Tulips Get Their Reward At The Death
By Non-League Webmeister
Two-goal hero Bradley Wells rescued a point for the valiant Tulips after the Daniels had grabbed an 86th minute lead!...
A goal, headed home in style by Bradley Wells deep into added time, earned the Tulips a highly deserved share of the spoils in this eagerly awaited local derby v Stamford AFC at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field.
The Tulips twice came from behind in the keenly contested encounter with fan-favourite Wells on target both times to deny his former club.
His strikes marked a welcome return to scoring, having not registered since bagging a hat-trick against high riding Pontefract Colleries on 19th January.
The Daniels went ahead through Rob Morgan after just eight minutes but fans of both sides had to wait until the closing stages before seeing the scoreline change. And then it was all-action with Wells levelling the scores in the 81st minute, only for Daniels’ skipper Jake Duffy to restore his side’s advantage within five minutes.
Referee Kevin Saunby signalled four minutes of added time but the game went beyond this and it was approaching the 96th minute before Wells rose majestically at the far post to steer his header back across Daniels' stopper Dan Haystead and into the corner of the net to earn the Tulips a precious point.
The Tulips were first to feature in attack with long throws into area by Taron Hare posing problems for the Daniels. James Hugo connected first but his header lacked power and then Archie Moyses missed out when the ball rebounded from Haystead’s crossbar.
But it was the visitors who drew first blood with Rob Morgan pouncing on a mistake by Hare to glide the ball past the advancing Michael Duggan.
There were strong appeals from all in the Tulips’ camp for Haystead to be sent-off after handling outside his area, but referee Saunby handed out just a caution. Romario Martin’s free kick was wide of the mark and shortly afterwards he forced a save from the ‘keeper.
Duggan was early in the action after the interval, superbly turning Duffy’s stinging drive over the bar.
The Tulips were forced into a team change in the 58th minute when Liam Marshall had to go off with a head injury. Leon Mettam stepped into the action with Hugo dropping back into defence.
It was full-blooded action from that point on, with play switching from end-to-end and both ‘keeper’s pulling off important saves. Haystead turned a crisp effort by Kegan Everington over the bar and within minutes denied Martin while at the other end Duggan did well to deny Joe Boachie.
The scores were levelled on 81 minutes with Wells touching in at the near post after George Zuerner had flicked on an Everington corner.
Five minutes later Duffy restored Stamford’s advantage, but the Tulips were not finished with Wells and that majestic header following another excellent Everington delivery from a foolishly conceded set-piece.
Tulips: Michaael Duggan Taron Hare, Liam Marshall (Leon Mettam, 58mins), James Cullingworth (Scott Floyd, 79 mins), Neal Spafford, Rudy Misambo, Archie Moyses (George Zuerner, 79mins), Kegan Everington, Bradley Wells, Romario Martin, James Hugo. Subs (not used): Cenk Acar, Alex Smith.
Stamford AFC: Danny Haystead, Michael Armstrong, Josh Eggington, Joe Burgess (Jack Guerney, 84 mins), Kern Miller, Jordan Cooke, Rob Morgan, Jake Duffy, Ryan Seal (Jon Challinor, 70 mins), Joe Boachie, Christian Enermadu (Conor Marshall, 70mins). Subs (not used): Harry Peasgood, Joe Tarris.
Tulips’ Man-of-the-Match, sponsored by Tulips' Social Club: Neal Spafford
TULIPS' NEXT HOME FIXTURE
Saturday 23rd March 2019
NPL Evo-Stik East Division
Spalding United v Stocksbridge Park Steels
Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field
Youths (12-16): £2.00
Accompanied U12s: FREE!