Tuesday, 10 December 2013
at the Northolme, Gainsborough
The Skrill Conference North
Gainsborough Trinity (0) 2
Lewis McMahon 65
Jamie Wootton 67
Brackley Town (1) 2
Ben Mills 14
Steve Diggin 73
Admission £11, Programme £2.50
Saturday, 7 December 2013
Central Midlands League - League Challenge Cup
Brodsworth Welfare (0) 0
Harworth Colliery (2) 5
Sam West 14, 70
Ollie Chappell 26, 63
Tom Walker 50
Admission £3, Programme £1, Attendance 23
Lee Appleby, Jake Starbuck, Ben Hodgson, Mark Vickerage (C), Steve Knifton, Gareth Dawson, Dale Wood, Brad Johnston, Joe Fisher, Shane Carver, Luke Kelly
Subs - Wes Butler, Gaz Mundy, Andy Abbott
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Jonny Bownes, James Woodward (C), Martyn Gee, Gaz Sides (Lee Edmondson 59), Greg Archer, Ollie Chappell, Dean Bonser (Lewis Hilton 63), Tom Walker (Makenzie Tomlinson 70), Sam West
Unused sub - Steve Wibberley
Oh, I nearly forgot, we virtually already do.
Brodsworth deservedly took three points off of the Colliery in October, when they won 3-2 in a league fixture at the Welfare Ground, a margin of victory that didn't actually reflect just how much better than Harworth the home side had actually played.
But when the teams met at Scrooby Road a couple of weeks later, despite Shane Carver putting Broddy in front after 29 minutes, Harworth won that one comfortably with goals from Sam West, Chris Belshaw, Martyn Gee and Jordan Hardman.
Since that night, the Welfare have lost all five of the games they've played in the interim, while Harworth have won all three league games they've played, scoring 14 goals along the way while conceding just one (against Welbeck), they also lost 1-0 to Westella in the Floodlit Cup in a game they dominated for long spells.
Today's game, which kicked off six minutes late, followed the current form book and though Mark Latham was called into action a good few times, this victory, as the scoreline suggests was a fairly convincing one.
Harworth, playing a traditional 4-4-2 system were on the attack from the off, with Tom Walker and Gaz Sides pushing forward on either flank and causing the home sides defence a few problems.
A minute later, Ollie Chappell played West in on goal, but the referee Mark Senior waved away the penalty appeals as the Colliery number 11 went to ground after tumbling over Appleby when he went down bravely at his feet to prevent a certain goal.
The chances were raining down on the Brodsworth goal: Gaz Sides put the ball narrowly wide after a Jordan Hardman cross was helped his way by a misplaced headed clearance, Appleby saved West's piledriver from 30 yards and Chappell headed just over the bar from Sides left wing cross after Westy had unlocked Brodsworth's defence with a nicely weighted pass out wide.
Harworth were two goals ahead after 26 minutes, when Jordan Hardman excellently turned his man out on the right wing and crossed to Gaz Sides at the back stick, who headed the ball back across the face of the goal for Ollie Chappell to finish from close range.
Walker played the ball inside to West, who took it down on his chest, but shot over the crossbar from long range. A guy sat a few rows in front of me, who was obviously scouting for somebody, asked me who the 'busy looking little number eleven they're calling Westy' was. 'Err, that's Danny Westwood' I told him, 'he's that golfer Lee Westwood's younger brother'.
Sorry Sam, I fibbed ... you're going nowhere pal ;-)
|Compo, Clegg and Seymour.|
They were funnier with Foggy than Seymour, if truth be told.
When play restarted, the home sides captain Marl Vickerage cut in from the right, but as he cued up his shot, Martyn Gee got across him and did enough to make him snatch at his effort that went harmlessly wide.
Harworth's back four of Jordan Hardman, James Woodward, Martyn Gee and Jonny Bownes looked solid today when Brodsworth did get forward.
Dean Boner and Greg Archer dug in deep in the middle of the park, allowing Walker and Sides the freedom to push forward and the understanding that Chappell and West are developing up front gets better each and every week and is a joy to watch at times.
When you look at the strength in depth Harworth had on the bench today and take into account the quality players like Chris Belshaw, Aaron Blakey, Si Brewster, Paul Burns and Tom Pick who weren't available and the long term injured club stalwarts Craig 'Billy' Anderson and David Reeve, along with the reserves who are knocking on the first team selection door ... the pieces all look to be falling into place at just the right time.
