DANIELS boss Simon Clark has called on his team to turn their Premier Kitchens Arena into a fortress after his side’s second home win of the season.
Stamford bounced back from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday to beat Goole 1-0 at home and maintain their perfect home record on Tuesday evening.
Clark said: “We have beaten Brigg (in a cup match), Kidsgrove and Goole at home and we have had three wins and scored eight goals.
“A win tomorrow against Shepshed would lift us up the table ahead of Monday’s game at New Mills.”
Three points against Shepshed, who have only picked up one point in four games, would be doubly useful given that Monday’s opposition are the division’s early pacesetters. But despite a good win on Tuesday, Clark also wants his team to turn their chances into goals.
He said: “The only negative was that we created a lot of chances and should have scored more. Ideally you want to kill off games, but otherwise we were excellent.
“We worked hard off the ball and there were times that they could not handle us.
“We hit the post and forced their keeper to make several saves. If we had won 4-0 that would have been a fairer reflection.”
Lee Beeson scored the only goal of the game, finishing off a well-worked Daniels move in the 73rd minute.
But with a bit more luck, Stamford would have extended their lead in a fairly one sided game .
The first half started scrappily with no clear cut chances until the 13th minute when Sam Mullarkey’s snap shot was well saved by Antoli Pecora. Soon after, a long clearance from Mario Ziccardi was flicked on by Gregg Smiths for Mullarkey, whose first time shot was only just over.
On 25 minutes Beeson picked the ball up inside his own half and ran unchallenged into the Goole half where he picked out Dan Cotton on the wing and his low cross was met by Mullarkey only for his shot to cannon back to safety from the post.
Moments later Cotton was again the provider but this time it was Smith with his head in his hands after narrowly missing the target with a header.
It took Goole 36 minutes to have any sort of attack when Derry Robson made a complete hash of his shot, which went well wide of the target.
The second half started much the same as the first with man-of-the-match heading narrowly wide for the Daniels and Smith’s header just clawed out by a flying save from Pecora.
Stamford finally broke the deadlock on 73 minutes. Lee Beeson came up with the finishing touch from a well-worked Stamford move. Sam Mullarkey got the ball on the left wing and showed a good touch and a clean pair of heels to his marker to make some space for a cross which was dummied by Gray to Beeson and his side foot shot nearly burst the net.
The lead was nearly doubled with five minutes left when another Beeson cross was met by Jake Gibson only to see his header go agonisingly wide of the post.
Goole’s only other chance of the game came in the final minute when Anthony Bowsley saw his shot go well wide of Ziccardi’s post.
Attendance: 139 Match sponsor: Stamford Stone