Stamford 2 Brigg Town 3
STAMFORD gave a decent performance against promotion-chasing Brigg at the Vic Couzens Stadioum on Saturday but defensive shortcomings condemned them to another defeat.
Dean Oliver returned after injury in place of Jamie Clarke who has been released after a disappointing third spell with the club. And with Matt Evans out injured there was a first start for Posh work experience teenager Matthew Cook at right back and he had a decent game.
The first half was a thrilling affair with chances aplenty; the tone set by a first minute opening missed by Dan Cotton who was wide from a Ryan Oliver cross.
The Daniels took an 11th minute lead with a great 20 yard strike from Dean Oliver which left goalkeeper Andy Pettinger well beaten.
There was a let off for Stamford as Paul Grimes fired wide but Brigg were on terms within three minutes as Anthony Bowsley’s free kick was headed in by Scott Hellewell.
Stamford were back in front after 22 minutes when Cotton dispossessed Lee-Roy Cochrane and back heeled the ball into the path of Ryan Oliver who fired in off the post.
The Daniels continued to press with Harry Deane and Adam Millson having efforts blocked and Dean Oliver shooting wide after a flowing move.
A long ball out of defence gave Grimes a chance for the visitors but his shot found Chris Wright well placed to save.
The complexion of the game was changed by two visiting goals late in the first half.
After 40 minutes Stamford failed to deal with another free kick into the box and a bout of pinball ended with Grimes scrambling the ball home.
A minute later Wright hesitated as Grimes closed in on goal and ended up bundling over the Zebras’ star man. Danny Buttle converted the spot kick.
The Daniels had to hang on in the closing minutes of the half with Wright thwarting both Grimes and Ollie Chappell.
The second half was low key by comparison and Stamford rarely looked like turning the game round.
Just before the hour mark Ryan Oliver had a shot deflected over and he headed wide from the resulting corner taken by Cotton.
A long range effort by one time Daniel Danny Barrett was a rare noteworthy second half effort from the visitors who were content to hold their lead.
A late Stamford flurry saw Ryan Oliver head over from Cotton’s centre and Cotton test Pettinger from 25 yards while at the other end Grimes collected a Ryan Paczkowski pass and rounded Wright only to shoot wide as he lost his balance.
In added time Cotton was just too high with a free kick.
Stamford: Wright, Cook, Jackson, Toyne, Chamberlain, Parker, Deane (Walton 86), Millson, R. Oliver, D. Oliver. Cotton. Subs not used: Burkett, Sedgemore, Frecklington.
Match Sponsor: The Jolly Brewer. Man of the Match: Dean Oliver.