THE Daniels beat Coalville Town in thrilling style at the Premier Kitchens Arena on Saturday to qualify for the second round of the FA Trophy.
Defensively Stamford were all over the place in the opening half hour and found themselves three goals down to a side featuring former Leicester City star Julian Joachim up front.
At this point Stamford looked dea and burried but Lee Beeson pulled one goal back before the break and Stamford tore the Coalville defence apart in the second half, scoring three goals in an eight minute blitz to lead 4-3 on the hour.
Stand-in manager David Staff score the crucial first goal after the break and Jake Gibson levelled soon after. On the hour, Gary King gave Stamford the lead for the first time in the game.
The Daniels could have scored more but finally extended their lead in the 80th minute when Sam Mullarkey, who had an outstanding game, tapped in the fifth.
But the crowd - a season’s best of 279 - were treated to a tense final minutes when Callum Woodward scored from the spot to narrow Stamford’s lead.
Youth team director Guy Walton, who was also in the Stamford dugout on Saturday, said: “It was a super day for the club after a dificult week.
“We have to congratulate David Staff and Danny Barrett for the attitude shown by the players.
“Having gone down 3-0 to defensive errors in half an hour, Lee Beeson’s good forward work gave us a lift before half-time but it was David and Danny’s enthusiasm that kept us going. At half-time the changing room was bouyant.”
King, Mullarkey, Beeson and Gibson came out firing after the break and should arguably have scored several more. Gibson in particular had two glorious chances before finding the net for the equaliser.
Walton added: “It’s the players and their responses to the game that created such a superb result. It keeps momentum and confidence at a difficult time.”
The Daniels are hoping to announce their new manager before Saturday’s league match against Newcastle Town and are hoping Michael Jacklin will stay despite an approach from former Stamford boss Simon Clark to join him at Worksop Town, who submitted aformal approach via the league last week.
On the way back to Stamford however, could be former youth player Todd Whitby who is currently at Quorn. Stamford have made a formal approach for the player who can play at full-back or in midfield.
Stamford’s next game is at home to Newcastle Town in the Evo-Stik League First Division South on Saturday. Kick-off at the Premier Kitchens Arena is at 3pm.
The Daniels’ reward for beating Coalville on Saturday is a trip to Ev-stik Premier side Matlock in the second round of the FA Trophy on October 22.