Daniels win at Whitby
Stamford AFC made it back-to-back wins in the Evo-Stik NPL with a highly entertaining 5-3 win away at Whitby Town on Saturday.
The season may only be five games old but like last year the Daniels are getting their best results on the road. On Tuesday last week they beat Halesowen Town 3-1 away with exactly the same starting side.
The only addition to the squad was loanee defender Nathan Hicks who joined the Daniels from Nuneaton Town last week, and made an immediate impact off the bench when he scored in the 90th minute on debut.
Before that, it took just three minutes for Stamford to get on the scoresheet with Greg Smith notching his fourth of the season, volleying home from close range from a Ryan Robbins cross.
However the seasiders were level again just three minutes later when Scott McCarthy cut in from the left and beat Daniels’ keeper Richard Knight at the near post.
Both sides traded chances as the half went on and with the half time break within touching distance there were two goals in the space of a minute.
First McCarthy notched his second of the match, collecting a cross from the right to score, and then deep into added on time Robbins equalised for the Daniels.
It was a classic Robbins goal, he used his pace to run away from the defenders out wide and then cut in before rounding Town stopper Joe Fryer to score from a tight angle, striking the inside of the post with his strike.
After the break Stamford took the lead within five minutes. Left back Eddy Samba released man of the match Andy Hall who cut into space and beat Fryer with a shot from 20 yards out.
Robbins forced a decent save out of Fryer with a fierce shot before Jordan Smith almost burst the net in the 70th minute when he powered a header in, off the underside of the bar, from a David Bell cross.
With a two goal lead Stamford were finally playing without the nerves that manager David Staff has said has been in the back of their minds since results went against them early on.
Jon Challinor skinned the post with a shot but then the afternoon was slightly damped by an injury to the influential Hall who had to leave the pitch despite Staff having used all his subs meaning they were a man short in the closing stages.
Despite being at a numerical disadvantage Hicks still had time to hit the back of the net and then Lee Mason made the score more respectable for the hosts with a third Whitby goal in injury time.
The win moved Stamford up to 17th in the table.
Stamford AFC: Richard Knight, Jon Challinor, Eddy Samba, Cameron Powell, Richard Jones (c), Lewis Carr, David Bell, Andy Hall, Greg Smith, Jordan Smith, Ryan Robbins. Substitutes: Nathan Hicks, Dalton Bettles, Dan Clements, Jordan Neil, David Staff
Whitby Town: Joe Fryer, Ibrahim Hassan, Mark Robinson ©, Lee Bullock, Kieran Weledji, David McTiernan, Richard Pell, Adam Gell, Michael Roberts, Scott McCarthy, James Brown. Substitutes: Callum Martin, Liam Shepherd, Ross Gardner, Matthew Waters, Lee Mason.