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> 1.11.2008

  Stamford (2) 3    Hednesford Town (3) 4    

Stamford Cotton 14, 24, 90

Draper 7, 34, Durrell 10, Dyer 89

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Hednesford marched into the 3rd qualifying round of this season's F.A. Trophy after an exciting encounter at UniBond Division One side Stamford this afternoon. Manager Dean Edwards, buoyed by a run of six straight wins, made one alteration to the side that started Tuesday's win over Cammell Laird, with skipper Ross Draper promoted from the bench following his suspension at Ilkeston; Mark Briggs was the man to miss out, joining the replacements

Man of the match on Tuesday night, Elliott Durrell, wasted no time in stamping his authority on this game, hitting a long range shot that was heading for the top corner of the net until it hit Ross Dyer en route, knocking the wind out of the young striker

Once again, the Pitmen benefited from a swift start, as they scored once again inside the first ten minutes. Anthony Maguire headed down a Tyrone Barnett ball, finding Draper close in on goal, who knocked the ball home

The away side had their tails up, and continued to press home their advantage. Their next attack produced another goal, with Durrell once again on the scoresheet. Tyrone Barnett got his head onto a Chad Sheppard corner, heading the ball into the path of Durrell, who had an easy task to score from close range

The Pitmen were dominant, and could have gone further in front on twelve minutes. Sam Hall picked up a pass from Draper before sending over a cross that was cleared by Stamford captain, and former Hednesford winger Chris Gray. The ball found it's way back to Hall, who hit a great shot towards goal that Stamford keeper Martin Davies turned over his bar

Despite the pressure at the Stamford end, it was the home side that grabbed a lifeline on fourteen minutes. Top scorer Danny Cotton picked the ball up just inside the Pitmen's half and hit what looked to be a speculative shot towards goal. The ball was hit with such power and accuracy that keeper Stuart Brock could not get to it low down, with the ball nestling in the bottom corner of the net

After all the pressure the Pitmen had piled onto the hosts in the opening quarter, they suddenly found themselves on level terms again on twenty four minutes. Phil Stebbing avoided a number of challenges from the Hednesford defence to play in Cotton, who fired past Brock for his second of the afternoon

The Pitmen appeared to have been stung by this double whammy from Cotton, and restored their lead just after the half hour mark. His ball to Hall started it all off, with the right back taking the ball from halfway to the edge of the Stamford penalty area. His cross was met by the onrushing Draper, who beat Davies with a fine first-time shot

This seemed to settle the Pitmen down, as they reverted back to form for the rest of the first half. Durrell tested Davies's reflexes with an angled drive that he did well to hang on to

Tyrone Barnett had been quieter than he had been in recent games up to this point, but still offered a threat to Stamford by getting a shot in that was just wide of the post

Stamford have had a great start to their league season, and had looked a better side than the outfit the Pitmen easily beat twice in last season's UniBond Premier League. They pushed the Pitmen back in the second half as they looked to snatch an equaliser

Jamie Clarke really should have put the Daniels on level terms on the hour mark; his header from inside the six-yard box somehow failed to test Brock as he headed over the bar

Cotton was a constant threat to the Pitmen's defenders, underlining his reputation as a danger man at UniBond Division One level. Brock was forced into a diving save to deny him with fifteen minutes remaining as he threatened to break clear of the Pitmen's defence

Durrell was still being his usual busy self, despite the lack of openings for the Pitmen in the second period. He managed to get another one of those long range shots that flew wide of goal

Back came Stamford as the game entered the final ten minutes. Maguire's foul allowed Stamford to take a free kick wide on their right, with Shaun Pearson heading wide from the resultant kick

That was to be Maguire's final contribution of the day, as he was substituted with four minutes remaining. Adam Burley came on to add his experience to see the game out

The Pitmen thought they had clinched the win with a minute left, after Chad Sheppard's run down the flank saw him beat three players. His cross found Ross Dyer just inside the area, with the striker firing confidently past Davies to give the Pitmen their fourth goal for the second game running

In what had been a fantastic advert for non-league football, there was still time for another Stamford goal in added time. Cotton grabbed his hat-trick goal with another tremendous long range effort that beat Brock all ends up

Two nervy minutes of added time followed, with Stamford throwing the proverbial kitchen sink at the Pitmen late on, but it was too little, too late, as the Pitmen progressed to the next round, where Blue Square North Hyde United lie in wait at Ewen Fields  cds

Worksop Town (H)

8.11.2008
Team Mins On   On/Off For   Goals Top Scorer Barnett (11)
.1 Stuart Brock 90 .. .. .
.2 Sam Hall 90

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. UniBond Premier League 1.11.2008
.3 Anthony Maguire 86 Burley . Top Half
.4 Decio Gomes 90 .. .. Pos Team Played Points
.5 Danny Harvey 90

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. 1st HEDNESFORD 16 36
.6 Tom Marshall 90 .

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2nd Marine 16 29
.7 Chad Sheppard  90

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. 3rd Kendal Town 14 26
.8 Elliott Durrell 90

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1 4th Ilkeston Town 13 26
.9 Tyrone Barnett 90

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5th Bradford P A 15 25
.10 Ross Dyer 90 .

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6th Guiseley 11 24
.11 Ross Draper 90

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7th Ashton United 16 24
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8th North Ferriby 15 23
.12 Reece Styche

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. . 9th Leigh Genesis  14 21
.14 Scott Stamps 0

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. 10th Eastwood Town 11 19

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Mark Briggs 0

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Adam Burley 4

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Sean Platt 0

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