Thursday, 21 May 2015

STAVELEY MW U18 TRIALS - Wednesday 27th May 2015

Staveley MW U18s are holding an open training session/trial night at Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL, on Wednesday 27th May at 6.30pm.
All of this season's U18s who are still eligible for next year are asked to attend, along with any of the current U16s squad who are wanting to make the step up... as well as anyone else of the appropriate age group who is interested in joining the club.
Players should be of a standard that they are able to compete in the Premier Division of the DB Sports U18s League and be committed to progressing through the club's youth structure to the U21s and First Team set up, as well as being available on Sundays and in midweek, in order to support the senior set up and fulfil all fixtures.
Could all attendees please inform one of the coaches below in advance, so that they have a rough idea of numbers that will be turning up on the night.
For more info contact: Steve Bates 07986 215350 or Rich Williams 07946 323177.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Staveley Miners Welfare Ladies FC - Player recruitment 2015-16 season

Staveley Miners Welfare Ladies FC...
 are now recruiting players for their forthcoming season in Division 1 of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Ladies County league. If you are selected for the team, you will need to be available for weekly training on Tuesday evenings and matches on Sunday afternoons. Please contact Teresa on 07854224932 for more details or DM the Staveley Miners Welfare Ladies FC facebook page. 

Monday, 18 May 2015



SATURDAY 11TH JULY, 2015, Arnold Town v Staveley Miners Welfare, 3pm
WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY, 2015. Shirebrook Town v Staveley Miners Welfare, 7:45pm
SATURDAY 18TH JULY, 2015. Staveley Miners Welfare v Mickleover Sports, 3pm
WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY, 2015. Staveley Miners Welfare v Goole AFC, 7:45pm
FRIDAY 24TH JULY, 2015, Staveley Miners Welfare v Chesterfield, 7.45pm
SATURDAY 25TH JULY, 2015. Bottesford Town v Staveley Miners Welfare, 3pm
WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY, 2015. Staveley Miners Welfare v Lincoln United, 7:45pm
SATURDAY 1ST AUGUST, 2015. Staveley Miners Welfare v Carlton Town, 3pm

Friday, 15 May 2015


Thank you to all of our player sponsors for the 2014-15 season, your valuable support was greatly appreciated by everyone the football club.
Next season, the cost will be the same as the it was for the one that has just finished, i.e. £25 per player/manager/physio etc.
We appreciate that supporting a football club is already expensive enough as it is and that despite what certain politicians would have us believe, especially around election time, these are still difficult times economically for a lot of people in our region and we don't want anybody overstretching themselves.
Hence no price rise.
If you are interested in sponsoring a player, or any individual at the club, please contact Rob Waite 07934 310958 (text message preferred) or via email
Obviously we aren't able to publish a list of available players as of yet, because although we know the details of the players who are staying at the club, it is against NCEL rules for them to put pen to paper just yet ... and we aren't naming the couple of lads we are hoping to bring in, because we don't want to alert the likes of Arsene Wenger and Louis van Gaal about which desirable signings are currently available.
If the player you want to sponsor isn't available come August we can allocate you another one and as per 2014-15, if your player leaves during the season, we will provide you with a substitute.
Of course you can also pick 'Any player' and we will sort one out for you.
First team, U21's and Ladies team players are all available to sponsor.
All funds raised through sponsorship will go towards ongoing projects to improve the facilities at Inkersall Road, but the sponsorship that comes in for any of the Ladies team will go directly to them, to assist with their running costs.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Staveley MW Under 21's trials 2015-16

Tomorrow ... Wednesday night, 13th May 2015, Staveley MW Under 21's will be holding trials for next season's team.
These trials are taking place at the Inkersall Road ground from 6pm.
All players of the correct age group who are of suitable ability are welcome to attend.
Please spread the word.

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Glossop North End 1 v North Shields 2 - FA Vase Final at Wembley Stadium

