Thursday, 4 September 2014

2014-15 the season so far ...

I'm not really setting myself any targets for this season, it's about football, not number crunching, but lets say, for arguments sake ... I'll aim to have been to 50 games by the end of the season, but when/if I reach that target, I'll plod on towards another fifty, then another etc. etc.
THE66POW Forthcoming travel plans: 
(All subject to change/amendments/additions etc.)
Tue 14th Oct - Retford United v Staveley MW - NCEL Prem
Sat 11 Oct - Clipstone v AFC Mansfield - 3pm
Thur 9th Oct - England v San Marino - Euro 2016 Qualifier - 8pm
Sat 4 Oct - Staveley MW/Athersley Rec v Runcorn Town/Glasshoughton Welfare - FA Vase 3pm, or Staveley MW v Tadcaster Albion -NCEL Prem - 3pm
Wed 1 Oct - Worksop Town v Selby Town - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Tue 30th Sept - Selby Town v Clipstone - NCEL Div 1 - 7.45pm
Sat 27th Sept - Maltby Main v Staveley MW - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Fri 26th Sept - Staveley MW U21 v Newark Town U21 - HKL NMU21DL - 7.45pm
Wed 24th Sept - Staveley MW v Glasshoughton Welfare - 7.45pm
Sun 21st Sept - Sheff Utd Comm Ladies v Staveley MW Ladies - Sheff & Hallam Lg Div 1 - 2pm
Sat 20th Sept - Staveley MW v Handsworth Parramore - NCEL Prem - 3pm
Fri 19th Sept - Staveley MW U21 v Heanor Town U21 -
Wed 17th Sept - Staveley MW v Parkgate - NCEL Prem - 7.45pm
Tues 16th Sept - Frickley Athletic v FC United of Manchester - EvoStik NPL Prem - 7.45pm
Mon 15th Sept - Retford United v Staveley MW - HKL NMU21DL - 7.45pm
Sun 14th Sept - Staveley MW Ladies v Chesterfield Ladies - Sheff & Hallam Lg Div 1 - 2pm
Sat 13th Sept - Mickleover Sports v Staveley MW - FA Cup 1Q round - 3pm
Thu 11th Sept - Ossett Town v Staveley MW - FA Youth Cup - 7.45pm
Tue 9th Sept - Staveley MW U21 v Chesterfield Development - Friendly - 7.45pm
Sun 7th Sept - Sheff Wed Ladies v Staveley MW Ladies - Sheff & Hallam Lg Div 1 - 2pm
Sat 6th Sept - Staveley MW v Athersley Rec -  FA Vase 1Q round - 3pm
 Pictures from my most recent game ... England 1 v Norway 0
 Wayne Rooney nets the only goal of a lacklustre game from the penalty spot after 68 minutes. Attendance 40, 131.
Football matches I've attended so far this season:
Running total 37
37) Wednesday 3rd September - England 1 v Norway 0 - International Match (Wembley)
36) Saturday 30th August - Rainworth MW 0 v Staveley MW 3 - FA Cup Prelim Rd
35) Thursday 28th August - Carlton Town U21 1 v Staveley MW U21 0 - HKL NMU21DL
