FOOTBALL: Surprise defeat for Stamford AFC at neighbours Deeping Rangers

Action from Stamford AFC v Northampton Town XI. Photo: John Evely EMN-160721-094803001
Action from Stamford AFC v Northampton Town XI. Photo: John Evely EMN-160721-094803001
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Football is anything but predictable and Stamford AFC’s 4-3 defeat to lower league Deeping Rangers proved that on Tuesday night.

After the Daniels beat Football League side Grimsby, thrashed the Northampton Town Academy and drew with Boston United, who play two league’s above them, they went down to a spirited Rangers side.

Stamford looked to be crusing to another comfortable victory in the early stages of the game after Paul Malone put them ahead when he powered a header from a corner past the Deepings stopper.

Ryan Robbins then netted from the penalty spot.

But rather than kicking on the Daniels were pegged back before the break courtesy of goals from Henry Dunn - firing off the post, and Will Bird - who played for Stamford a few times last season.

In the second half another penalty, this time from Sam Mulready nudged the visitors to the Haydon Whitham Stadium ahead again. But Dan Schiavi beat everyone with a free kick to level the score.

Things got worse late in the day as Lee Beeson put the ball in the back of his own net to give Deeping the victory.

It was not Stamford’s strongest side but it was by no means a weak one either.

Stamford AFC: Taylor McMillan, Jordan Lemon, Tommy Cooney, Paul Malone, Jon Challinor, Curtis Hartley, Lee Beeson, John King, Jake Duffy, Jev Brown, Ryan Robbins.

Substitutes: David Bell, Jordan Smith, Brad Wells, Sam Mulready.

Deeping Rangers: Alex Pycock, Dan Flack, Tom Smith, David Burton-Jones, Luke Hunnings, Jonny Clay, Henry Dunn, Dan Sciavi, Scott Mooney, Scott Coupland, Charlie Coulson.

Substitute: Will Bird, Danny Barker, Ben Lewis, Jason Kilbride, Callum Madigan, Matt Carter, Danny Bircham.

Attendance: 117