And as for the three new signings Harworth made this week, watch this space.
The future's bright, the future's orange.
On the stroke of half time, Gaz Sides held off three challenges on the left and knocked the ball back to Tom Walker, who needlessly squandered possession and crashed a wayward shot against the roof of the stand behind the goal. "There's your stinker for today Rob!" shouted Satch.
Hmm, close but no cigar Mr Hawkins!
|Left click for a panoramic view of the Woodlands.|
Once upon a time, I nearly bought the 4th house from the left.
With the Harworth bench and a couple of their 'ultras' in the stand lambasting Walker for being selfish and taking things on himself when other players were better placed, Tom charged down a clearance from Appleby, battled his way round the Welfare keeper and nonchalantly rolled the ball into the back of the goal and then shrugged in the general direction of his critics.
A typical Walker moment, that actually saved him from getting this weeks 'booby prize' rating.
Brodsworth obviously didn't want to be on the wrong end of a rout and they raised the tempo of their game for a while. Mark Latham thwarted Shane Carver once again, with a great reflex save.
It's the mark of a good keeper who can stay focussed and pull off reaction saves like that, when most of the play has been condensed at the far end of the pitch.
Luke Kelly forced another good stop out of Mark Latham, as Brodsworth pushed forward again.
Just after the hour mark, Walker put a foot in and dispossessed Steve Knifton and quickly passed the ball in field to West, who played it on first time to Ollie Chappell, who killed off the game with Harworth's fourth goal.
"At least we won't have to bugger about with extra time now" joked Brodsworth's secretary Mark Bell, through gritted teeth.
Chappell returned the favour on 70 minutes and plut West through on goal with a pass that left the home side's defence flat footed. Appleby saved the first shot, but West rolled the ball home from the rebound.
Game, set and match to Harworth.
In the very last minute, the Welfare went looking for a consolation goal, but Mark Latham was intent on preserving his clean sheet and he turned the ball away at full stretch at the expense of a corner, then bravely went in head first and smothered the ball amongst a cluster of players from the resultant flag kick.
FT - Brodsworth Welfare 0 v Harworth Colliery 5
Brodsworth need to start winning a few games and fast, but they've got the calibre of players among their ranks to start turning things round. And Harworth have seen them at close quarters often enough recently to know that.
But the Colliery were irresistible at times today and would've been a match for any team in this league with their quick one touch passing and flowing movement.
AFC Mansfield won one of their games in hand in the CMFL North today (6-0 at Kinsley Boys) to give themselves a massive boost at the top of the table, but there are still a cluster of clubs tucked in behind them, most notably Westella, Harworth and Thorne who are just about staying in touch, should the opportunity arise for a late charge along the rails.
There is a long way to go yet. Que sera!
Tuesday, 3 December 2013
Toolstation NCEL League Cup 2nd Round
at The Welfare Ground, Middle Lane, New Crofton
Nostell Miners Welfare (2) 4
Adam Frost 14
Mackenzie Northern 19
Matthew Johnson 88 (pen), 89
Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 0
Admission £5, Programme £1, Attendance 30
Ben Saynor, Jamie Smith, Wayne Ball, Simon Poole, Jack Hill, Jonathan Downey, Will Hayton, Darren Rushton, Mackenzie Northern, Adam Frost, Matthew Johnson
Subs: Alex Booker, Jamie Moxon, Habib Bayang, Luke Ringsell, Gareth Hamlet
Staveley Miners Welfare:
Xavier Parisi, Sam Finlaw, Michael Trench, Pat Lindley, James Colliver, Tim Whittaker, Josh Scully, Jamie Smith, Ryan Damms, Jake Vernon, Reece Littlejohn
Subs: Ross Goodwin, Nathan James, Anthony Rowley, Matt Thorpe
One could say, that the Blues were somewhat hampered by an overly busy match referee, who seemed hell bent on punishing each and every transgression they made, regardless of how minor an infringement it was, with maximum censure, whilst showing far more leniency to the home side throughout the night.
And obviously his zero tolerance approach, which meant that the visitors had to play the whole second half with nine players on the park and finish the game with just eight, saw to it that the hill they had to climb after going two goals behind, even before Mr Clayton started waving cards around like confetti, became a mountain.
The Welfare kicked off this cup tie against the NCEL Premier Division's bottom club, with a formation that consisted of three across the back.
