Match report: Daniels dominate but fail to beat Loughborough

Stamford dominated Saturday’s home clash against Loughborough for long periods but still lost 2-1.

Goalkeeper Matt Finlay barely touched the ball in first half but for all the Daniels’ dominance, Dynamo’s tactics were spot on defensively and Stamford worked few openings in a largely uneventful first half.

Richard Jones’ header, wide of the right upright from an Andy Hall cross, was the closest the home side came in the first 20 minutes.

Stamford’s next opening came when Loughborough’s Kahil Mann-Kler spilled a Danny Brooks’ free kick but Robbie Maddox, playing at centre back in place of Tom Batchelor, was unable to capitalise on the loose ball.

Two minutes into the second half Ricky Miller came close to breaking the deadlock, breaking from the centre circle but striking the foot of the Loughborough post with a shot across the keeper from the edge of the box.

Seven minutes late, the Daniels were made to pay for the miss. Robert Norris found space in the Stamford half and his shot from outside the box was deflected high past Finlay to put the visitors ahead.

It got worse midway through the half when poor Stamford defending was punished by ex-Stamford man, Jamie Clarke, who drilled the ball low past Finlay for a two-goal lead.

Stamford pulled one back with quarter of an hour to go when Loughborough failed to clear another Brooks free kick and subsitute Ben Saunders slammed the ball home. The goal gave Stamford hope of a point but Loughborough’s defence was disciplined and held on.

Stamford: Matt Finlay, Sean Wright (Ben Saunders), Dan Marshall, Robbie Maddox, Richard Jones, Danny Brooks, Andy Hall, James Ozmen, Ricky Miller, Jordan Hempenstall, Shawn Richards (David Staff). Subs: Sam Watkins, Tom Batchelor, John Swales.