Daniels suffer heavy defeat at Rushall Olympic
So much for Stamford AFC’s new found defensive stability.
The Daniels were beaten 5-1 away at Rushall Olympic on Tuesday night to remain in trouble at the bottom end of the Evo-Stik NPL table.
Jake Heath struck two goals for the home side and Luke Benbow, Massiah McDonald and Kris Taylor all found the back of the net as Rushall Olympic enjoyed one of their best performances of the season so far.
Stamford earned a late consolation through Andrew Phillips, the Leicester City striker on loan for a month, but his first goal for the club was not enough to brighten an otherwise dark night.
Phillips and new signing Aaron Hassall from Cambridge City, both started for Stamford, the later making his debut for the club, however it was the Pics’ strike force which caught the eye.
Heath gave Rushall the lead after 11 minutes, finishing a nice team move. McDonald fed the ball to Ryan Edmunds down the left hand side and he pulled the ball across the face of goal for Heath to convert.
The hosts were on top and Benbow went very close to making it two when he dispatched a volley from 25 yards out but it cleared the crossbar.
However the wait for a second goal was short. Stamford keeper Richard Knight made a fine save from McDonald after 20 minutes but the ball came back to Rushall and Benbow was played in on goal by Dan Wilkinson and gave Knight no chance with a chip from 20 yards for his 12th league goal of the season.
Stamford’s Ellis Myles was then involved in action at both ends. First one of his trademark surging runs from right-back saw him unleash a powerful drive which just missed the target and then at the other end of the pitch a mix-up between the defender and Knight allowed Heath another shot at goal but this time the striker volleyed over.
Nathan Fox had a free-kick in a promising position for Stamford but could not find the target while at the other end Knight was once again keeping Stamford in the game, saving from McDonald just before the break to make it 2-0 at half time.
Will Rawdon replaced Roger Lee at half time but he was unable to shore up the defence.
In the 56th minute McDonald scored a brilliant goal for the hosts, cutting in from the left and smashing the ball into the top corner to give Knight no chance.
Trailing by three goals Stamford manager Andrew Wilson swapped Myles for the more attacking option of Shaun Richards but it was looking more likely that the Pics would add to their tally.
Tolley and Michael Townsend hand chances for the hosts and in the 77th minute Heath struck his second of the night. McDonald got behind the Stamford defence and delivered a chip pass into Heath who chested it down and smashed a volley past Knight and in off the bar for a beautiful goal.
With six minutes left Heath set Taylor free and he finished neatly to make it five.
If not for Knight the score would have been even greater as the Stamford stopper saved from McDonald and Heath in the closing stages.
Jonathan Brown in the Rushall net had been largely a spectator for most of the match and when he was needed he could do little to prevent Phillips’ 25 yards blast in injury time to offer some consolation for Stamford.
Rushall Olympic: Jonathan Brown, Aris Christophorou, Danny Wilkinson, Mitchell Tolley (Zak Martin 79), Jack Duggan (c), Michael Townsend, Jake Heath, Kris Taylor, Luke Benbow (Matthew Hearsey 72), Massiah McDonald, Ryan Edmunds (Ethan Delaney 72)
Substitutes not used: Ricardo Dudley, Gavin Caines
Stamford: Richard Knight, Ellis Myles (Shaun Richards 66), Nathan Fox, Lewis Carr, Dominic McGarr, Roger Lee (Will Rawdon 46), Aaron Hassall, Jon Challinor (c), Andrew Phillips, Nathan Hicks, Nabil Shariff
Substitutes not used: Zak Munton, Daniel Perry