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Pre Season Friendly
Shirebrook Town (2) 4
Steve Wankiewicz , Jordan Turner
Matthew Thompson 58, 70
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 2
Nathan Whitehead 20, Danny Claridge 68
Admission £4, Attendance 91
Joe McCormack, Ben Cobley, Ricky Starbuck, Glenn Tolly, Steve Wankiewicz, Matt Plant, Matthew Thompson, Sam West, Danny Bacon, Jordan Turner, Triston Burrell
Subs - Danny Wilson Gavin King
Staveley Miners Welfare:
Martin Dewberry, Kory Nix, Ryan Cheetham, Carl Vickers, Joel Evans, Sean Dickinson, Jamie Smith, Kallum Nix, Ryan Watters, Nathan Whitehead, Jake Outram
Subs - Teo Ringrose, James Roper, Ryan Capuano, Ash Cheetham, Danny Claridge
Both teams created opportunities in the opening exchanges, but it was the visitors who went ahead in the 20th minute, when Nathan Whitehead planted the ball past Joe McCormack in the Reds goal.
Shirebrook were back on level terms six minutes later, when Steve Wankiewicz directed a firm header past Martin Dewberry from a right wing corner. Jordan Turner then fired the home side ahead on 34 minutes. Turner was evidently fired up for the game and earned himself a booking shortly afterwards for his 'over enthusiasm'.
Ryan Watters and Joe McCormack wrestled for the possession in the Shirebrook area and Watters persistence paid off, when the loose ball fell kindly for Danny Claridge to claim Staveley's second goal of the night.
But Matthew Thompson killed off any hopes of a comeback for the Welfare, when he restored the home side's advantage two minutes later.
FT - Shirebrook Town 4 v Staveley Miners Welfare 2
Good to make the acquaintance tonight of a fellow Nottinghamshire based football fanatic Dudsey, who puts the One Eye on the Ball blog together. First impressions count for a lot in my book and he seemed like a top bloke to me.
Steven and James of the newly formed Staveley Miners Welfare 'press gang' were also present, along with a monkey in wearing Staveley colours (no, seriously!) and some tall bloke from Heanor, who's always a good source of gossip and entertainment.