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Stamford AFC have signed Rhys Hilton from Halesowen Town

New signing Rhys Hilton made an instant impact on his Daniels debut as Stamford secured a three-goal home success over Leiston on Saturday.

Hilton has made the switch from Southern League Premier Division Central rivals Halesowen Town.

And the former Sutton Coldfield player scored the second goal of the victory which keeps Stamford's play-off hopes alive.

Harry Vince. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Harry Vince. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Harry Vince had earlier marked his birthday with the opening goal as he netted for the second successive Saturday.

Striker Tom Siddons then sealed the win which keeps Stamford within nine points of the play-off places with two games in hand on fifth-placed Redditch.

In their first home game for four weeks, manager Graham Drury made one change to the starting line up with Hilton coming in for Ollie Brown-Hill.

The opening period was fairly even and the first effort of note went to the visitors on 17 minutes when George Quantrell had a shot which fired into the side netting.

A few minutes later, a corner was met by James Blunden and the Daniels defender's header was saved a point-blank range by former Stamford keeper Sam Donkin.

Joe Marsden then fired a shot over the bar from distance before Stamford took the lead on 32 minutes.

Vince collected the ball in the centre of the pitch and he fired a shot goalwards which beat Donkin at the far post.

Leiston looked to respond when Ashley Boatswain had a shot blocked by Dan Wallis at the expense of a corner.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men just before half-time when Marsden was given a straight red for dangerous play.

Stamford looked to extend their lead after the break when Lee Shaw fired wide of the goal. A cross from the left then found Jack Duffy but the Daniels top scorer headed over the bar.

Hilton then had an opportunity which was deflected away from goal for a corner.

But the new recruit scored a few minutes later when a cross from Shaw found Hilton and, although his initial shot was blocked, it came back to him to slot past Donkin.

Stamford made it three on 81 minutes when substitute Siddons picked up the ball on the edge of the area and he turned the defender and fired into the net.

Stamford are in action at the Zeeco Stadium again on Saturday when they host Royston Town. They then travel to St Ives on Easter Monday.

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