Ashton’s return fails to halt goal glut

Jamie Clarke attacks for Stamford during their 4-3 defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic
Jamie Clarke attacks for Stamford during their 4-3 defeat at Kidsgrove Athletic
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Kidsgrove 4 Stamford 3

SIMON Ashton returned on a permanent move from Boston United to start in a 5-3-2 formation designed to keep control of two forwards who had caused so many problems in the home fixture on the opening day of the season.

Stamford started brightly with most of the early possession but Kidsgrove created the first chance when Tim Sanders blasted over when well placed.

Stamford enjoyed a good spell with a superb ball from Paul Malone setting up Dan Cotton only for Kidsgrove keeper Steve Hodgson to block the shot.

Right on the half hour it was Chris Wright’s turn to have to react quickly to block a shot from Dave Walker.

But from the corner, Stamford conceded a penalty and Walker sent Wright the wrong way, smashing the spot kick hard and low to Walker’s left.

Four minutes later it was 2-0. Sanders took a free kick just outside the Stamford box and Dan Schwartz stooped low to head home through a crowd of defenders.

Stamford pulled one goal back just before the break with a good build up from defence which ended with Battersby playing the ball across goal for Cotton to score in the corner.

Right on half time Stamford were level when Alex Morris sliced an attempted clearance from a Beeson corner into his own goal.

Stamford started the second half where they had left off the first and Hodgson did well to hold a fierce shot from Beeson.

It all went wrong for Stamford in two mad minutes starting with Malone conceding a penalty when he might have been better not making the tackle.

This time Wright went to his right but Walker smashed the ball high into the other corner.

A minute later a mistake by Miles Chamberlain allowed Walker to run at Wright and drive the ball past him to make it 4-2.

Stamford didn’t give in and Jamie Clarke nodded home Stamford’s third.

Stamford showed their fitness again dominating the closing minutes but they couldn’t level.

Stamford deserved a point but they paid the price for individual mistakes setting up the two second half Kidsgrove goals.

Stamford: Wright, Evans, Jackson (Burkett 88), Ashton (Millson 79), Chamberlain, Malone, Beeson, Toyne, Battersby (Mowbray 63), Cotton. Subs not used: Sedgemore, King.