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Stamford win to give themselves hope of beating the drop

By John Evely

Action from Stamford AFC v Salford City. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-161204-112019001
Action from Stamford AFC v Salford City. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-161204-112019001

Stamford AFC gave themselves the faintest hope of surviving the drop from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League last night with a 4-1 victory away at Skelmersdale United.

The Daniels went behind in just the second minute of the match when Max Hazeldine struck for the hosts. However Jordan Smith responded for the visitors just two minutes later to make it all square.

Stamford, knowing anything less than a win would see them relegated, went on the attack and they got their reward. Jake Newman put the in the lead after 25 minutes and Greg Smith made it 3-1 at the break with a goal in the 33rd minute. In the second half the outstanding Lee Beeson, who had a hand in all three of the first half goals, put his name on the scoresheet shortly after the hour mark.

Meanwhile Whitby Town, who were also battling to avoid finishing in the bottom four of the league, looked to be in trouble when they went 1-0 down to Barwell when Sam Hollis struck on the half hour mark. But the seasiders levelled through Dale Hopson and then Barwell were reduced to 10 men allowing Whitby to take the lead in the 63rd minute through Adam Gell and hold on to ensure their place in the league next season.

With Hyde United losing 4-0 to Nantwich Town on Monday night, Stamford are now up to 21st position, three points behind Mickleover Sports who play Nantwich tonight.

If Mickleover Sports lose tonight the whole season will come down to a final day showdown between the two relegation scrapping sides at the Zeeco Stadium on Saturday with goal difference the key factor.

Mickleover are currently six goals better off, meaning Stamford could really do with them not only losing tonight but losing heavily.

If it should come down to the final day of the season it will be a strange deja vu for the club who only escaped relegation last season with a 3-2 comeback win against Witton Albion.

Stamford AFC: Paul Bastock, Taron Hare, Ollie Luto, Jon Challinor (c), Tom Batchelor, Curtis Hartley, Lee Beeson, Jake Duffy, Greg Smith, Jake Newman, Jordan Smith.

Substitutes: Sam Downey, Jack Wightwick, Callum Rzonca, Chris Hamilton.

Skelmersdale United: Marton Fearon, Phil Mooney, Kenny Strickland (c), Tony Rendell, Ian Rowlands, Michael Brewster, Dylan Vassallo, Paul Woolcott, Max Hazeldine, Vincent Bailey, Chris Almond.

Substitutes: Tony Donaldson, Ronnie McCarthy, Shaun Tuck, Shaun Holden.

Referee: Matt Donohue

Attendance: 182


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