1st April 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League:Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (1) 1
Steven Carty 43
Thackley (0) 0
Andrew Fox and Tyla Bell for Tom Ellis and Shaun Nesbitt the only two changes for as Staveley faced this year’s surprise package AFC Thackley who arrived at Inkersall Road in fourth place…
Staveley got the game underway, looking to probe from the right with Liam Nelthorpe and Josh Schofield combining well on a few occasions but chances were few and far between in the early stages…but with the visitors lofty position based on a miserly defence they were always going to be difficult to break down.
A header back to his defence from a corner by Thackleys leading scorer Daniel Broadbent was intercepted and held up on half way, under pressure from first, Josh Snowden and then Paul Whiteley by Tyla Bell. Bell managed to lay it off to Callum Mawbey who took advantage of the gap left by Snowden who was still getting back into his defensive position after advancing to stop Bell. Mawbeys ball found Andrew Fox but good covering from Criag Bentham thwarted Staveleys central midfielder.
The Denny boys first effort on goal came in the twelfth minute when Daniel Broadbent found enough space, just outside the area to flick a throw in onto his chest, turn and volley it with his left foot, but it never troubled Lewis Naylor going well wide and out for a goal kick.
Given that both sides were at the top end of the league they were perhaps guilty of paying a little bit too much “respect” to each other, with neither side really committing enough players forward to create something that could be described as “going close”. And two very good left wing crosses from Callum Mawbey and Craig Getliff that were just begging to be tucked away after twenty minutes seemed to underline that, but if the game was unspectacular it was intriguing nonetheless.
The game exploded into life either side of the halftime pies when firstly, Craig Getliff and Steve Carty fashioned an opening for Callum Mawbey to fire in a low cross from the left aiming for Tyla Bell, at the near post which was knocked out for a corner. Josh Schofield took that corner from which Steve Cartys flicked header from six yards out gave the Trojans the lead after forty three minutes.
Goal for “Super Carts”
HT: Staveley MW 1 – 0 Thackley
And then after just six minutes of the restart Josh Schofield was sent off for an off the ball incident involving Thackleys Daniel Broadbent (who was booked for his part) leaving the Trojans the difficult task of holding onto the lead with just ten players for the remaining thirty nine minutes.
The visitors went on the attack straight away with Jerome White hitting a ball from the left back position into Samuel Robinson who chested it down for Daniel Broadbent to hit a low curling effort from the edge of the area but he hit the stanchion behind the far post.
And the woodwork rattled again just after the hour when Samuel Robinson coming in from the right hit a looping shot from the edge of the area against the crossbar. Three minutes later Robinson turned provider to hold off Ricky Hanson then set up Ryan Farrell who again from the edge of the area hit a low drive that but for a brilliant one handed save down to his right from Lewis Naylor would’ve ended up in the bottom corner…from that save Thackley did have the ball in the back of the net however when Jerome White reacted quickest to cross for Daniel Broadbent to head it home…however White had been beyond the last defender when the original shot had gone in and the “goal” was chalked off for offside.
Thackleys second half chances
Now there’s been a lot of talk recently about the number of dead and pointless end of season games that result from the league only having one promotion place available, which Cleethorpes Town have had pretty much sewn up for six months…
However the effort and commitment in closing down chasing lost causes and putting their bodies on the line and running their blood to water from every last single one of the ten Staveley players and their management team in the last fifteen minutes of the game as they restricted Thackley to precious little shows that the Trojans don’t think “there’s nothing to play for”, and maybe some of those that think that the season is over need to come down to Inkersall Road…#performance of the season?
FT: Staveley MW 1 – 0 Thackley.
Team: 1.Lewis Naylor.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Steve Carty.4.Josh Madin.5.Ricky Hanson.6.Ash Rawson.7.Josh Schofield.8.Craig Getliff.9.Callum Mawbey.10.Tyla Bell.11.Andrew Fox.
Subs not Used: 12.Matt Robinson.14.Ash Bartle.15.Josh Barker.
Man of the Match: Andrew Fox.