Match report for Staveley MW 'Press gang'/Programme and the Chesterfield Post
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
at Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
Bridlington Town (4) 4
Allanson 2 (pen), Ruhanduka 6, Hassett 26 (OG), Birch 28
Attendance 103 SMWFC Man of the Match Sam Finlaw
Chris Butt, Ryan Watters, Ryan Dickinson, Sam Finlaw, Matt Hassett (Capt), James Colliver, Jack Poulton (Michael Trench 65), Jack Watts (Michael Blythen 71), Ellis Wall, Ryan Damms (Luke Walker 71), Nathan Forbes
Unused subs - Austin McIntosh, Steve Hancock
Adam Nicholson, Ryan Nicholls, James Whittingham, Ash Allanson (Joe Cooper 58), Ben Lewis, Chris Jenkinson (Capt), Nathan White (Alex Knaggs 78), Eddy Birch, Craig Hogg, Ombeni Ruhanduka, Will Wardby (Dan Smith 67)
Unused Subs - Josh Heseltine, Alex Sandall
Torrential rain and flash flooding in the Staveley area, late on Friday afternoon, had threatened to cause this afternoon's opening game of the season to be postponed.
However, Saturday's climate was perfect 'drying weather' and by mid morning the pitch had recovered from it's overnight dousing and was perfectly playable.
After a disastrous opening half a hour, most of the Staveley faithful were looking to the skies, hoping that the clouds would open again, but there was to be no divine intervention and the home side were already well on their way to suffering a heavy reversal on home turf.
Inside the first two minutes, player manager James Colliver upended Craig Hogg inside the Staveley goal area.
It was more of a mistimed tackle than a malicious one, but the referee had no option but to point to the spot. Ash Allanson stepped forward and tucked the ball away, meaning that the rookie Welfare keeper Chris Butt's first touch was retrieving the ball from the back of his net.
It would be easy to pin the blame for today's defeat on the young and inexperienced shot stopper, but that would be grossly unfair, because Butt wasn't actually at fault for any of the goals Bridlington scored.
In his own words, today was 'a steep learning curve' that he will learn from, hopefully some of his team mates, who were guilty at times of leaving their keeper woefully exposed, will also have taken a valuable lesson or two on board as well.
Ombeni Ruhanduka, who proved to be a thorn in Staveley's side all afternoon down the flanks, fired home from 8 yards out, when the ball sat up kindly for him after the Welfare defence had struggled to deal with a left wing cross.
0-2 down with just six minutes on the clock, Staveley were spurred into action, but any semblance of a quality ball in the last third was missing and Ryan Damms cut a lonely figure up front, bereft of the kind of service he required and crowded out of the action by his markers.
However, Staveley's flurry of forward play was short lived and in the twenty sixth minute, the Seasiders were three in front when the Welfare's captain, Matt Hassett, unwittingly turned the ball beyond the reach of the despairing Butt to further compound the home crowds misery.
At this juncture, one could reach for the book of ready made excuses, such as: three new signings were absent from duty this afternoon due to them being unavailable on the first day of the season, pre season preparations had been disrupted by the weather and Staveley have hardly had any time to gel together during the last few weeks, a number of young players were having to take on big responsibilities in key areas to cover for AWOL colleagues etc. etc.
But these players won't want to hide behind any of these excuses, to justify why they misfired alarmingly in the opening thirty minutes, they'll be hurting and they know they can (and must) do better, with immediate effect.
The truth of the matter is - these were all first team squad players, regardless of their age ... and Bridlington were only fielding three first team regulars from last term themselves, following a Summer rebuild.
Though, what the Staveley player-manager James Colliver said after the game: "Individually, there were no bad performances out there today, but collectively we just weren't in it at times" is a true and accurate reflection of the game, particularly in the first half, Staveley need to bond as a team and get their act together, sooner rather than later.
The squad is packed with talented players, but today, several of them seemed to doubt their own ability at times.
Two minutes after Hassett's unfortunate own goal, 'Brid' went 0-4 up.
Again the defence made a mess of clearing a deep cross into the area, this time from Ryan Nicholls right wing cross and when the ball dropped at the feet of Eddy Birch, he had the time and space to steady himself, before bulging the back of the net from 12 yards out.
In an attempt to put a positive spin on things from a Staveley perspective, going four goals behind after 28 minutes, provides us with the statistic that the home side won the last one hour plus of the game 1-0 ... it also smacks of a match reporter desperately clutching at straws to salvage something out of a game, that was already over as a contest by now.
