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Wisbech Town suffer a 4-0 away defeat at Stamford AFC in BetVictor Northern Premier South Division clash on New Year's Day

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Wisbech dropped back to the bottom of the BetVictor Northern Premier League South East Division table after a 4-0 away defeat at Stamford on New Year's Day.

The high-flying Daniels scored twice in each half to stretch their unbeaten league run to 13 games as the Fenmen were leapfrogged at the foot of the table by Market Drayton following their last-gasp victory at fellow strugglers Newcastle Town.

The Fenmen fought valiantly throughout the clash at the Zeeco Stadium but were no match for a rampant Stamford side seeking a promotion place.

Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681359)
Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681359)

Wisbech handed a debut to midfielder Lewis Hilliard who is dual registered with Southern League Premier Division side Peterborough Sports.

An even opening saw Wisbech handed the best chance of the early exchanges when Stamford striker Tom Siddons felled Danny Draper just outside the penalty area, but the home wall were equal to the task of blocking Hilliard's free-kick.

Stamford then started to assert their authority on proceedings and began to cause concern in the Wisbech rearguard.

Ex-Daniels defender Liam Marshall had to be alert to block a strong strike from Cosmos Matwasa after a slick Stamford attack.

The home side then forced a flurry of corners which led to them breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes as Wisbech struggled to clear their lines.

Olly Brown-Hill's delivery was headed goalwards by Siddons and Rob Morgan had the comfortable task of tapping home from close range.

Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681455)
Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681455)

The lead was then doubled 15 minutes later as the finishing skills of Stamford top scorer Siddons again came to the fore.

He linked up superbly with James Hicks and his threaded pass found Siddons who, still with plenty to do, angled his drive perfectly into the far corner past Sam Wilson's despairing dive.

Hicks could have capped the first half performance with a third goal when he swivelled superbly on the edge of the box to thump his shot past Wilson only for the assistant referee's flag to deny the Daniels before the break for offside.

Wisbech were forced into a change at half-time when centre-back Marshall Willock was unable to continue and Stamford looked to exploit the changes in the visiting back line by creating a spree of chances.

Aaron Hart had to make a crucial clearance from close in after Matwasa's excellent run and cross had dissected the Wisbech rearguard.

Wilson then had to get down well to thwart Hicks before his safe handling keep out a Morgan effort on the hour mark.

Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681503)
Stamford were 4-0 home winners over Wisbech Town. Photo: Alan Walters (25681503)

Another surging run and cross from Matwasa just eluded a posse of incoming Stamford attackers before Jordon Cooke's back post header from Harry Vince's free-kick rolled agonising across the goal and out of play.

Siddons shrugged off an Ollie Gale challenge to latch onto Morgan's through ball only to fire over as Stamford searched for the third goal which would have killed off the Fenman's valiant efforts.

The visitors threatened on a couple of occasions with the score at 2-0, but only had one shot on goal all game when Jay Whyatt's effort was easily gathered by Dan Haystead.

Stamford's third goal finally arrived with 11 minutes remaining when Armstrong's cross to the back post was guided home by substitute O'Hare who was on target for the second successive game after his last-ditch leveller at Loughborough on Saturday.

O'Hare went close twice more in the final 10 minutes as Stamford created chances at will with fellow substitute Jon Challinor seeing one shot blocked in a goalmouth scramble before steering the rebound wide.

Stamford rounded off proceedings with a fourth goal in the final minute as Vince's corner kick was turned home by skipper Wright for his fourth goal in as many games.

There was still time for Challinor to see a rasping strike turned away by the overworked Wilson as Stamford finished the game on top.

Stamford: Haystead, Armstrong, Brown-Hill, Vince, Wright, Cooke, Chitiza (O'Hare), Morgan, Siddons, Hicks (Challinor), Matwasa (Mwanyongo). Subs not used: Keeble, Taylor.

Wisbech: Wilson, Hart, Marshall, Kate, Willock (Gale), Kennelly, Draper, Whyatt, Nassanculo (Lee), Hilliard (Jaquite), Maddison.

Attendance: 388.

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