Stamford won at home for the first time this season yesterday (January 2) to breathe some life into an ailing Evo Stik Northern Premier Division campaign.
Midfielder Tom McGowan claimed the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Hyde 20 minutes from time at the Zeeco Stadium. Recent signing from Spalding Jake Newman had fired ‘The Daniels’ into an early lead before Hyde equalised seven minutes before the break.
It will still be a tough task for Stamford to beat the drop. They remain next-to-bottom, four points from safety, and they have played more games than their relegation rivals.
Meanwhile the wheels are falling off Spalding’s promotion campaign in Division One South. The Tulips suffered a fifth straight defeat, going down 2-1 at lowly Stocksbridge Park Steels. Josh Moreman did bring the scores level on the stroke of half time, but the home side claimed a winner midway through the second period.
Spalding are still fourth in the table, but they are just five points clear of the team in 15th place in a very competitive league.
In the United Counties Premier Division, Deeping Rangers blew a great chance to go third by losing 2-1 at mid-table Cogenhoe in a game which saw both teams finish with 10 men.
It looked good for Deeping when David Burton-Jones converted a spot-kick to make it 1-1 as conceding the penalty led to the dismissal of a home player.
But Cogenhoe scored a penalty of their own after a Spencer Tinkler handball and later Deeping striker Jezz Goldson-Williams was also sent off.
It was despair all round for local sides at this level as Peterborough Northern Star, Wisbech and Huntingdon were all beaten at home.
Star were 3-0 down at home to Northampton Spencer before rallying late with goals from Chris Jones and Craig Smith, while Wisbech were beaten by in-form Eynesbury who scored the only goal of the game 13 minutes from time.
Huntingdon did better than of late, but still lost for the 13th game in a row, 3-0 to Sleaford. Huntingdon held out for 40 minutes.
No such worries for Peterborough Sports who have won all 20 of their Division One matches after scrapping their way past lowly Buckingham 3-1 on a heavy pitch.
Sports were 2-0 up at half-time thanks to dynamic duo Jordan Macleod and Avelino Vieira. Vieira added a third goal, his 26th of the season, in the final moments after the home side had pulled a goal back. Sports are now 13 points clear at the top.
The big Premier Division game between Holbeach and leaders Leicester Nirvana was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch as were the Division One matches involving Bourne and Blackstones.
Matthew Barber scored twice as March beat lowly Downham Town 4-2 in Division One of the Thurlow Nunn League. Danny Escorio and Joshua Jackman also netted.
Northern Premier Division
Stamford AFC 2 (Newman, McGowan)
Hyde United 1
Division One South
Stocksbridge Park Steels 2
Spalding 1 (Moreman)
CHROMASPORT & TROPHIES UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
Deeping Rangers 1 (Burton-Jones, pen)
Huntingdon Town 0
Sleaford Town 3
Peterborough Northern Star 2 (Jones, Smith)
Northampton Spencer 3
Wisbech Town 0
Eynesbury Rovers 1
Postponed; Desborough v Yaxley, Holbeach United v Leicester Nirvana.
Buckingham Town 1
Peterborough Sports 3 (Vieira 2, Macleod)
Postponed: Blackstones v Burton Park Wanderers, Bugbrooke St Michaels v Bourne Town.
THURLOW NUN EASTERN LEAGUE
March Town United 4 (Barber 2, Escorio, Jackman)
Downham Town 2