34) Wednesday 27th August - Harworth Colliery 6 v Harworth Colliery Legends 1 - Tom Brogan Memorial Game
33) Tuesday 26th August - Shaw Lane Aquaforce 4 v Staveley MW 0 - NCEL Prem
32) Monday 25th August - Sheffield FC 5 v Rainworth MW 0 - EvoStik Div 1 South
31) Saturday 23rd August - Staveley MW 3 v Nostell MW 1 - NCEL Prem
30) Friday 22nd August - Staveley MW U21 0 v Sheffield FC U21 2 - HKL NMU21DL
29) Wednesday 20th August - Staveley MW 5 v THackley 1 - NCEL Prem
28) Tuesday 19th August - Mansfield Town 1 v Newport County 0 - Sky Bet League 2
27) Sunday 17th August - Edlington Royals Ladies 3 v Staveley MW Ladies 5 - PSF
26) Saturday 16th August - Cardiff City 3 v Huddersfield Town 1 - Sky Bet Championship
25) Friday 15th August - Staveley MW 2 v Worksop Town 0 - FA Cup Extra Prelim Rd
24) Wednesday 13th August - Sheffield United 2 v Mansfield Town 1 - Capital One Cup
23) Tuesday 12th August - Retford United 1 v Garforth Town 1 - NCEL Prem
22) Sunday 10th August - Arsenal 3 v Manchester City 0 - FA Community Shield (Wembley)
21) Saturday 9th August - Staveley MW 1 v Bridlington Town 4 - NCEL Prem
20) Wednesday 6th August - Chesterfield Development 4 v Sheff & Hallam Select 2 (at Staveley MW) - Representative Game
19) Tuesday 5th August - Harworth Colliery 1 v Sheffield FC 5 - PSF
18) Monday 4th August - Retford United 7 v Harrogate Town 1 - PSF
17) Saturday 2nd August - Swallownest MW 2 v Staveley MW 4 - PSF
16) Friday 1st August - Staveley MW 1 v Matlock Town 1 - PSF
15) Thursday 31st July - Sheffield United 2 v Fenerbahce 1 - PSF
14) Tuesday 29th July - Frickley Athletic 0 v Scunthorpe United 1 - PSF
13) Monday 28th July - Staveley MW 4 v Chesterfield 3 - PSF
12) Saturday 26th July - Bristol Manor Farm 1 v Knaresborough Town 0 - Toolstation Cup Final
11) Friday 25th July - Grimsby Town 0 v Mansfield Town 1 - PSF
10) Thursday 24th July - Goole AFC 3 v Worksop Town 2 - PSF
9) Wednesday 23rd July - AFC Mansfield 1 v Arnold Town 3 - PSF
8) Saturday 19th July (3.00pm) - Handsworth Parramore 4 v Worksop Town 3 - PSF
7) Saturday 19th July (10.45AM) - Ollerton Town 3 v Mansfield Town U19 2 - PSF
6) Thursday 17th July - Mansfield Town 1 v Aston Villa 3 - PSF
5) Wednesday 16/7/14 - Bottesford Town 1 v Scunthorpe United 3 - PSF
4) Tuesday 15/7/14 - Handsworth Parramore 6 v Real United 0 - PSF
3) Saturday 12/7/14 - Haslingden St. Mary's 2 v Ainsworth 2 - Myles N Kenyon Cup
2) Saturday 5th July - Teversal 0 v Thoresby Colliery 3 - PSF
1) Thursday 3rd July - Matlock Town 0 v Derby County 1 - PSF

