Stamford AFC look to build on winning week

Action from the Stamford v Ashton game on Saturday''Photo: Geoff Atton
Action from the Stamford v Ashton game on Saturday''Photo: Geoff Atton
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The Daniels will be looking to build on their best week of the season so far after a magnificent FA Cup win and then a rollercoaster victory in the league.

Stamford beat Ashton United 4-2 in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup on Saturday to reach the fourth round for the first time in 40 years.

The Daniels will play Hednesford at home on Saturday, October 26.

Then on Wednesday, Stamford beat Stocksbridge Park Steels 4-3 in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division.

Stamford boss David Staff said: “I said before the draw I’d take a home draw to a team in the league above us and that’s what we’ve got.

“You’re not going to progress in the FA Cup without meeting the better sides so I’ve no complaints about the draw.

“We know a little bit about Hednesford and they will be lively but it’s a home draw and we’ve been doing well at home.”

On Saturday, Coppin gave Ashton the lead on six minutes before the Daniels pulled level on 39 thanks to Jordan Smith.

Jon Challinor then gave Stamford the lead just before half-time and David 
Moyo made it 3-1 in the 54th minute.

Ashton pulled one back when a deflected shot looped into the Daniels’ goal. Richard Wesley had the last word for Stamford by capping a good display with a goal to make it 4-2.

Daniels captain Richard Jones hailed his team-mates after Saturday’s victory. He said: “We always had 11 lions on that pitch today - every man gave 100 per cent to the 
cause.

“We were second-best for the first 20 minutes but we took our chances and fought hard to get through.”

On Wednesday night at Kettering Road, Alan Jarvis opened the scoring for the Daniels on 20 minutes, before Stocksbridge pulled one back from a penalty.

Joynes then made it 2-1 to them just before half-time.

Shawn Richards then equalised for the Daniels four minutes after the restart before Jordan Smith gave them the lead two minutes later.

There was still time for Stocksbridge to level before Stamford loan signing David Moyo grabbed the winner in the 80th minute.

Staff said: “Our performance should have been a little better.

“We were playing free-flowing football going forward and we were always going to get goals but we were defensively disjointed.”

Staff said they were in control but went to sleep a couple of times and Stocksbridge were suddenly in the lead.

The Daniels are back in cup action tomorrow in the FA Vase at home against Kidsgrove who play in the division below.

They then take on fellow Evo-Stik strugglers Stafford Rangers away on Tuesday night.