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Stamford AFC exit the FA Trophy

By Rob Byrne

Action from Stamford AFC v Halesowen Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151021-152912001
Action from Stamford AFC v Halesowen Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-151021-152912001

Stamford AFC were dumped out of the FA Trophy first qualifying round after losing 2-1 to lower league opposition Carlton Town.

Kieran Walker buried a header in the net in the 82nd minute with the scores tied at 1-1 to give the victory to the Evo-Stik First Division South side.

Once again goals were a problem for Stamford and the one they did get was actually scored by a Carlton player.

Anthony Howell gave Carlton the lead at their Bill Stokeld Stadium in the 26th minute but eight minutes after the break Conor Green headed the ball into his own net to give Stamford a way back into the game. But the side, short of confidence, could not take it.

Stamford were unable to settle into their game early on due to the hosts hassling them off the ball,

Richard Knight was called into action from a free kick, given away by Dominic McGarr for a drag back on Romello Nangle, and the Stamford keeper had to be alert to get across his goal and palm away an effort heading into the top left corner of the goal.

The Daniels were given a warning of what was to come when Carlton had the ball in the back of the net after a rare fumble from Knight, after a goalmouth scramble Daniel Fletcher converted but he was ruled offside.

McGarr had a good chance for Stamford, heading a corner goalwards only to see it deflect to safety.

Daniel Gordon was causing real problems down the flank for the homeside and it was he who got the assist for the opening goal.

Josh Rae earned a free kick and delivered the ball into the box from the set piece and skipper Anthony Howell rose highest to head the ball into the back of the net. Knight got a piece of it but could only push the ball onto the underside of the bar.

In the closing moments of the half Gordon was played through one-on-one with Knight but he pushed his effort wide.

Having served his six match suspension Jordan Smith went straight back into the Stamford starting line-up and he set-up the equalising goal, whipping a cross that Green got all wrong, looping his header into the top corner of his own net rather than clear as intended.

Both sides had chances to take the lead, Knight saved brilliant from a Kieran Walker header, tipping the ball around past the near post for a corner.

Smith then went close for Stamford but could not find the target.

Once again Daniels goalkeeper Knight did not deserve to be on the losing side. He saved a shot from distance from Josh Rae but could only push the ball away for a corner. From that corner Jake Wholey delivered the ball into the box and Walker converted.

Stamford chased for an equaliser to earn a replay but failed to create any real chances of merit.

The lose is Stamford’s fourth in a row and means they have now won just one game in the last 12.

The Daniels will look to end that run of results when they return to league action on Saturday, welcoming Nantwich Town to the Zeeco Stadium. Kick-off 3pm.

Carlton Town: Jack Steggles, Conor Green, Jake Wholey, Kieran Walker, Elliot Hodgett-Young, Tom McConway, Josh Rae, Anthony Howell (C), Danny Fletcher (Kevin Lusamba 88), Romello Nangle (Niall Davie 90+4), Daniel Gordon (Romaine Graham 75).

Unused Subs: Josh Marshall, Reece Fyfe.

Stamford: Richard Knight, Ellis Myles, Nathan Fox, Will Rawdon, Dominic McGarr, Lewis Carr, Nathan Hicks, Tom McGowan, Andrew Phillips, Jon Challinor (C), Jordan Smith.

Subs: Dalton Bettley, Shaun Richards, Dan Clements, Arron Hassall, Daniel Perry.

Attendance: 96

Referee: Christopher Akers


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