FOOTBALL: Daniels win ahead of clash with champions

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Shepshed Dynamo 1 Stamford 4

STAMFORD found form ahead of the today’s visit of champions elect Grantham Town to the Premier Kitchens Arena by beating bottom side Shepshed Dynamo 4-1 on Friday evening.

The Daniel’s victory condemned Shepshed to relegation and gave Stamford a welcome boost after a run of eight games without a win.

Assistant manager Gary Stones was in charge on Friday and picked Nick Ghislanzoni up front alongside Bruno Holden, rather than Scott Mooney or Ryan Whitehurst.

Stamford dominated the opening minutes but the first chance went to Shepshed with a long range effort from Iain Screaton straight at Ross Whalin, and then Steve Chaplin clipping the outside of Whalin’s post.

Stamford took the lead after 14 minutes with Tyrone Kirk scoring in only his second game since returned to the Daniels. Kirk played a short corner to Nathan Watson and when he was tackled the ball broke to Kirk on the edge of the box. He took a couple of paces before curling the ball into the far corner.

The Daniels then dominated proceedings but had to wait until the 35th minute before Holden doubled their lead.

A wonderful cross field ball from Kirk set up Watson to play the ball quickly for Holden who calmly placed the ball past James Martin in the Shepshed goal.

Stamford increased their lead straight from the restart after half time.

Jared Holmes took the ball straight down the middle before playing it wide to Ghislanzoni who crossed to Holden on the other side of the box. Ghislanzoni had continued running to get a foot to the shot from Holden but the ball was already over the line.

Both strikers were involved in the build up to the fourth goal with Holden first holding up the ball before releasing his parter, whose shot was blocked but rebounded to Holden. It looked as if his shot was going past the far post for a goal kick but Kirk raced in to squeeze the ball inside the post.

Four goals up, Stamford then had a scrappy period of play and gifted Shepshed a consolation after conceding a free kick right on the edge of the penalty area.It was a poor strike from Jerome O’Connor but the ball took a deflection off the Stamford wall and crept into the Stamford net.

Today’s oppnents, Grantham, confirmed their champions status

with a 1-0 win at home to Quorn on Saturday. Stamford remain eighth with a play-off place mathematically possible, albeit unlikely without a series of favourable results elsewhere.

Stamford: Ross Whalin, Luke Garton, Joe Pheasant. Wayne Diuk, Dean Whiley, Rob Maddox, Jared Holmes, Nathan Watson (Harry Deane 62), Nick Ghislanzoni (Ryan Whitehurst 78), Bruno Holden (Scott Mooney 66), Tyrone Kirk, Subs not used: Dan Brooks, Mark Harvey.

MOM: Jared Holmes.