With Jake Vernon to the fore, causing Nostell all sorts of problems from the outset through the left channel, there was little to suggest that the game was about to turn into a complete horror show for the hardy band of travellers from Staveley amongst tonight's paltry attendance who had driven up to West Yorkshire to cheer their side on.
It looked like a close call, but you have to accept that the match officials are best placed to make these judgements and the ones that go against you, usually balance themselves out with a few favourable decisions from time to time.
Least ways, that is how it usually pans out.
Any Staveley supporter perusing this match report, might want to look away now, or continue to read while peeping through your fingers with the light on, because it gets quite harrowing from here on in.
With 14 minutes on the clock, Nostell started to find their feet.
A long free kick from Will Hayton, out wide, was nodded back across the face of Staveley's goal and Adam Frost was on hand to turn it just inside the right hand upright with his back to goal.
A neat finish, but a sucker punch for the visitors who had looked more threatening than their hosts from the off, especially as the goal came from a straightforward dead ball situation, that the Welfare defence ought to have dealt better with.
Worse was to come a few minutes later, when the visitors three man defence were caught out, too far up the pitch by a precision through ball for Mackenzie Northern to run on to, he took his opportunity well and Xavier Parisi had no chance of keeping out the Nostell number 9's well placed finish from 10 yards out.
It was mainly a case verbals and squaring up ... handbags at ten paces if you must ... but amidst the posturing, Pat Lindley appeared to have pushed a Nostell player.
Strictly applying the letter of the law, the referee decided that Lindley could have an early bath for his troubles.
70 minutes to go, two goals behind and now a man light too, the game was turning into a complete nightmare for Staveley.
Obviously getting a few more league points on the board and this coming Saturday's FA Vase tie against Morpeth Town, take priority over a league cup game any day of the week, but this game was against opposition who have got a minus 62 goal difference in the league this season, so surely they were there for the taking, weren't they?
Another undignified stand off involving eight players flared up, on the opposite side of the pitch this time and it was now Jamie Smith (the Nostell full back not his Staveley namecheck) who raised his hands to hassle and push Michael Trench away before confronting Reece Littlejohn.
It was an opportunity for the ref to even things up, given that what Pat Lindley's red card offence was no worse than what Smith had just done.
But Mr Clayton showed him a yellow instead and then also booked Reece Littlejohn and Nostell's Matt Johnston for their part in the squabbling.
If one player lifting his hand warrants a sending off, then surely the same rule should apply to everyone.
Bearing in mind that this report will probably appear on local media website and possibly in Staveley's official club publication, I will curb my annoyance and disbelief at this juncture and comment in a restrained manner.
The referee, at best, was inconsistent and having a complete stinker.
His somewhat unfathomable approach to 'controlling' the game was by now incensing a good number of players from both teams.
But just when we were starting to think things couldn't get any worse, they did!
This is just my version of events and eye witness account of what happened next.
I don't represent anybody else, not either football club, or any online journal that might repost this resume of events and I have no axe to grind with anybody, because I hold both Nostell Miners Welfare and Staveley Miners Welfare, and the people who work at both clubs, in very high regard and have always enjoyed my trips to both clubs over the years.
However, I would be shirking my responsibility to record an accurate overview of the game and the circumstances surrounding it, if I whitewashed over anything and sidestepped an incident that, in my humble opinion, completely overshadowed the rest of the game.
I have spoken to other witnesses who are associated with both clubs, who saw and heard exactly what I did, but I won't name any of them, or call on them to take the matter further, because it is completely between them and their own consciences if they're prepared to speak up or not.
After Jamie Smith, Reece Littlejohn and Matt Johnston had received their yellow cards, there was still a fair amount of bickering going on between some of the players.
Jonathan Downey, Nostell's centre half, is considerably taller than Reece Littlejohn ... then again, most people are. But this distinction between the two of them needs to be made by way of an explanation of something that was said during a vocal exchange.
He (Downey) is a very competent, uncompromising defender and as a player he stuck to his task and performed extremely well tonight. He can definitely kick the ball higher and further than anybody else out on the pitch could.
But, in spite of me being a big fan of old fashioned, uncomplicated, man mountain centre halves (and Downey definitely fits that bill), I would be very hard pushed to admire anything about him after what I saw tonight.
