Daniels lose on trip to the sea side

Action from Leamington v Stamford AFC in the FA Cup first round qualifying. Photo: Tim Harris EMN-150914-141449001
Action from Leamington v Stamford AFC in the FA Cup first round qualifying. Photo: Tim Harris EMN-150914-141449001

Stamford AFC were beaten 2-1 away in Wales on Saturday as they continue to struggle in the Evo-Stik NPL.

The Daniels took the lead at Colwyn Bay in the 18th minute after a bright start to the game but they held on to their advantage for just two minutes.

Jordan Smith threaded the ball through to Nathan Hicks who blasted his shot home.

However John Dillon equalised from the penalty spot for Colwyn Bay after Cory Williams was brought down in the area by Nathan Fox.

On the half hour mark Luke Denson sealed the victory for the home side from another set piece, this time a 25-yard free-kick after a foul on Chris Sharpe.

It was a beautiful curling effort from the Seagulls’ player which was good enough to win any game.

Richard Knight in the Stamford net had to be at his best to save low to right to deny Denson from another free-kick but after they went behind the Daniels were the better side.

Colywn Bay have struggled this season, scoring just a dozen goals before the weekend. Stamford have the leakiest defence in the league however there were signs of improvement on Saturday.

Both the Seagulls’ goals came from set-pieces, rather than open play, and after the break Knight was largely a spectator in goal.

After 66 minutes a significant moment in Stamford’s season occurred as Ellis Myles returned to the fray, replacing Cameron Powell.

Myles re-signed for the club on Friday after serving a prison sentence following a conviction last October for dealing drugs back in 2013 before he joined the Daniels.

Attacking full-back Myles joined the club last summer, starring in the Daniels’ brilliant start to the 2014-15 season when they went five games unbeaten.

During his time in prison people from the club have kept in regular contact with him, sending match reports and programmes.

His return action is big plus for Stamford.

Another player making a long awaited come back on Saturday was attacking midfielder Shaun Richards who has been sidelined for a year with injury.

Stamford finished brightly on Saturday and were denied an equaliser by two impressive close range saves from Everton loanee keeper Russ Griffiths.

However their failure to score again means Stamford remain second from bottom in the league, with the Seagulls climbing out of the bottom four thanks to all three points on Saturday.

Stamford were scheduled to play Frickley Athletic on Tuesday but that game has been postponed due to Athletic being in County Cup action.

Next up for the Daniels is a visit from Workington on Saturday.

Colwyn Bay: Russell Griffiths, Shaun Dowling, Zac Corbett, John Dillon, Luke Denson, Mike Brewster (Kevin Holsgrove 67 mins), Robbie Booth (C), John Marsden, Chris Sharp ( Alfons Fosu-Mensah 79 mins), Rob Hopley, Cory Williams (Carl Rodgers 71 mins).

Subs not used: Sam Barnes, Archie Love.

Stamford AFC: Richard Knight, Jon Challinor, Nathan Fox, Cameron Powell, Richard Jones, Dominic McGarr, Andy Hall, Nathan Hicks, Jordan Smith, Dan Clements, Shaun Richards

Subs: Will Rawdon, Ellis Myles, Dalton Bettles, Lynas King, Lewis Carr.

Attendance: 173.