a great opportunity to score a fourth. Jack Duffy was fouled when clean through on goal and Harry Vince stepped up, but his effort was well saved by Preston.

Stamford managed to see out the rest of the game without incident to jump above Carlton and inflict the Nottingham sides their first home league defeat of the season.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 04, Dec 2021

Kickoff

15:00

Attendance

161

Competition

Northern Premier League - Midlands

League position

4
Carlton Town
17
Stamford