Neither side made any changes in personnel at half time, though Staveley did switch Nathan Forbes from the left flank to the right, where he combined well with the 'jack of all trades' Ryan Watters, who was covering the right back berth.
Sam Finlaw, a standout player on an otherwise fairly grim afternoon, was covering every blade of grass across the middle of the park, as he attempted to get things (belatedly) going.
The unanimous decision regarding choosing Man of the Match was fairly easy and straightforward today.
Butt was left exposed again, when Hogg escaped any attention he was supposed to be getting and went one against one with the Staveley keeper, from a long Adam Nicholson punt up the field. But the prolific Bridlington number 9 fluffed his shot when he'd looked odds on to increase the visitors lead.
Staveley were enjoying a good spell of possession and were much improved after the break, though, if truth be told, they probably couldn't have been any more disjointed and off the pace as they had in the opening forty five minutes.
The introduction of Michael Trench, who was followed from the bench soon afterwards, by Luke Walker and Michael Blythen, offered Staveley more options as they went about reducing their arrears and giving the final scoreline a more respectable look.
Trench's marauding down the left flank, combined with Blythen and Walker's contribution around the 'Brid' penalty area, saw the home side finishing the game on a high.
Hassett got a goal back in the seventy sixth minute when he timed a blind side run well, to meet Trench's left wing corner kick with a well directed header past Nicholson.
Though it was only a consolation goal, as a comeback looked ever more unlikely with the clock ticking down, it was good to see the home side finishing with a flourish and picking up the pace, in spite of the fact that they were already well beaten.
The home crowd responded warmly to their sides endeavours late in the second half and seemed willing to write off the opening half a hour as 'just one of those days', hopefully their patience and forgiveness will be rewarded and the Welfare will recover from this blip and setback in a positive way ... and soon!
Sadly, there was a prolonged hold up in play, when Bridlington's Joe Cooper hit the deck heavily, obviously distressed and in a lot of pain, holding his shoulder. Following a lengthy stoppage, he left the field of play with his arm in a sling, hopefully his recovery will be swift.
Cooper's predicament, as he left Inkersall Road in an ambulance, put an opening day defeat, with the rest of the season still available to put things right, into some kind of perspective.
The home side's three pronged attack were making in roads into the 'Brid' defence, but though Nicholson did well to block Blythen's shot, as he burst into the box from the left flank, it was the visitors who came closest to scoring again. Ruhanduka's shot was deflected wide for a corner, which 'Duka' took himself, picking out Nicholls who headed the ball narrowly over the bar.
Four goals conceded, at home, is not a good start to the season, but that can be addressed and worked on in training.
A more worrying aspect of today's game, was that, in Sam Finlaw, Ryan Damms, Ryan Watters and Matt Hassett, Staveley picked up four yellow cards this afternoon. Having improved their disciplinary record last season, it is vital that this kind of thing gets nipped in the bud, with immediate effect.
There were plenty of pluses and positives in the second half, not least the selection headache that all three substitutes will be giving James Colliver ... but there are also plenty of things that need to be worked on.
Staveley could, in effect, regard today's defeat as a delayed pre-season warm up game and be ready to go for real next Friday, when they face Worksop Town at home in the Extra-Preliminary Round of the FA Cup at Inkersall Road (kick off 7.45pm).
FT - Staveley Miners Welfare 1 v Bridlington Town 4
Prior to Friday night's mouth watering prospect of a local derby FA Cup game against Worksop; Staveley Miners Welfare are hosting a Sportsman's Dinner on Thursday night (August 14th, 7pm) starring boxing legend Johnny Nelson, along with a comedian and compere. The cost is £30 a ticket, which includes a three course meal.
For tickets or further details contact SMWFC club secretary Ele Reaney: Phone - 07530055849 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, 2 August 2014
Pre Season Friendly
at Rotherham Road, Swallownest
Swallownest MW (2)
Jason Markell 22, Ash Atkins 42
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 4
Josh Scully 7, 71, Joe Harris 86, 88
Admission £2 inc. programme,. Attendance 30
The opening exchanges were fairly even as both sides came out looking to take the initiative.
Staveley got a foothold in the seventh minute, when Luke Walker put the home side's keeper under pressure and rushed him into making a clearance that went straight to Matt Cowan some thirty yards out, but as the former Hallam youngster weighed up whether to shoot or knock a pass back into the box, he was unceremoniously flattened.
