Gallery: Daniels’ final match at Wothorpe Road

The last home game for Stamford Daniels  at the Vic Couzens Stadium, Wothorpe Road  Action from the game versus Rushall Olympic Daniels SECOND goal EMN-141123-170613009 EMN-141123-170613009
The last home game for Stamford Daniels at the Vic Couzens Stadium, Wothorpe Road Action from the game versus Rushall Olympic Daniels SECOND goal EMN-141123-170613009 EMN-141123-170613009
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Stamford AFC ended their 118-year association with their Wothorpe Road ground with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Rushall Olympic.

The Daniels were keen to end a poor run of form in their final match before the long-awaited move to their new Zeeco Stadium in Ryhall Road.

And the 410 fans in attendance on Saturday were not left waiting long as top scorer Ryan Robbins made the most of a pass from Kettering Town loanee Josh Moreman to put the Daniels ahead inside two minutes.

The goal seemed to lift the pressure on the home side, who doubled their lead before half time when Dan Lawler flicked on a free kick. And Stamford went on to control much of the second half, with Nabil Shariff putting a flourish on the scoreline after a fast counter attack just before the hour.

The Daniels had more chances to add to their lead. Striker Moreman, who was signed on a month-long loan on Friday, was inches away from scoring himself, while Lewis Carr headed wide.

And manager David Staff even made a last-minute cameo to the delight of the home support.

Staff, whose side moved one place above their visitors to 15th in the EvoStik Northern Premier League with Saturday’s win, could not find fault with the performance.

“The players knew what a big game it was,” he said. “We had been struggling a bit at home. But things finally clicked and it worked really well.

“There was lots of energy and it was a performance befitting of the game. It was nice for everyone to go out on a high.”

The victory put an end to a woeful run of results. The Daniels had lost the last three league games and had not won a match at home since August 25.

Staff outlined the importance of getting the first goal for his players. He said: “Recently we have been going a goal down so many times and that has been tough for us. It makes it really hard.

“But we got off to a perfect start and that settled some nerves. We were well worthy of a comfortable victory.”

The signing of Moreman and the return of Jordan Smith from international duty with Antigua and Barbuda were a definite boost for the Daniels, adding energy and enterprise.

The only downside on a historic day for the club was an injury to Robbins, who confirmed on Twitter that he had broken a bone in his ankle. Staff said he would look to boost the Daniels’ forward options over the coming weeks.

Stamford have a week’s rest before playing Witton Albion away at 3pm on Saturday next week. They play the first match at the Zeeco Stadium against Nantwich Town on December 13.

Staff hopes the new pitch will lend itself to good football. He added: “We need to use this win as a catalyst.”

Photos: Geoff Atton and David Lowndes.