I accept and would usually condone, encourage even, a fair amount of banter between players, managers and spectators, it is part and parcel of the game and psychology is a very underrated science in sport.
But the line must be drawn somewhere and it is wholly unacceptable, for Downey to back up his slight on Littlejohn's diminutive stature, when he said 'Bring it on, you couldn't ****ing reach me anyway' by signing off with the words 'chocolate boy!'
I think we can safely assume that Mr Downey wasn't making the remark based on the premise that he thought Reece was made out of confectionery.
It was a disgraceful thing to say.
Even in the heat of the moment, against the backdrop of an angry exchange between several players, during a game of football that was becoming increasingly niggly and competitive in the wrong sense of the word.The referee did absolutely nothing!
That seriously needs addressing.
Whatever else he got right or wrong tonight, I do not believe that he, or his assistant, who was stood nearby, didn't hear it.
If I heard it, along with others, stood roughly ten yards away, there is no possible way that the two match officials stood closer to the incident didn't.
Two other people who were stood away from us came over at half time and asked if we'd heard the comment.
When I carefully replied: "Yes, what did you hear?", not wanting to put words into their mouths or prejudice a response, the answer I was hoping that I wouldn't hear, because I was still vaingloriously hanging onto the hope that we'd misheard Downey, was duly delivered: "That big number 6 called Littlejohn chocolate boy".
Rest assured, everybody is well aware of the fact that Nostell Miners Welfare FC and Crofton can't be held responsible for the words or actions of one person.
Crofton, in common with much of West Yorkshire, has a diverse community, the football club have a manager, players and a really big friendly supporter up in the seats we were sharing a joke with, who are all coloured.
There is no case to answer.
Possibly Downey himself isn't a racially prejudiced either and simply believes that anything goes and no subject is taboo, when winding an opponent up, but I would very politely suggested, that probably isn't the case.
Alas, before those half time conversations took place, things had got worse for Staveley ... much worse.
Reece Littlejohn, probably feeling by now that he was getting no protection whatsoever from the referee, must have been incensed by the unpunished treatment he had just received and as he burst into the box from the left flank, avoiding a couple of lunging tackles, he lashed out with his foot in an act of sheer frustration.
It was completely understandable under the circumstances, but having already been booked he knew he had to walk now.
But other things out on the pitch had gone awry and that is what this awful game will be remembered for, not the football or Adam Frost and the brilliantly named Mackenzie Northern's goalscoring prowess.
The entire mood of the game had changed completely, after an extended half time break, when the ref had summoned both club secretaries into his dressing room to discuss the fall out and the second half became very subdued.
Still managing to maintain his sense of humour, in the face of what had now become a severely unappealing game and damage limitation exercise for the visitors, one Staveley fan pointed out that the team were playing better with 9 men than they had been with 11.
Staveley's Jamie Smith and Josh Scully both had opportunities to half Nostell's lead, and Ryan Damms was unlucky to see his long range opportunist knock bounce of the crossbar with Ben Saynor stranded in no mans land.
But the visitors League Cup exit was looking ever more imminent.
Josh Scully knocked a corner back towards the incoming Michael Trench, but his shot as well off target.
I'd stopped noting all of the bookings by now, but with two minutes remaining Mr Clayton, decided to dish out another red card, for an infringement he didn't even see.
As Staveley cleared their lines from inside their own box, Wayne Ball clattered James Colliver, but the referee missed it.
Moments later the assistant referee was flagging and summoning the referee's attention.
Everyone was assuming he was going to bring play back and give Staveley a free kick retrospectively for the foul on Colliver.
But to Colliver's amazement he was shown a red card for an off the ball incident and Nostell were awarded a penalty.
Matthew Johnson made no mistake from the spot in the 88th minute and the Miners were home and dry now.
But the 'fun' and games weren't over yet.
In the final minute, Trench made a wild challenge in the area on Nostell's last man, who was in a goalscoring position. It was a tackle that possibly warranted a red card, but the ref spared Trench as he pointed to the spot.
Parisi saved Thomson's spot kick, but the ball rebounded back into the his path and he wasn't going to be denied a second time.
8 man Staveley had rallied and raised their game in the second half, but it wasn't nowhere near enough.
They will have to perform much better at the weekend.
Onward and upward!
