Daniels unlucky against Blyth, says Staff

Stamford AFC
Stamford AFC

Stamford were unlucky not to get something from their eight-hour round trip to Blyth Spartans on Saturday, according to boss David Staff.

Having watched match tapes on the marathon journey up the A1 to the North East, the Daniels were all set for battle in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier fixture.

And despite missing key strikers Ryan Robbins (suspension) and Nabil Shariff (hamstring), the Daniels gave it a good go.

They created chances in the first half but the lack of striking options probably explained why they struggled to convert them.

On the other side, however, Blyth had two lively frontmen who caused problems for the Daniels defence.

On the 29th minute Blyth striker Daniel Maguire found a bit of space between the Daniels’ central defenders and slipped gthe ball past Alex Lynch in goal.

A questionable off-side call thwarted Stamford of another decent opportunity but at half-time they were still in it.

After the break , the Daniels continued to battle but the game was effectively killed off in the 65th minute when Robbie Dale beat a couple of Stamford players and squared it to Maguire for his second.

Jon Challinor got one back for Stamford in the 88th minute after taking the ball in the centre of the box from a corner and finding enough space to spin, turn and fire in a goal.

Staff said: “I think if we could have got our goal earlier then we might have been able to claw something from that game.

“I don’t think there was much in the first half and we created chances but just couldn’t get a goal. Again, if we had, I think it would have changed the game.”

The Daniels are set for a derby against King’s Lynn at home on Boxing Day.

Robbins is still suspended, however it is hoped Shariff will be fit as he was withdrawn more as a precaution.