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Tony Incenzo's Ground of the Week: Stamford AFC

Tony Incenzo had another new ground to visit and it was quite literally a new ground. Stamford AFC hosted local rivals Grantham Town in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy Semi Final in one of the first games at their new Zeeco Stadium.

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Stamford AFC 2-0 Grantham Town
Zeeco Stadium
Attendance: 200
Lincolnshire Senior Trophy Semi Final

Stamford reached their second successive Lincolnshire senior trophy final with victory over neighbours Grantham Town.

The Daniels will meet Northern counties side Louth Town in the final.

Manager David Staff made two changes from draw against Ramsbottom United. In came Lewis Carr & Nathan Fox, they replaced the cup tied Tom Batchelor and Jon Challinor who was amongst the substitutes.

The visitors started the brighter and had the first chance of the game but the effort was well saved by Andy Stevens in the Daniels goal.

The home side then had chance to score when Tom Mcgowan headed goal-wards but Jordan Smith failed to convert from close range.

A quickly taken throw in found Ryan Robbins whose effort was deflected for a corner. Then Jordan Smith raced down the right wing and put in a great cross into the penalty area but there were no Daniels players there to convert.

The pressure final told when the Daniels took the lead on thirty-seven minutes. A goal kick from keeper Stevens was flicked on by Smith to Robbins. He then raced through on goal before unleashing a thunderous left foot shot past Jake Turner in the visitors goal.

Almost straight from the re-start the Gingerbreads almost equalised. A poor defensive clearance saw Stefan Bilyk's shot cannon off the crossbar.

In the second half, Grantham started on the front foot and were only denied a goal by some good goalkeeper by Stevens.

On sixty-four minutes, the Daniels doubled their advantage. Left back Gareth Jelleyman fed Nabil Shariff who had just come on as a substitute, his shot was deflected away for a corner. This was swung in and skipper Richard Jones was on hand a the back post to head home from close range.

The visitors continued to press but the Daniels defence held firm to record and clean sheet and put themselves in the final for a second year.

Match report: www.stamfordafc.net

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