Stamford 0 Market Drayton 1
THE Daniels’ season is fizzling out to a disappointing end with a poor display during Saturday’s defeat at home to Market Drayton.
Saturday’s loss leaves Stamford with a tally of just four points from their last eight games.
Jason Francis’ bicycle kick went in off the post for the visitors on the stroke of half-time and a lacklustre Stamford offered few signs of a fightback in the second half.
Bruno Holden created space for himself on the half hour to fire a curling shot just wide but it was winger Tyrone Kirk, in his first match since returning to the Daniels, who went closest for Stamford.
Kirk clipped the crossbar during an impressive first 45 minutes but he was largely anonymous during a disappointing second half display from the Daniels.
Dorryl Profitt should have made it two for Drayton when he was allowed space and time to shoot on the edge of the Stamford box, but Ross Whalin pushed his shot wide.
Stamford’s assistant manager Gary Stones said: “We were very poor.
“For the first 30 minutes we were just better in terms of possession but didn’t do anything about it and that gave them hope. In the second, we didn’t create anything. “We have a lot of quality players but there was no urgency. Ryan Whitehurst did not get a lot of quality balls to him but he worked hard and Tyrone had a good first half. But he hardly had a touch in the second half.
“It’s really disappointing for the fans, the chairman and the committee.”
The Daniels face bottom side Shepshed Dynamo away on Friday evening and then host league leaders Grantham Town at the Premier Kitchens Arena on Easter Monday.
Stones added: “We have to keep going and take it one match to the next.”
Stamford: Ross Whalin, Luke Garton, Joe Pheasant, Wayne Diuk, Dean Whiley, Robbie Maddox (Scott Mooney), Nathan Watson, Danny Brooks (Jared Holmes), Bruno Holden, Ryan Whitehurst (Nick Ghislanzoni), Tyrone Kirk.