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Stamford AFC draw at Stourbridge in the Southern League Premier Division Central





Stamford came back from the West Midlands with another point as they continued their hunt for a play-off spot with a 1-1 draw at Stourbridge on Saturday.

Lee Shaw had given the Daniels the lead seven minutes into the second half of the Southern League Premier Division Central clash before Stourbridge struck back late on.

Kian Ryley levelled the contest with just two minutes of normal time remaining where a point apiece was about right for a game low on efforts on target.

New signing Callum Chettle. Photo: Rob O'Brien
New signing Callum Chettle. Photo: Rob O'Brien

The Daniels welcomed back Tendai Chitiza after missing last week's win over Coalville.

He replaced Tom Siddons in the starting eleven while, on the bench, was new signing Callum Chettle following his arrival from Nuneaton.

The opening minutes were contested in midfield with some feisty challenges going in on both sides.

The first real clear-cut chance of the game came after 15 minutes when Dexter Walters cut in from the left and fired a shot from a narrow angle which took a deflection and cannoned off the post and away from danger.

Stamford weren't really creating any clear opportunities, the closest they came was when Shaw crossed from the right, but it was cleared for a corner before any Daniels player could reach it.

Stourbridge had a chance when Connor Stanley had a shot but James Blunden was able to block the ball which fell to Alexander Prosser whose effort was also kept out.

Lee Shaw looks to get a shot away. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw looks to get a shot away. Photo: Rob O'Brien

As half-time approached, Chitiza had an effort but his header was over the bar.

The first chance of the second half went to the home side when Prosser crossed the ball from a free kick and Reece King met it but his header was straight at Dan Wallis in the Daniels goal.

Stamford then took the lead on 53 minutes when a long ball from Wallis found Shaw and the Daniels frontman lobbed the onrushing Charles Price to find the back of the net.

Will Glennon aims to halt a Stourbridge attack. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Will Glennon aims to halt a Stourbridge attack. Photo: Rob O'Brien

This gave the Daniels more confidence and Jack Duffy crossed the ball to Chitiza but his effort was cleared for a corner.

The home side then rallied and Connor Stanley fired a shot which was just over Wallis’s goal while Kacy Butterfield had an effort deflected wide after being set up by Koby Arthur.

With the clock running down, Stourbridge made some changes and a cross from the right found Ryley who slotted the ball past Wallis to ensure the honours finished even.

Stamford are at home to AFC Sudbury on Saturday.



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