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Staveley MW 3 v Nostell MW 1 - NCEL Prem

Saturday 23rd August, at Inkersall Road
Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 3
Nathan Forbes 17, Matt Thorpe 83, 90
Nostell Miners Welfare (1) 1
Olly Steeple 4
Attendance 119
Weather - A bit of everything.
Staveley MW
Steve Hernandez (Capt), Austin McIntosh, Michael Trench, Sam Finlaw, Ryan Dickinson, James Colliver, Ellis Wall, Jack Poulton (Matt Thorpe 63), Jack Watts, Ryan Damms (Oli Ryan 71), Nathan Forbes (Kurtis Morley 84).
Unused subs - Ryan Watters, Chris Butt (GK)
Nostell MW
Ben Saynor, Olly Steeple, Matthew Cuncliffe, Simon Pool (Capt), Tom Brook, Sam Varley, Lee Wimslow, Adam Hayton (Brandon Kayne), Frank Zalo (Jack Portman 78), Matthew Johnson, Matthew Semley (Jermain Moyce 86)
Unused sub - Tom Semley
Staveley started the game on the front foot, when a measured Nathan Forbes pass put MIchael Trench away down the left flank; Trench's pace gave him an head start on his marker, but his cross to Ryan Damms came to nothing, because the well drilled visitors defence had stepped forward to catch Welfare's record goalscorer offside.
Nostell's defence looked very impressive at times, executing the 'offside trap' to perfection on a number of occasions and getting back in numbers to stifle the home side in the final third whenever the need arose.
Credit where it is due, they were a tough nut to crack and Jas Colliver's side had to dig deep into their resolve to grind out a result this afternoon.
Their task was made no easier, when Nostell took the lead after four minutes.
Matt Johnson's initial attempt to break into the box was blocked by Trench, but the loose ball fell kindly for Olly Steeple who raced into the right hand channel and placed an angled shot past Staveley's captain Steve Hernandez, who was advancing from his line to narrow the angle.
Damms, Forbes and the livewire Ellis Wall were combining well down the right flank for Staveley, but Nostell were sticking steadfastly to their game plan and manning the barricades in the last third.
Colliver chipped the ball over the back four for Forbes to run on to, but as he steadied himself to shoot, the flag went up again.
It's a risky tactic, which relies on the assistant referee calling everything right, but it was working very effectively for Nostell.
Staveley did equalise on 17 minutes, capitalising on an uncharacteristic error by the visitors keeper Ben Saynor, who fumbled the ball from a Trench cross, allowing Forbes to stab the ball home from close range, amidst the ensuing goalmouth scrummage.
Sam Finlaw went one on one with Saynor, but this time the Nostell custodian held on to the ball.
Jack Poulton was coming in for some close attention down the left flank, but the referee was unmoved by his protestations, even though he did have a point once or twice as the methods employed to stop him became ever more 'thorough'.
Hernandez was called into action, saving well from Adam Hayton and moments later, as play switched quickly from end to end, Saynor pulled off an equally impressive save to thwart Damms.
Ellis Wall, causing no end of problems for the visitors, saw his goalbound effort charged down and deflected wide for a corner. Nostell only half cleared the flag kick as far as Forbes, who delicately lobbed the ball to Austin McIntosh, who lifted the ball over Saynor, but agonisingly wide of the right hand upright. McIntosh will prove to be a very good acquisition for this entertaining and attack minded Welfare team, if today's performance is anything to go by.
The first half came to a close with the home side on top ... Forbes had a stinging drive turned away for a corner, Wall miskicked an effort in front of Nostell's goal after a great pass from Trench had put him through and Finlaw's persistence set up a half chance for Watts, who got crowded out by the increasingly busy visitors defence.
Half time - Staveley 1 v Nostell 1
Forbes put on a burst of pace and left Sam Varley in his wake, but Saynor responded quickly and went down bravely to save at his feet.
Staveley were rising to the challenge and were passing the ball around well in the visitors half, with Ellis Wall pivotal to most of their attacking endeavours. Wall's effort was cleared by the Nostell defence at the expense of a corner. Ryan Dickinson rose to meet Trench's right hand side corner, but powered his header over the bar.
