Monday, 15 February 2010

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town - North Midlands Under 19's League Division One

Monday 15th February 2010. North Midlands Under 19's League Division One
At Inkersall Road, Staveley

Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 2 (Adam Houghton, Danny Handisides)
Worksop Town (0) 0

Admission £2, Programme £1
The last time I visited Inkersall Road, I'd seen a very impressive Staveley Under 19's side put six goals past Hallam.
So far this season they've bettered that total five times, netting seven goals twice and 8 goals thrice.
On four other occasions, when they had obviously left their shooting boots at home, the young Blues only netted five times.
A victory over Worksop tonight would move Staveley to the top of the league table, so obviously the Tigers Under 19's, who to date for various reasons beyond their control had only managed to complete four games all season (one draw, three defeats), could've been in line for a bit of a pasting.
Thankfully they weren't.
Staveley move the ball around very quickly in the last third and seemingly run around tirelessly for each other for the duration, knocking the ball quickly through any channel they may unlock to provide their nippy forward line with a succession of chances.
With such a fluent and steady supply of attacking options, it is no wonder that they have recorded so many goals this season. They are a pleasure to watch and a credit to their management team of Matt Tyers and Mark Renshaw.
Yet for the first half, Worksop contained their threat and matched them for work rate every step of the way.
A nil-nil scoreline is often an indication of a bore draw, but that wasn't the case here at all as the teams went in level after a very lively and entertaining first half.

In the second half Worksop did carve out a few chances for themselves, following on from a creditable draw at Dunkirk last week, they were showing that they hadn't just come to make up the numbers against their highly rated hosts here at Inkersall Road tonight.
But Staveley were just that little bit more clinical with their finishing.
First, Adam Houghton ran on to a ball knocked through to him just inside the box and made no mistake with his finish.
On the balance of play, Staveley probably just about deserved to be in front by now, but the Tigers were putting up a stubborn rearguard and it wasn't going to be one of the Blues high scoring outings tonight.
Danny Handisides doubled the home side's lead with a strike that was almost identical in creation and execution to the opening goal.
"Is that the time already?" I said to my friend as the referee blew for full time, time had seemed to have flown by, as it does when your having fun and being thoroughly entertained.
Well played both teams.

The Under 19 sides of Worksop Town and Staveley Miners Welfare meet again on Thursday night for part two of this double header, the game is being played at Blackwell Miners Welfare which is where the Tigers will be playing all their home fixtures in this league for the remainder of the season.
If tonight's game was any indication of what is to come, it ought to be well worth getting along to if you possibly can.
For directions to Primrose Hill, Blackwell, refer to the Tiger Talk in Exile forum here at this link:
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich