Daniels’ Shield defence begins with a win

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THE sending off of striker Gary King marred Stamford’s victory in the first round of the Lincolnshire Senior Shield on Saturday.

Stamford beat fellow Evostick First Division South side Brigg Town 4-2 with goals from new signings Sam Mullarkey, Jake Gibson and a brace from Gary King before he received his marching orders.

King was sent off with Brigg’s Tommy Wright midway through the second half. At that point the Daniels were 3-2 up, having restored their lead after earlier letting a two-goal advantage slip away.

Stamford stormed into a two-goal lead thanks to goals from Mullarkey and former Harrogate Town man, King. They were then guilty of taking their foot off the gas and Brigg levelled before half-time.

Last season’s Shield winners, Stamford, retook the lead when king headed home. Mullarkey set up Gibson to seal the win in the 89th minute.

Stamford boss Simon Clark said: “Of course I am pleased with the result and the fact that we are through to the second round but I am not too pleased with the performance.

“When we went 2-0 up after 20 minutes I thought we would go on to kill the game, but instead of that we sat back and let them back into things. We got away with it and played some nice football in the second half but against better teams we would not get away with that sort of thing.

“We are a young side that likes to play at a high tempo but we need to learn not to give away possession when we are on top if we want to improve on last season.”

However, Clark was pleased with the way his new signings have settled in over the past few games.

He said: “The signings we have made are looking really positive and while we have plenty to work on as a group, we are heading in the right direction.

“We play Blackstones on Tuesday night then have Corby on Saturday then Lincoln early next week and I expect us to improve as we play those games and the lads gel together.

“And while there are a few things we need to iron out, we are unbeaten in three so far and generally I am pleased with the way our pre-season is going.”