Stamford 2 Carlton Town 2
NEW signing Harry Deane has made an immediate impact scoring twice against play-off hopefuls Carlton Town on Tuesday evening.
Deane’s brace won him the man-of-the-match award after an entertaining draw at the Vic Couzens Stadium – the Daniels’ ninth draw at home this season.
Stamford’s only planned change from the weekend’s draw against Romulus was the recall of Ryan Oliver in place of injured namesake Dean, but a pre-match ankle injury to Lee Beeson forced another change with Dan Cotton drafted into the starting 11.
After a quiet opening, Carlton had the first noteworthy attempt on goal after 10 minutes when a rolled free kick was fired fiercely goalward by Terry Hawkridge, only to find Chris Wright perfectly placed to save.
Stamford replied with a quick counter attack, Nick Jackson’s well timed tackle winning possession with Cotton’s ball over the defence finding Oliver whose lob was too high. Jamie Clarke then headed wide from an inviting cross by Matt Evans.
Carlton took the lead with a fortuitous goal after 20 minutes. Lavell White’s pass found Hawkridge breaking on the left. Wright left his line to block the shot but it rebounded off the visiting player into the net.
The Daniels rallied with Miles Chamberlain heading over from a corner and they were level on the half hour with a stunning 25 yard strike from youngster Harry Deane, scoring his first goal for the club and a contender for goal of the season.
Wright was forced to react smartly to reach Andy Toyne’s underhit back pass before an opponent, but just before the break Toyne was involved in more positive action at the other end firing against the post.
Stamford were rocked in the dying seconds of the half as Josh Thornton unleashed another bullet from 30 yards although home players appealed unsuccessfully for a foul in the build up.
The Daniels didn’t deserve to be trailing and they were again on terms five minutes after the break, Deane coming up with a smart far post finish to convert Jackson’s cross from the left.
Peterborough United youngster Matthew Cook, signed on work experience on deadline day, replaced Evans at right back and his free kick found Chamberlain whose header was kept out by a reflex save from Danny Marshall in the Carlton goal.
Both sides went for the win in the closing stages with Massiah McDonald and Ashley Kitchen going close for the visitors and Marshall thwarting Toyne who timed his run perfectly to collect a Cotton pass.
Neither side was able to snatch a decider though and on balance a point apiece was about right.
Stamford: Wright, Evans (Cook 55), Jackson, Tiyne, Chamberlain, Parker, Cotton, Millson, R. Oliver. Clarke, Deane (Sedgemore 88). Subs not used: Burkett, Frecklington.
Match Sponsor: Paul Johnson Property Consultants.
Man of the Match: Deane.
l THE Daniels continue their run of home games on Saturday when Brigg visit the Vic Couzens Stadium for a 3pm start in the EvoStik League Division One South. On Tuesday Stamford travel to Glapwell; kick off 7.45pm.
The Daniels will be without midfield star Lee Beeson for the remainder of the season following Saturday’s injury during the pre-match warm-up. They have also lost the services of centre back Paul Malone.
Malone, who turned down a move to Kings Lynn, has transferred to Conference North side Corby for a four figure fee, with further payments based on appearances and future transfers.
Coming in to the Vic Couzens Stadium was Corby’s Jack Drury, signing as cover goalkeeper, defender or midfielder. Matthew Cook signed from Peterborough United on work experience, and England Colleges cap Max Avory has put pen to paper, signing for the senior side.
l THE Daniels Independent Supporters Club (DISC) are staging a Race Night in the clubhouse after Saturday’s match.