A goal from new striker Drew Phillips ended Stamford AFC’s run of five loses in a row as they beat Coalville Town 1-0 in the Doodson League Cup last night (Tuesday).
While victory away at Coalville, who play one league below the Daniels, is nothing to get too excited about, it was achieved with the cards stacked against them.
Stamford were led by club captain Jon Challinor for the second time with the club currently managerless following the sacking of Andrew Wilson on Monday last week after just 10 games in charge.
Interviews have been taking place in the last couple of days to find a long term replacement and an annoucement as to who will be the new manager is expected from the board soon.
Last night Stamford, short of players after picking up injuries in their 4-0 loss to Nantwich Town in the Evo-Stik NPL where they sit second from bottom, put their league woes behind them to progress in the cup.
With injured duo Jordan Smith and Dalton Bettles directing things from the bench both teams started the game slowly.
Stamford went close to taking the lead after Coalville’s Jamie McAteer went perilously close to putting the ball in the back of his own net when his attempted clearance of a corner ended up going just past his own post and out for a corner.
Coalville created chances but were struggling to find the target, Aaron Hooton fired over, Alex Troke flew a shot over the bar from 25 yards out and then Tom Byrne also shot over. As it was Stamford went in level at the break at 0-0.
In the second half Daniels keeper Enol Ordonez was called into action to save another effort from Coalville’s Byrne, this time on target.
Phillips struck for Stamford in the 67th minute with a header in the box from a corner by player/caretaker manager Challinor.
Aaron Hassall then had a great chance to double the visitors’ lead when he was played through on goal but Matt Coton in the Coalville net saved to give his side a chance of getting something out of the game and they very nearly did.
In the closing stages Ordonez made two great stops to earn Stamford victory. First he saved a shot from Hooton after a scamble in the box and then with the final play of the game he pushed away a stinging shot from outside the 18 yard box by Joel Wolfe to secure his clean sheet and Stamford’s victory.
Next up for the Daniels is a trip to Frickley Athletic on Saturday.
Stamford AFC: Enol Ordonez, Ellis Myles, Nathan Fox, Jon Challinor, Brad Gascoigne, Lewis Carr, Shaun Richards, Tom McGowan, Andrew Phillips, Aaron Hassall, Will Rawdon
Substitutes: Eddy Samba, Lee Roger, Jordan Smith
Coalville Town: Matt Coton, Luke Smithson, Josh Morrall, Josh Raven, Jamie McAteer, Joel Wolfe, Tom Byrne, Liam Walshe (c), Nialle Rodney, Aaron Hooton, Alex Troke.
Subs: Jake Woolley, Matt Dawson, Josh Scott, Aaron Halford, Sean Bowles (GK).
Referee: Gareth Hubbard