Daniels slip to third after goalless draw

Jack McGovern playing for Stamford against Sutton Coldfield Town'Photo: Geoff Atton
Jack McGovern playing for Stamford against Sutton Coldfield Town'Photo: Geoff Atton
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Stamford will need more bite when they face Newcastle Town tomorrow evening than they showed in a goalless draw with Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday.

The draw was the first of two back-to-back home games for Stamford and was strangely subdued for a match between sides that were second and fourth at the start of play.

The Daniels won 4-2 at Sutton Coldfield earlier in the season but there was never any threat of a repeat of that scoreline.

Andy Hall missed Stamford’s best chance, scooping the ball over the bar from close range after 10 minutes and when Coldfield striker Kristian Ramsey-Dickson tripped on the turf when through on goal in the first half, it summed up the lack of threat from either side.

Even when the visitors had the ball in the net in the second half there was hardly a complaint when referee Liam Jones blew the whistle for a free kick in the Daniels’ box.

An altercation between Danny Brook and the visitors’ Mark Davis briefly brought a spark to the game but otherwise the match was one-paced with both defences well in control.

Ricky Miller fired a speculative half-volley narrowly wide from the edge of the box and Brooks had a few attempts from distance but neither side put their opponents under sustained pressure.

Daniels boss Wayne Hatswell switched Stamford’s shape, moving Hall, who had looked Stamford’s most threatening player, to a more central role but Jake Bedford in the Sutton Coldfield goal remained largely untroubled - as did Matt Finlay in Stamford’s goal.

It was Stamford’s first goalless draw of the season and assistant manager David Staff said: “It did not really work for us today.

“At home you always want to win but we have been fantastic in recent game and perhaps we are being overcritical .”

Tomorrow’s match at home to Newcastle kicks off at Kettering Road at 7.45pm.

Stamford then play fifth-placed Belper away on Saturday.

Stamford: Matt Finlay, Jack McGovern,adam Hewitt, Sam Saunders, Richard Jones, Danny Brooks, Jordan Hempenstall (Dan Marshall), James Ozmen, Ben Saunders, Ricky Miller, Andy Hall. Subs: Tom Batchelor, David Staff, Wayne Hatswell, John Swales.

M-o-M: Richard Jones

Attendance: 268

Saturday’s Evo-Stik League First Division South results

Chasetown 2-0 Brigg Town; Hucknall Town 0-1 Newcastle Town; Kidsgrove Athletic 2-2 Belper Town; King’s Lynn Town 3-0 Market Drayton Town; Leek Town 0-1 Loughborough Dynamo; Lincoln United 1-2 Northwich Victoria; Mickleover Sports 2-2 Carlton Town; Rainworth Miners Welfare 0-2 Halesowen Town; Romulus 0-2 Gresley FC; Sheffield FC 3-3 Coalville Town; Stamford 0-0 Sutton Coldfield Town.