With lots of new players on display at the Zeeco on Friday night here is a look at how everyone did in Stamford AFC’s 3-0 defeat to Scunthorpe United.
Taylor McMillan (goalkeeper) - 5
The new man was poor for the first goal, lacking a little awareness of space and needs to be more commanding of the backline. He made two good saves to redeem himself though.
Jordan Lemon (left back) - 6
Battling - a good performance which got better as the half went on. He looked better defending than going forward. Distribution needs work.
Tommy Cooney (right back) - 6
Didn’t do much wrong but caught out for pace on a couple of occasions by some quick players. Solid start in red.
Paul Malone (centre back) - 6
Skippering the side, he played well with Batchelor in the centre of defence and could be a real rock this season. Vocal.
Tom Batchelor (centre back) - 7
Looked sharp and was a wall in front of almost relentless attacking by The Iron. Probably the stand out performer on the night and he had a good chance to score with a header from a free kick. His height at both ends of the field will be a real asset to this team,
Niall Mather (midfield) - 5
Sheltering the defence in defensive midfield, he well on a night when there was plenty of running required. Needs to offer more options in the middle of the park to link up the play going forward.
Brad Wells (right wing) - 6
Two good chances but failed to take both. Wells looks like a physical player who can really add something to this midfield. Would have scored higher if he had put on of his chances away. An exciting prospect.
Joe Elliott (midfield) - 5
Anonymous for too much of the game. Stamford really lacked someone creating in the midfield.
Sam Mulready (left wing) - 5
One great chance when in lots of space but blasted the ball all the way over the far hedge. Plenty of pace and nice feet.
Greg Smith (striker) - 6
Looking fit and lively. Some good touches and always dangerous In the air. His temper threatened to boil over at times but that’s how he plays.
Jev Brown (striker) - 5
Signs of nice touches and quick feet but was often left to run down blind alleys by himself. It was always going to be a difficult day for a striker/attacker, starved of possession and hitting on the break.
Off the bench
Kern Miller (defence) - 6
A good performance in defence allowing Scunthorpe few chances after the break.
Delroy Gordon (defence) - 6
Assured and no nonsense at the back. Under a lot of pressure from United.
Jon Challinor (defence) - 5
Vocal at the back, one of the real leaders in the team. Brings a ball playing ability to the back line. Solid.
Sam Hill (attacking midfield) - 7
A strong showing in the second. Had a nicely taken goal scrubbed off for offside, in a tight call. The disallowed goal was unfortunate as the way he celebrated showed how much it meant to him. Lots of pace and a nice pass created a chance for Jordan Smith late on.
Jake Duffy (midfield) - 6
A nice free kick on an otherwise quiet day when the ball was not in great supply against higher-league opponents.
Elliott Sandy (midfield) - 7
Very good start to life at the Daniels. Made a difference when he came on, providing more of a passing option in midfield while also sheltering the defence with some nice break-up play.
Andy Hall (midfield) - 6
Classy performance from Hall. Some nice touches down the flank and signs that he and Ryan Robbins will work well together although they were not always on the same wave-length.
Ryan Robbins (striker) - 5
Plenty of pace from the striker as always but he had too much work to do, often surrounded by at least two or three defenders. He would have been better to look for a pass and build pressure but it’s not his nature, and is at the best when he is taking on players. No shots on target.
Jordan Smith (striker) - 6
Pace and power but no shots to show for his effort. Plenty of encouragement for the players around him. A positive influence on the team on the pitch.