Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Staveley Miners Welfare 2 v Frechville CA 0 - Sheff Cup

Wednesday 7th November 2012, at Inkersall Road
Sheffield & Hallamshire Senior Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Simon Barraclough 16, Chris Youlden 19
Admission £5, Programme £1, Attendance 51
Thanks as always, to the ultra efficient Ele Reaney for the team line ups.
Staveley attacked straight from the kick off and both Ryan Damms and Chris Youlden had shots saved by Leigh Walker inside the first minute
It looked as though a comfortable home win and a night of 'goal whoring' was on the cards, but in the event, Frechville were a hard working and well organised side, who hadn't travelled over to Inkersall Road, merely to make the numbers up.
Initially though, when Staveley scored twice within the space of four minutes, it certainly looked as though a rout might be on the cards.
Chris Youlden placed a perfect defence splitting pass through the Frechville back four right into the path of Simon Barraclough, who drilled the ball into the back of the net to open the scoring on 16 minutes ... and shortly afterwards, Youlden claimed a goal for himself, when he planted the ball just inside the left hand upright to provide the finishing touch to a 30 yard dribbling run.
Frechville almost pulled a goal back, when Mark West rounded the Staveley keeper Tom Turner, but over ran the ball slightly which gave James Colliver the chance to make a last ditch challenge and clear the danger.
The visitors looked to favour attacking down the right flank, which gave the Blues left back Scott McGrory ample opportunity to shine, while in the visitors camp, Ben Dronfield stood out as a player who looks more than capable of playing at a higher level.
HT - Staveley MW 2 v Frechville CA 0 
Tom Turner was called into action early in the second half, when Jack Heald cut in from the right flank and pulled a shot across the face of the Staveley goal, but in the end it was a fairly easy stop.
Both teams tried to get the ball down and attack, but it wasn't until just after the hour mark before there was another significant threat on goal.
Andrew Fox (see picture below), stepped forward and unleashed a crashing free kick from 20 yards, that Leigh Walker had no chance of holding onto, but he did manage to divert the ball over the crossbar.
Walker then saved a close range shot from Ryan Damms.
Though Staveley quite obviously had far more class than their County Senior League opponents, the longer the game stayed at 2-0, the more Frechville grew in confidence and stature.
They saw plenty of the ball in last third, but couldn't find the final touch to get the all important goal that would put them right back into this game. Which was due in no small part, to James Colliver marshalling the home sides defence and Tom Turner repelling anything that Frechville could throw at him.
Staveley made a number of substitutions, during a spell of the game when they seemed to be practising their ball retention skills, holding onto possession and frustrating their opponents by stroking the ball around.
Kyle Hawthorne replaced Scott Ellis, Liam Royles came on in place of Andy Cooper and when Chris Coy came on for Ryan Damms, he got his first effort on target in within 30 seconds of entering the fray. But Leigh Walker held onto it without too much trouble.
Coy then laid the ball off to Chris Youlden on the right hand side of the Frechville box and this time Walker was tested far more severely but he still kept the ball out.
With a little over a minute remaining, Frechville got a free kick, inside the D on the edge of Staveley's penalty area. Ben Furniss unleashed a blistering shot, but Tom Turner was equal to it and preserved his well earned clean sheet.
The last action of the game saw Chris Youlden play Kyle Hawthorne through on goal, but he got the ball tangled between his feet and the chance went begging.
FT - Staveley MW 2 v Frechville CA 0

Next up:
Thursday 8th November 2012,  Harworth Colliery Institute U19 v Sandiacre Town U19, NMU19L Div 2, 7.45pm, at the Recreation Ground, Scrooby Road, Bircotes, DN11 8JT