New manager - same result. Stamford AFC lost 3-1 away to Frickley Athletic on Saturday in the first game under the stewardship of Graham Drury for a third time.
It started well at the SW Jackson Utilities Stadium when Shaun Richards gave the Daniels a 1-0 half time lead but after 90 minutes The Blues ran out 3-1 victors.
Stamford’s downfall started shortly after the break. Daniels midfielder Tom McGowan had the misfortune to put the ball into his own net before a Brad Grayson header gave Frickley the lead 20 minutes from time.
In the 88th minute Simon Lenighan made the result certain with a 25-yard free-kick past Stamford keeper Enol Ordonez.
In the wet and the wind the Daniels started brightly and Jordan Smith was close to giving the visitors the lead in the 10th minute when he got on the end of cross from McGowan. But the striker’s shot was saved by the legs of Frickley’s stopper Sebastian Malkowski.
It was a tale of good saves at both ends early on. A long ball was miss-judged by Stamford centre back Brad Gascoigne to allow Eyles to bear down on goal but Ordonez saved his 18-yard shot with his legs.
After another close effort from Eyles, Richards gave Stamford the lead from a corner, which was initially cleared to the edge of the box and Richards curled a left footed shot past the keeper and inside the far post.
Ordonez was called into action again midway through the half when Brad Dockerty tested him with a low drive from 18 yards out.
In the end games are won and loss on small margins and Andrew Phillips’ miss in the 26th minute was costly. The striker, signed by sacked manager Andrew Wilson from Cambridge City, was played in by Smith but with just the keeper to beat he scuffed his shot.
Frickely finished the half strongly with Grayson and Cyrus going close.
Six minutes after the break Parkinson fired in a corner, Frickley’s Luke Hinsley went for the ball at the near post, he missed it, but McGowan could not get out of the way quick enough and bundled it into his own net.
Frickley were hogging the ball and building pressure with it. Hinsley almost gave Athletic the lead with a overhead kick from a corner and it only just missed the mark. Hoiwever it was set pieces that were Stamford’s undoing and a corner in the 70th minute from the troublesome Parkinson saw Grayson bury the ball from close range.
After losing the lead Stamford went on the attack, with substitute Eddy Samba hitting a shot from the edge of the box but he could not find the target.
In the closing minutes Gascoigne sealed Stamford’s fate when he brought down Williams 25-yards out. In a moment which summed up the Daniels’ luck Lenighan’s free-kick deflected off the wall and in, leaving Ordonez stranded.
Frickley Athletic : Sebastian Malkowski, Luke Hornsey, Macaulay Parkinson, Luke Hinsley, John Cyrus, Brett Lucas (Scott Matthews 77 mins), Brad Dockerty, Simon Lenighan, Jimmy Eyles (Jacob Hazel 83 mins), Brad Grayson (Chris Wood 89 mins), Tyler Williams. Unused subs. Jake Ellam, Peter Fotko.
Stamford AFC: Enol Ordonez, Ellis Myles, Nathan Fox, Jon Challinor, Brad Gascoigne, Lewis Carr, Shawn Richards (Dalton Bettles 82 mins), Tom McGowan, Jordan Smith, Andrew Phillips (Eddy Samba 56 mins), Elliot Hodge (Andrew Wright 77 mins). Unused subs. Will Rawdon, Aaron Hassall.
Referee : Mr Michael Denton
Attendance : 212