Hard-fought draw keeps Stamford in play-off pack

Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson saw a first half effort hit the upright as Stamford drew 0-0 at Sheffield. Photo: LEE HELLWING
Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson saw a first half effort hit the upright as Stamford drew 0-0 at Sheffield. Photo: LEE HELLWING
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Stamford maintained their place in the Evo-Stik League Division One South play-off places after a hard-fought 0-0 draw at Sheffield on Saturday.

The Daniels handed a debut to new signing Callum Ball and the former Barwell striker had the best chance of the early exchanges after a clearance had landed the frontman’s feet.

Stamford - who were missing injured centre-half Delroy Gordon - spent large part of the half on the offensive and Ball saw a volley kept out by home goalkeeper Louis Jones with Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson firing the rebound against the upright.

Sheffield responded and hit the post themselves five minutes before half-time with a low strike from Andrew Gascoigne.

The hosts then went agonisingly close again when Daniels goalkeeper Dan Haystead thwarted Rob Worrall whose follow up from an acute angle again hit the upright.

Stamford created a couple of openings after the break with Liam Adams and Fortnam-Tomlinson both going close.

Adam Chapman then smashed a free-kick inches over for the hosts as the two sides played out a second successive draw following the 2-2 stalemate at the Zeeco Stadium earlier this season with Stamford keeping their 14th clean sheet of the season.

Stamford: Haystead, George, Putnam, Morgan, Eze, Armstrong, Smith, Challinor, Ball, Adams, Fortnam-Tomlinson. Subs: Duffy, Hollis, Brown-Hill.

Attendance: 229.

Match report and reaction in Friday’s Mercury.