“THE most one-way game in my 16 years in management!” – that was the verdict of Stamford boss Tommy Brookbanks, in disbelief that his side had lost at Kidsgrove on Saturday.
The Daniels lost 3-2 in injury time after fighting back from 2-0 down. But the scoreline tells only half the story.
Stamford peppered the Kidsgrove goal from the off, running their hosts ragged during a dominant display.
Strikers Bruno Holden and Nick Ghislanzoni went agonisingly close, and Danny Brooks smashed a free kick against the Kidsgrove bar and Holden hit the post – and that was just in the first half.
Yet against the run of play, Kidsgrove were two up at the break.
Finally David Staff pulled a goal back and when Joe Pheasant headed home a comeback looked on the cards.
But in the final minutes, a deflected shot looped over Ross Whalin and into the Stamford net.
“That’s probably the most gutted I have felt for a team,” said Brookbanks.
“It has been a long time since I’ve seen a game like that. It’s not just that they deserved to win but also the style of football we played.
“It was quick, two-touch football and if we had only scored half the chances we had, we would have scored 10.”
There was also frustration about the nature of Kidsgrove’s goals with Brookbanks claiming the second was offside.
The fifth-placed Daniels face the team just below them, Sutton Coldfield, at the Premier Kitchens Arena tomorrow when Brookbanks expects a clash of styles.
The Daniels boss said: “They are a big strong side and play route one football but we will still play our way.
“I’m not changing my philosophy. We will still go out to attack and we won’t play simply to shut up shop.
“I had to pick the lads up off the floor on the Saturday. But they know how well we played.
“If we play like that we will be up there near the top at the end. There are 45 points left for grabs. Another 30 should be enough to get us in the play-offs and once the pitches firm up they will suit us better.
“And the way we played on Saturday, somebody is in for a real hiding.”