STAMFORD AFC 2 SHEFFIELD 2

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Two Evo Stik League points slipped through the Daniels’ grasp at the Vic Couzens Stadium on Friday night as 10- man visitors Sheffield snatched a share of the spoils with a late free kick.

Daniels boss Simon Clark was left frustrated that his side couldn’t close the match out, but the visitors deserved their point after a fine contribution to one of the best games at the ground all season.

With Jamie Clarke unfit there was a starting place up front for Ryan Oliver while new recruit Liam Parker was handed a midfield berth with Ben Sedgemore dropping down to the bench.

The visitors were bright from the first whistle while Stamford posed a danger at set pieces where visiting goalkeeper Dan Whatsize seemed uncertain.

Dean Oliver forced Whatsize into a full length save after being played into space by namesake Ryan, but the visitors looked the more accomplished in open play, so it was little surprise that Sheffield were the first on the scoresheet after 22 minutes.

Danger man Matt Roney did the damage with a fine run setting up Ant Lynam to beat Chris Wright with a low shot.

Stamford equalised eight minutes before the break when Dean Oliver’s shot was saved by Whatsize but Liam Parker marked his home debut with the leveller, heading home despite the efforts of a defender on the line to clear,

Sheffield continued to impress with some slick football on resumption and the home crossbar denied Lynam a second, but their cause was made harder after 68 minutes as they had Joel Purkiss dismissed after 68 minutes as his mistimed challenge on Matt Evans earned him a second yellow card.

That handed Stamford the initiative and their attack was boosted by the introduction of youngster Harry Deane as a late substitute for Ryan Oliver. Dan Cotton’s pass sent Deane away on the right and he did well to centre hard and low for Lee Beeson to beat Whatsize with a low scuffed shot into the corner.

With the contest in the 90th minute the Daniels conceded a free kick in a central position and full back Jack Smith curled the kick around the defensive wall to earn his side a well deserved point.

Stamford almost snatched victory three minutes into time added with Andy Toyne’s shot fumbled by Whatsize but the ball trickled agonisingly wide of the post to the custodian’s relief.

Stamford: Wright, Evans, Jackson, Toyne, Chamberlain, Malone, Beeson, Parker, R. Oliver (Deane 82), D. Oliver, Cotton. Subs not used: Burkett, Sedgemore, Millson, Hill.

Attendance: 255. Match Sponsor – Ian Glitherow and Tony Lilley of G Hospitality Man of the Match: Toyne.

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