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Stamford AFC score with the last kick of the game to defeat Sporting Khalsa



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Stamford secured a dramatic last-gasp victory to maintain their push for promotion in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division on Saturday.

Rob Morgan converted a penalty with the last kick of the game to secure a 4-3 victory for the Daniels against Sporting Khalsa at the Zeeco Stadium.

Graham Drury's side had found themselves trailing by two goals at half-time after Luke Yates and James McGrady netted within the space of three minutes in the first period.

Rob Morgan scores the winning penalty. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151559)
Rob Morgan scores the winning penalty. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151559)

An own goal from Tesfa Robinson then halved the deficit five minutes into the second period.

However, Khalsa had restored their two-goal advantage two minutes later when McGrady scored from the penalty spot.

Cosmos Matwasa gave Stamford hope with their second goal after 72 minutes before Morgan levelled the contest with 11 minutes remaining.

Stamford celebrate their last-gasp winner. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151569)
Stamford celebrate their last-gasp winner. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151569)

There was then one final twist as Stamford were awarded an injury-time penalty that Morgan converted to secure back-to-back wins that maintains the Daniels' place in the play-offs.

There were two changes from the starting line-up against Corby Town on New Year's Day with Joe Burgess and James Blunden coming in for Matwasa and Mike Armstrong.

Stamford started brightly and had an early chance which was just wide of the goal.

With 20 minutes gone, a Jake Duffy free-kick was met by Cameron Johnson but his effort was wide of the goal.

Johnson then had another effort a few minutes later but his shot lacked power and it was easily cleared.

The visitors took the lead on 31 minutes when Luke Yates held off a Stamford defender and he fired his shot past Dan Haystead.

Rob Morgan after his last-gasp winner. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151577)
Rob Morgan after his last-gasp winner. Photo: Rob O'Brien (54151577)

They doubled their lead three minutes later when a cross from the left was met by James McGrady at the back post and he headed the ball into the net.

Five minutes into the second half, Stamford reduced the arrears when Tendai Chitiza raced up the left and he crossed the ball into the penalty area and it deflected off Sporting Khalsa defender Tesfa Robinson into his own net.

Khalsa restored their two goal lead minutes later when Sean Wright was adjudged to have fouled a visiting player and McGrady stepped up and slotted the ball past Haystead.

Stamford looked for a way back and Jack Duffy had a shot cleared off the line just after the hour mark.

With less than 20 minutes remaining, substitute Matwasa reduced the arrears when he cut in from the right and he slotted the ball past the keeper at the near post.

Stamford then got themselves level with 11 minutes remaining when Jake Duffy won the ball in the centre of the pitch and he fed Chitiza whose cross found Morgan unmarked and he headed home from close range.

With the game entering added on time, Stamford continued to look for winner and substitute Rodrigo Goncalves was fouled just inside the penalty area and the referee immediately pointed to the spot.

After a delay for treatment to Goncalves, Morgan stepped up and dispatched the ball into the bottom right corner of the net sending the keeper the wrong way.



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