Saturday 9th May 2015
FA Vase Final
at Wembley Stadium
Admission Free. Programme £4
Attendance 9,674
Glossop North End (0) 1
Tom Bailey 55
North Shields (0) 2
Gareth Bainbridge 80, Adam Forster 96
Glossop North End:
1 Greg Hall; 2 Michael Bowler, 3 Matthew Russell, 4 Kelvin Lugsden, 5 Dave Young (c); 6 Martin Parker; 7 Lee Blackshaw (16 Samuel Grimshaw 69), 18 Samuel Hare (15 Sam Hind 82), 9 Tom Bailey, 11 Eddie Moran (12 Daniel White 61); 10 Kieran Lugsden
Unused subs - Benjamin Richardson, 17 Richard Gresty
North Shields:
19 Christopher Bannon; 22 Stuart Donnison, 3 John Grey, 5 John Parker, 6 Kevin Hughes (c); 4 Michael McKeown, 10 Ben Richardson; 7 Denver Morris, 11 Dean Holmes (14 Adam Forster 69), 17 James Luccock (20 Ryan Carr 59); 9 Gareth Bainbridge (8 Kieran Wrightson 106)
Unused subs - 2 Curtis Coppen, 12 Marc Lancaster
Words to follow presently, I am currently experiencing a few VERY busy days.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Buxton U21 1 v Staveley MW 2 - HKL NMU21L League Cup Final

HKL North Midland U21 League Cup Final
Thursday 7th May 2015
at AFC Mansfield, Forest Town Arena
Buxton U21 (0) 1
(John Ollerenshaw 90+2)
Staveley MIners Welfare (0) 2
(Kurt Morley 49 pen, Ryan Walters 51)
Staveley MW U21:
Chris Butt, Tom Gambles, Greg Fitzpatrick, Ryan Bates, Alex Pugh, James Finnigan, Ryan Watters (c), Ross Goodwin, Ryan Walters (Charlie Board 59), Mohammed Tijani (George Johnson 75), Kurt Morley (Nathan Jessop 89)
Unused subs: Joe Harris, George Slack.
Buxton U21:
Aaron Dixon, David Boden (Oliver Knowles HT), James Travis (Noah Evans 64), Shomari Doyle, John Ollerenshaw (C), Charlie Johnson, Matt Wilkinson, Danny Hopkins, Alex Airey, James Handley (Lewis Betts 82), James Gemmell. 
Unused subs - Thomas Knifton-Smith, Aaron Eyre.
Staveley's Under 21 side finished the season in a very creditable third place in the HKL North Midland U21 League, four points behind the champions Ilkeston FC (who's academy players are employed full time by their club), while tucked in between two step 3 Evo-Stik League clubs development sides, namely Carlton Town and Sheffield FC.
When these two sides had met previously this season, Buxton triumphed 2-1 at Silverlands and Staveley had won by the same score in the reverse fixture Inkersall Road, which indicated that tonight's game would be a close one to call.
The first half was very tight, with both teams trying to play a passing game, but cancelling each other out for long spells, a patient approach was required to what had begun as a cat and mouse type affair.
Ross Goodwin thought he had scored with a looping header, but the goal was ruled out and Buxton's keeper Aaron Dixon was fortunate that the referee had missed him handling the ball outside of his area... But this was a development team game and nobody wanted it spoiling as a spectacle, by having a player sent off. Especially one who had travelled to Forest Town from Manchester University under his own steam. These things balance themselves out over a season.
Staveley did create two clear cut chances, but they were rushed when taking a moment to pick a spot to place the ball would've been a better option.
Chris Butt dealt with the prolific Alex Airey magnificently in a one onto one situation, in a moment that was typical of the way the young Staveley keeper has been performing towards the end of this season for both the first team and Under 21 side.
The first half came to a finish when Ryan Watters burst into the Buxton area, seeing off two clumsy challenges, but just as he was weighing up his options about whether he should shoot or cross to Ross Goodwin, the referee Richard Eley blew up for a foul and the advantage was lost.
HT 0-0
Having weighed up Buxton in the first half, Staveley came out after the break on the front foot and stormed into a two goal lead, which Buxton never really recovered from.
On 49 minutes, Mohammed Tijani was bundled to the ground by Oliver Knowles and Staveley were awarded a penalty. 
Tijani is difficult to get around with his diminutive stature and ability to shield the ball, so Knowles won't be the last person to have to resort to nudging him out of the way ... but rules are rules.
Kurtis Morley stepped up and made no mistake from the spot. 
Advantage Staveley!
Within two minutes Buxton were dealt another blow, when Ross Goodwin sent Ryan Watters on his way and the Staveley captain drilled a cross into the six yard box that only needed a touch ... Ryan Walters was there to provide it, right on cue and he prodded the ball over the line.
The double whammy had knocked the stuffing out of Buxton and they lost their composure and shape for a while as Staveley pushed forward looking for a third goal to all but clinch the game.
Aaron Dixon saved superbly from a blistering Kurt Morley shot and was on hand again to keep out Alex Pugh's thumping header from the resulting corner.
Dixon also had to get down well to keep out a fizzing piledriver from Greg Fitzpatrick and was voted by the HKL NMU21L officials as man of the match ... even though I think personally, that they might have spelt Ross Goodwin's name wrong on the form.
Deep into stoppage time, with Staveley running the clock down, John Ollerenshaw flicked a long ball on over Chris Butt off of his head to nick a consolation goal for Buxton, as the highly rated keeper charged off his line to cover the danger.
But there were only seconds of stoppage time remaining now and Buxton barely even celebrated.
All in all, a great way for Staveley Miners Welfare to finish off the season after some recent turbulence at the club.
FT: Staveley Miners Welfare U21 2 v Buxton FC U21 1

