New College Stamford travelled to Market Harborough with a strong squad to play a side that normally has quite a few international players.
In the first 5 minutes it was clear that this was to be the toughest test so far for the New College Stamford squad. In the early stages the defence held tight with Pennell and Sculthorpe cutting out numerous through balls, Lockhead and Pululo were kept busy and stopped the attacks from out wide. In the middle, Joe Morley and Captain Tyler Wright battled well after being out numbered in the middle.
A free kick on 29 minutes was taken by Mostafa Jafar and he expertly curled it past a stranded keeper. John Woodcock wasn’t in a festive mood and he gave the keeper no chance when he was put through by Bilson to make it 0-2.
New College Stamford had battled and battled their way through the first half and the introduction of Chris Cooper on the wing made a huge difference as his pace gave the defender something else to think about.
The second half started with the same pace as the first one finished, New College Stamford had a chance to put the game beyond any doubt after a great through ball by Wright found Woodcock, but he couldn’t get the shot off quick enough. Blick again showed his value to the team with a fine display of safe hands. He was beaten with 15 minutes to play, but the ball rattled the woodwork and his clean sheet was still intact.
With 10 minutes remaining Rhys Gilson was given his marching orders by the referee for a tackle from behind. This didn’t spoil New College Stamford’s day and they reaped the 3 points that the performance had deserved.
Fine & Country Man of the match – Ben Pennell and Tyler Sculthorpe