Daniels refire promotion push with Easter Monday win

Daniels players celebrate during their 4-1 victory against King's Lynn'Photo: Geoff Atton
Daniels players celebrate during their 4-1 victory against King's Lynn'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Stamford strengthened their grip on a play-off spot and put a dent in King’s Lynn’s title hopes with an impressive 4-1 win this afternoon.

The Daniels made second-placed Lynn look ordinary as they brought the visitors’ 15-match unbeaten run to an end at a packed Kettering Road.

Liam Richardson, Andy Hall, Jordan Hempenstall and Ricky Miller were all target as Stamford recorded their first win in five.

Stamford blotted their copybook late on with Tom Batchelor collecting a needless second yellow card minutes before the final whistle, and Matt Finlay picked up a back pass to hand the visitors a close range free kick which Russ Dunkley fired through a line of players for a late Lynn goal.

Daniels boss Wayne Hatswell said: “I am absolutely delighted with the performance. We have regrouped after three defeats. Every player gave 100 percent today.

“We changed formation and it worked a treat. The only disappointment was that we didn’t keep a clean sheet but we looked threatening going forward.

“Jordan’s was an excellent finish and Ricky could have had a couple. It’s good to see him scoring again.”

Richardson put the Daniels ahead after a scrappy opening 20 minutes with few openings for either side.

Hempstenstall hooked the ball to Miller, triggering a quick break with Richardson prodding Miller’s cross home from close range.

Shane Tolley came close to levelling five minutes later as Stamford made a meal of clearing their area. The ball fell to Lynn’s number 10, who bent the ball inches wide of Finlay’s left hand post. Stephen Spriggs blazed wide soon after, when free on the right hand side.

Lynn increasingly resorted to long balls over the top towards the end of the half but were almost caught out by a rare Stamford long ball paid when Hall beat the offside trap but slipped on the turf just outside the Lynn box.

The Daniels winger made amends six minutes before the interval, drilling the ball low to Danny gay’s left to round off a second counter attack with Miller and Hempenstall providing the build-up.

Early in the second half, Hempenstall made it three. Tom Byrne did well to create the opportunity but Lynn’s defending was poor, allowing the Stamford striker space to and time to place a left-footed shot into the top corner.

Three down, the visitors enjoyed their best spell putting Stamford under sustained pressure. But the Daniels remained dangerous on the break with Miller narrowly off target before ending a recent goal drought with Stamford’s fourth, converting after Hempenstall picked him out unmarked in the box.

Coupled with results elsewhere - Stamford were the only side in top six to win - it was a fine start to a busy month for the Daniels.

New signings Liam Richardson and Tom Byrne were in the starting eleven and Shawn Richards came on late on, and Hatswell was pleased with all three recruits.

“Liam is very good at the things that often go unseen,” added the Stamford boss.

Stamford: Matt Finlay, Mitchell Rose, Sam Saunders, Tom Batchelor, Richard Jones, Liam Richardson, Andy Hall, Danny Brooks, Ricky Miller, Jordan Hempenstall (Ben Saunders), Tom Byrne (Shawn Richards). Subs: John swale, Robbie Maddox, Sam Watkins.

Attendance: 583.