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A dramatic and incident-packed derby duel saw Spalding United snatch victory against Stamford with two injury-time goals following a double dismissal before the contest had even started.

Glenn Yala and Bailey Baker grabbed the stoppage time goals as Spalding overturned a two-goal deficit to end Stamford's six-match winning run in the Northern Premier League Midlands Division match.

Goals from Cameron Johnson and Cosmos Matwasa had put Stamford in control of the contest before Spalding produced an unbelievable fightback with Chris Assomblonga halving the deficit before their late, late show.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017061)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017061)

The blue touch paper was lit on the derby duel even before kick-off when Stamford manager Graham Drury and former Daniels frontman Gregg Smith - now skipper of Spalding - were sent off after an altercation in the tunnel as the teams prepared to take to the field.

Drury had to watch the rest of the match from the stands while Spalding were allowed to replace Smith as his red card had been before the game started so Jordan Macleod came into the starting line-up.

Taking Smith out of the equation was to prove a canny move as the Tulips missed the forward's presence, especially on James Hugo's long throws.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017053)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017053)

After the drama before kick-off, the first half saw far fewer incidents with Stamford taking the lead just past the half-hour mark.

Jake Duffy's persistance to win possession was rewarded when he fed Johnson who cut inside and curled home a fine finish beyond Michael Duggan.

Scott Floyd floated in a couple of dangerous free-kicks for the Tulips but was then lucky to escape punishment as Johnson was set to break free.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016973)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016973)

Spalding introduced Marcus Maddison at the interval, for Floyd, and he quickly won a free-kick in a dangerous position which returning Stamford goalkeeper Dan Haystead tipped to safety from Broccoli's effort.

Home goalkeeper Michael Duggan then saved well to deny Johnson after a lively Stamford break when Matwasa robbed Maddison.

Matwasa was then the architect of Stamford's second goal just before the hour mark as his driving run released Johnson who picked out Chitiza at the back post.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016975)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016975)

The Stamford attacker then teed up team-mate Matwasa who rifled home a cracking first-time strike to complete a sublime move.

Harry Vince fizzed another shot just wide for Stamford before Spalding goalkeeper Duggan had to recover quickly to save after fumbling a shot from Tom Siddons who then flashed another shot just wide of the far post.

A promising Spalding attack in the latter stages saw Glenn Yala's cross deflected onto the roof of the Stamford net which forced the corner for their equaliser.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016986)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016986)

Haystead had made a couple of excellent saves before Macleod picked out Assomblonga who headed home from close range with five minutes remaining.

Spalding kept pushing and got their reward in second minute of injury time when Yala burst onto the ball at the back post and drilled his shot past Haystead.

There was still a further dramatic twist as in the fourth minute of injury time Maddison produced a majestic cross to the back post and Baker headed home the winner.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016988)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51016988)

Spalding: Duggan, Yala, Hugo, Bucciero (Baker), Cartwright, Ward, Floyd (Maddison), Clarke, Macleod, Broccoli, Assomblonga. Subs not used: Goff (GK), Mucklin.

Stamford: Haystead, Wright, Armstrong, Vince, Blunden, Cook (Challinor), Butterworth, Duffy, Chitiza, Johnson (Siddons), Matwasa (O'Hare). Subs not used: Goncalves, Hicks.

Attendance: 482.

Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017013)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017013)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017015)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017015)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017017)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017017)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017020)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017020)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017022)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017022)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017027)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017027)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017033)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017033)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017035)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017035)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017037)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017037)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017041)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017041)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017043)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017043)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017045)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017045)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017050)
Derby action from Spalding United's home clash with Stamford. Photo: Chris Lowndes (51017050)


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