The Daniels extended their unbeaten to six matches with a comfortable 3-0 victory at home against Newcastle Town on Tuesday evening.
Stamford made the ideal start when man-of-the match Danny Brooks fired in a fierce free-kick from the just outside the Newcastle penalty area after just six minutes, but despite creating plenty of opportunities they didn’t extend their lead until the second half.
James Ozmen made it two just after the hour mark with a well-taken shot from the edge of the box, finishing off an excellent move than involved Ricky Miller and Ben Saunders on the edge of the box.
Jordan Hempenstall made it three with five minutes remaining, deftly lifting his shot beyond the reach of Dave Parton in the visitors’ goal.
Stamford had a lucky escape when a free kick, that appeared to come off skipper Richard Jones’ head, came back off the foot of the post but otherwise Daniels’ keeper Matt Finlay was rarely troubled other than when he brought down Nathan Sutton outside the box. Fortunately for Stamford referee Akil Howson felt there were covering defenders and showed the Stamford keeper a yellow rather than red.
The Daniels showed far greater urgency and imagination that they had against Sutton Coldfield on Saturday and were well worth the three points that lift them back into second in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.
Ozmen and Brooks were commanding in the middle of the field, although the latter, who is already suspended for Stamford’s next two games, managed to pick up another needless yellow in the final minute of the game.
Miller showed his trickery, twisting and turning the Newcastle defence and on another day could easily have added his name to the scoresheet. Saunders linked well and showed signs that his partnership with Miller is developing.
After Saturday’s goalless draw, Stamford appeared to have been sent out with instructions to shoot on sight and wingers Andy Hall and Hempenstall fizzed several long range efforts narrowly wide.
At the other end, Stamford’s defence handled Newcastle’s threat comfortably with make-shift right-back Jack McGovern looking accomplished in the back four.
McGovern fired narrowly over late in the game - a goal would have been just reward for an excellent performance.
Stamford: Matt Finlay, Jack McGovern, Adam Hewitt (Dan Marshall), Sam Saunders, Richard Jones, Danny Brooks, Andy hall, James Ozmen, Ben Saunders (Sean Wright), Ricky Miller, Jordan Hempenstall. Subs: David Staff, Tom Batchelor, John Swales.
MoM: Danny Brooks