Sat 02
Mens First Team
Norwich United
J Duffy (39'), C Johnson (94' Pen)
S Watts (6')
Daniels Make Cup Progress

Daniels Make Cup Progress

By Richard Curtis
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Cameron Johnson fired home an injury-time penalty to send Stamford through to the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday.

Johnson kept his cool deep into stoppage time to convert the spot kick with aplomb as the Daniels defeated Norwich United at the Zeeco Stadium.

The Planters had taken a fifth minute lead in the third qualifying round clash when skipper Sam Watts put the lower level visitors ahead.

However, substitute Jack Duffy brought the Daniels level moments after his introduction before Johnson's dramatic late winner.

It was no more than the Daniels deserved as they hit the frame of the goal four times during a dominant display as their Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division visitors constantly put their bodies on the line to keep Stamford at bay with a series of last-ditch blocks and challenges.

The Daniels had seen Stacey Freeman return to their starting line-up after missing the midweek draw with Halesowen due to illness.

Jon Challinor came in for the cup-tied Jake Duffy while centre-half Ed Cook was absent due to illness.

Just like the midweek match and their exit from the FA Trophy last weekend, Stamford conceded an early goal as the Planters took a fifth minute lead.

The hosts had cleared Max Melanson's initial corner but the taker and Haydn Davis worked the next opening for Watts to turn home a near post finish.

Stamford, now accustomed to responding after going behind early on, did so again as Challinor drilled a shot straight at Ryan Dickerson while Johnson saw the first of his many efforts blocked after a twisting run.

Connor Bartle then headed over from the resulting corner before Joe Butterworth flashed a shot just wide of the far post after a good link-up with Cosmos Matwasa.

Goalscorer Watts then produced a crucial block to deny Johnson before Freeman's header from the corner was tipped away by Dickerson.
Matwasa had Stamford's next chance only to be denied by the outstretched leg of Dickerson before the Daniels struck the crossbar twice in quick succession.

James Blunden's header from Bartle's inswinging corner was the first to hit the woodwork before Joe Butterworth's sweet strike from outside the area rattled the frame of the goal.

Stamford then suffered another injury setback when skipper Sean Wright was forced off clutching his hamstring.

It forced a reshuffle in the Daniels' ranks but his replacement Duffy made an instant impact by equalising.

Tendai Chitiza's low cross was turned goalwards by Duffy and, although it wasn't the sweetest connection the in-form frontman will make, it was enough to get past Dickerson.

Stamford continued to pour forward in the final stages of the first half and Bartle nearly gave them the lead on the stroke of half-time only to be denied again by Dickerson.

The interval came at the wrong time for the Daniels and allowed United to regroup with Alby Matthews testing Dan Wallis in the opening exchanges of the second half.

Haydn Davis then had a shot deflected wide before Stamford responded again with Matwasa heading past the post from Bartle's cross.

Visiting skipper Watts then produced another brilliant block to deny Johnson from close range before the Stamford striker was thwarted by Dickerson's legs in the next promising Daniels raid.

Mike Armstrong was the next Stamford player to see his well-struck effort deflected wide before the Daniels struck the post via a visiting defender from Chitiza's cross.

Johnson then saw his free-kick from just outside the area tipped to safety by Dickerson before United's top scorer Luke Jackson skied a decent opening as the ball fell to him in the box.

Another sweeping Stamford move found Duffy whose shot across the goal was deflected onto the post by a defender.

Just when it seemed like a replay would be needed to settle the contest, Armstrong hung a deep post into the box and Chitiza got there marginally ahead of goalkeeper Dickerson who flattened the Stamford man.

Referee Jamie O'Connor had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and, after a delay for treatment to Chitiza, Johnson fired the penalty into the top corner of the United net to spark mass celebrations in the Stamford ranks.

There was just enough time for United to kick-off and launch the ball forward before referee O'Connor blew his whistle for full time as Stamford secured their place in the fourth qualifying round for the second time in six seasons.

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Sat 02, Oct 2021






The Emirates FA Cup 21-22