Quorn 1 Stamford 2
THE Daniels took all three points and made it three wins on the bounce at bottom side Quorn on Saturday.
Both teams needed three points but for very different reasons and it was the side fighting for a play-off spot that emerged victorious.
A second half brace from Nathan Watson was enough to see Stamford home in a game that rarely sparkled.
The first half was poor with both sides struggling to keep possession and chances for either side were almost non-existent.
Almost 30 minutes had gone before either goal was threatened and it came from a Danny Brooks free kick after a foul on David Staff. From 25 yards out, and on his left foot, it was the perfect spot for Brooks’ whose effort scraped the top of the cross bar with Quorn keeper Matt Nurse beaten.
Quorn then sent the ball upfield, quickly feeding it through to Kris Nurse. His shot was blocked but Rob Norris drove the loose ball home giving Quron a half-time lead from their only shot on target.
Stamford hadn’t managed even one in the first 45 but that changed a couple of minutes into the second half.
Scott Mooney held off a couple of challenges before laying the ball to Nathan Watson and he stepped inside before placing the ball wide of Nurse to bring The Daniels level.
Stamford brought on Jared Holmes and within a minute he set up a second for Stamford and Watson. Holmes played a superb ball to Bruno Holden and his quick touch put Watson through one-on-one with Nurse and the Stamford man put the ball away with ease.
Quorn built up the pressure as they sought an equaliser with Fabian Smith blazing over from inside the box late on. And there was an even better chance for Quorn to level in stoppage time but Kris Nurse just couldn’t reach a deep cross to the far post.
Stamford were rarely stretched by a Quorn side who look likely to be relegated, and The Daniels didn’t have to be at their best to come away with three points vital for their play-off challenge.
Stamford: Ross Whalin, Luke Garton, Joe Pheasant, Wayne Diuk, Dean Whiley, David Staff, Nathan Watson (Harry Deane 88), Kieran Watson (Jared Holmes 69), Bruno Holden, Scott Mooney (Nick Ghislanzoni 77), Danny Brooks. Subs not used: Adam Hewitt, Jake Gibson.
MoM: Nathan Watson.
STAMFORD face Hucknall Town at the Premier Kitchens Arena tomorrow evening. Kick off will be at 7.45pm.