Stamford 1 Leek 4
STAMFORD crashed to their first home defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 4-1 to Leek Town.
The match was new manager Tommy Brookbanks’ first game in charge at home and he has pledged to right the Daniels’ defensive shortcomings after the resounding defeat at the Premier Kitchens Arena.
Brookbanks said: “There are no excuses, we just weren’t at the races on the day.
“Leek are one of the better sides in this division and boast two of the best forwards we’ll come up against.
“But some of our defending was suicidal again and a result like this was always going to come along sooner rather than later.
“The good start to the season has masked the fact that far too many goals have been conceded. I learned a lot again on Saturday and it is clear there is tweaking that needs to be done.”
Two goals in the space of five minutes midway through the first half left Stamford trailing, but Lee Beeson quickly halved the arrears with a high-class free-kick strike.
That was as good as it got though with the visitors going on to pocket the points courtesy of two more goals in the second period.
Brookbanks added: “It might be a transitional time for the club but we remain in a good position and must continue to pick up results.
“I’ve never taken over at a club during a season before and it is a difficult thing to do.
“But I’ve got to start making my own impression in terms of personnel and playing style.”
Stamford: Ziccardi, Cook (Gibson), Barratt, Chamberlain, Pheasant, Beeson, Staff, Deane (Toyne), Watson, King, Mullarkey (Smith). Unused: Burkett.