Nabil Shariff was the hero of the day for Stamford Daniels as his 90th minute goal sealed an important 2-1 home win over in form Ashton United on Saturday.
Ryan Robbins gave Stamford the lead in just the fourth minute when he picked himself up to score a penalty after he had been fouled in the area by Ashton keeper Paul Phillips.
The Daniels led until the 83rd minute when United substitute Lee Rick looked to have snatch a point for his side when he drive a 25 yard free kick past Stamford keeper Will Jones.
Jones, who started ahead of the injured Alex Lynch, had to be at his best to defend Stamford’s lead for so long.
In the first half both teams were reduced to ten men. Ashton lost Matt Kosylo to a second yellow but the Daniels’ Jordan Smith was soon to follow after an altercation in midfield.
Stamford responded well to Ashton’s goal and pushed forward in search of a winner.
Shariff went close before getting the winner, hitting the post with a strike which just bounced out of reach of Charlie Binns.
But on 90 minutes Shariff was on the spot to put the ball in off the post and send the crowd at the Vic Couzerns stadium into raptures.
The win ended Ashton’s impressive eight-match unbeaten run came and move the Daniels up to 18th in the league with rivals Witton Albion losing 4-2 at Blyth Spartans and Frickley Athletic going down 3-1 at home to Matlock Town.
Stamford have a chance to cap a fine week tonight when they take on derby rivals Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Shield semi-final.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm at the South Kesteven Sports Centre.
STAMFORD: Will Jones, Jon Challinor, Jason Field, Jack Ashton (Lewis Carr), Richard Jones, Emeka Ndadike, Dan Lawlor, Jordan Smith, Nabil Shariff (Ashley Robinson) Shawn Richards, Ryan Robbins (Charlie Binns). Sub not used: David Staff.
ASHTON: Paul Phillips, Chris Lynch, Greg Pearson, Jay Gorton, Jack Wiggins, Ashley Young, Matty Kosylo, Aaron Chalmers (Lee Rick), Martin Pilkington (Joe O’Neil), Dale Johnson, Kayde Coppin (Matt Chadwick).