5th April 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League: Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (0) 2
Tyla Bell 68pen, 90
AFC Mansfield (0) 0
With both teams locked together having playing thirty nine games and gained sixty two points each, there was more than just local pride at stake as a win for either side would see them grab a crucial three points to launch an end of season assault on the top four…
Tom Ellis came back in for Josh Schofield but otherwise the eleven was the same that gained the three points in the excellent performance at home to Thackley four days earlier.
The visitors got the game underway but the first real chance in a very disjointed, scrappy typical derby game came the way of the Trojans ten minutes in after a bit of midfield battling ended up with the ball popping out to Liam Nelthorpe after Ricky Hanson had challenged Mark Dudley in the air… however Nelthorpes ping to the far post was headed over by Andrew Fox.
Staveley were trying to play football and though not threatening to set the world on fire they were on top, trying to lay a base with which to build something more meaningful on, but almost shot themselves in the foot after fifteen minutes when Tom Ellis tried to control a simple ball back to him from Craig Getliff but got it all wrong and tripped over it allowing Phil Buxton the freedom of Inkersall Road to run on, unchallenged and shoot for goal but Lewis Naylor came out to the edge of the area, stayed “big” and blocked Buxtons effort out for a corner which, in keeping with the previous fifteen minutes came to nothing.
Just before the half time interval the visitors went close again when a deep cross from the right found its way to Danny Naylor in oceans of space in front of goal. He tried to go round his namesake ,Staveley ‘keeper Lewis Naylor, his touch was too heavy and instead he accidentally passed the ball left to Lynton Karkach but with Lewis Naylor somewhat stranded in trying to stop Danny Naylors initial “effort” he crashed his shot square onto the near post. Karkach retrieved the ball after it had bounced back past him and his cross was headed away by Tom Ellis, who had been initially covering the inside of the post Karkach hit.
HT: Staveley MW 0 – 0 AFC Mansfield
If the second half was to continue in the same vein as the first then the fans of both sides were in for a long night. Thankfully however both sides tried to play a bit more football but the opening fifteen minutes of the second still had that derby day edge to it and there were still precious few chances…
To try and change that the Trojans made an attacking substitution by bringing on Shaun Nesbitt and that change of emphasis slowly but surely the tide turned in their favour… in the sixty fourth minute Steve Carty swung in a freekick from the right which was helped on by Andrew Fox to tee up Callum Mawbey to strike a low drive towards goal which brought the best out of Bailey Caller in the visitors goal to give away a corner, which caused a modicum of panic in the defence but Caller did well again to eventually claim under pressure.
Caller booted the ball up field to try and start an attack for his team but Steve Carty got to the bouncing ball and headed it to Callum Mawbey who picked out the run of Tyla Bell. Bell managed to get a toe onto the ball in an attempt to control it but was bundled over by covering defender Chris Timmons and, as it was inside the box the referee had no option but to award a penalty kick and Timmons his second yellow card of the game therefore reducing the visitors to ten players.
Tyla Bell picked the ball up and Staveleys Silent Assassin ignored the “mind games” from keeper Bailey Caller and drove the spot kick home.
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Afc Mansfield.
It was always going to be an uphill struggle for the visitors in the last twenty minutes and they did very little to trouble the Trojans who doubled their lead right on full time when Josh Schofield played a one-two, of sorts with Ash Rawson from a corner and swung in a cross for Tyla Bell to head home, to secure a deserved well ground out victory.
The three points moved the Trojans into 6th just four points behind fourth place and one short of their tally from last season with four games to go!
FT Staveley 2 – 0 Afc Mansfield
Team: 1.Lewis Naylor.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Steve Carty.4.Josh Madin.5.Tom Ellis.6.Ash Rawson.7.Ricky Hanson. (12.Shaun Nesbitt).8.Craig Getliff.9.Callum Mawbey.10.Tyla Bell.11.Andrew Fox (14.Josh Schofield)
Not Used:15.Matt Robinson.16.Josh Barker
Man of the Match: Tyla Bell