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Staveley MW 0 v Liversedge 0 - Toolstation NCEL Premier Division

Saturday 18th April 2015
at Inkersall Road
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Staveley MW 0
Liversedge 0
Attendance 163
Staveley MW line up:
Chris Butt, Tom Gambles, Greg Fitzpatrick, Ryan Bates (James Ashmore 61), Alex Pugh (Mohammed Tijani 53), James Finnigan, Ryan Watters, Sam Finlaw (C), Ryan Walters (Charlie Board 80), Ross Goodwin, Ellis Wall
Unused subs - George Johnson, George Slack

Many of those in attendance at Inkersall Road this afternoon, will have been under the impression that the predominantly teen-aged starting line up, several of whom were making their first team debuts, will have been selected out of necessity, borne out of the fact that several senior players have left the club this week (of their own vocation), following a 'mutual and amicable' agreement, between the club and James Colliver and Ryan France, that saw the management duo leave the club after Tuesday night's narrow defeat at Nostell Miners Welfare. 
Subsequently Staveley's Under 21 side coaches: Jay Roper and Steve Bates, will also be filling the first team roles in a caretaker capacity until the end of the current season.
However, today's 'experimental' side had been suggested several weeks ago and the idea was agreed upon by Colliver and France, along with Roper and Bates, to see how the current crop of up and coming players would actually fare at NCEL level.
So in spite of all the hype and rumours, today's line up had already been pre-planned as part of the young squad's education and continuing development. 
In the event, eight of the starting line up had already experienced first team football before anyway.
The game itself, started off at a frantic pace for the opening ten minutes, with a stiff breeze cutting across the field of play towards the Chantry side of the ground, but once things settled down, Staveley showed their intentions early on, with both Ross Goodwin and Ryan Walters coming close.
Staveley's back four of Tom Gambles, Alex Pugh, James Finnigan and Greg Fitzpatrick all play alongside regularly and it showed, with them all keeping a their shape well and covering each others backs when one or more of them ventured forward to join in with the attack or or link up with the midfield.
The crowd of 163 who had turned out to run the rule over the new charges and atmosphere of change at the club,  were soon won over by the passing and movement out on the pitch and were generous with their appreciative support of what they were witnessing, which made for a great atmosphere. 
As the buzz emanating around the stands reached the players, they visibly rose in stature and confidence. 
And it wasn't just a case of the crowd giving the team some leeway because of any raw naivety, it was in groundswell of approval and recognition that this so called 'kid's team' actually knew what they were doing, could cope collectively with the step up and were ready for action.
Captain Sam Finlaw, who has only missed one first team game so far this season, when he was too ill to turn out at Armthorpe, was relishing in his leading role and evidently more than ready to take up the responsibility bestowed upon him.
His through ball to the ever busy Walters, who forced a great reaction save out of Liversedge's Sam Dobbs, following some great work in the build up from Ryan Watters and Ryan Bates. 
As showcases for fringe players trying to prove themselves go, there were a lot of seamless transitions from development level football to first team standard on display today.
Liversedge managed their first effort on goal of note in the twentieth minute, but the highly rated Chris Butt, who has been attracting the interest of several other local clubs, dealt with Andy Wood's hooked shot from outside the area fairly easily.
Ellis Wall, who reaches his 22nd birthday in December, and as a consequence was one of the elder statesmen in today's team, put in a great shift all afternoon, making foraging runs forward and giving Staveley more attacking options, while Ross Goodwin made good with a similar battering ram role in support of the Staveley attack.
Tom Gambles was busying himself up and down the right flank and linking up well with Bates and Watters. While the left back Fitzpatrick was proving to be a stubborn nut to crack as Liversedge tried to advance down the right flank. Having seen 'the best centre half duo in Under 21's football' in action many times for Staveley's development team, a lot of supporters who turn out for the HKL NMU21L games, would've already known how solid this pairing are ... and they weren't to be disappointed.
Bates' free kick into the mix from out on the right, was half cleared into the path of Ryan Walters who's close range shot narrowly cleared the bar. Wall cut in from the left flank but a wall of three defenders thwarted his progress, but the loose ball fell to Finlaw who had to rush his shot and put it wide of the upright.
Half time: Staveley MW 0 v Liversedge 0