Swallownest currently play in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Senior League (step 7), two divisions beneath Staveley's first team, but they have designs on becoming a NCEL side themselves in the not too distant future. They showed this afternoon, particularly in the first half, that they could certainly hold their own at a higher level on the pitch, while their new facilities, including floodlights will draw many an envious look from opposition teams this coming season, especially when the new stands go up.
Sam Finlaw, tracking back to pick up the south Yorksire side's centre forward as he homed in on Chris Butt and a timely interception from Alex Pugh preserved the visitors lead, as Swallownest pushed forward looking for an equaliser.
James Colliver showed a touch of class, as he won the ball in midfield and started a quick passing move up the field, that saw Michael Blythen clear through into the box, one on one with the keeper who reacted well to thwart a golden opportunity.
Richard Williams floated an inviting cross to the back stick, that left back Jason Markell (playing out of position on the wing) met with a thumping header to put the home side level on 22 minutes. 1-1Luke Walker crashed the ball against the underside of the crossbar, but it ricocheted back into play as the equalising goal stung Staveley into action, but it was Swallownest who finished the first half more strongly.
Williams cut in from the right flank and tested Butt, who saved from close range and Markell was unfortunate that a cross into the six yard box narrowly evaded his outstretched leg.
With the clock ticking down to half time, some off the Staveley players were guilty of standing from Ash Atkins as he moved towards goal from the centre circle ... so without a moments hesitation, the Swallownest number 4 whacked the ball over them and into the back of the net from all of 40 yards out. HT 2-1
Swallownest's second half substitute Jack Hutchinson, probably didn't realise how much time and space he had shortly after the restart, when he powered an unchallenged header over the crossbar from 10 yards out.
And Staveley rode their luck again a few minutes later, when Chris Butt was forced into making a save with his legs ... unconventional or not, they all count!
At two apiece, Staveley began to look more comfortable and started to knock a few passes together and find some rhythm.
In spite of Staveley trying to force the issue, Swallownest were closing ranks and making a determined effort to hold out for the draw. But inside the last five minutes, Joe Harris scored twice, to put clinch victory for the Derbyshire side.
George Slack cut in from the right flank, avoided a last ditch challenge from the full back and played a short sideways pass to Harris, who took the ball in his stride and curled the ball into the top left hand corner. 2-3
Within 80 seconds, Harris struck again, when he reacted instinctively in the middle of a goalmouth scramble and stabbed the ball home from 10 yards out. 2-4
FT: Swallownest MW 2 v Staveley MW 4
Staveley MW MOTM - Alex Pugh
Staveley MW line up:
Butt, Jones (Colliver 81), Trench, Gabdon (Slack 52), Colliver (Payne HT), Pugh, Blythen (Jessop), Scully, Walker, Finlaw (Harris 67), Cowan ... having come off at HT, Colliver went back on in place of Jones for the final 9 mins
Thursday, 31 July 2014
THE66POW on tour 2014-15.
Amended and pencilled in itinerary of forthcoming games.I've decided to go easy on fuel consumption and stay fairly local (for the most part) until the season actually starts for real.
Obviously, all fixtures/travel plans are subject to change at short notice, either by myself. or the clubs involved, as is the norm during pre season.
Provisional pre season plans (amended):
Monday 4/8/14 Retford United v Harrogate Town
Tuesday 5/8/14 Harworth Colliery v Sheffield
... and beyond:
Saturday 9/8/2014 Staveley Miners Welfare v Bridlington Town
Wednesday 13/8/14 Sheffield United v Mansfield Town (League Cup)
Friday 15/8/14 Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town - FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Friday 22/8/14 Staveley Miners Welfare U21 v Sheffield U21 - NMU21L
Wednesday 3/9/14 England v Norway (International Match, Wembley)
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
|SMWFC - New style home and away kits for 2014-15|
STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE FC
PLAYERS KIT SPONSORS 2014-15If anybody would like to sponsor an individual SMWFC player's kit for the 2014-15 season, the cost will be £25 per player. First team and/or Under 21 players are all available at the same price..
For this you will get your name (or company name) listed in the match programme for every home game alongside a photo of the player of your choice ... and a nice warm glow inside, knowing that you are supporting and contributing towards the future development of a community football club.
Please contact Ele Reaney, email: email@example.com, mobile: 07530055849 if you are interested, or just call in at the ground and make arrangements on any match day.
