Daniels dumped out of FA Trophy against Kidsgrove

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Stamford AFC were dumped out of the FA Trophy in the first round on Saturday, losing 2-1 at home to 10-man Kidsgrove.

The Daniels had a great chance to take the lead in the 18th minute when Richard Wesley was fouled in the box and was awarded penalty. But Jordan Smith’s strike was saved by Kidsgrove keeper Danny Reed.

The lower-league visitors, who are bottom of the Evo-Stik First Division South, then took the lead just before half time through Wayne Cordon with a strike in the 42nd minute.

Kidsgrove made life difficult for themselves in the 64th minute when their right back was shown his second yellow card for throwing the ball away after he had been booked earlier in the game for a foul on Nathan Hines.

Despite being a man down, Matt Haddrell doubled the visitors’ lead in the 80th minute before Wesley halved the deficit a minute later.

Stamford rallied but failed to string together any serious assaults on the visitors’ goal.

The Daniels face Stafford away in the league at 7.45pm on Tuesday evening.

And on Saturday Stamford will play in their biggest game of the season so far when they host Skrill Conference North leaders Hednesford in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Should they win they will enter the first round proper for the first time in their history.

Kick off is at 3pm.