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Stamford AFC draw with AFC Sudbury in the Southern League Premier Division Central





Stamford had an injury-time penalty saved as they were held to a home draw by AFC Sudbury on Saturday.

Skipper Rob Morgan's 96th minute spot kick was kept out by visiting custodian James Philp to ensure the Suffolk side returned home with a share of the spoils after a 2-2 draw.

The visitors had hit back from two goals down after efforts from Jack Duffy and James Blunden had put Stamford in control of the contest.

Rob Morgan sees his penalty saved. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Rob Morgan sees his penalty saved. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Sudbury goalkeeper James Philp is congratulated after his penalty save. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Sudbury goalkeeper James Philp is congratulated after his penalty save. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Joe Neal halved the deficit from the spot for Sudbury before a terrific free-kick from Jake Turner got the visitors back on level terms.

Stamford had made two changes to their starting line-up following the 1-1 draw with Stourbridge last weekend.

Callum Chettle made his first start for the club while Ashton Offler returned from his step three suspension.

Stamford created the lion's share of the chances in the opening period with Lee Shaw at the heart of their attacking enterprise.

A flick-on from strike partner Duffy released the former Grantham Town attacker in the first 10 minutes but his shot was well saved by James Philp in the Sudbury goal.

Shaw saw another first-time shot deflected narrowly over before he intercepted a back pass and teed up Tendai Chitiza whose effort was repelled by Philp.

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

The deadlock was broken in the 22nd minute with Shaw the provider as his endeavors saw his cross to the back post headed home by Duffy.

Both sides forced a succession of corners with James Blunden twice going close for the Daniels while Harry Vince had to be alert with a near post clearance from a Sudbury setpiece while Dan Wallis was down smartly to gather a header from Tom Dickens.

Wallis then saved bravely at the feet of Luton Town loanee Josh Allen with Will Glennon on hand to make a vital block from the follow-up to ensure Stamford held at the lead at the break.

It then took the Daniels less than four minutes of the second half to double their lead as Connor Bartle whipped in a superb free-kick which Blunden powered home at the back post.

However, the two-goal advantage seemed to lull Stamford into a false sense of security and Sudbury worked their way back into the contest.

They halved the deficit after 62 minutes when Blunden was penalised after his outstretched hand blocked a shot and Neal converted the resultant spot kick.

James Blunden makes it 2-0. Photo: Rob O'Brien
James Blunden makes it 2-0. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Lee Shaw. Photo: Rob O'Brien

Stamford sprung back into life with Glennon going close with a back post header and Rob Morgan driving a shot at Philp.

Morgan then played in Harry Vince after a swift Stamford break but he fired into the side-netting while Blunden's header brought a fine fingertip save out of Philp as the Daniels pushed for a third goal.

However, they were then stung by a Sudbury setpiece as the visitors levelled with 19 minutes remaining as Turner curled home a fantastic free-kick into the top corner of the Stamford net.

Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Tendai Chitiza. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Callum Chettle. Photo: Rob O'Brien
Callum Chettle. Photo: Rob O'Brien

The Daniels thought they had regained the lead shortly after when Duffy turned home a Bartle cross, however, the effort was ruled out for the wing-back being offside before he centred the ball.

Recent signing Florian Tsagium came on for his debut in the latter stages as part of a double Stamford substitution.

And it looked like the Daniels had been thrown a lifeline when they were awarded an injury-time penalty for hand-ball but Philp went the right way to save Morgan's spot kick with the last action of the game.

Stamford: Wallis, Vince, Bartle, Glennon, Offler, Blunden, Chitiza (Tsagium), Morgan, Duffy, Shaw, Chettle (Burgess). Subs not used: Armstrong, Brown-Hill, Siddons,.

Sudbury: Philp, Oluwatimilehin, Lewis, Dickens, Turner, Hunter, Neal, Napa, Allen (Page), Soyemi-Ololade (Dunne), Pinnington. Subs not used: Caley-Brown, Tarpey, Bradley.

Attendance: 470.



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