Stamford AFC lose Smith and Samaba to six game bans

Action from Stamford AFC v Buxton. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150909-140908001
Action from Stamford AFC v Buxton. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150909-140908001

‘It never rains, but it pours,’ if ever there was a suitable saying for the difficulties facing Stamford AFC right now.

The Daniels have seen two strikers leave the club in the past couple of weeks. Ryan Robbins joined Boston United on Friday, and Greg Smith has rejoined Grantham Town.

Stamford AFC 2015-16. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150408-114952001

Stamford AFC 2015-16. Photo: Geoff Atton EMN-150408-114952001

And then on Sunday the club were hit with the news that striker Jordan Smith and utility player Eddie Samba, have both been banned for six first team games from today (October 5).

The bans follows misconduct charges for their actions off the field of play in the 4-3 home loss to Ashton United on September 22.

Smith was sent off for two yellow cards in the space of a minute, the second of which was for dissent towards the referee. Samba was given a red card after the final whistle.

Smith and Samba were also fined £300 and £250 respectively for their actions.

Providing there are no fixture changes they will next be eligible to play on October 31 against Carlton Town in the FA Trophy.

They will miss the Evo-Stik NPL games against Workington, Ilkeston FC, Matlock Town, Halesowen Town, Ashton United and Rushall Olympic.

That leaves new Stamford manager Andrew Wilson with just one recognised striker in teenager Jordan Neal - who was not named in the Daniels’ squad on Saturday.

However both Dan Clements and Shaun Richards can play up front if required.

In more transfer news youngster Elliott Bentley has left the Daniels to join Daventry Town.

In 2014 left back Bentley was one of Stamford U18s most consistent performers however he has failed to make his mark in the first team.