This Staveley line up obviously hadn't read the script about how today was meant to be about getting some experience, with the result being of secondary importance while they grabbed the opportunity to shine ... they were well up for it and going for the result.
It was impressive to see James Ashmore putting the subs through their training drills and offering guidance during the interval, his conduct today, putting aside a difficult week for the club and rolling his sleeves up and weighing in for the cause, demonstrated what a true pro he is.
He deserves all of the plaudits that come his way ... and today, there were many.
Eight minutes into the second half, Alex Pugh was flattened by a late challenge from Andy Wood. The 17 year old limped off and after a spell of treatment it was decided he couldn't carry on. Ross Goodwin dropped back into defence to cover for Pugh ... and a murmur of excitement rippled around the ground, as the effervescent 'pocket rocket' that is all 4ft 11 inches of Mohammed Tijani (TJ) was let loose on an unsuspecting Liversedge defence.
On the hour, Bates played the ball forward to Wall who released Watters in on goal, his pace sprang the offside trap and he buried the ball past Dobbs for what looked like the opening goal.
Up went the flag and the goal was ruled out ... possibly other players who had strayed forward (but they didn't have any part to play in the move described above), but Watters was very unlucky to have that one chalked off.
Bates was booked for an innocuous challenge in the middle of the field as two players challenged for the same ball and in the process, got some private one to one tuition in how to deal will a 'personality referee'.
Mr Thornhill has his own unique way of running things and today will have been a real eye opener for a few people. 
That isn't a criticism of the match official, just a general observation.
He has been officiating for over a decade ... but he is a complete one off in many respects. Nuff said!
Bates, having put in a lung busting hour was replaced by James Ashmore.
Ashmore showed an array of twists and turns and demonstrated to the younger players around him how to buy yourself a few yards of space and a few vital seconds of time, by stamping his authority all over the middle of the park.
His quality distribution and ability to hold onto possession while his team mates found space for themselves off the ball was a joy to behold at times. 
Ashmore planted a free kick across the six yard box, which Finlaw turned just wide of the upright, whilst the 'always in the wars' Watters bundled unceremoniously to the ground.
Walters won a corner off of Glen O'Gara and when Watters hoodwinked the Liversedge defence by stepping over Wall's flag kick, Finlaw was only inches away from tucking the ball just inside the left hand post.
'TJ' was flattened in the middle of the park, but Mr Thornhill waved play on, adjudging that Staveley's two forward facing players Finlaw and Wall had some kind of an advantage against the seven Liversedge players that stood between them and the goal. To compound matters nobody was disciplined for the bad foul on Tijani when the opportunity arose for the referee to deal with it.
It is not the 'Staveley way' to criticise match referees so I won't, but I believe it is part of the club ethos to report everything as honestly accurately as possible, so; Mr Thornhill, with all due respect, you got that one horribly wrong!
The ever outspoken Liversedge keeper Sam Dobbs, took a few moments off from his regular duties of shouting excessively expletive laden abuse at everyone and anyone within the perimeter walls of the ground and belted a long pass down the left flank to Jack McNorough, but 'Sedge's number seven's cross was gathered comfortably by Butt, who is now poised, quite literally to grab his opportunity to establish himself as first choice keeper for the remainder of the season with both hands.
Steve Hernandez's premature departure from Staveley is a blow for the club, but 'Butty' is ready to pick up the baton and will have learned plenty this season from working with 'Nando'. I am sure everybody connected with Staveley appreciates the work that Hernandez has done and wishes him well for the future, but Chris Butt is the Welfare's number one now and will make the number 1 shirt his own in no time at all.
Andy Sunley threatened Staveley's goal twice in the space of a couple of minutes, as Liversedge enjoyed a spell of pressure. But Staveley mopped up and went on the offensive again.
On 80 minutes, the Liversedge centre halves will have been glad to see the back of the powerhouse striker that is Ryan Walters, but found out quickly that in Charlie Board, Roper and Bates had a like for like replacement.
Board will have done his chances of being in the squad again on Tuesday no harm at all, with his fresh legged running, pulling the visitors defence all over the place.
Tijani's close range shot was turned against the crossbar by Dodds as Staveley cranked things up a notch in the last few minutes.
Inkersall Road had an approving smile on it's face and the crowd were now urging the home side to push forward and get the result their efforts warranted.
Gambles slipped the ball through to Watters, but Liversedge forced the ball away for a corner as he cued up his shot.
In the ninetieth minute, Ashmore lobbed a pass to Wall, who managed to drag the ball past the keeper and get his shot in from ten yards, but as the crowd rose as one to celebrate a richly deserved win, the ball crashed off of the foot of the right hand post and Liversedge cleared it away to hang on for a draw.

