Morley and Whittington at the double for Staveley Miners Welfare

James Colliver and Lee Whittington
James Colliver and Lee Whittington

Staveley Miners Welfare made it back-to-back wins with a 4-1 success over bottom side Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday night.

A brace of goals from Kurtis Morley and Lee Whittington sealed Staveley the win on the road - that saw James Colliver’s side close the gap on the top four.

There was one change from the side that beat Barton Town six days earlier with Craig Fisher returning in place of Matt Hassett.

Alex Pugh deservedly kept his place alongside Fisher after impressing against Barton and produced another flawless display which nearly earned him the Staveley man of the match award.

Sam Finlaw continued his record of playing in every game this season.

The visitors dominated the game from start to finish and scored four well-taken goals.

The performance could only have been improved if they cut out the sloppy defending that saw them concede from a corner and they could actually have scored twice as many if they had taken all their chances.

Staveley also had two very good penalty appeals turned down by referee, James Price.

It was a shame that there were only 65 spectators present to see the game – the crowd would surely have been much higher if the home side had agreed to Staveley’s request to bring the game forward three days to Saturday.

Staveley deservedly opened the scoring after 31 minutes when after a good passing move. Whittington played in Morley and the young striker fooled his marker by feinting one way and then going the other way and created enough space to coolly slot home.

There was then a half chance for Whittington, Morley this time being the provider before Whttington scored his first of the night when he was unmarked at a corner on the near post and converted Jack Poulton’s corner from close range.

Staveley were undone when poor marking from a corner allowed the home side back into the game. In what looked like a training ground move, a corner from Del Pollock found a Glasshoughton player at the far post and they headed the ball back across goal to the near post where Nathan Perks rose to head home from close range.

The next goal was obviously going to be crucial and it went Staveley’s way on 56 minutes when Brad Jones put in a lung busting run down the right wing and his cross found Morley who converted from close range despite the Glasshoughton keeper getting doing his best to block the attempt.

It was game over after 66 minutes when a long ball from Ellis Wall found Whittington who took the ball into the box and, despite the close attention of James Dyson, shook off the challenge and finished well.

Whittington almost grabbed a hat-trick three minutes later but shot over after being set up by Poulton. The former had another chance from a corner with 15 minutes left when a Morley shot was blocked and the ball fell nicely for ‘Whitto’ but he stabbed the ball wide from one yard.

Staveley boss Colliver said: “We played a lot of good football on a tricky surface. On another night we could have won even more comfortably but Glasshoughton got the benefit of doubt on a couple of penalty appeals.

“People look at a fixture like this and assume we should be winning games like this with ease, but you still have to work hard and earn the right to play the way we did. I couldn’t have asked anymore from the lads.

“It’s never easy having to travel up to places like this in midweek, but everyone of them was up for it tonight. The young lads have shown that they have the confidence to slot in when needed and the recent signings have gelled and added some fresh impetus too.”

Staveley: Hernandez (c), Jones (Watters 67), Poulton, Eagers, Fisher, Pugh, Morley (Goodwin,77), Finlaw (Watts 67), Whittington, Ashmore, Wall. Subs not used: Colliver, Butt (GK).

Referee: James Price.

Attendance 65.