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 Deadly finishing blows away Lincoln


Stamford

6

Lincoln United

0

Richard Jones (6)

     

Ryan Robbins (14, 77)

     

Richard Wesley (37, 45)

     

Keiran Arthur (86)

     

 

Deadly first half finishing blew away Lincoln as Stamford gave their confidence a much needed boost with this first round Doodson Cup victory against Lincoln United.

 

The Daniels came into this game off the back of three disappointing league defeats, culminating in that six-goal mauling at Worksop, and, with a host of ex players in the Lincoln side, an upset might have been on the cards.

Although it wasn’t the most convincing of displays, especially in the first half, Stamford’s clinical finishing was the difference between the sides.

 

Captain Richard Jones rose above ex teammate Tom Batchelor to guide home a Liam Richardson free-kick after just six minutes to settle nerves. But Lincoln then had  a good spell and Will Jones, in the Daniels’ goal, saved well with his legs to deny Sean Cann after the United striker had burst clear.

Will Jones was again involved as he half blocked Joshua Bowden's effort and Nathan Haines was on hand to block the second ball.

 

'Finishing with power'


Stamford then doubled the lead in their second real attack. Jordan Smith flicked on to David Moyo on the half way line. He played a gem of a ball to Ryan Robbins who sprinted clear before cutting inside and finishing with power into the bottom corner.

 

Again Lincoln responded positively. Cann shot powerfully but straight into the grateful arms of Jones after he cut inside too easily for Stamford’s liking. Soon after Cann chipped fractionally over with Jones beaten after excellent play from another former Daniel, Sean Wright.

 

However, back at the other end, Stamford’s pace was a constant threat and Richard Wesley added a third when he waltzed in from the right hand touchline and was able to pick his spot.

The same player made it 4-0 just before the break, this time easily cutting in from the left and placing a right foot shot into the bottom corner. Incredibly, Stamford had scored with all four of their shots on target in the half.

 

'Morale boosting clean sheet'


Lincoln changed ‘keepers at half time and substitute Craig Turner was called into early action to beat away a rasping drive from the tireless Jordan Smith. Chances proved to be few and far between as Lincoln ran out of steam and Stamford looked to keep a much needed morale boosting clean sheet.

 

With just 13 minutes to go Robbins grabbed his fifth with a thunderous shot into the roof of the net on the volley from a tight angle after a Shawn Richards cross was flicked into his path by Batchelor.

Soon after, David Staff bought on last year’s under 18 captain, Kieran Arthur, for Moyo and he made it a dream debut as he calmly slotted home a Richards cross with four minutes to go.

 

Just before that another former Stamford player Danny Brooks – the scorer of that thunderbolt of a free-kick in last year’s play-off final - delivered a trademark powerhouse shot with his left foot but it was too close to Will Jones who gathered comfortably.

In the last action of the game, Wesley was denied a hat-trick by another good save from Turner after a smart turn on the edge of the area.

 

Stamford should now go into Saturday’s crunch Northern Premier League match against Trafford with renewed confidence as they look to build some momentum.

 

STAMFORD: Will Jones, Shawn Richards, Richard Wesley, Nathan Haines (Jon Challinor), Richard Jones, Ryan Walker (Ashley Robinson), Dan Lawlor, Liam Richardson, David Moyo (Kieran Arthur), Jordan Smith, Ryan Robbins. Subs Not used: James Dalby and Ashley Townsend.

 

LINCOLN: Nathan Burrows (Craig Turner), Ian Wilkins, Jason Field, Stuart Reddington, Tom Batchelor, Sean Wright, Matt O’Halloran, Danny Brooks, Joshua Bowden, Sean Cann, Paul Mayo. SUBS: Chris Funnell and Sam Wilkinson.

 

Photos by Geoff Atton

 

Stamford

Match Stats

Lincoln United

     

13

Total Shots

12

8

Shots On Target

3

5

Shots Off Target

6

0

Shots Blocked

3

6

Free Kicks

3

5

Corners

5

4

Offside

1

0

Yellow Cards

0

0

Red Cards

0

 


Published: 13/11/2013





 
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