Stamford AFC were beaten by a quick-fire double by Buxton’s Bradley Barraclough on Saturday, going down 3-1 away from home in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League.
The defeat ended a run of three wins on the bounce for Stamford and left them just one point clear of the drop zone on Saturday night.
Both sides started brightly and had early chances to open the scoring. Buxton’s Jamie Green delivered a curling free kick into the box and Barraclough managed to get his head to it but he could only steer the ball wide of the post.
At the other end of the field Jake Newman forced a good save out of goalkeeper Myles Wright when he struck a fierce shot at the custodian which took two attempts to hold onto.
But it was Buxton’s new centre-back signing Chris Salt who gave the hosts the lead in the 21st minute when he headed home an in-swinging corner from Green.
Trailing 1-0 at the break the balance of the game tipped in Stamford’s favour early in the second half. Having seen a low cross just hacked off the line Buxton’s Alastair Taylor was shown a red card on the hour mark for an ugly tackle on Olly Luto.
It took just three minutes with an extra man for the Daniels to level the score through in-form striker Newman who scored from close range, sliding the ball under the goalkeeper.
Stamford were now pushing and with 20 minutes to go Greg Smith just put a header from a corner over the cross-bar. The away side were creating chances but couldn’t finish them.
They were made to pay for it as well. Moments later Barraclough scored a great individual goal to put his side ahead against the odds. He picked up the ball 40 yards out and sped past Sam Hill before despatching a low effort into the far corner.
Stamford almost replied in kind immediately but failed to score. Once again man of the match Barraclough punished them for it. He pressured the Daniels into giving away a corner and then converted from a great flag kick by substitute Alex Wiles in the 73rd minute.
With the game slipping away Daniels manager Graham Drury pushed big centre-back Paul Malone up front as another target man.
Jake Duffy had the best chance to claw his side back into the game when he was played clean through on goal but he scuffed his shot to end another promising move.
Stamford remain in 20th spot in the league, now just one point clear of the relegation zone after Whitby Town (21st) beat Colwyn Bay (23rd) 2-0 on Saturday. Mickleover Sports’ (22nd) 1-1 draw with Marine (19th) was a decent result for the Daniels as it keeps them in the scrap at the bottom.
Next up for Stamford is a tough match at the Zeeco Stadium tomorrow night (Tuesday) when second from top Darlington 1883 come to town. Kick-off 7.45pm.
Stamford AFC: Paul Bastock, Taron Hare, Oliver Luto, Paul Malone, Sam Hill, Curtis Hartley, Lee Besson, Jake Duffy, Greg Smith, Jake Newman, Jordan Smith.
Substitutes: Tom Batchelor, Sam Downey, Jack Wightwick, Ricky Lovelace.
Buxton: Miles Wright, Joel Bembo-Leta, Jamie Green, Ricky Ravenhill, Chris Salt, Greg Young, Alastair Taylor, Spencer Harris, Bradly Barraclough, Ash Worsfold, Niall Doran.
Substitutes: Alex Wiles, George Grayson, Fabrice Bembo-Leta, Tom Buckley, Ash Burbeary.
Referee: Mr Ian Johnston