FT - 4-0
SMWFC MOTM: Josn Scully
Saturday, 30 November 2013
at the Recreation Ground, Bircotes, DN11 8JT
Harworth Colliery (3) 6
Ollie Chappell 17, 58
Sam West 32, 45, 75
Jordan Hardman 77
Welbeck FC (0) 1
Jordan Collier 57
Admission £3, Programme £1, Attendance 26
Mark Latham, Jordan Hardman, Jonny Bownes, James Woodward (C), Martyn Gee, Gaz Sides (Lewis Francis 72) , Greg Archer, Ollie Chappell, Dean Bonser, Tom Walker (Makenzie Tomlinson 58), Sam West
Darren Milnes, Paul Wass, Mark Robinson, David Cooper, Chris Snowball, Alistair Jones (C), Jordan Collier, Craig Taylor, Julian Stevens, Steffan Frost, Mark Staniforth
Subs - David Lambert, Ashley Siddall
It is hard not to feel sorry for them, though and I'm damn sure that is the last thing they would want anyway, but though their points won and goals conceded columns make for even more frightening viewing than that first time I ever saw that evil child catcher out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on TV, yes ... *that* scarey (sorry if I just rekindled anyone's childhood nightmares), they've got many attributes that a lot of the more successful sides are sadly lacking, even at grassroots level in non league football.
Namely: a one for all and all for one team spirit, a work ethic that deserves far more reward than its ever going to get this season and a dignified sense of sportsmanship and perspective as regards humility.
In fact Welbeck probably stayed in the Pavilion Bar at Harworth Colliery, for longer than any other team has done all season and a lot of other clubs could learn a lot from their conduct and handshakes and good humour in the face of yet another going over.
I'm not entirely sure where they keep mustering up the enthusiasm and motivation from, to keep getting off the canvas and busting a gut until the final whistle week in and week out, in the face of such a poor return for their efforts, but it must be some kind of awesome strength camaraderie that pushes them on.
I couldn't ever be thick skinned enough to take that kind of beating on the chin every weekend, without becoming a blubbering wreck and throwing the towel in.
Welbeck aren't quitters, in spite of all the knock backs they suffered this term, to coin a phrase ... they don't do running away.
see pictures here and under exactly the same circumstances, i.e. 3-0 to the home side at half time, then Welbeck pulled one back before the Colliery went on to win 6-1.
That afternoon Tony Garner bagged a hat trick, today it was Sam West's turn to have a claim on the match ball.
Harworth started the game at a frantic pace and it almost seemed to be playing on the Colliery players minds that they were supposed to win today's game, given that they kicked off some 33 points above their visitors, with a plus 30 goal difference against Welbeck's minus 73.
They were virtually camped in the Pitmen's final third of the pitch, but a lot of their play was hurried and rushed until they eventually settled down, against a backdrop of "Patience!", "Slow it down!" and "Relax!" cries from the home dugout.
Gaz Sides was putting in a lot of work to good effect on the left hand side of the pitch, Sam West and Ollie Chappell are developing a good understanding, Jordan Hardman was relishing getting forward down the right flank and Greg Archer was busying himself running around the centre circle, playing the role of link man all afternoon.
James Woodward's searching ball into the box, found Gaz Sides who's knock across the goalmouth was just begging to be finished off ... Chappell's first attempt was blocked but the ball ricocheted back to him and he knocked the ball home from close range, as the home side started to get into their stride and shake off any pressure to perform jitters they had displayed early in the game.
Gaz Sides came close to increasing Harworth's lead shortly afterwards, but he put the ball narrowly wide after get onto the end of a Tom Walker free kick.
Sides had a really good game until he was substituted late on, to give young Lewis Francis an opportunity to use his fresh legs to run at Welbeck's defence, which he did well, for the short time he was actually on the pitch.
Sam West bagged the Colliery's second goal on 32 minutes, when Ollie Chappell planted a neat lob over his headed for the diminutive front man to run on too. Westy nodded the ball down, outstripped his marker for pace and buried the ball past Darren Milnes.
Jonny Bownes sent Chappell away with a neatly weighted pass, he in turn played the ball into the path of West who forced a great save out of Milnes.
Right on the stroke of half time, Chappell and West both sprinted towards the goal in pursuit of the ball, that was just waiting to be thumped into the net, West narrowly got there first and took the chance of off Ollie's toe to put the home side 3-0 up.
Dean Bonser and Ollie Chappell worked the ball into the visitors area, but Welbeck stood strong and got the ball away.