Nostell weren't just at Inkersall Road to make the numbers up and at times they definitely didn't look like a team rooted towards the foot of the table.
Adam Hayton looked to create an opening for the visitors, but Jack Watts, who was involved in the game all over the park, was back to help out his defence and cleared the danger. Hayton then had a go at regaining the lead for Nostell himself, but his determined effort deflected wide of Hernandez's goal for a corner.
Forbes nonchalantly beat Tom Brook to the ball on the edge of the visitors box and played a square ball to Damms who was immediately crowded out by four defenders, who were still hunting as a pack, keeping it tight and stifling Staveley's movement in their area.
A new strategy was needed to puncture Nostell's rearguard and a few inspired substitutions and tweaks to the game plan paid dividends.
Cometh the hour (give or take a couple of minutes), cometh the man. Matt Thorpe take a bow!
Poulton had put in a battling display down the left flank all afternoon, but he was sacrificed to make way for Thorpe who added a lot of bite to Staveley's attack and gave them an array of new options that were causing no end of problems for the visitors. He looked lean, determined, hungry and raring to go.
Once Oli Ryan came on ten minutes later, in place of Damms (who had worked hard and kept making runs into the right zones only to be crowded out by his own personal clique of defenders), it was almost as if the pair of fresh legged substitutes were literally bullying the tiring Notell rearguard and pulling them all over the place for the fun of it.
With his defence absent momentarily as tiredness began to set in, Saynor was forced to run out of his area and head the ball away, but he only managed to clear it as far as Watts, who instinctively shot first time from long range, but his effort was wide of the target.
Ryan and Saynor, former Frickley Athletic team mates, both charged after a lose 50/50 ball and clattered into each other. Saynor came out of it the worst and required treatment before he could carry on, but fortunately he wasn't seriously hurt.
Thorpe, Wall and Ryan combined well with a passing triangle inside the area, the latter's shot spun off of a defender's leg and almost dropped into the goal, but Saynor was taking no risks and tipped the ball over the bar.
Ryan again, forced Saynor into action, but against the run pf play Nostell mounted a counter attack and Hernandez was forced into making an outstanding one handed save from Matt Semley from close range, after Staveley had made hard work of clearing a corner.
On 83 minutes, having almost gone a goal down from a sucker punch, Welfare were ahead, when Thorpe muscled his way through into the left hand side of the penalty area and planted an unstoppable shot past Saynor.
Forbes had a well deserved rest for the final five minutes and another of Staveley's development team products, Kurtis Morley was given a run out. He fitted in straight away and was soon giving Nostell's left back Matt Cuncliffe plenty to think about.
The youngster forced a corner out on the right flank, from which Trench picked out Watts who headed just wide of the upright when he looked odds on to score.
Thorpe was to have the final say in the game, with a real declaration of intent in the final minute. Having won a corner out on the left, he picked up the loose ball as Nostell tried to clear their lines, took a step forward and bulged the net with a thumping shot from 20 yards out. Game over!
Full time - Staveley 3 v Nostell 1
Man of the match.
Much discussion ensued regarding this. Ellis Wall was a serious contender, Austin McIntosh had played out of his skin, Steve Hernandez had made some excellent saves (Including the one that kept Staveley in the game just moments before Thorpe's first goal),
But ultimately, despite having only been on the pitch for 30 minutes, it was Matt Thorpe who changed the course of the game. And that is why he's getting today's accolade.
It was a great all round team game today, with all fourteen of the squad playing their part, but welcome back to first team action Thorpey!

