Daniels grind out a win

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Stamford 1 Loughborough Dynamo 0

THEY may not have won in dazzling style but ending a run of defeats was what mattered most for Stamford on Saturday.

The Daniels returned to the Vic Couzens Stadium on the back of three defeats on the road to beat Loughborough Dynamo 1-0, courtesy of a first half strike from Jamie Clarke.

The frontman was on hand to score his third goal since returning for a third spell with the club after Simon Mowbray charged down a clearance into his path in the 22nd minute.

Stamford manager Simon Clark said: “We needed to put three points on the board but there is no denying we have played better and lost, including in to of the last three away games.

“The pleasing thing is that our young side rolled their sleeves up, dug deep and ground out an important result in some tough conditions.”

Stamford could certainly have scored more. Andy Toyne was a whisker away with an overhead kick before Dan Cotton was denied.

There was goalmouth action at both ends in a dramatic finale. Loughborough missed a great headed chance to level before Mowbray was found wanting after being picked out by a Toyne cross at the other end.

“We probably should have buried it in the second half, but I’m happy enough with a win and a clean sheet,” added Clark.

Stamford: Wright, Evans, Jackson (Burkett), Chamberlain, Malone, Beeson, Toyne, Millson, Cotton, Clarke (Battersby), Mowbray. Unused: Sedgemore, Stainsby, Walton.