Thank you in anticipation, from everyone at the club.
|Hang on lads, I can't go out there yet, I feel undressed without a kit sponsor|
Alternatively, if you wish to do so, you can also register your interest via the Official SMWFC Facebook Page or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will liaise with Ele for you.Rob Waite, programme editor, SMWFC
Saturday, 26 July 2014
At Inkersall Road, the home of Staveley Miners Welfare
Bristol Manor Farm (1) 1
Rhys Hodgeson 8
Knaresborough Town (0) 0
Attendance 151, Admission free, Programme £1
Left click images to enlarge
Bobby Madley (Referee)
Ryan Henger, Gareth Thomas (Asst. Referees)
Robert Woodman (Fourth Official)
Bristol Manor Farm:
Ashley Clarke, Ben Wiltshire, Bill Bond, Ryan Dunne, Nathan Loader, Harley Purnell, Jordan Metters (C), Lloyd Mills, George Brimson (Ryan Parsons 73), Will Hailstone (Josh Rees 89), Rhys Hodgeson
Unused Subs - Jack Durrant, Danny Greaves
|Left click to enlarge|
Paul Hargreen, Dom Wilson (Sam Cook HT), Craig Radcliffe, Nick Radcliffe, Matthew Duerdan (C) (Ben Clayton 89), Liam Gray, Seb Carole, James Bradley, Colin Heath (Byron Littlefair 42), Hiliard Serrao , George Eustance
Unused Subs - Connor Donoghue, Graham Whitehead
The spirit that the game was played in and the friendly ambience of the occasion, was a fitting tribute to Toolstation, who generously sponsor both divisions of the aforementioned step 5 & 6 leagues.
Monies raised from this showpiece game, which will become an annual event, are to be split evenly and shared, between Asthma UK and the RNLI, two very worthwhile causes.
Admission to the game was free, to allow spectators to contribute to the collections and charity raffle instead. And in keeping with the charitable nature of the afternoon, the officials forfeited their match fees and donated them into the collection bucket as well.
Manor Farm play one step higher in the football pyramid than their North Yorkshire based opponents, but, if truth be told, a draw would've been a fair result given the balance of play over the entire game. The Bristol supporters who stayed in the newly refurbished bar at Staveley for a couple of hours after the game, were generous enough to agree with that neutral overview of the afternoon too.
Water breaks were order of the day, a sensible precaution in such heat, but the pace of the game was still uptempo, despite the strength sapping conditions.
It would seem that the nice weather follows the guest of honour for the day, World Cup Referee and Toolstation NCEL President Howard Webb around.
But while Town started the game well and threw everything but the kitchen sink at last season's Western League runners up for the last twenty minutes or so, Manor Farm enjoyed the better of the remainder of the first half and were good value for their interval lead.
Bristol's Captain, Jordan Metters, picked up the ball in the middle of the park, advanced forward and played a great measured ball into the path of Rhys Hodgeson, who looked odds on to score, but Paul Hargreen, the Knaresborough keeper blocked Hodgeson's effort well and Town cleared the ball away from the danger zone, but only as far as Manor Farm's left back Bill Bond who whipped a cross straight back across the six yard box that Hodgeson stooped to head home the opening (and only) goal.
Winning goal photos kindly donated by 'Hull Bill'
Sarrao had another chance at the other end, but his angled cross cum shot from the right of the six yard box, flashed across the face of the goal and wide of the back stick.
Just before the interval, a frustrating opening 45 minutes got worse for Knaresborough, when their striker Colin Heath tweaked his left hamstring, attempting an audacious strike on goal.
If they go in, you're an hero with a spectacular goal to your name.
Alas, Heath had no such luck and had to hobble out of the game in the 42nd minute as well.
Having stalled for a while in the first half, Knaresborough looked much stronger after the break and attacked in numbers, George Eustance and Seb Carole work the flanks to get a succession of crosses and decent service into the final third, but the final incisive touch was proving evasive.
Hailstone forced his way into the penalty area from the left flank and shot when everybody was expecting a cross, his effort was cleared off the line and his second bite of the cherry, when the ball fell back at is feet, was slashed high and wide of the mark.
Serrao muscled his way through two challenges right at the death and laid the ball sideways into the path of Byron Littlefair, but Manor Farm had a lucky escape when their keeper, Ashley Clarke, pulled off a great stop from point blank range.
In spite of their all out attack approach for the last twenty minutes or so, Knaresborough Town just couldn't find the breakthrough and Lee Lashenko's Bristol Manor Farm held on to claim the inaugural Toolstation Cup.
But Hiliard Serrao (Knaresborough Town) and Jordan Metters (Bristol Manor Farm) both worked tirelessly and selflessly for their respective teams ... and in the spirit of this occasion, they deserve to share the award.
