Shepshed 0 Stamford 3
STAMFORD cruised into the next round of the Doodson Sport Cup with a comfortable 3-0 win at Shepshed.
The home side barely had a shot on target and Stamford could easily have scored more than three.
Simon Clark gave Seth Burkett, Harry Deane and David Staff their first starts of the season while Adam Hewitt stood in for the suspended Miles Chamberlain in the centre of defence.
Stamford took just two minutes to score. Harry Deane’s shot was parried by Shepshed keeper James Elliott straight back to the winger who then played a cross which was flicked on by Sam Mullarkey to an unmarked Gary King.
Minutes later Mullarkey and King were at it again. This time King turned provider but Mullarkey’s shot was saved.
The lead should have been doubled on 13 minutes when Staff played Mullarkey through only for the striker to see his shot go over.
King was next to miss a great chance, this time from the spot. Mullarkey looked to have been fouled on the edge of the area but the referee waved play on and, as the ball broke, Jake Gibson was upended by Iain Screaton for a penalty. King’s spot kick was well saved by Elliott.
The lead was eventually doubled on 37 minutes when the Shepshed defence only cleared the ball to the edge of the area where Staff was lurking and his superb cross found King in space. The Daniels striker instantly slammed the ball into the roof of the net to make it 2 0.
The second half was much the same with Stamford in control and the third goal eventually arrived with seven minutes left. After stringing together 20 to 25 passes, Burkett played a lovely through ball to King and his cross was turned into his own net by Screaton.
A good number of Stamford fans made the journey with more than half of the 107 attendance being Daniels followers.
Daniels: Alex Archer, Matthew Cook (Danny Barrett 52), Seth Burkett, Danny Steadman©, Michael Jacklin (Brooks 84), Adam Hewitt, Harry Deane, David Staff, Gary King, Sam Mullarkey, Jake Gibson (Lee Beeson 67).