Stamford turn heat on Wisbech Town in Bank Holiday Monday BetVictor NPL derby at Elgood’s Fenland Stadium
Wisbech Town 0 Stamford 2
Wisbech came up against an in-form Daniels in this Bank Holiday Monday derby and are still seeking their first points of the South/East Division campaign.
Goals in either half decided this local clash in extremely hot conditions at the Elgood’s Fenland Stadium.
Visitors Stamford are one of just three sides – along with Carlton Town and Leek Town, the latter who the Fenmen lost to on the first day of the season – who retain a 100 per cent league record.
The Daniels also notched an FA Cup victory at Wroxham Saturday, when Wisbech drew at home to Ely City after leading twice.
Manager Seb Hayes watched the visiting team on Tuesday last week and was wary of their derby opponents.
They broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when Cosmos Matwasa's surge into the penalty box was brought to a halt by a clumsy challenge.
Harry Vince, who missed two penalties in the visitors’ final pre-season game, took on the spot kick and placed his shot beyond the diving Dan Farrell in the home goal.
Stamford threatened further with Matwasa dragging a shot off-target and Tendai Chitiza heading wide from a Vince free-kick. Joel Earps fired into the side-netting and Vince went close with an audacious overhead kick.
After the break, Wisbech came out for the second half more energised and Phil Bilson saw a curling shot from an enterprising attack safely held by Dan Haystead.
Wisbech defender Aaron Hart cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble before the Fenmen narrowly failed to get a touch on a downward knock-down in the six-yard box following a free-kick.
Stamford had more chances before wrapping up their third successive league win and a second successive away clean sheet in the league with five minutes remaining.
A short corner was worked between Pearson Mwanyongo and Vince whose centre was met by centre-half James Blunden with a header into the bottom corner of the home net.
Wisbech: Farrell, Whyatt (Shackleton), Philip, Gale, Traynor, Spencer, Hart, Kaye, Bilson (Milne), Earps, Rogers. Sub not used: Maddison.
Stamford: Haystead, Taylor, Challinor, Vince, Wright, Blunden, Chitiza (Brown-Hill), Morgan, Hicks (Hare), Siddons (Mwanyongo), Matwasa. Subs not used: Keeble, Ward.
Report: James Bedford
Photos: ADAM FAIRBROTHER