Daniels’ continue to struggle at home

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Stamford AFC’s move to their new stadium cannot come soon enough. On Saturday the Daniel’s lost 1-0 to Matlock to take their winless run at the Vic Couzens stadium out to nine games.

It was a tale of two penalties on Saturday as Matlock scored from the spot 11 minutes from time through a cheeky chip from Danny Holland before top scorer Ryan Robbins saw his penalty saved a few minutes later.

Stamford had been knocked out of the Doodson Cup on penalties a few days earlier when Robbins had faltered again with the vital spot kick

Stamford are now 16th in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.

The Daniels’ options off the bench were boosted by the return of Tom McGowan from injury and new signing Lewis Jackson.

With Shaun Richards injured and Jordan Smith away on international duty with Antigua and Barbuba in the Caribbean Cup, Stamford are a little short of firepower so Ketton’s ace striker Will Bird started up front again after making his debut in the Doodson Cup exit on Tuesday.

All the drama in the match came in the second half with the visitors unable to break down the Stamford defence with a single blocked shot from Ryan Robbins the only thing to get excited about.

After the break Stamford came into the game more and the midfield duo of Dan Lawlor and Jon Challinor took control of the midfield battle and Nabil Sharriff and Challinor both saw curling shots go just wide of the post.

With 79 minutes gone Stamford’s sturdy defence buckled and conceded a penalty when Charlie Dawes was felled by a last-ditch tackle after Holland had pulled the ball back to the free man.

Holland then calmly stepped up and chipped the diving Andy Stevens with his spot kick.

But the Daniels should have been immediately back on even terms. Robbins powered into the Matlock penalty box and was knocked to the ground but he his penalty was saved by visiting keeper Jon Kennedy and then he smashed the rebound over the crossbar.

In the dying moments of the match Shariff had a great chance to steal a point but his shot was stopped by a top save from Kennedy to ensure his side went home with all three points and leapfrogged Stamford in the league standings.

The Daniels desperately need to end their run of poor results at home and don’t have to wait long to do it with Belper visiting tomorrow night (Tuesday) and then Rushall Olympic coming to town on Saturday.

With FC United of Manchester winning 2-0 against Buxton in the FA Trophy second qualifying round on Saturday it looks like the Rushall game could be the last match in the club’s 118 year history to be played at Wothorpe Road.

The match against FC United of Manchester on November 29 was due to be the Daniel’s last match at the Vic Couzens Stadium before moving to the Zeeco Stadium in Ryhall Road on December 13, but that match has now been postponed because their opponents will be in cup action.

Stamford: Andy Stevens, Ryan Clarke, Gareth Jellyman (Lewis Jackson), Joe Curtis, Richard Jones (c), Dalton Bettles, Dan Lawlor, Jon Challinor, Will Bird, Nabil Shariff, Ryan Robbins. Subs: Lewis Carr, Tom McGowan, Tom Mann, David Staff.

Matlock: Jon Kennedy, Lawrence Gorman (Joe Leesley), Caine Winfarrah, Adam Yates, Micky Harcourt, Ellis Humble, Niall McManus, James Ashmore (c), Charlie Dawes, Corey Gregory (Phil Roe). Subs: Lavell White, Josh Meade, Andre Johnson.