Saturday, 19 July 2014
Pre Season Friendly
at Walesby Lane, Ollerton (10.45pm kick off)
Ollerton Town (0) 3
Liam Black 54, 89
Declan Brewin 60 (pen)
Mansfield Town U19 (2) 2
Jack Koczalski 27
Dan Fletcher 31
|CHRIS BOOTH R.I.P.|
Pre Season Friendly
at Windsor Food Services Stadium, Sandy Lane, Worksop
Handsworth Parramore (1) 4
Sam Barnsley 40
Jed Phillips 54
Jon Stephen-Wright 79
Lee Thompson 86
Worksop Town (1) 3
Tom Mullen 10
Jack Hawkins 69
Kyle Jordan 73
Admission £5. Attendance 152
Friday, 18 July 2014
Staveley Miners Welfare - Pre Season Schedule:
With updated scoresTuesday 22/07/14 - Shirebrook Town (A) 1-1
Saturday 26/07/14 - Knaresborough Town 0 v Bristol Manor Farm 1 - Toolstation Cup at Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
Monday 28/07/14 - Chesterfield FC (H) 4-3
Friday 01/08/14 - Matlock Town (H)
Saturday 02/08/14 - Swallownest Miners Welfare (A)
STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE
FA CUP, FA VASE, FA YOUTH CUPFA CUP
Friday 15/08/14 FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round v Worksop Town (H)
Winners of SMWFC v Worksop, will play Rainworth Miners Welfare (A) on 30th August in the Preliminary Round.
Winners of the Preliminary Round game, will play one of Mickleover Sports, Thurnby Nirvana or Lincoln Moorlands (A) on Saturday 13th September in the First Qualifying Round.
Saturday 06/09/14 FA Vase 1st Qualifying Round v Athersley Rec (H)
Winners of SMWFC v Athersley Rec. will play either Runcorn or Glasshoughton Welfare (H) on 4th October in the 2nd Qualifying Round.
FA YOUTH CUP
Week commencing 8th September. Preliminary Round v Ossett Town (A)
The winner of SMWFC v Ossett Town, will play either Thackley or Handsworth Parramore (A) in the week commencing 22nd September in the First Qualifying Round.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Pre Season Friendly
at Field Mill (AKA One Call Stadium)
Mansfield Town (1) 1
Alex Fisher 41
Aston Villa (0) 3
Darren Bent 61, 90
Gary Gardner 85
Programme, one issue covering all MTFC pre season games £3
Attendance, 3,432 inc 1,078 away fans
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Pre Season Friendly
at Birch Park, Ontario Road, Bottesford
Bottesford Town (0) 1
Tom Johnson 59
Scunthorpe United (1) 3
Sam Winnall 5
Paddy Madden 5, 89
Admission £6. Programme £1
Left click pictures to enlarge
1st half: Slocombe, Nolan, Canavan, Boyce, Williams, Myrie-Williams, Bishop, Sparrow, McSheffrey, Winnall, Burton.
2nd half half: Severn, Hornsey, Waterfall, Howe, Dawson, Bateson, McAllister, Syers, Adelakun, Madden, Taylor.
Subs - Hare, Wootton.
Herrick, Spall, Bryant, Johnson, Ridley, Barwick, Start, MacDonald, Snowden, Pembleton, Cross.
Subs - Boulton, Beedle, Gibbons, Harle, Coulbeck, Thompson, Kirk, Quickenden, Stones.
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Pre Season Friendly
at the Windsor Foodservice Stadium, Sandy Lane, Worksop
Handsworth Parramore (0) 6
Lee Whittington (pen) 53
Luke Fletcher 67
Vill Powell 68, 79
Alan Quinn 76
Sam Smith 84
Real United (0) 0
Admission £3. Attendance 43
But after the break, the game was far more one sided, especially during the closing stages.
I'll let you work it out for yourselves.
LINK for match report on Handsworth Parramore website.
A multi match special offer ticket covering all 5 remaining pre season home games can be purchased on the day this Saturday priced at £12.50.
The admission price per game will be £5 if paid for on a match by match basis.
Sat 19/7/2014 v Worksop Town 3pm
Sat 26/7/2014 v Matlock Town 3pm
Tue 29/7/2014 v Belper Town 7:45pm
Sat 2/8/2014 v Stocksbridge Park Steels 3pm
Tue 5/8/2014 v AFC Emley 7:45pm