Stamford comeback to win at Lincoln United in FA Cup qualifying

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Stamford AFC came back from being a goal down to beat Lincoln United 3-2 away from home on Saturday to progress into the FA Cup qualifying round two.

Lincoln went 1-0 up after 25 minutes but the Daniels scored three goals in four minutes just before half-time.

United went ahead through Andrew Hutchison after a good ball over the top caught out the Daniels’ defence and put the striker in one-one-one with Andy Stevens in the Stamford net and the striker won the duel on that occasion.

They levelled on 41 minutes through Jordan Smith after a great run by Nabil Shariff.

Then two minutes later Ryan Robbins went on a magnificent run from the halfway line into the box and slotted it past the keeper. It was a moment of sheer class by Stamford’s most dangerous striker, who had been an injury doubt after rolling his ankle last week.

Shariff netted their third on the stroke of half-time from the penalty spot after Jon Challinor had been brought down by former Stamford defender Jason Field.

Lincoln closed the gap on 65 minutes from the penalty spot through Daniels Brooks after a foul in the box but Stamford held on to beat the side one league below them.

Stamford were due to play Belper tomorrow (Tuesday) night but the game has been postponed due to their 3-3 draw with Coalville in the FA Cup, requiring them to replay the tie midweek.

The draw for the second qualifying round of the FA Cup will be held today (Monday).

STAMFORD: Andy Stevens, Ellis Myles, Nathan Fox, Lewis Carr, Richard Jones (c), Tom McGowan, Nabil Shariff, Matt Cotton, Jordan Smith, Jon Challinor, Ryan Robbins

Substitute: Ryan Clarke, Emeke Nwadike, Dan Lawlor, Dalton Bettles, David Staff.

Attendance: 151