Staveley left the pitch to the sound of applause and cheers, they hadn't got the victory their efforts had merited, but they had won over any doubters in the crowd.

Full time: Staveley MW 0 v Liversdege 0

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Nostell Miners Welfare 2 v Staveley Miners Welfare 1 - Toolstation NCEL Premier Division

Nostell MW (0) 2 James Kitson 78 Rob Bordman 80
v Staveley MW (0) 1 Sam Finlaw 34
Attendance 57
Post match statement by SMWFC:
By mutual agreement, Staveley MWFC and first team management duo Jas Colliver and Ryan France have agreed to part company amicably as of tonight. The club would like to wish both of them well for the future and thanks them for their efforts.

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Staveley MW 0 v AFC Mansfield 1 - Toolstation NCEL LC5

Wednesday 8th April 2015
Toolstation NCEL League Cup Fifth Round
at Inkersall Road, Staveley
Admission £5. Programme £1.50
Staveley MW (0) 0
AFC Mansfield (0) 1
Craig Mitchell 49
Attendance 254

Staveley line up:
Steve Hernandez (C), Ryan Watters, Damian Magee (Jack Polton HT), Ross Goodwin, Craig Fisher, Alex Pugh, Kurtis Morley, Sam Finlaw, Jahmal Smith, Jordan Eagers, Ellis Wall
Unused subs - Tom Gambles, James Finnigan, Ryan Bates,Chris Butt (GK) 
Staveley's hopes of finishing this roller coaster ride of a season with any silverware to show for their efforts, was dashed at Inkersall Road tonight, by first division AFC Mansfield in front of a bumper crowd of 254.
A home semi final tie at Forest Town against Handsworth Parramore now awaits the victorious Bulls.
The home side were dealt a major blow in the run up to kick off, when their already injury depleted starting line up, had to be rearranged still further when James Ashmore pulled up during the warm up and had to be withdrawn.
Mansfield did their homework prior to the game and had pinpointed the midfield supply chain that Ashmore is an integral part of, as an area of the game they would have to close down. So they wouldn't have been too disappointed to have heard of the 11th hour switch in personnel to Jas Colliver's side.
The Bulls kicked off and showed their attacking intentions early on down the right flank, with full back Kyle Ludlow demonstrating his ability to launch the ball accurately into the Staveley box with his trademark long throw ins.
Sam Finlaw, who was also penciled in as a potential threat by the visiting (and former Staveley) manager Rudy Funk, had the Welfare's first two goal-scoring opportunities of note, but the visitors had prepared well and restricted the busy midfielder to long range shots as the game unfolded at a frantic pace.
The visitors experienced centre half Chris Timons limped out of the game with a calf strain on 12 minutes, but his replacement Joe Lamplough slotted in well. 
Declan Brewin swung a dangerous ball into Staveley's six yard box, Craig Fisher cleared, but only as far as Danny Naylor, who found the top corner (of the Inkersall Road car park) with his wildly executed shot.
On thirty five minutes, Jahmal Smith played Kurt Morley through on goal, but as he ran the ball wide of Jason White, the Bulls keeper's outstretched hand caught the Staveley youngsters right ankle and the referee Tim Walker had  no hesitation in pointing to the penalty spot as Morley hit the deck.
White was booked because Morley was moving away from goal at the time of the contact, instead of being shown a red card, which was a sensible decision.
Jahmal Smith opted to take a bizarre short run up and planted his spot kick a few yards wide of the left hand upright. A bad day at the office for the usually reliable striker.
At the other end, Joe Naylor hot feebly wide when he ought to have done better for the visitors, which brought an hectic first forty fives minutes to a close;
HT: Staveley MW 0 v AFC Mansfield 0
Four minutes after the restart, Ross Goodwin and Ellis Wall tried to work their way into the Mansfield area out on the right, but the visitors defence closed ranks and Mark Dudley hit a long hopeful pass up the pitch towards Craig Mitchell who charged forward before burying the ball past Steve Hernandez.0-1
Hernandez was tested by Mitchell again three minutes later, but tipped the ball over the bar at full stretch. Dudley's in-swinging corner caused chaos in the Staveley area and Hernandez again came to the Welfare's rescue, blocking Lamplough's close range effort.
It would be fair to say at this point, that the better side were winning.
But Hernandez's heroics and the repelled threat of falling two goals behind, spurred Staveley into action.
Ross Goodwin chipped the ball into the path of Jahmal Smith but Grant Allott was alert to the danger and got across to clear his lines.
The home side chucked everything but the kitchen sink at the Forest Town based side, but just couldn't find that final decisive touch.
Jordan Eagers crossed but Smith's shot was deflected wide for a corner.
Eagers flag kick was cleared behind the goal, his second attempt picked out Ross Goodwin but Jason White got his hand in and diverted the ball away from immediate danger, but Wall played it back into the mix first time ... a beleaguered Bulls defence got another block in and the loose ball fell to Jack Poulton, who dribbled his way across the byline from out on the right ... but Mansfield scrambled the ball away once more.
The visitors were being stretched to breaking point, but to their credit were holding out.
Joe Naylor had an opportunity to put the game to bed for Mansfield, but having worked his way into a good position, he blazed his effort over the bar.
Ryan Watters, who was having to play as a makeshift right back instead of making his usual buccaneering runs through the final third, got forward and was chopped down, as is his wont. Wall took the free kick and found Goodwin but he headed wide of the mark.
Ellis Wall, who else!? Played Jahmal Smith through in the final minute, despite having his shirt pulled at, the Welfare striker stayed on his feet, perhaps he didn't fancy another turn from the penalty spot ... and Jason White did well to turn his rasping shot away, but Wall had anticipated well and followed the action, but with White beaten all ends up, the Staveley live-wire's header crashed off of the crossbar. Game over!
On the balance of play, AFC Mansfield, with their more direct style of play, just about deserved the honours, but they had certainly rode their luck a couple of times.
After the game; supporters from the Chesterfield and Mansfield area clubs mixed freely in the bar and enjoyed a sociable hour or so together, without the need for any stewards to marshall them, or officers of the law to ward off any potential disagreements, the followers of their respective local professional league clubs could learn a lot from non league football.
FT: Staveley MW 0 v AFC Mansfield 1

