THE Daniels won an extraordinary seven-goal thriller deep in stoppage time in one of the most exciting games seen at Stamford in years.
Sheffield levelled four minutes into injury time but with the last kick of the game Danny Brooks fired in a free kick to seal all three points for Stamford.
Daniels boss Tommy Brookbanks was ecstatic.
“It was a cracking game,” he said. “I have had quite a few like that – it’s the only way our teams play but certainly the best since I have been at Stamford.”
The Friday night win lifted Stamford to fourth in the Evo-Stik League First Division South - a position reinforced when New Mills held fifth-placed Sheffield to a draw on Tuesday evening.
Stamford came from behind to lead 3-1 against Sheffield last Friday but with eight minutes left Dean Whiley put through his own net and Sheffield sensed a lifeline.
Four minutes into stoppage time, referee Sian Massey awarded a disputed corner and Sheffield levelled.
Two minutes later, Brooks stepped up and scored a vital goal that moved Stamford above their steel city rivals.
And Brookbanks, whose side travel to Leicestershire side Quorn tomorrow and then host his former side Hucknall Town at the Premier Kitchen Arena on Tuesday evening, promised his team will keep on in their role as the entertainers.
The Daniels boss said: “People keep saying ‘get the teams to shut up shop’ but I’ve won seven promotions and a play-off playing this way; and people seem to like watching it.
“We’ll lose the odd one like that but give me that any day rather than a dull 0-0 draw.”
He added: “We have won two massive games. There’s a lot of pressure on the lads now. Expectations are high but they seem to have knocked Sutton Coldfield out of it and have now beaten a very good Sheffield side.
“I’m very proud of the way they are withstanding the pressure. It must have been difficult for the lads who stayed during all the comings and goings but now the dressing room is buzzing.”
He added: “It was another decent crowd on Friday. If we can get that for every game it is a real boost.
“All credit to the chairman for a great decision to bring the game forward. I think it was a wonderful atmosphere and hopefully people will tell their mates about it and bring even more along.
“We will have Hucknall watched on Saturday. I’d dearly love to put one over them.”
On Massey’s decision to award a corner rather than the goal kick Stamford’s players and fans were expecting, he said: “She’s a trailblazer and referees with integrity but we have had some strange decisions.
“But I will give her as much flak as I would any other referee. Everybody knew it was a goal kick, not a corner, and that could have cost us points.”
Full match report on page 117.