8th April 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League: Premier Division
Parkgate (0) 1
Nicholas Senior 75
Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 0
The reoccurring them of late has been that teams have “nothing to play for” that however was thrown out of the window for this one as the home side began the day inside the relegation zone. For them then there was a lot riding on the game and Staveley had a duty to the rest of the sides embroiled in that battle to avoid the drop to put in a representative performance, that and just one more point would see them equal last season’s tally with three games to go. #progression
The Trojans brought in deadline day signing, Josh Barker for his first team debut at left back and also returning to the eleven was Shaun Nesbitt and, they got the game underway but Parkgate who had gained seven points in their last three games signalled their determination to add to that tally and give themselves every chance of beating the drop, quickly got forward and only good covering from Josh barker managed to keep out Alex Lill who was alive to a quick freekick opportunity.
A defensive slip after seven minutes allowed Lebron Mbeka to race through on goal but he pulled his shot from the right, wide. then…a cross from Kieran Hurst saw Nicholas Senior head over and then another dangerous looking run from Mbeka who threw in a couple of “lolypops” before shooting from the edge of the area.
Whether the heat or the unusually small dimensions of the pitch made a difference or not, Staveley had made a sloppy start to the game… that said they weren’t exactly “hanging on” and had had half chances with Tyla Bell heading the ball through to Callum Mawbey who shot wide with his less preferred right foot as did Ash Rawson and Bell, himself heading wide of the target.
A dubious offside call or rather lack of one in the twentieth minute allowed Alex Lill to run clear but Parkgates leading marksmen this season couldn’t add to his tally thanks to Lewis Naylor who rushed out of goal to narrow the angle and Tom Ellis who managed to get back and block Lills eventual shot which went out for a corner which Naylor plucked from the sky with ease and launched an attack ending with a rasping Liam Nelthorpe shot from the edge of the area on the right hand side which went narrowly wide.
After about half an hour Staveley started to recover from their slow start and Andrew Fox put himself in “the shop window” as Newcastle Uniteds directors arrived in style for their evening kick off at Hillsborough by landing their helicopters on the adjacent field, by taking hold of it in midfield, driving forward and playing in Tyla Bell who had made a diagonal run towards the right hand corner… Bell equally showed what he was all about when he took on Macole Lannaman and picked out Callum Mawbey at the far post whose shot was well blocked.
The Trojans ended the half on top but couldn’t find the all-important breakthrough despite Callum Mawbey finding Steve Carty out left whose shot was deflected out for a corner by Parkgate ’keeper Ben Hunter from which Tom Ellis powered a header over the bar and going even closer when another Ellis header was cleared off the line back out to Andrew Fox, whose drive was again well saved by Hunter.
HT:Parkgate 0 -0 Staveley MW
There was a bit of a frantic start to the second half and the game became a bit “stretched” as both sides “went for it” in a fashion as play went back and forth but neither side created anything of real note…Lewis Naylor came out of his area to head clear on forty eight minutes then five later the Trojans got caught in possession in midfield and a cross from the left flashed in front of Lebron Mbeka who, had he gone with his head instead of trying to spectacularly volley it home might’ve troubled the net rather than the corner flag.
A few more half chances came and went for both sides but just before the hour the Trojans began to build a bit of momentum… a period of sustained pressure from Staveley resulted in Liam Nelthorpe crossing for Tom Ellis whose touch hit the crossbar. Andrew Fox found Steve Carty and his deft little pass set Josh Barker on an overlapping run over on the left hand side but the promising young defender did a bit too much and a chance to cross into the box was lost.
Adam Lee came on for Callum Mawbey with half an hour to go and he immediately got in on the act when after some patient build up he nonchalantly tapped a perfectly weighted ball to Tyla Bell inside the crowded box, Bell couldn’t get a shot away but managed to find Steve Carty who crossed back in, where Bell headed the ball down and what would’ve been in.. had it not been for an exceptional save from Ben Hunter who dived down and to his left to claw out the effort from Bell. Think Banks v Pele in the 1970 world cup and you won’t be far off…
That save went for a Staveley corner, which, when swung into the melee in the crowded box was knocked goals wards once again by, who is unclear but what was “clear” in only the opinion of the officials at least is that a hand wasn’t used to stop it going over the line..
Another Staveley corner won by a persistent Adam Lee who wouldn’t allow the Parkgate defence time and space to clear in the seventy second minute which was swung in to the back post where Tom Ellis just failed to make contact as it sailed out at the far post and the frustration at not getting the lead that Staveley deserved boiled over and Ellis was sent off for lashing out at Nick Senior as they fell in heap at that far post.
The red card came at a time when the Trojans were not just knocking on the front door but threatening to take it off its hinges but it completely changed the course of the game as two minutes later a Parkgate corner fell kindly to Nick Senior whose hit goalwards deflected into the roof of the net.
Parkgate 1 – 0 Staveley MW
It’s a difficult task when you’ve got less players and not that much time left and one the Trojans couldn’t quite manage to coplete but… had someone connected with Shaun Nesbitts throw that somehow went through the twenty players in the box without anyone getting a touch and had the ball dropped kindly when Ben Hunter punched it onto his own bar as he came to collect another of Nesbitts throws, Staveley might’ve got the point, that they deserved at the very least.
FT: Parkgate 1 -0 Staveley MW
Team:1.Lewis Naylor.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Josh Barker.(16.Josh Schofield)4.Josh Madin.5.Tom Ellis.6.Ash Rawson.8.Andrew Fox.(14.Ricky Hanson).9.Callum Mawbey.(15.Adam Lee).10.Tyla Bell.11.Steve Carty
Not Used:12.Craig Getliff
Man of the Match: Josh Barker.