Robbins says sorry for that costly red card

Daniels - Ryan Robbins
Daniels - Ryan Robbins

Goals ace Ryan Robbins has apologised to his manager and teammates for getting sent off on Saturday.

The dismissal, in the 2-2 draw at Frickley Athletic, means the free-scoring striker will miss the next three Northern Premier League Premier games, starting with tomorrow’s visit of Ilkeston.

Robbins was shown a red card in the 73rd minute after raising his arm to an opponent.

Daniels manager David Staff says the referee had no option but to send Robbins off, even though he did not push the Frickley man in the face.

Staff said: “Ryan has been doing really well for us so we will miss him over the next three games, which are important for us.

“He is a passionate type of player and that is a positive, but it can also occasionally be his downfall.

“It was a daft thing to do and he has apologised because he feels he has let himself down and his teammates.”

The continuing excellent form of recent signing Nabil Shariff and the retention of Northampton Town loanee David Moyo means Staff can still be confident of firepower up front.

Staff has officially extended the loan deal for the Cobblers first year pro to a third month.

The manager said: “We would probably have done the deal anyway, but with Ryan out we have just made sure we can extend the period David is with us until January 3.”

Shariff gave his best performance so far since joining Daniels from Corby last month and scored a delightful goal on Saturday.

It came in the 66th minute and gave Stamford the lead.

Staff was delighted by Shariff, who scored his third goal in four games when he cut in from the left and delivered a 20-yarder past the goalkeeper.

But Staff reserved his highest praise of the afternoon for a stunning piece of work by goalkeeper Alex Lynch.

The Peterborough United teenager, who is on a work experience deal with Stamford, pulled off a stunning stop which saved his side from defeat and even had Frickley supporters applauding.

With 15 minutes left, Lynch almost unbelieveably, changed the direction of his body to keep out a powerful header from just six yards by Jake Picton.

The manager said: “Alex is a young player with us to the end of the season to gain further experience. He’s a teenager who plays with ability beyond his years.

“That was one of the best saves I have seen in all the time I have been involved in football.”

The save, and sterling work from the defence, resisted the Frickley onslaught as they sought to capitalise on Robbins’ sending-off and an equaliser moments before, in the 70th minute.

The goal came from the penalty spot after an apparent trip in the box. Frickley’s top scorer Gavin Allott stepped up to shoot under Lynch’s dive.

The result took the Daniels’ unbeaten run to five games and Staff says his side is growing in confidence.

He said: “We have grown in the last two months and I am proud of the lads.

“We need to keep the run going though. Just 11 points cover the gap between the relegation and play-off places. Ilkeston have been inconsistent and are in the middle, which shows they are beatable.”