Rob Waite (for Staveley MW Press Gang/ Chesterfield Post/ Derbyshire Times/ Peak FM )

Forthcoming games. Staveley are away at Shaw Lane Aquaforce (Barnsley) on Tuesday 26th August, 7.45pm (S70 6HZ) In the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division and then they face a trip to Rainworth Miners Welfare (NG21 0JY) on SAturday 30th August, for a FA Cup Preliminary Round tie. Assuming the latter game doesn't go to a replay, Staveley's next home game will be on Saturday 6th September against Athersley Recreation in the FA Vase.

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Staveley MW 1 v Bridlington Town 4 - NCEL Prem

Match report for Staveley MW 'Press gang'/Programme and the Chesterfield Post

Toolstation NCEL Premier Division
at Inkersall Road, Staveley, S43 3JL
Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 1
Hassett 76
Bridlington Town (4) 4 
Allanson 2 (pen), Ruhanduka 6, Hassett 26 (OG), Birch 28
Attendance 103  SMWFC Man of the Match Sam Finlaw
Staveley MW:
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
Bridlington Town:
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.
HT  0-4
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 staveleyed@hotmail.co.uk

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Swallownest MW 2 v Staveley MW 4 - PSF

Saturday 2nd 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
A really good workout for Staveley, as James Colliver and club stalwart Steve Bates took a mixture of first teamers, Under 21's a trialists to face an emerging and ambitious Swallownest, at their vastly improved Rotherham Road ground.
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.
From the resultant free kick, Josh Scully stepped forward and planted a perfect free kick, into the top left corner of the goal, that the keeper had no chance of getting to. 0-1.
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. 1-1
Luke 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!
Much to the relief of the Staveley fans and players relatives who had travelled to Swallownest, the visitors upped the tempo after the hour mark and they were treated to a peach of a goal, when Josh Scully fired the ball home from an even longer range than Atkins had managed to score from in the first half. 2-2
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
It could be said that Staveley made hard work of seeing off opposition from a lower league this afternoon, but it would probably be fairer to say that Swallownest made them work damn hard for the result ... and in the end, showing resilience right up until the final whistle won the day.
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

2014-15 PRE SEASON MANOEUVRES (reprise)

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

Staveley Miners Welfare FC - 2014-15 kit sponsorship available

SMWFC - New style home and away kits for 2014-15
STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE FC
PLAYERS KIT SPONSORS 2014-15
If 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: staveleyed@hotmail.co.uk, 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 the66pow@gmail.com and I will liaise with Ele for you.
Rob Waite, programme editor, SMWFC

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Bristol Manor Farm 1 v Knaresborough Town 0 - Toolstation Cup Final

Toolstation Cup Final
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
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Match Officials:
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
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Knaresborough Town:
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
A solitary goal from Manor Farm's Rhys Hodgeson, in the eighth minute, was all that separated these two sides at the end of a fairly evenly matched Cup Final, staged in a baking hot corner of North East Derbyshire, between Bristol Manor Farm of the Western League Premier Division, and Knaresborough Town, who ply their trade in the Northern Counties East League Division One.
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.
Both sides had several absentees, but that didn't stop them from putting on a very competitive game, which was enjoyed by an appreciative crowd of 151.
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.
Knaresborough started the game on the front foot and had the first opportunity to open the scoring, when Hiliard Serrao, made himself some space through the right channel, cut across the Bristol goalmouth and shot narrowly wide of the left hand upright.
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'

Metters passing and distribution caught the eye, as his side pushed forward, looking to consolidate their lead, but Hargreen had other ideas and Knaresborough, stung by Hodgeson's goal, tightened things up at the back.
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.
At half time, Knaresborough regrouped and switched Dom Wilson for Sam Cook before the start of the second half. But it was Manor Farm who had a great opportunity to score again, when Liam Gray played Hodgeson through with a defence splitting pass; but with the goal at his mercy, the ball sat up unkindly and the Bristol number 9 scuffed his shot which bobbled harmlessly wide of the mark.
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.
With Brian Davey's side committing men forward, it afforded Manor Farm a bit of space to put Hargreen under pressure, but the Knaresborough keeper kept both Will Hailstone and Harley Purcell at bay with two outstanding saves.
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.
Knaresborough were upping the ante in an attempt to force an equaliser, and a penalty shoot out (it had been arranged weeks ago that extra time wouldn't be played and that a drawn game would be decided by spot kicks, which, with hindsight, given this afternoon's temperature was a wise decision), but in spite of them piling players forward, even Hargreen in the last few minutes, the ball just wouldn't fall kindly for them in front of goal.
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.
Man of the match: Obviously Paul Hargreen (Knaresborough Town) deserves a special mention, though bestowing the honour on a goalkeeper would suggest the game was one sided, and that isn't the case.
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

Ollerton Town 3 v Mansfield Town U19 2 PSF & Handsworth Parramore 4 v Worksop Town 3 PSF

Saturday 19th 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
Admission £2
Details to follow when I get a few minutes to spare, busy, busy, busy.

CHRIS BOOTH R.I.P.
Saturday 19th July 2014
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 ... updated Saturday 19th July 2014

Staveley Miners Welfare - Pre Season Schedule:
With updated scores
Tuesday 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 COMPETITIONS 2014-15

STAVELEY MINERS WELFARE
FA CUP, FA VASE, FA YOUTH CUP
FA 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.

FA VASE
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

Mansfield Town 1 v Aston Villa 3 - PSF

Thursday 17th 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
Admission £10.
Programme, one issue covering all MTFC pre season games £3
Attendance, 3,432 inc 1,078 away fans