Football: Daniels cruise to 4-1 victory over Kidsgrove

Daniels at home to Kidsgrove on Boxing Day. Photo: Geoff Atton
Daniels at home to Kidsgrove on Boxing Day. Photo: Geoff Atton

Stamford cruised to a 4-1 Boxing Day win against Kidsgrove in their first league fixture following manager Graham Drury’s exit.

Midfielder David Staff is temporarily in charge after Drury’s move to Boston United and he could not have been happier with the Daniels home display on Wednesday.

Kidsgrove, who lie fourth from bottom in the Evo-Stick Northern League First Division South, rarely troubled the Daniels defence and only got on the scoresheet thanks to a dubious penalty.

The Daniels, who now sit second in the division, dominated from the start and had a few good chances before breaking the deadlock.

Andy Hall had one of the first chances of the game after some good work from Tom Batchelor and Danny Brooks who crossed to Ricky Miller who managed to get a shot away. The shot was saved and Gary King followed up, but his shot was blocked before Hall then had a go and shot wide of the post.

Kidsgrove then had one of their few chances of the game when a long ball was put through and Stamford goalkeeper Matt Finlay rushed out to claim it. However the visitor’s number 9 got their first and shot from 35 yards. Fortunately it went just past the post.

On 38 minutes King broke the deadlock after taking in a cross from Brooks, turning and shooting under the keeper in the far corner.

The keeper may have been considered at fault for that one, but minutes later redeemed himself by pulling off a fantastic one-handed save from a King shot.

On the 43rd minute Stamford went two up after Hall took a shot which went in after a possible deflection.

In full control the Daniels started brightly in the second half.

Miller made a run down the wing and found Hall who crossed in for James Ozman who got his head to it but a defender on the line put it out for a corner. When the ball came in there was a scramble and it went to Brooks who had a decent overhead attempt on goal which went just wide of the far post.

But against the run of play in the 62nd minute, Kidsgrove won a penalty. There was a scramble in the Stamford box and Andrew Kinsey’s shot hit Daniels skipper Richard Jones on the hand, which was by his side, from just a couple of feet away.

Stamford felt it was a bit of soft penalty, especially when Kinsey stepped up and put the ball in the back of the net.

But any fightback was short lived and on the 72nd minute Miller tapped one home from about five yards after King played him in.

In the final part of the match King scored his second from the spot after being brought down in the box to make it 4-1.

In one final effort the Kidsgrove captain Paul Donnelly played the ball to Kinsey whose 25-yard shot hit the post and went across the goal before being cleared.

Daniels’ game against Romulus at the weekend was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch and they now face Loughborough at home on Saturday, kick off 3pm.

Former Daniels assistant manager Paul Holden, who left with Drury for Boston last week, suffered a heart attack on Christmas Day. He was due out of hospital on Boxing Day and the Daniels wished him all the best in his recovery.

Stamford: Matt Finlay, Mick Jacklin, Adam Hewitt, Tom Batchelow, Richard Jones (c), James Ozman, Andy Hall (Jack Cottam), Jack McGovern, Gary King (Greg Smith), Ricky Miller, Danny Brooks (Lewis Hamilton). Unused subs, David Staff and John Swales

Man of the Match: Batchelor

Att: 194