Own goal and penalty cost Daniels at leaders Chorley

Stamford Daniels v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton
Stamford Daniels v Matlock Town. Photo: Geoff Atton
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Stamford AFC were beaten 3-0 away at new league leaders Chorley on Saturday.

The Daniels have dropped to 20th, just one place above the relegation zone in the Evo-Stik Premier North, after the away loss.

The win sent Chorley back to the top of the standings.

Chorley, who are promotion favourites, were on top for much of the game but only led 1-0 at half time thanks to a Daniel Lawlor own goal.

After the break but two goals from in for striker James Dean condemned Stamford to their first league loss of 2014.

Chorley started strongly at The Chorley Group Victory Park Stradium, and only an acrobatic save by Stamford keeper Alex Lynch kept Keiran Walmsley’s curling free-kick out just four minutes into the game.

Lynch was kept busy in the Stamford goal, saving from Jack Dorney, scooping a Whitham header around the post and tipping a Paul Jarvis corner over his bar.

However he was finally beaten by his own player. A whipped in corner was deflected off Lawlor’s head into the bottom corner.

On 40 minutes Stamford’s Ryan Robbins had a chance to level the scores after he latched onto a misplaced pass. However the striker wasted the chance, shooting wide.

Stamford responded to going behind after the break with Robbins, Nabil Shariff and Shawn Richards causing the Magpies defence problems.

A great run by Jordan Smith opened up the Chorley defence and created a shooting opportunity but the ball sailed over the bar.

Stamford’s latest signing, 35-year-old midfielder Emeka Nwdike, made his debut after the break when he replaced Dan Lawlor.

However the Daniels’ shot themselves in the foot by conceding a penalty on 64 minutes.

Chorley broke and before Magpies midfielder Jake Cottrell could shoot for goal he was taken out by Ryan Walker.

Lynch got a hand to Dean’s penalty but could not prevent the forceful strike going in.

The closest Stamford came to scoring all game was when Jason Field saw a wind assisted corner bounce off the cross bar.

Dean notched his fifteenth goal of the season four minutes from the end to make the final score 3-0.

Chorley: Sam Ashton, Keiran Walmsley, Paul Jarvis, Mark Ross, Keil O’Brien, Jake Cottrell, Chris Almond, Paul Woolcott, James Dean, Dale Whitham, Jack Dorney

Subs: Adam Roscoe, Darren Stephenson, Jamie Vermiglio, Simon Wiles, Aaron Grundy

Stamford: Alex Lynch, Lewis Carr, Jason Field, Ryan Walker, Richard Jones, Charlie Binns, Daniel Lawlor, Shawn Richards, Nabil Shariff, Jordan Smith, Ryan Robbins

Subs: Ashley Robinson, Alvin Jarvis, Liam Richardson, Emeka Nwadike, David Staff

Attendance: 875