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Parkgate 1 v Staveley MW 2 - Toolstation NCEL Premier Division

Click link for match report:
Saturday 4th April 2015
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Parkgate (0) 1
Adam Stapleford-Jones 46
Staveley MW (0) 2
Ryan Watters 62, Jahmal Smith 87
Attendance 301
Staveley Man of  the Match - Alex Pugh
Staveley line up:
Steve Hernandez, Brad Jones (Kurt Morley 70),
Jack Poulton (James Finnigan HT), Ross Goodwin, Alex Pugh,
Damian Magee, Jordan Hodder (Ryan Watters 25), Sam Finlaw,
Jahmal Smith, James Ashmore, Ellis Wall
Subs not used: Chris Butt GK, Ryan Bates

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Tadcaster Albion 0 v Highworth Town 1 - FA Vase QF Replay

Words to follow in due course, in the meantime here are some pictures:
Click link for a few photos I took at:
Tadcaster Albion v Highworth Town - FA Vase QF Replay.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Staveley MW 3 v Barton Town Old Boys 2 - NCEL Prem

Wednesday 4th March 2015
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Staveley MW (2) 3 
Kurt Morley 16, Lee Whittington 33, Ellis Wall 90+
Barton Town Old Boys (1) 2 
Ashley Dexter 29, Scott Phillips 69 
Att 124

Match Sponsor, Thanks to the Grafton Hotel, Worksop
Staveley MW:
Steve Hernandez (C), Brad Jones, Jack Poulton, Jordan Eagers (Ross Goodwin 75), Matt Hassett, Damian Magee (Alex Pugh HT), Kurtis Morley, Sam Finlaw, Lee Whittington, James Ashmore, Ellis Wall
Unused subs - Ryan Watters, Chris Butt (GK), James Colliver

