Daniels up to sixth with another home win

THE Daniels maintained their 100 percent record at home in the league and moved to sixth in the table with a 2-1 victory against Loughborough Dynamo yesterday.

The visitors played their part in an entertaining game at the PK Arena but were not enough to beat a resilient Stamford side.

Stamford started on the attack and after only a couple of minutes Gary King found himself with a yard of space for a shot which was straight at the keeper. On the quarter hour mark Loughborough had a very good chance when Jamie Allen played Matt Langham through but the striker scuffed his shot straight at Mario Ziccardi.

Stamford opened the scoring on 23 minutes when a Lee Beeson corner was met by Miles Chamberlain and his header was too powerful for the goalkeeper to prevent hitting the back of the net.

Minutes later Jamie Allen was causing problems again, this time with an over head kick after a corner that went narrowly wide.

The Daniels doubled their lead just before the half hour when Beeson was fouled near the main stand and Danny Brooks took the free kick which missed everyone in the penalty area and went straight in.

In the second half, saw Loughborough came out with all guns blazing and they piled on the pressure. But the Stamford rearguard stood firm until the 61st minute when a long ball was flicked on by William Grocott to Langham who was clean through on goal only for Chamberlain to turn from hero to villain, bringing the striker down in the area . The referee had no hesitation to point to the spot and show the Daniels man a red card.

Loughborough captain Karl Noble duly dispatched the penalty without any trouble.

Although it was backs to the wall for Stamford with the defence reshuffled, the Daniels had a good chance to go further ahead when a Brooks free kick was headed back across the goal by Jacklin to King but his shot was blocked on the line.

Loughborough had a lot of possession but with Robbie Maddox in inspirational form at centre half they were left with few chances to score. Their only real chance of the last 15 minutes was Alvin Jarvis volley which brought a flying save from Ziccardi.

It was a thoroughly entertaining game with some very good football played by Stamford who defended well and deserved the win.

Attendance: 131

Lord Burghley man of the match: Mario Ziccardi

Before kickoff there was a minutes silence as a mark of respect after Daniels fan Ron Aldridge who died on Monday.