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Stamford Lions are beaten by Crowland Town in a Peterborough League Premier Division match



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Stamford Lions' first game back after the new year got off to a bad start as positive Covid-19 tests and symptoms to several players meant they travelled to Crowland with the bare 11 players.

Things didn't improve in the Peterborough League Premier Division clash as 15 minutes into the match, a cross deflected off Tom Fearns and flew into the net past stand-in keeper Sean Edwards to give the home side a 1-0 lead.

Lions rallied well and soon created changes of their own as Ollie Edwards fired a left-foot shot that flew through a crowd of players and went inches wide before Dom Butkus wrong-footed the Crowland keeper but saw his effort cleared off the line by a defender.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190425)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190425)

At the other end, Lions defender Curtis Mayoh did well to prevent a goalscoring opportunity with a well-timed last ditch tackle.

Crowland took the 1-0 lead into the half-time break and the home side set a quicker tempo at the start of the second period.

Edwards pulled off a good save early in the second half and then faced a penalty after Jorden Bailey-Smith slid into a tackle and caught Crowland frontman Dan Firth.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190457)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190457)

Firth rose from the foul and took the spot-kick, but Edwards guessed right and saved low to his left to keep Lions in the game.

The penalty save seemed to energise the Stamford side who had a spell as the more dominant team.

Fearns had a shot bravely charged down by a defender before Butkus was kept out by a fine save from the Crowland keeper.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190462)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190462)

After squandering several half chances, Lions finally had the ball in the net when Edwards floated in a deep cross that Zac Treweek timed perfectly and smashed his shot past the keeper.

However, an offside flag was raised and, after protests from both sides, it was declared that Butkus was in an offside position as the ball was crossed over his head and the goal was chalked off.

The disappointment for Stamford was soon compounded when Crowland’s forward Harry Grigas rifled in a superb 20-yard screamer that flew into the top corner to double the lead.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190467)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190467)

If the Stamford side were feeling hard done by then, they were made to feel worse as with literally the last kick of the match, Grigas doubled his tally with another excellent strike that nestled in the bottom corner to condemn the Lions to a 3-0 defeat.

Lions manager James Sheehan commented: "3-0 feels extremely harsh, but this is the story.

"I feel we are repeating ourselves. We do well and compete for long spells of matches, yet it just seems impossible to keep the ball out of our net and very difficult to get a goal ourselves.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190471)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190471)

"We travelled with a depleted side, as many teams are facing currently, as we cannot risk lads that feel unwell or are waiting on test results which is frustrating, but we are certainly not alone with that issue.

"On the pitch, we have now had six of our last seven games away in a very tough set of matches.

"We have had good spells in all these games and all we can do is work hard, bring through the younger players and look to better things to come.”

Lions are back in action on home soil at the weekend when they entertain Moulton Harrox.

Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190474)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190474)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190476)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190476)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190428)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190428)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190430)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190430)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190432)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190432)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190438)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190438)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190440)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190440)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190446)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190446)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190448)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190448)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190450)
Crowland were 3-0 winners against Stamford Lions on Saturday. Photo: Chris Lowndes (54190450)


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