Daniels boss calls for town support

Miles Chamberlain scores for Stamford against Loughborough Dynamo
Miles Chamberlain scores for Stamford against Loughborough Dynamo
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DANIELS boss Simon Clark called on the town to rally behind his side as they moved to within a point of leaders Sheffield this week.

Stamford followed up their first away win in the league – 2-1 at Newcastle Town – with another home win on Tuesday, beating Loughborough Dynamo 2-1 to maintain one of only two perfect home records in the league.

Stamford have won five at home in all competitions and after Tuesday’s victory Clark said support from the town would help his side to build on their run.

He commented: “Our home form was not good last year but this time we have won five from five. But our gates have been disappointing.

“It would be nice to hear some support at the ground.

“Come and see us play when we’re at home. We have won every game so far this season and scored lots of goals. Come and have a look at what we are trying to do. The lads enjoy having supporters there.”

The Daniels’ next home game is against Brigg Town on September 24.

Before that Stamford travel to Coalville tomorrow where they will face former captain Chris Gray who joined the Leicestershire side last week.

Coalville are just one place behind Stamford, who are sixth on goal difference, so the visitors can expect a tough challenge. But after their first win away from home last Saturday, the Stamford boss says his side is full of confidence.

And that showed in Tuesday’s victory against Loughborough, who played their part in an entertaining game at the PK Arena but were not enough to beat a resilient Stamford side.

After only a couple of minutes Gary King found himself with a yard of space for a shot which was straight at the keeper.

Stamford opened the scoring on 23 minutes when a Lee Beeson corner was met by Miles Chamberlain and his header was too powerful for the goalkeeper to prevent the ball hitting the back of the net.

Minutes later Loughborough’s Jamie Allen was causing problems, firing an overhead kick after a corner that went narrowly wide.

The Daniels doubled their lead just before the half hour when Beeson was fouled near the main stand and Danny Brooks took the free kick which missed everyone in the penalty area and went straight in.

Loughborough came out with all guns blazing in the second half and they piled on the pressure. But the Stamford rearguard stood firm until the 61st minute when a long ball was flicked on by William Grocott to Langham who was clean through on goal only for Chamberlain to turn from hero to villain, bringing the striker down in the area.

The referee had no hesitation to point to the spot and show the Daniels man a red card. Loughborough captain Karl Noble duly dispatched the penalty without any trouble.

Although it was backs to the wall for Stamford with the defence reshuffled, the Daniels had a good chance to go further ahead when a Brooks free kick was headed back across the goal by Jacklin to King but his shot was blocked on the line.

Loughborough had a lot of possession but with Robbie Maddox in inspirational form at centre half they were left with few chances to score. Their only real chance of the last 15 minutes was Alvin Jarvis volley which brought a flying save from Ziccardi.

On Chamberlain’s deliberate foul that led to the sending off, Clark said: “Suspensions hurt you. He might as well let them shoot and Mario might have saved it.”

Attendance: 131

Lord Burghley man of the match: Mario Ziccardi.

l BEFORE kick off there was a minutes silence as a mark of respect after Daniels fan Ron Aldridge who died on Monday.