Non-league: Three off and three defeats for Daniels

Skipper Richard Jones was one of three Stamford players sent off against Ashton.
Skipper Richard Jones was one of three Stamford players sent off against Ashton.
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Three Stamford AFC players saw red as their wait for a first Evo-Stik League Premier Division win of the season continued yesterday (August 22).

The Daniels’ misery was compounded by conceding a stoppage-time winner as they went down 4-3 to Ashton United at the Zeeco Stadium – a third successive defeat in the opening week of the season.

They led 3-1 with 20 minutes to go courtesy of an Andy Hall equaliser from the penalty spot, a Greg Smith strike and a Jordan Smith effort . . . but then things turned sour as they were reduced to nine men.

Skipper Richard Jones was dismissed for conceding a penalty and striker Smith followed seconds later after collecting two yellow cards for dissent in the aftermath.

The spot-kick was successfully converted by an Ashton side who levelled 10 minutes later and then hit the front in the dying moments. Another Stamford player, Eddy Samba, was red-carded following the final whistle.

Spalding United have launched their Division One South campaign in considerably better fashion.

Josh Moreman hit a 77th minute winner as they claimed a 2-1 triumph over Tividale at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field yesterday.

Another summer signing, Neal Spafford, had given the Tulips a second-minute lead which was cancelled out early in the second period.

But Moreman came up trumps for the unbeaten Tulips when firing his second goal in as many games.