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Stamford can move into the Northern Premier League Midlands Division play-off places if they are victorious from a tricky trip to Sporting Khalsa tonight (Tuesday).

The Daniels travel to face the 11th-placed Willenhall-based side looking to pick up the three points that would take them into fifth spot ahead of Coleshill on goal difference.

They go into the midweek match having continued their great goalscoring form at the Zeeco Stadium as they brushed aside Daventry Town on Saturday.

Stamford celebrate Saturday's success over Daventry. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249547)
Stamford celebrate Saturday's success over Daventry. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249547)

The 5-1 victory means the Daniels have now scored 16 goals at home in the last three Northern Premier League Midlands Division games.

There were two changes to the starting line up compared to the draw at Histon as Mike Armstrong and Cosmos Matwasa came in for Sean Wright and Zayn Hakeem.

It was the visitors who started the best and forced a couple of early corners which were easily dealt with.

Stamford first shot on target came on 14 minutes when Tendai Chitiza met a Jake Duffy free kick but his effort was blocked on the line.

Daventry then took the lead on 21 minutes when a cross from the right was met by Joel Nketia and he powered a header past Dan Wallis.

After a lack-lustre start by the Daniels, going behind seemed to spark them into life.

Connor Bartle bursts forward against Daventry. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249550)
Connor Bartle bursts forward against Daventry. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249550)

First Jack Duffy had a shot that missed the target before he set up Cameron Johnson who managed to sky his effort with the goal at his mercy.

Stamford levelled just after the half hour mark when James Blunden met a Jake Duffy corner and the ball sailed into the top corner of the net.

They then took the lead a few minutes later when Johnson crossed from the right and Chitiza was able to slot the ball home from close range.

In the second half, Stamford continued on the front foot and they added a third on 54 minutes when a cross from the left was headed back by a combination of Matwasa and Jack Duffy for Harry Vince to hook the ball home.

Within second of the restart, Stamford had a fourth as, from the kick-off, the ball was played back to a Daventry defender and Jack Duffy disposed the player and slotted the ball past the stranded keeper.

Daventry missed a great opportunity to get a goal back midway through the second half as a cross from the left was missed by the Daniels back line and Nat Gosnal-Tyler fired his shot past Wallis but his effort came back off the post and the rebound was blazed over the bar.

Cosmos Matwasa looks to create an opening. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249555)
Cosmos Matwasa looks to create an opening. Photo: Rob O'Brien (53249555)

Stamford then rounded off the scoring with their fifth goal as Jake Duffy delivered a corner from the left and Jack Duffy rose highest to head the ball past James Martin in the Daventry goal.

As the clock ran down there was still time for more efforts on goal from Rob Morgan and Connor Bartle which the Daventry defence managed to repel.

Stamford: Wallis, Armstrong, Bartle, Blunden, Freeman, Chitiza (Hakeem), Jake Duffy, Vince (Morgan), Jack Duffy, Matwasa (Goncalves), Johnson. Subs not used: Wright, Butterworth.

Attendance: 344.



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