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Stamford impress at new ground opening

By Rob Byrne

Stamford AFC's first game at the new Zeeco Stadium against Nantwich Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141215-130303001
Stamford AFC's first game at the new Zeeco Stadium against Nantwich Town. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-141215-130303001

Bourne Town edged a close contest at Latimer Park 1-0 to pick up only their second away win of the campaign and their first for three months against Burton Park Wanders in the UCL Division One.

Stamford twice came from behind to earn a point in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League tie thanks to goals from Jorrin John and man of the match Jordan Smith.

Daniels manager David Staff said: “For the club I thought it was a great day. There was a good attendance and everyone seemed to like what they saw and had a good time. I know the players did.

“It was a good occasion and I am glad we were able to deliver something on the pitch.”

“I think we grew into the game. I was disappointed with how we defended in the first half. Defensively we were not tight enough on our men. We were lucky in the first half we weren’t behind by more.

“Both teams had a lot of chances. It was great for a neutral but not so good for a manager.”

Despite having to make changes because of injuries Stamford finished the match the stronger side and had it gone on any longer looked likely to get a winner. Which is miraculous considering consistency is often the secret to success in sport and Stamford have simply had none of it because of their on-going injury nightmare.

Staff pointed out that by the end of the match on Saturday, the entire back four, goalkeeper and three of his midfielders were different to the side that ran out at Nantwich earlier in the season.

And the injuries continued to mount up at the weekend with full back Gareth Jellyman sustaining medial ligament damage which will keep him out of action for a number of weeks.

Staff said: “It is killing us because there is no consistency.

The Stamford boss said he might bring in a couple more players in the next couple of weeks to provide cover during one of the most important times in the season which sees Stamford play four games in the space of eight days.

The good news is Daniels skipper Richard Jones is likely to be back for the long trip to Workington tomorrow. The central defender left the field with concussion on Saturday after a nasty head clash but has responded well to the injury and should be available.

The FA protocol dictates a player only has to miss a precautionary six days and Jones has responded well to tests carried out.

Staff said: “It is our longest trip of the year and it is always tough up there. If we can get anything from that game it will be a positive.”

The Daniels begin their defence of the Lincolnshire senior trophy by taking on Spalding United at the Zeeco stadium on Tuesday, January 20. Kick off 7.45 pm


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