THE Daniels face Sheffield FC this evening on the back of a much-needed first win in six at Quorn on Tuesday.
Stamford’s 1-0 victory, following Saturday’s dismal 3-0 home defeat to Rushall Olympic, was just the boost The Daniels needed before tonight’s game at the Vic Couzens Stadium.
Stamford boss Simon Clark said: “It really gives us a lift. The lads were low on Saturday but for them to keep going and get their rewards on Tuesday was pleasing.
“You start to think we’ll take a point. At least it stops a losing run but we pushed Andy Toyne on and he’s reached a great ball from Dean Oliver. It was a stonewall penalty.
“We have played better in some recent games and not got a result. To be fair to them they (Quorn) came out strongly but in the second half it was one-way traffic and we could have been three up before we scored.”
The Daniels reverted to a 4-4-2 line up and Lee Beeson, returning from suspension, turned out to be the difference between the sides, scoring the only goal of the evening from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.
Following the arrival of Dean Oliver last weekend, the latest recruit, Liam Parker was on the bench on Tuesday.
Parker, 25, plays at right back or centre back and made 68 first team appearances for Boston United before a back injury saw him released by the Pilgrims.
He and Tuesday’s man-of-the-match Oliver added experience to Stamford’s young side and Clark was quick to highlight the impact of his new arrivals.
He said: “They both look very assured. Dean was excellent on Tuesday and a thorn in their side all game.
“Liam allows Andy Toyne to play higher and because Andy could push forward he was able to get in the box and that won us the penalty.”
Quorn had started the game stronger with Miles Chamberlain, Chris Wright and Paul Malone all called upon early in the game.
Former Daniels man Chris Gray fouled Toyne to give Stamford their first chance with a Beeson free kick hitting the wall. Ben Sedgemore picked up the loose ball and his cross was headed goalwards by Jamie Clarke but held at the foot of the post by Quorn keeper Matt Nurse.
On the half hour, quick movement from deep in their own half set up the best chance of the game for Quorn but Tom Byrne wasted it, shooting straight into the arms of Wright.
At the other end Dan Cotton flicked on for Dean Oliver, who turned quickly but couldn’t keep his shot down.
Stamford finished the half strongly and a good move between Cotton and Oliver set up Cotton but his fierce shot was held by Nurse.
Quorn should have taken the lead with a deep cross to Jay Smedley but, a yard off the post, he managed to put the ball behind. And in the dying seconds of the half Malone was called on to scramble the ball away.
In the second half Stamford saw chances wasted before the late winner. Just after the hour it looked as if Stamford had taken the lead when Beeson delivered a deep free kick to the far post but Chamberlain headed wide. Next Beeson wasted a great chance, pulling his shot well wide after good work between Oliver and Clarke.
Another cross from Beeson forced a defender to head behind with the ball only just going outside the post and Malone headed against the bar.
Then, with two minutes left, Oliver played a superb ball for Toyne, running into the Quorn box. He was brought down, the referee pointed straight to the spot and Beeson fired the ball into the bottom left hand corner.
It was a much better performance from Stamford with more effort and a plan to play the ball on the ground rather than relying on the long ball.
Although Quorn had chances, Stamford had more, and they were better chances, and they deserved the win.
Stamford: Chris Wright, Matt Evans, Nick Jackson, Andy Toyne, Miles Chamberlain, Paul Malone, Lee Beeson, Ben Sedgemore (Liam Parker 58), Dean Oliver, Jamie Clarke (Ryan Oliver 80), Dan Cotton (Harry Deane 84). Subs not used: Seth Burkett, Adam Millson.
MOM: Dean Oliver.
Stamford’s game at home to Sheffield kicks off at 7.45pm this evening. On Tuesday The Daniels visit Newcastle Town for a 7.45pm start.
Tonight will be an evening to remember for players, coaches and management involved with the club’s thriving junior set-up as a representative of the Lincolnshire FA will be present to formally award the club its Charter Standard status.