THE Daniels must find the killer touch in danger areas if they are to return from Belper with points in the bag tomorrow.
Stamford failed to carry momentum from their New Year’s Day victory at Romulus through to Monday’s match against Lincoln United at the Vic Couzens Stadium where they went down 2-1 on a heavy pitch.
Simon Clark’s side can consider themselves unlucky not to take a point, conceding a heavily deflected free kick after battling back to level in the second half. But they lacked the clinical finish up front required to move up the Evo-Stik league First Division South.
Daniels boss Simon Clark said: “We bossed the game for long periods but in the final third we looked a little bit rusty. We got in good areas but our final delivery was poor.
“I was delighted with the Saturday result. It was a really good away win. We went away and played the better football and should have scored more.
“But we should have got a point at home.”
Stamford were missing Paul Malone (flu) and the injured Nathan Adams on Monday but made a bright start with Ryan Oliver bursting into the box only to be muscled off the ball.
Adam Millson forced a full stretch save from Lincoln keeper Craig Turner and the visitors were correctly ruled offside when they had the ball in the net after 10 minutes but decent chances were few and far between until Lincoln broke the deadlock.
Lincoln took a 23rd minute lead when left back Kallum Smith surged in from the wing. Nick Jackson failed to cut out the final ball across the penalty area and Jack McGovern steered his shot under the diving Chris Wright.
Andy Toyne was busy in midfield and Dan Cotton showed his speed on the wing as Stamford shaded the game before the opening goal but as the match progressed the Daniels looked less and less likely to score in open play. An individual break by Cotton ended with the wide man missing the target.
Cotton, just back from suspension, was booked for dissent before hauling the Daniels level.
Toyne’s deep corner found Cotton whose shot was handled by Terry Fleming on 66 minutes and the winger calmly scored from the penalty spot for his eighth goal of the season.
It took just four minutes for Lincoln to regain the lead, McGovern’s free kick deflecting off the unfortunate home skipper Miles Chamberlain to leave Chris Wright wrong footed.
Millson fired wide after a strong run but the Daniels rarely looked like salvaging a point in the closing stages.
Stamford: Wright, Sedgemore, Jackson, Toyne, Chamberlain, Ashton, Cotton, Millson, Oliver (Battersby 43), Sheridan (Walton 85), Burkett. Subs not used: Jones, Clark, Stainsby.
Match sponsor: Dave Hudson in memory of his wife Hilary.
Sponsor’s Man of the Match: Ashton.
l AFTER tomorrow’s match at Belper, the Daniels are away again on Tuesday evening when they are due to play Rainworth Miners Welfare. Stamford’s next home match will be against Market Drayton on Saturday, January 15.