With almost an hour on the clock, Harworth were letting Welbeck come at them so they could exploit the gaps left at the back, when Jordan Collier suddenly showed a burst of pace, stormed into the Colliery penalty area through the left back channel and thumped the ball into the net.
Welbeck were back in it now ... for all of 50 seconds ... before Sam West played Ollie Chappell through at the other end and he cooly restored the home sides three goal cushion.
Second half substitute Kenzie Tomlinson, who'd replaced a below par Tom Walker on 58 minutes was terrorising Welbeck with his pace, he whipped in a cross to Dean Bonser, but once again Milnes kept the score down with an instinctive save.
Tomlinson repeated the trick and put Bonser clear again, but he turned awkwardly and lashed the ball wide of the left hand post ... in fact, he almost hit the corner flag. But hey ho! The game was a foregone conclusion by then anyway.
Jordan Hardman sent Kenzie away down the right with a delicate pass, Kenzie's cross found West 12 yards out Westy capped off a great performance by completing his hat trick from 12 yards out on 75 minutes.
Welbeck had scrapped for every ball and began to look a bit demoralised now and the prolific goalscorer Jordan Hardman took advantage of a gap in the visitors ranks and spanked a lay off from Sam West into the back of net.
6-1 to the Colliery.
It hadn't been very pretty at times. In fact, there had been several fairly scrappy spells during the game, when the visitors could've got back it.
But Harworth won it the hard way in the end, by a convincing scoreline and Welbeck ended up with nothing to show for all of their resilience and tenacity .
The Colliery had to scrap for this result, but a combination of their graft and quality saw them through in the end.
It'll be interesting to see the match ratings from today, because I thought that there were at least four stand out performances amongst the Harworth ranks and it must also be said that Welbeck had a couple of lads who put that bit extra in beyond the call of duty for their cause too.
Credit where it is due also to the match officials, Ken Hughes, Paul Dexter and Paul Kilbourne, who played a big part in keeping the game flowing with their common sense approach. I can't remember the last time I saw no yellow cards at all shown in a competitive match. It made for a refreshing change.
FT - Harworth Colliery 6 v Welbeck FC 1
THE66POW man of the match: Sam West, who, not for the first time today, nicked the accolade from Ollie Chappell.
Thursday, 28 November 2013
North Midland U19 League Division 1
Handsworth (1) 3
Ollie Grady 7, 83
James Dawes 72
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 1
Ross Goodwin 19
Admission £2, programme £1 (one sheet of A4 folded paper)
Details to follow Monday night
|Photo courtesy of Mark Hartley (AKA the Hallam Skinhead)|
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
at Inkersall Road, Steveley, S43 3JL
NCEL Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (3) 8
Michael Trench 8
Reece Littlejohn 25, 36, 82
Ryan Damms 50, 61
Jake Vernon 68, 84
Liversedge (1) 2
Matt Thompson 9
Sam Talbot 59
Admission £5, Programme £1, Attendance 120
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Saturday, 23 November 2013
At the Welfare Ground, Mansfield Road, Blidworth
Blidworth Welfare (0) 0
Southwell City (2) 4
Lyam Webster 25, 48, 85 (pen)
Theo Waites 43
Admission £3, Programme £1, Attendance 40 or so
More details from today's game here --> On the Road 2013-14
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
Wednesday 20th November 2013At 'the Home of Football', Sheffield FC Stadium
Coach & Horses Ground, Dronfield
Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup 3rd Round
Sheffield FC (0) 1
Andy Gascoine 57
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 3
Jame Smith 41
Matt Thorpe 69
Josh Scully 76
Admission £7, Programme £2, Attendance 79
Poulter, Turner, Algar, Burrell (C) (Al-Hakam), Whitehorne, Stirrup, Roney, Gascoigne, Powell (Thomas), Fereday (Purkiss), Woolley
Staveley Miners Welfare
Dewberry, Hague, Austin, Smith (C), Dickman, Colliver, Lindley, Scully (Wafula), Vernon (Damms), Thorpe (Finlaw), Trench.
Unused sub - Butt
The Welfare will now travel to Worksop on Tuesday 10th December, where they'll face Parramore FC in the Quarter Final of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Cup.
