Daniels boss frustrated by last-minute defeat

Stamford's Ryan Robbins stretches for the ball
Stamford's Ryan Robbins stretches for the ball

Stamford AFC boss David Staff says he was incredibly frustrated by Tuesday’s 4-3 defeat to Rushall Olympic.

Defence was yet again an issue for the Daniels who have conceded 19 goals in six league matches, the most in the Evostick Northern Premier Division.

It looked like things had improved following Saturday’s 2-0 win over Trafford, but Rushall dealt the Daniels a killer blow in injury time when the scores were level.

Staff said: “Saturday’s and Tuesday’s games were very different. On Saturday we were tight and against a good footballing side we held our shape really well and although we were a bit disappointing in the first half we certainly deserved the victory. Our work rate was terrific.

“On Tuesday it was probably the highest tempo game you will get in this division and it’s fair to say that certain personnel didn’t cope with that very well.

“Like the scoreline suggests we are creating opportunities and there were some terrific finishes to get three goals, but we were giving them the opportunities rather than them creating them, it was the most frustrated I have been and we need to learn from those mistakes.”

On Tuesday, Rushall first hit the front on 15 minutes when Tom Eckersley glanced in a poorly-defended free-kick but Ryan Robbins, who scored twice on Saturday, soon had Stamford on level terms when finishing smartly after racing onto a header from fellow frontman Jordan Smith.

A deflected Adebola cross, which looped over the back-pedalling Lynch, restored the visitors’ lead just before the half-hour mark and that’s the way it stayed until Stamford cranked up the pressure after the break.

Blakely levelled with a classy strike following a corner in the 55th and Robbins completed the turnaround moments later with a stunning first-time strike from the edge of the box.

Lynch kept Stamford ahead by saving a Luke Bottomer penalty but could do nothing to keep out a Josh Craddock cracker from long range with 20 minutes to go.

And it was during those additional minutes that Stamford were hit by a knockout blow as Olympic full-back Matt Woods powered a shot past Lynch.