Barrett’s blockbuster helps share the spoils

Aiden Brady playing for Stamford against Boston United
Aiden Brady playing for Stamford against Boston United
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STAMFORD can take plenty of positives from their first pre-season friendly at home, a 2-2 draw against Boston United.

The Daniels’ starting line up included five new signings Gavin Saxby, Michael Jacklin, Chris Gray, Danny Steadman and Sam Mullarkey but it was former Daniel Adam Milsom who had the first opportunity, firing over from the edge of the area for Boston.

In reply Dan Cotton watched his 20 yard shot go narrowly wide of the visitors’ goal.

The opening goal came after just eight minutes when Boston were awarded a free kick near the dugout. Jason Field’s arrowed ball found Ryan Semple who turned Nick Jackson inside the Daniels’ penalty area to fire home low into Saxby’s right hand corner.

Boston had another good chance after quarter of an hour with some good play between Milsom and Suarez on the edge of the box. The ex-Daniel hit the inside of the post and the ball rebounded to safety.

Stamford hit back with some good work just before Dean Oliver fired the leveller.

Sam Mullarkey received the ball on the left wing and showed good close control to beat his man and lay the ball back to Jackson whose chipped cross was well controlled by Oliver who turned and beat another former Stamford man, Liam Parker, to score a well-made goal to the keeper’s left.

Boston’s second came with ten minutes to go in the first half after a scramble on the edge of the area. The ball was missed by several defenders and fell kindly to Semple who shot through the crowd from the edge of the box.

The second half saw several changes with Daniel Barrett, Gary King, Andy Toyne, Jake Gibson, Danny Brookes and Stuart King all coming on.

Stamford had several good chances with Cotton’s free kick deflecting off the wall, narrowly wide. Gary King and Gibson interacted well on the left with Gibson forcing a good save from the Boston goalkeeper Ricky Drury.

The equaliser eventually came with 10 minutes remaining. Barrett received a short ball from Gibson, turned and pulled off an outrageous chip from about 35 yards which left Boston keeper Drury with no chance.

During the final 10 minutes, Gary King had several chances denied by good saves with Saxby quickly down at his near post to keep the score level in the final minute.

Overall a draw was a fair result with Stamford playing some good football and creating chances.

Stamford: Saxby, Cook, Jackson, Gray, Chamberlain, Jacklin, Beeson, Steadman, Oliver, Mullarkey, Cotton. Subs: Barrett, G King, Toyne, Gibson, Brookes, S King.