Over 50s PDFL Match-day 7 - Sunday March 26
This was the the penultimate Matchday of the league season for both Stamford teams.
Stamford Strollers A
Strollers approached the day knowing that winning both of their games would ensure them of the PDFL Walking Football Division 1 title with one match day to spare.
Stamford Strollers A 5 - 4 South Lincs Steelers Blues
The Strollers started well and were quickly on the front foot, with two early goals from striker Nick Hunter.
This promising start and lead however was not to be an enduring one as South Lincs hit back with two goals of their own to even up the scores. Towards the end of the half Strollers recaptured the lead with Nick Hunter completing his hat-trick to give Strollers a slender half time advantage.
A change of goalkeeper and two outfield players by Stamford at the break seemed to be causing South Lincs some problems as Strollers went 4-2 up through another brace from Hunter. However, Steelers were not to be subdued so easily and hit back to reduce the deficit to just one goal from what the Strollers players considered to be a controversial free kick decision.
South Lincs then equalised and threatened to dent Strollers quest for the league title, but with seconds remaining Iain Ross scored a late winner with a deft shot into the far corner of the Steelers net.
Harborough Town Yellows 0 - 2 Stamford Strollers A
Once again, Strollers started the game with authority and a Nick Hunter goal soon gave them the lead.
Strollers were in command and defended comfortably to maintain that lead for the whole of the first half.
A goalkeeper change but no outfield changes second half saw Strollers pushing for a second goal to stretch their slender lead and give them a cushion going into the final stages of the game.
The goal finally came through Chas walker with a good strike into the bottom corner of the Harborough goal.
Strollers managed to see out the remainder of the game to win with relative ease and secure all 3 points in the game.
In doing so Strollers also secured the PDFL walking Football Division 1 title with 2 games still to play.
Congratulations to all concerned!
Squad for this match-day was:
Paul Newiss (GK, Capt)
Lee Takacs (GK)
MEANWHILE, IN DIVISION 2!
Stamford Strollers B 8 - 0 South Lincs Steelers Whites
First game of this matchday for Strollers was against South Lincs Steelers Whites.
Stamford were quickly into their stride in this matchup and dominated possession right from the kick off.
2 early goals from Tim Marsden and 2 more from Mike Edwards gave Stamford a 4 – 0 lead at half time.
Strollers continued their dominance in the second half and half time replacement Les Woods helped himself to a brace within minutes of coming on.
Mike Edwards finished off the scoring with 2 more to give Strollers their biggest win of the season 8 – 0.
Stuart Gardner in the Stamford goal pulled off a good save early on to ensure another clean sheet.
Stamford Strollers B 4 - 1 Huntingdon A
The second match of the day was against Huntingdon A.
Strollers again took the early imitative and this time it was Paul Archer who grabbed a couple of goals to give Stamford a 2 – 0 lead.
Huntingdon pulled a goal back early in the second half, but 2 long range trade mark finishes from Iain Ross gave Strollers a comfortable 4 – 1 win.
With 2 games to play Stamford B find themselves in third place in Division 2, 2 behind Netherton B in second and 4 points behind Glinton and Northborough who top the league.
Squad for this match-day was:
Stuart Gardner (GK)
Tim Marsden (Capt)