Team spirit ensures a ‘fantastic’ night for Daniels

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The Daniels’ dressing room celebrations could be heard throughout the ground after Friday’s play-off victory secured promotion for Stamford.

Goals from Danny Brooks and Ricky Miller sealed a 2-1 win against Chasetown with fans pouring on the pitch at the final whistle.

Goalscorer Ricky Miller in action for Stamford against Chasetown

Goalscorer Ricky Miller in action for Stamford against Chasetown

Scorer of the winning goal, Miller said: “The dressing room is bouncing. It feels fantastic.

“At the semi-final at Belper we were two down but everyone stuck together and we got there in the end - it has been a brilliant week.”

Skipper Richard Jones, who was named man-of-the-match, said: “I have never experienced anything like this. It’s an overwhelming sense of happiness.”

After a bright start, with Brooks’ 4th minute thunderbolt of a free kick, Stamford’s momentum was disrupted by a long period of treatment to Chasetown captain Richard Teesdale. The visitors built up their own head of steam with Gary Hay levelling with a low shot from the edge of the box in the 17th minute.

Stamford were under sustained pressure as the first half drew to a close but came out on the front foot in the second with a classy winner in the 83rd minute.

Ben Saunders turned in the centre of the pitch and played a diagonal ball to Miller, who cut inside from the right and drove the crucial goal low, left-footed into the corner past to Ryan Price.

Jones added: “The crowd really got behind us at half time and kept our spirits up - it really helped.

“In the first half, Chasetown were the better side but we dealt with them comfortably in the second and Ricky steps up when it counts.”

Assistant manager David Staff added: “It was a fantastic performance and I am delighted for the club. I don’t think it has really sunk in yet.

“The whole season came down to one game. I’m gutted for Chasetown but so proud of our lads. We have some players who really perform in the big games.

“It will be a tough league next season but we have shown in cup games that we can stand up against teams from a higher level.”