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A third consecutive five-goal haul helped Stamford triumph in the Jeremy Biggs memorial match at Blackstones on Wednesday night.

The Daniels struck four times in the opening period before a much-improved home side cut the arrears ahead of the half-time interval.

Stamford then sealed their success with a fifth goal in the second half to retain their grip on the shield following last season's nine-goal blitz against their near neighbours.

Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978202)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978202)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978206)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978206)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978220)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978220)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978236)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978236)

It was the Daniels' ruthless streak in front of goal that proved the main difference in this season's match as they punished any lapse with aplomb.

Four goals arrived in 26 minutes in the opening period but Stones showed they will be made of sterner stuff than the first half of last season with a strong response.

They played some decent football on the excellent surface at the Torney Limited Stadium and refused to roll over, even when in adversity against a side two levels above them.

They had held their own against a strong Grantham Town side at the weekend and created some good openings against the Daniels who struck first by taking a 10th minute lead.

A cross was scrambled clear to the edge of the box where Rob Morgan fired a perfectly-weighted strike into the far corner of the home net.

The lead was doubled seven minutes later when Stamford countered at speed and Connor Bartle's inch-perfect crossfield pass set Mike Armstrong free and his centre was headed home by Will Mellors-Blair.

Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978246)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978246)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978248)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978248)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978258)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978258)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978262)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978262)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978274)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978274)

Stones had an immediate chance to cut the arrears when Hayden Armiger found himself well-placed only to be denied by James Blunden's block.

And it then became three after 25 minutes when Jack Duffy's strong surge set up Mellors-Blair to slide home his second goal of the night.

Stones again had a good chance after falling behind when Armiger broke clear but he was unable to take full control of the ball and Stamford goalkeeper Ben Heath came out to smother.

The lively Kieran Duffy-Weekes then saw another effort blocked by Blunden before Stamford went close as Armstrong tested home goalkeeper Bartosz Berezowski with a searing shot before Duffy had two close range strikes blocked in quick succession by Edmunds Grunsteins.

A fourth goal did arrive after 36 minutes when Jon Challinor took possession with a strong tackle and the ball was worked out to Mellors-Blair who was this time the provider as he teed up Duffy to slot home.

But Stones again responded and Duffy-Weekes slipped in Ayman Trabelsi whose effort rattled the upright with Heath saving well to block the follow up.

Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978282)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978282)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978284)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978284)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978296)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978296)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978320)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978320)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978314)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978314)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978316)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978316)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978318)
Action from the Jeremy Biggs memorial match between Blackstones and Stamford. Photo: Rob O'Brien (57978318)

Stones finally got their reward on the stroke of half-time as Jack Wilson's pinpoint cross picked out Duffy-Weekes who guided his header into the bottom corner of the Stamford net.

The second half saw Blackstones make a raft of changes while Stamford tinkered with their formation as both sides created chances.

Heath had to reach at full stretch to turn away a Louie Venni effort before Berezowski produced a brilliant double save to deny the Daniels.

He clawed away a looping header from Duffy before reacting rapidly to block Morgan's rebound at close range and then pounce on the loose ball.

The scoring was completed with 15 minutes remaining when a free-kick was headed down in the box and deflected home off an unfortunate Blackstones defender as Stamford followed up their previous wins over AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Swaffham with another five-goal blitz.

Despite the margin of defeat, Stones can take great heart from this performance which backed up Saturday's display at Grantham.

They now host Bourne Town on Saturday (kick-off 12.30pm) in the third place play-off for the South Kesteven Charity Cup which will be a truer test of their credentials against their United Counties League Division One neighbours.

Stamford make the trip on Saturday to face United Counties League Premier Division North side Quorn (kick-off 3pm).

The Daniels will also be on their travels in the first match of the Northern Premier League season.

They visit Bedworth in their Midlands Division opener on Saturday, August 13, before hosting newly-promoted Harborough Town in their first home match on Tuesday, August 16.

They face an August Bank Holiday Monday trip to Corby Town while the festive fixtures will see a trip to Spalding on Boxing Day with the return fixture against the Steelmen on Monday, January 2.

They entertain Spalding on Easter Monday (April 10) with their league campaign ending on April 22 with a trip to Halesowen.



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