The Daniels fell to only their second away defeat of the season as Graham Drury’s manager of the award appeared to jinx his side at Chasetown on Saturday.
As so often happens when a manager wins the award, his side lose their next match and after taking an early lead, Stamford were beaten 3-1.
Stamford couldn’t have asked for a better start, taking the lead after just two minutes. Ricky Miller curled in a shot from 25 yards but the goal came as a result of howler from goalkeeper Ryan Price who let the ball slip through his arms.
Four minutes later, Price made up for that mistake stretching to turn away another Miller shot for a corner. Richard Jones was left unmarked for a free header but the ball went well over the bar.
Stamford were on top but Price denied them again tipping a shot from James Osman over the bar.
Fifteen minutes had gone before Chasetown tested Matt Finlay with a long range shot from Theo Robinson that the Stamford keeper turned away at the foot of the post.
That was the start of sustained pressure from Chasetown as they started to move the ball with great fluency leaving Stamford’s midfield chasing shadows. Nick Wellecomme had a great chance to equalise, on his own on the edge of the box, but shot way over the bar.
It was no surprise when Chasetown equalised just after the half hour but it was a poor goal for Stamford to concede. It started with a soft free kick given away by David Staff which was delivered perfectly by Gavin Saunders for the unmarked Robinson to calmly head the ball past Finlay.
The half ended with another shaky touch from Price when he fumbled an overhit cross from Robbie Maddox but this time the ball dropped over the bar.
Just as Stamford had scored after two minutes in the first half, so did Chasetown in the second and a fiercely struck shot from Gary Hay gave Finlay no chance as the ball curled away from him and into the top corner.
Chasetown maintained their dominance and it was 3-1 on the hour but yet again the goal was conceded through poor defending of a set piece. Robinson was unmarked again to head home a corner.
Straight from the kick-off, good work from Miller gave him a shooting chance but the ball was blocked. King stretched for the loose ball but he couldn’t get enough on the ball and Price recovered to turn the ball away.
Chasetown wasted a glorious chance to increase their lead when Westwood carried the ball a long way forward to cross to Wellecomme. A couple of yards off the far post he managed to pull his shot across the goal and out for a throw in.
Drury brought on Jake Gibson, Louis Hamilton and Tom Batchelor with Richard Jones moved up front but it was Batchelor who had the last Stamford chance when Chasetown couldn’t clear their box and the ball fell to him on the 18 yard line. It looked as if Price was beaten but he got fingertips to the ball to turn it past the post.
Chasetown were unlucky not to extend their lead late on. Stamford had to press forward but were caught by a quick break from substitute Paul Sullivan. His shot beat Finlay but the ball came back off the post and then off Finlay and past the post.
There could be no arguments that Chasetown were the better team over 90 minutes. Stamford might have won the game in the opening quarter of an hour but after that Chasetown played some good controlled football and deserved their win.
Stamford: Matt Finlay, Robbie Maddox, Paul Mayo (Tom Batchelor 73), Michael Jacklin, Richard Jones, Danny Brooks (Jake Gibson 54), David Staff (Louis Hamilton 65), James Ozmen, Gary King, Ricky Miller, Andy Hall. Subs not used: Jack Cotton, John Swales.
M-o-M: Robbie Maddox
Chasetown: Ryan Price, Greg Downes, Mark Branch, Jack Farmer, Tesfa Robinson, Dave Bate, Andrew Westwood, Gavin Saunders (Danny Ashton 82), Nick Wellecombe, Gary Hay (Paul Sullivan 68), Theo Robinson. Subs not used: Matt Jackson, Richard Teesdale, Danny Smith.