Stamford 3 Sutton Coldfield 2
STAMFORD saw off one of their main promotion rivals, Sutton Coldfield with Bruno holden scoring a hat-trick in at the Premier Kitchens Arena on Saturday.
The sides were level after a dour first half characterised by offsides and mistakes from both sides.
Bruno Holden opened the scoring on the half hour but while Daniels players disputed a free kick on the edge of their area two minutes later, Mark Bellingham curled the ball past Ross Whalin to level.
Despite the two goals, neither goalkeeper had been busy in the first 45 minutes. The second half began in a similar pedestrian manner until the visitors took the lead on 67 minutes when substitute Joel Fuller scored, unchallenged on the edge of Stamford’s six-yard box.
Suddenly Stamford woke up and they brought the game back to 2-2 in dramatic style.
Right back Luke Garton pushed forward into space and unleashed a stunning drive from 35 yards that crashed again the bar. Bruno Holden followed up to head in.
Just two minutes later, superb play from substitute Mathieu Isamene set up Stamford’s winner. The winger beat two defenders before crossing low into the box where Nick Ghislanzoni’s mishit shot was turned in by Holden for his hat-trick.
As Sutton Coldfield pushed for an equaliser, Stamford looked increasingly dangerous on the break with man-of-the-match Holden close to adding to his tally.
Daniels boss Tommy Brookbanks said: “It’s a massive result for us. We want to stay in the play-off places.
“It was important to get a result after the disappointment last week. Hopefully now we can kick start a little run. We have Hucknall on Saturday and that will be another six-pointer.
Brookbanks whose previous club was Hucknall added: “You always want to put one over your old club.”
Kick off at the Premier Kitchens Arena is at 3pm.