Daniels Suffer Nightmare Finish
By Richard Curtis
Stamford finished a disappointing season with their heaviest league defeat in over 3 years at Cleethorpes Town.
It could not have started any worse with them conceding after only 45 seconds when Scott Vernon smashed home a volley from the edge of the box.
The home side then doubled their lead on three minutes when a ball over the Daniels back line saw Vernon in space and the Cleethorpes forward lobbed the ball over Dan Haystead. Cleethorpes were rampant in the opening minutes with the Daniels unable to get hold of the ball to make a comeback.
Stamford first effort of the game came after 15 minutes when Liam Adams effort was blocked by Craig Disley. A few minutes later Ollie Brown-Hill had a effort blocked as Cleethorpes defenders threw their bodies on the line to protect their two goal lead.
Josh Batty then had a shot which was narrowly wide of the Daniels goal before Brown-Hill had another chance but failed to hit the target. Liam Adams had a shot which Richardson in the home goal did well to keep out. Vernon nearly claimed his har-trick just before half time but Haystead kept the effort out.
The start of the second half was a tame affair with neither side creating chances in condition that were getting worse for all concerned as the rain made the pitch very slippery.
Substitute Christian Eneremadu had to be substituted himself after only eight minutes when he fell damaging his shoulder, it was later discovered that the Loughborough student had broken his collar bone.
With twenty minutes remaining, the home side found another gear and scored three goals in five minutes. The first of those was a cross from the right that Oli Donald's cushioned header was forced home by Brody Robertson. This was followed by Vernon getting his hat-trick when the ball was crossed from the right for him to tap home from close range. The home side then made it five when Alex Flett firing home from 6 yards.
The rout was finally complete on 83 minutes when Robertson scored his second which appeared to be a carbon copy of his first goal.