Stamford put four past Rainworth on Tuesday with a superb performance that narrows the gap on the top two sides.
The Daniels ran out worthy 4-0 winners and kept a clean sheet against a side that had moved up to fourth on a run of good form.
Manager Graham Drury made a couple of changes from Saturdays defeat to Buxton bringing in Michael Jacklin and Gary King to the starting lineup and playing a 5-3-2 system with Robbie Maddox dropping to sweeper.
Stamford took he lead after only four minutes. A long throw from Paul Mayo was flicked to the far post where Jacklin beat the keeper to the loose ball and crossed to Richard Jones whose header to Ricky Miller was volleyed in emphatically by the striker.
The game was held up for 15 minutes during the first half due to a power cut in the village but upon resumption the Daniels just carried on where they had left off.
It wasn’t long before Stamford made it two. Andy Hall’s crossfield ball was inch perfect for Mayo and his first time pass found Miller, who turned sharply and let fly with the outside of his boot straight into the top corner.
Stamford started the second half just as strongly. Danny Brooks picked Corey Dyer-Stuart’s pocket and fired narrowly over the bar.
Rainworth were architects of their own downfall for the third and fourth goals. The third came from a Rainworth throw to Sam Craven who was under pressure from Miller, and who gave the ball away to King who slotted home from a tight angle.
Rainworth’s first chance came with 10 minutes left. A wide cross was cleared by Jones to Callum Lloyd but his shot was just over. They then had a better chance soon after when Karl Slack found space for a free header that forced an outstanding save from Matt Finlay, pushing the ball onto the bar.
Stamford’s fourth came late in the game. A long ball down the line from Jack Cotton reached Rainworth captain Mark Camm, who made a hash of his header back to his keeper. Jake Gibson was left with the easy task of playing the ball under the keeper for the fourth.
The Daniels were dominant throughout with an outstanding performance from man-of-the-match Gary King in a game in which everyone played extremely well.
Stamford’s next match is at home to Mickleover Sports on Saturday at 3pm.
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Tuesday 21 May 2013
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