29th April 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League: Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (3) 3
Tyla Bell 20, 23
Andrew Fox 45
Staveley manager Brett Marshall was celebrating his 100th game in charge of the Trojans and made three changes to the starting line up as back came Lewis Naylor, Ricky Hanson and Ash Rawson.
But it was to be a bittersweet afternoon for Marshall for this final game of the season was also the final time he would name Steve Carty in his squad who, for personal reasons has had to retire from the game early. A popular player amongst the Trojan faithful and one who the phrase “first name on the team sheet” was written for.
Today is all about Steve who I met at Southwell City in 2005 as a teenager and is the most honest genuine person I’ve ever come across in football. His attitude and commitment is exemplary and its been a pleasure to be his manager for well over a decade. He’ll always be a special person in my life as Steve is everything I hope my two sons will become……….
Staveley got the game under way and took just three minute to have the opening shot on goal when Charlie Taylor only half cleared Liam Nelthorpes deep cross into to the box, for Andrew Fox to retrieve out wide on the right hand side, he found Nelthorpe and once again his deep cross was only half cleared dropping nicely for Adam Lee to spin an volley towards goal but goalkeeper Andy Francis was equal to it and pushed the ball wide to the left where the attack eventually petered out.
The visitors were next to threaten when in the eight minute a bit of overplay in midfield allowed Ryan Hanley to pounce on a loose ball and clip a through ball to Tim Gregory who had timed his run to perfection, he however wasted a glorious chance by blazing over. And a couple of minutes later they fashioned a chance for Jake Egginton but he pulled his right foot shot well wide after Tim Gregory and Luke Walker had battled well to set it up for him.
It had been a fairly even game up to now but in the twentieth minute the pendulum swung in Staveleys favour when a goal kick taken by Ricky Hanson to save the injured legs of Lewis Naylor was eventually poked forward by Adam Lee into the path of Tyla Bell…who did the rest, by knocking it past an advancing Andy Francis on the edge of his area, the touch took Bell well wide of goal though but he was still able to wrap enough of his left foot around the ball to guide it into the empty net.
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Clipstone
The Trojans turned the screw and increased the lead just three minutes later when under pressure from Adam Lee, Ben Burbanks headed Josh Barkers throw in to Steve Carty, who, on the half volley flicked it to Tyla Bell. Bell held off Clipstones big centre back Luke Thomas, whose tumble to the ground gave Bell the time and space to give Andy Francis “the eyes” and stick it well out of his reach into the bottom corner.
Staveley MW 2 – 0 Clipstone
A third Staveley goal duly arrived though just before half time and Adam Lee was pivotal once again. Staveleys leading goal scorer controlled Liam Nelthorpes throw in, twisted and turned to break free of the attentions of Luke Thomas and Brendon Williams, his cross was punched clear by Andy Francis out to Andrew Fox who on the edge of the box controlled the ball with his chest let it roll down to his foot where he volleyed it over the stricken Francis. #class
HT:Staveley MW 3 – 0 Clipstone
The goal scoring touch deserted the Trojans in the second half, but it wasn’t for the want of trying… just five minutes in Tyla Bell broke clear of the defence down the left hand side but some great working back from Charlie Taylor forced Bell to look square to Adam Lee but his pass went behind his strike partner and the ball was cleared.
Around the seventy minute mark another great move from a quick Andrew Fox freekick allowed Craig Getliff to feed Adam Lee who with his back to goal played a one two with Tyla Bell appearing to be bundled over in the box by Charlie Taylor and Gary Doncaster but nothing was given.
Steve Carty was unlucky not to mark his final appearance with a goal when an attempted lob after judging the bounce from Liam Nelthorpe pass better than the Clipstone defence, went wide. Then he just couldn’t stretch enough to what would’ve been a simple tap in from Tyla Bells low cross, and Gary Doncaster did well to stop him heading home an Adam Lee cross late on.
Clipstone did create some chances though. The pick of which fell to Luke Walker who hit a cross from the right over the bar and Lewis Naylor got down well to keep out a decent Rob Paling strike from a corner, and the game and season drew to a close with the Trojans recording a comfortable victory. But to be fair to them they ended the game with nine players due to not having substitutes available for injured players and so found it difficult to mount much more of a challenge..
FT:Staveley MW 3 – 0 Clipstone.
After the final whistle players from both sides gathered to honour Steve Carty. Staveley boss Brett Marshall, who has had the pleasure of managing the player christened “Super Carts” by the fans for the last ten or so years, made a heartfelt speech and presented him with a memento and after making eighty odd appearances and scoring fourteen goals for the club he left the field for the final time to a rapturous well deserved round of applause.
All the best Carts!