Star striker Ryan Robbins scored and was then sent off for allegedly head-butting the opposing manager as Stamford slipper further into relegation trouble in the Northern Premier Division of the Evo Stik League yesterday (March 14).
Robbins was shown the red card as the players left the field at Trafford at half-time with ‘The Daniels’ leading 1-0. The home side, who are next to bottom in the table with just one home win to their name all season, took advantage to move 2-1 in front before Jordan Smith rescued a point for Stamford with a header eight minutes from time.
Stamford are just two points and two places outside the drop zone, with the two teams immediately below them having games in hand. It won’t help their plight that Robbins now faces a lengthy ban. Stamford are away to mid-table Rushall Olympic on Tuesday evening (March 17).
If Stamford do go down they could well be replaced in the top flight by Splading United who are looking good for a play-off place in Division One South. Spalding are currently fifth after crushing Goole 4-1 at the Sir Halley Stewart Stadium.
Former Peterborough Northern Star striker Avelino Vieira opened the scoring on his home debut for Spalding, but they key moment arrived just before the break with the scores level at 1-1 when a visiting defender was sent off after conceding a penalty that was stroked home by Jamie Thurlbourne.
Matt Waumsley came off the bench to score Spalding’s two second-half goals.
In the United Counties Premier Division it’s all set up for a tasty title battle next saturday (March 21) when second-placed Wisbech travel to leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds. Wisbech made it 13 wins in a row with a 4-1 success over Oadby yesterday, while Diamonds were coming from behind to spank out-of-form Huntingdon 6-1.
Skipper Chris Jones fired Huntingdon in front, but once the leaders levelled just past the half hour mark there was no stopping them.
Wisbech scored three times in the final 30 minutes to seal their expected victory at the Fenland Stadium. Tommy Treacher (2), Adam Millson and Paul Cousins were their scorers.
Wisbech travel to the Dog & Duck next weekend four points behind Diamonds, but with a game in hand which is at Peterborough Northern Star on Tuesday.
Yaxley’s hopes of a club record third place finish were harmed by a shock 1-0 defeat at lowly Harborough who won the game with a goal five minutes from time. Thurnby Nirvana are now third, while fifth-placed Holbeach United breathed new life into their faltering campaign with a 2-1 home win over Newport Pagnell.
It was a first win in his first home game for new boss Darren Jarvis and it was secured by first-half goals from Jack Smith and Ben Brown.
Mohammed Hamid cracked a hat-trick as Deeping Rangers strolled to a 6-0 success at struggling Sileby. Five of the Deeping goals arrived after the break as Jezz Goldson-Williams, Jordan Avis and Ben Lewis all found the target.
In Division One Bourne’s much-improved season continued with a 3-0 win over Olney at the Abbey Lawns. Andrew Moss, Daniel Smith and Scott Spearink scored the Bourne goals.
Struggling Blackstones competed well at promotion-chasing Potton before succumbing to an early goal.
Second-placed Peterborough Sports were without a fixture, but they won’t have been cheered by promotion rivals ON Chenecks, Lutterworth and Rothwell Corinthians all winning.
March Town were surprisingly beaten at home 2-0 by lowly Woodbridge in the Thurlow Nunn First Division. March players collected seven yellow cards, including two for substitute Ash Brand who was sent off.
EVO STIK LEAGUE
Northern Premier League
Trafford 2, Stamford 2 (Robbins, Smith)
Division One South
Spalding United 4 (Waumsley 2, Vieira, Thurlbourne), Goole 1
UNITED COUNTIES LEAGUE
AFC Rushden & Diamonds 6, Huntingdon Town 1 (Jones)
Harborough 1, Yaxley 0
Holbeach United 2 (Smith, Brown), Newport Pagnell 1
Sileby Rangers 0, Deeping Rangers 6 (Hamid 3, Goldson-Williams, Lewis, Avis)
Wisbech Town 4 (Treacher 2, Millson, Cousins), Oadby Town 1
Bourne Town 3 (Moss, Smith, Spearink), Olney Town 0.
Potton Utd 1, Blackstones 0.
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE
March Town 0, Woodbridge 2.