Thursday, 6 May 2010

Sheffield FC v Staveley Miners Welfare - North Midlands Under 19's League Cup Final

By kind permission of who!?

Thursday 6th May 2010.
North Midlands Under 19's League Cup Final
at Cannon Park, Leverton Road, home of Retford United
Sheffield FC (0) 0
Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 2 (Danny Eborall 2)
Admission £2 inc. programme

Today's football news centred around how clumsy Hibs had been to surrender a 6-2 lead to Motherwell last night in the SPL at Fir Park and how lucky they had been to hang on for a 6-6 draw after Motherwell had a penalty saved while the score was still 5-6.
Sky TV showed the game, which for once meant they had gone to the right ground with their cameras.
The bizarre result meant however, that Hearts goalless draw v Dundee United confirmed the Jambos will miss out on European football next season ... but to be brutally honest, they haven't deserved to qualify over the course of 2009-10 and though their fortunes are turning round under Jim Jefferies, it says more about a lack of quality in the SPL than anything else, that Hearts could still have got something tangible out of this indifferent campaign with just one game left to play.
Under Jefferies I am cautiously optimistic that things can only get better, but I don't think even the staunchest defender of the Heart of Midlothian could find many positives to write about the season that is coming to a close at Tynecastle on Sunday afternoon ... see you all there, eh!?
Non league news in the area, tells of Rainworth Miners Welfare getting promoted to the UniBond League (though it will be the Evo-Stik League by next season), owing to NCEL champions Bridlington Town not taking their place in the higher league, stating financial burdens due to the increased travel required at the higher level as their main reason.
The Wrens elevation still has to be ratified by the FA but looks like a forgone certainty.
Though one feels sympathetic towards the Brid followers who were looking forward to a higher standard of football next season, in these times of financial instability and uncertainty, it has to be said that Peter Smurthwaite, the Bridlington Town chairman, is at least not taking his club into a position where they are living beyond their means. A sensible approach that might just have seen a few clubs avoid the problems they are struggling with right now if they had taken a similar decision in the recent past.
It was something of a shock that the Blues of Staveley MW Under 19's relinquished the league title when it was within their grasp two nights ago, they're one of the better teams I've seen play at any level of football this season, though Sheffield's youngsters looked the part when they visited Blackwell for a game v Worksop Town too.
The first half began lively enough but lacked a bit of bite, but once the first couple of meaningful challenges had gone in and few players had started gritting their teeth at each other, the entertainment level stepped up a few notches.
Staveley play a neat passing game, that revolves around the pace of Adam Houghton and Danny Eborall.
The latter bagged two second half goals for himself after getting onto the end of passes fed to him through the channels, a tactic that his side have employed to great effect all season long.
The second goal saw Danny sprint through to beat the offside trap leaving everybody else on the pitch, barring the Sheffield goalkeeper, in his wake ... including the linesman ;-)
It was a marginal call, but the laws of the game state that 50/50 decisions should go the way of the attacker to encourage entertaining football.
Danny was very entertaining so I will shurrup about how 50/50 I thought it actually was.
Young Danny Eborall gets everywhere.
He's even underneath this melee somewhere

So well done to Staveley Under 19's on winning the cup, they've had a good season.
Sheffield didn't play as well as they are capable of on the night, but it was a decent enough game never the less.