Barton Town Old Boys:
Rick Watson, Laurence McKay, Corey Mortimer (Chris Gowen 73), Sam Belcher, Ashley Dexter (C), Bradley Ricketts (Henry Gill 75), Danny Morton, Louis Kirk, Scott Phillips, Danny Chambers, Ashley Lattimore
Unused subs - Gareth Owen, Oliver Donald
Having been floored by a combination of late sucker punches in each of their previous two games, the euphoria was clear to see as Staveley left the pitch having snatched all three points for themselves with an Ellis Wall strike right at the death, in a pulsating game that could have gone either way.
It is worth noting that the points were actually clinched by a late last ditch clearance by Brad Jones, deep into added time, when the league's top goalscorer Scott Phillips was denied a 94th minute equaliser, which demonstrated that the Welfare had taken on board the lessons learned about not dropping their guard from their last two outings.
As manager Jas Colliver said in his pre match programme notes, "This season has been a steep learning curve for myself and Ryan (France) and tonight we'll see if our side has the 'bouncebackability' factor" ... box ticked!
The 124 spectators present at Inkersall Road were treated to a refreshing feast of attacking football, by two sides who were never going to be content to sit back and protect a point when there were three up for grabs. 
The 'all or nothing', up tempo approach to the game, was supplemented by the third team on the pitch, namely the match officials: Steve Meredith, Kenwyn Hughes and Paul Buck, who let the game flow and didn't produce a single yellow card for either team all night.
The visitors had stated their intentions early doors, when they forced a couple of corners inside the opening two minutes, but Steve Hernandez was equal to their threat and handled the situation with his usual aplomb.
Staveley's recent capture from Handsworth Parramore, Lee Whittington tangled with Barton's keeper Rick Watson as they went for a 50/50 challenge, but as they were both going for the ball and no malicious intent had been shown, the referee waved play on as 'Whitto' hit the deck.
Jack Poulton was looking strong down the left flank and his sweeping byline cross only needed a touch as it rolled invitingly across the face of the visitors goal, but Barton survived a scare.
Laurence McKay and Danny Chambers combined well through the right channel, but Hernandez was on hand again to palm the ball away.
Staveley's player of the month for February, Ellis Wall, won the ball in midfield and threaded a great pass into the path of Kurtis Morley who outpaced his marker, drew Watson from his line and rolled the ball into the bottom corner of the net. 1-0
Barton went in search of an equaliser almost immediately, Scott Phillips unselfishly laid the ball off sideways, but Danny Morton's shot was a foot wide of the left hand upright.
The ever menacing Phillips burst into the box but as he cued up to shoot through a crowded goalmouth, Matt Hassett tripped him from behind. Mr Meredith had no hesitation in pointing to the spot.
Ashley Lattimore hit the ball low and hard, but Hernandez got down well to his right and turned the ball round the post.
Hernandez tipped Bradley Ricketts corner away, but his defence struggled to clear their lines and Barton's captain Ashley Dexter picked up the loose ball and lashed it into the back of the net. 1-1
At times this season Staveley haven't always endeared themselves to the purists, when they have had to adapt tactics to suit, for a variety of reasons. But their passing game tonight was a joy to behold. A mix of home produced youngsters, augmented under the mentorship of some very astute signings, employing an aesthetically pleasing system ... and a thrilling win! What more could anyone possibly want?
"The freedom to perform breeds confidence in players" said Colliver and as if to demonstrate this point, Ellis Wall took on and beat four Barton players, before Watson saved on the line, at the second attempt, to cap of a string of eight successfully completed passes.
Lee Whittington and Kurtis Morley showed signs of gelling in Saturday's game against Maltby and the same combination put Staveley back in front tonight. Ellis Wall set the wheels in motion with a defence splitting pass to Morley on 33 minutes, who knocked a sideways pass to Whittington who bagged his first goal for the club from close range. 2-1