Those who didn't brave the elements to watch this pulsating cup tie, will probably think of the 1-3 final scoreline as being something of a surprise, but I have no doubt that each and every one the 79 hardy souls who did turn out, would testify that the best team on the night won fair and square and were worthy winners over the 90 minutes of slog, hard work and guile. A fact that the home side generously acknowledged straight after the game, much to their immense credit.
Sheffield had their moments, but it was the visitors who adapted best to the ever worsening underfoot conditions and found the extra impetus required to keep the momentum going, to conquer both their illustrious opponents and the awful weather conditions.
Staveley were lively from the outset, but 'Club' started to make a few inroads deep into the visitors ranks through Matt Roney and Vill Powell.
Josh Scully, played Michael Trench in on goal, but the home side's defence closed ranks and saw the ball away from danger.
|Spot the ball (Josh Scully has it)|
Andy Gascoine came close to breaking the deadlock but his 20 yard free kick was turned away by Martin Dewberry.
Sheffield's apparent urgency to get to grips with the game, spurred Staveley to go on the offensive and Jake Vernon tested Rob Poulter from 18 yards out, but his shot flew narrowly wide of the mark. Moments later, Vernon combined well with Josh Scully, but the Welfare number 8 couldn't keeper his shot down and put the ball over the bar.
Richard Stirrup had his attempt on goal blocked by Dewberry and Staveley broke from end to end and almost went ahead when Trench intercepted an attempted header back to Poulter by Ben Turner, rounded the keeper and was unlucky to see his goalbound knock cleared via a last ditch interception by Joe Whitehorne.
With half time rapidly approaching, the ball fell to Jamie Smith 25 yards from goal and with both his running and passing options rendered inert by the mud, he unleashed an unstoppable curling shot past Poulter instead.
Vill Powell was just inches away from equalising right on half time after Pat Lindley had done just enough to force Fereday into rushing his cross instead of allowing him to put the ball on a plate for his player coach.
|Spot the scoreboard 1-3|
Two corners in quick succession and a Nicky Hague cross in from the right came to nothing.
Matty Thorpe played a telling cross into the path of Michael Trench, but he struggled to reach it as both goalmouths became quagmires and Sheffield were relieved to clear their lines.
Scully came close to doubling the visitors lead, but Poulter tipped his shot from 12 yards round the upright.
Jamie Smith tried to deceive Poulter with a low shot from outside the box, but the ball came to an abrupt halt in the mud in front of the homes sides keeper.
As so often happens when a team has had a glut of unconverted chances at one end, Sheffield went on the attack and amidst an almighty scramble in the visitors box, Andy Gascoine equalised at the second attempt after his initial shot had hit a team mate and rebounded back to him.
Matt Roney's slipping and sliding solo run, as cut out by Dewberry and the ball was cleared upfield as far as Thorpe out on the right flank of Sheffield's final third, he battled forward dragging the ball along through the mud and delicately, but deliberately lifted the ball over Poulter and into the back of the net, to regain the visitors lead.
And shortly afterwards Scully was unlucky when he ran on to James Colliver's through ball, but struggled to keep his footing and put the ball wide.
But Scully's luck was in shortly afterwards, when he took advantage of a defensive slip after Damms played him in on goal, muscled past Turner and drilled the ball beneath Poulter as he at full stretch to block the angle.
With 14 minutes to go, sitting on a two goal cushion, a resilient Staveley now stood strong, diffusing anything resembling a threat from Sheffield with a dogged determination across the middle of the park.
Matt Roney did find his way through once, but his shot cannoned back off the upright.
Inside the last five minutes, with the home side now looking beaten and ready to get out of the snowy blizzard that was developing and back into the warmth of their dressing room, Colliver once again played a well weighted through ball in for Scully, but his miscued his shot narrowly wide.
Not to worry, he'd already struck the hammer blow that finished Sheffield off with the Welfare's third goal.
An absorbing and entertaining cup tie came to an end, in a nick of time while the players could still get off of the swamp of a pitch and the spoils were all Staveley's.
FT - Sheffield FC 1 v Staveley Miners Welfare 3
Staveley now have three more fixtures this month, where they can hopefully keep the unbeaten run going, starting with a trip to Brighouse on Saturday.
Saturday 23rd May v Brighouse Town (A) 3pm, at the Dual Seal Stadium, St Giles Road, Hove Edge, Brighouse, West Yorkshire, HD6 2PL
Wednesday 27th November v Liversedge (H) 7.45pm
Saturday 30th November v Garforth Town (H) 3pm