NON-LEAGUE: Devastating Daniels, big semi-final clash at Peterborough Sports to come

Greg Smith (red) scored for Stamford at Ilkeston.Greg Smith (red) scored for Stamford at Ilkeston.
Greg Smith (red) scored for Stamford at Ilkeston.
A brilliant first-half display earned Stamford AFC a valuable three points in their fight against relegation in the Evo Stik Northern Premier League last night (February 22).

Stamford stunned their hosts Ilkeston with three goals in the opening 34 minutes and they protected that lead to run out comfortable 3-0 winners.

Lee Beeson opened the scoring from a ninth-minute corner before Greg Smith and Paul Malone also netted.

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The win moved ‘The Daniels’ up a place to 22nd in the 24-team league. They are two points from safety, but there is a full Premier League programme this midweek.

Big non-league game locally tonight (February 23) sees Peterborough Sports host higher-level Yaxley in the semi-final of the Hinchinbrooke Cup. Sports are running away with United Counties Division One and will doubtless be tackling ‘The Cuckoos’ in league matches next season.

Sports have beaten numerous higher-level teams in cup competitions this season including Peterborough Northern Star and Godmanchester Rovers.

Also tonight Holbeach United and Wisbech Town are in United Counties Premier Division action against Rothwell Corinthians and Boston United respectively. The Fenmen are at home. Holbeach are away following their thrilling 3-3 home draw with title favourites AFC Kempston on Saturday.

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And Spalding United will hope to get their Evo Stik Division One South play-off chase back on track with a win at mid-table Gresley.


Monday, January 22


Northern Premier Division

Ilkeston 0

Stamford AFC 3 (Beeson, Smith, Malone)


(7.45pm kick offs)

Tuesday, January 23


Division One South

Gresley v Spalding United


Premier Division

Rothwell Corinthians v Holbeach United.

Wisbech Town v Boston United


Peterborough Sports v Yaxley.