at the Welfare Ground, Crofton
Baris Northern Counties East League, Premier Division
Nostell Miners Welfare (0) 0
Maltby Main (1) 2
Gavin Gould 15, Scott Somerville 60
Admission £5, Programme £1 (inc. free team sheet)
Pre match entertainmentNostell Miners Welfare:
Ansley, Sammon, Dooley, Colquhoun, Hope, O'Gara, Redford, Rushton, Marchant, Williams, Knight
Subs: Pearson, Jackson, Brookes
Copley, Riley, Austin, Mason, Wesley, Laight, Langford, Cuckson, Gould, Sommerville, Foulds
Subs: White, Bridgman, Booth, Evans
Following on from their great win in the FA Cup at Chadderton on Saturday, Maltby Main won on the road yet again, in this noon kick off at Crofton Community Centre's Welfare Ground.
I like coming here, it's a nice facility where the locals are almost very welcome and accommodating.
Spot the free loaderDuring the opening exchanges, Warren Radford had two opportunities to open the scoring, but this just wasn't going to be his (or Nostell's) day.
Adam Knight cut inside from the left flank, went inside two Maltby defenders, but screwed his shot wide of the far post.
Maltby then stemmed the early tide of Nostell pressure and went on the hunt for a goal for themselves ... it came on 15 minutes when Gavin Gould made good use of a gaping hole in home sides defence and drilled the ball home.
Scott Somerville had a chance to double the visitors lead shortly afterwards, but Gavin Ansley saved well ... as he was wont to do several more times before the afternoon was out.
Warren Redford, again, used some neat footwork to get through the Maltby defence just before half time, but he shot wide.
Half time - Nostell Miners Welfare 0 v Maltby Main 1
After the break, Maltby upped the ante, while several of the Nostell side came out as though they thought they were taking an early afternoon siesta.
Almost from the off, Somerville had a shot saved at the foot of the post by the home side's man of the match Gavin Ainsley.
There was a slight delay when one of the referee's assistants couldn't carry on and had to hobble off back to the dressing room.
The players stood around in the drizzle and waited, until a replacement was found and briefed by the referee.
Maltby went two ahead on the hour mark, when Sam Foulds got onto the end of a well weighted through ball from Scott Somerville to shoot home from close range.
At this point in time a second gaol for the visitors was all they (and the Nostell defence) deserved.
The home side seemed to have left their 'mojo' in the dressing room during the interval. To be frank, the Welfare team can (and must) play better than this or it's going to be a pretty grim season for the Crofton based side.
As Maltby began to take the game by the scruff of the throat, Nostell have their overworked goalkeeper Gavin Ansley to thank, for keeping the scoreline respectable looking.
He was immense today.
Gould put Somerville through on goal, but Ansley blocked the shot.
Ben Langford tried his luck from long range but the over worked Nostell keeper turned the ball round the post.
Langford struck again, but this time Ansley saved with his feet, the loose ball fell to Luke Bridgman, but his shot ricocheted off the cross bar.
Ansley deserved that bit of luck.
To be frank, Nostell weren't very good in the second half and Maltby had them pinned back in their own half for most of it.
The heroics of Gavin Ansley, besides that moment when Scoot Somerville drove a herd of cattle through a gap in the Welfare defence to score, kept Maltby out throughout the second half, while his defence went AWOL.
Well played that man and well done to Maltby Main too.
Next up: Harworth Colliery Institute v Thorne Colliery, in a little over a hours time.