Stamford AFC beat Corby Town in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division
Stamford made a winning start to 2022 to move back into the play-off places with an emphatic away victory at Corby Town on New Year's Day.
They ran out 4-0 winners in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division match to get their push for promotion firmly back on track.
Three goals in eight first half minutes laid the foundations for the victory with Jack Duffy, Cameron Johnson and Jake Duffy all on target in the opening period.
Jack Duffy then added his second of the game and Stamford's fourth after the break to ensure a winning ways following the Bank Holiday defeat against Yaxley.
Stamford were boosted by the return of Cosmos Matwasa to their squad following the defeat at home to the Cuckoos on Monday.
However, Joe Burgess, James Blunden and Stacey Freeman were all absent as the Daniels set their sights on a return to winning ways after the ending of their 11-match unbeaten run over the festive period.
Corby came into the contest on the back of a six-match losing streak and Stamford looked to assert their authority on proceedings in the early exchanges.
They created a couple of good chances in the first forays as Jake Duffy and Morgan linked up well in the opening minutes only for debutant home goalkeeper Ben Heath to make a fine save to thwart Morgan.
Heath then produced a top-drawer save to tip away a volley from Cosmos Matwasa at full stretch following Johnson's cross.
Corby started to come more into the contest as the half wore on with Gary Mulligan heading straight at Dan Haystead following a corner before the Steelmen were struck by a triple whammy of goals from Stamford in eight minutes.
Jake and Jack Duffy combined well on the edge of the home box with Jake's shot then falling invitingly for Jack to drill home the opening goal.
The lead was then doubled two minutes later as Johnson started the move with Peter Abimbola's attempted interception falling kindly for the Stamford striker to take full advantage and race clear to slot home past Heath.
Stamford's third goal then arrived after 39 minutes just moments after Matwasa had seen his effort rattle the underside of the home crossbar.
Corby failed to clear their lines from the follow-up and Jake Duffy pounced to round Heath and tap home a goal against his former club.
The Steelmen briefly rallied in the final stage of the first half with Sean Wright and Mike Armstrong making a couple of crucial blocks to ensure Stamford held their three-goal advantage at the break.
Corby looked for a way back into the contest at the start of the second period and ex-Stamford striker Elliot Sandy was unable to get a clean connection on a cross from Apindia Kamy Gille who had made a lively burst into the box.
But it was Stamford who put the contest beyond doubt after 64 minutes with an excellent move involving Jake Duffy, Harry Vince and Morgan who worked the ball out to Tendai Chitiza and his cross was headed home by Jack Duffy for his second of the afternoon.
Vince then brought a decent save out of Heath with a well-struck shot while Lewis White produced a last-ditch tackle to prevent substitute Michael Frew from breaking clear with the goalkeeper also saving well from a Bartle header as Stamford ran out comfortable winners.
Corby: Heath, Hartley, Gille, Gee, White, Mulligan, Furey, Abimbola, Sandy, Connor, O'Brien. Subs not used: Brittain, Grubor (GK), Anderson, McAlinden.
Stamford: Haystead, Matwasa (Goncalves), Bartle, Vince, Wright, Armstrong, Chitiza, Jake Duffy, Jack Duffy (Frew), Morgan, Johnson (Challinor). Subs not used: Hakeem.