The midfield engine room of Sam Finlaw, James Ashmore and Jordan Eagers, feeding Morley, Wall and Whittington up front, with Brad Jones and Jack Poulton supporting down the flanks was providing a lot of ammunition and attacking options for Staveley, but Barton, on the back of a 100% win record in February, were giving the home side plenty of problems to deal with at the other end, particularly with Scott Phillips being in such a rich vein of form..
After the game, Barton's manager Dave Anderson summed things up nicely when he said "That could've ended five apiece, both teams really wanted it tonight!". his assessment was spot on.
Jordan Eagers combined with Brad Jones down the right, pulling Corey Mortimer out of position, but Eagers shot over the bar from 12 yards out.
In an incident that was similar to the Whittington/Watson collision at one end, Ashley Lattimore tumbled over Hernandez as he charged from his line. It was hearts in mouths time for a moment, but thankfully Mr Meredith added evidence to the theory that 'these things really do balance themselves out over the course of a game/season'.
Alas, Damian Magee who had battled well to quell Phillips during the first half, took a heavy knock just before the break and would play no further part in the game.
With Magee off the pitch, Phillips tried to ram home their numerical advantage, when Chambers put Phillips in on goal, but Brad Jones covered his ground well to get across from his right back berth and clear the danger.
HT: Staveley MW 2 v Barton Town Old Boys 1
Alex Pugh, another product of Staveley's much envied development structure, replaced Magee at half time. He emerged with pass marks and a lot of plaudits. Teammate Brad Jones tweeted immediately after the game "Glad Alex Pugh got a chance to prove himself tonight, well deserved and a decent performance, well done Bro!" 
Staveley started the second half on the front foot and Brad Jones got forward forcing a right wing corner. Jack Poulton swung his kick into the mix, where Matt Hassett crashed a close range header against the bar. The visitors were happy to scramble the ball away for another corner. James Ashmore played the ball beyond Barton's defence and Matt Hassett, once again, hit the bar with a looping header.
The visitors, to their credit, were trying to build from the back, but Morley kept hassling them and was chasing the ball down well.
Finlaw's pass through to Wall, just inside the Barton area, caused chaos and in the ensuing exchange, the visitors skipper Ash Dexter headed the ball past his own keeper and was very fortunate to be spared the embarrassment of scoring an own goal. The ball was only cleared as far as Jordan Eagers, who picked out Morley with a measured cross, but the young striker powered his header just wide of the left hand upright.
Staveley were enjoying a spell in the ascendancy, but with only a single goal cushion, they couldn't afford to rest for a moment.
Jones, Ashmore and Finlaw unlocked Barton again with a passing move on the right wing, which saw the latter thwarted by a foul just outside the area. Poulton's free kick evaded everyone in the six yard box and went just wide of the far post.
Barton had lived dangerously for ten minutes, but they countered at pace, passing their way up the pitch, to where Brad Ricketts played a 'worldly' pass into the path of the prolific Scott Phillips, who belted a crisp and unstoppable shot past Hernandez and the visitors were level again on 69 minutes. 2-2.
A draw at this stage would have been a fair result, but neither team were willing to sit back or settle for a point.
Pugh got his body in front of an 18 yard drive from Phillips and took one for the team as the ball ricocheted to safety, amidst some half hearted appeals for a "handball!"
With Barton going for the win Staveley absorbed the pressure well, with Brad Jones popping up in both full back berths and covering behind the centre halves. His focus right until the final whistle was to prove critical tonight.
Ross Goodwin came on in place of Jordan Eagers and was almost immediately in the thick of the action, but Wall's cross dropped in the wrong spot for the Staveley sub, after he'd made a great run to get into a goal scoring position.
Jones fed Finlaw down the right flank, but Morley couldn't keep his header on target from the resulting cross and the draw looked to be nailed on now.
Ellis Wall, twenty five yards out from goal, looked up and weighed up his options ... the defence was packed solid and his team mates were all double marked, there was only one course of action to take, so he sped forwards past two Barton players and smashed the ball past Watson sans any assistance whatsoever, a magnificent and very timely solo strike.
Thankfully, with the majority of people in the ground on their feet celebrating what was seemingly a winning goal, Brad Jones kept his eye on the ball and got himself in the right place at the right time to rescue his team from slipping up in stoppage time for their third game in a row. 
Ellis Wall thoroughly deserved his man of the match award tonight, but Brad Jones wasn't far behind in the voting (nor were several others to be fair). But Jones was magnanimous enough to say that Wall had played really well and deserved the honour.
FT: Staveley MIners Welfare 3 v Barton Town Old Boys 2

After match comment from the victorious manager James Colliver? 
His ear to ear grin and double thumbs up to the press area said it all!
Suzi and Richard from the Grafton Hotel, present MOTM Ellis Wall with his award.
A nice touch off the pitch tonight, saw the match sponsors the Grafton Hotel, in Worksop, produce a special 'Blue Stripe Bitter' at their own micro brewery, to mark the occasion, the tipple proved to be very popular among Staveley supporters and real ale aficionados alike.
Staveley MW now face two consecutive blank weekends fixtures wise, but are away against Glasshoughton Welfare next Tuesday (10th March) in a league game and then travel to Albion Sports on Wednesday week (18th March) for a League Cup tie.
The next home game is on Saturday 21st March v Pickering Town.

Further reportage from Martin Roberts via his WE ALL STAND TOGTHER blog