Staveley boss looking for consistency ahead of Pickering clash

james Colliver in the stands. Staveley Miners Welfare FC (blur/white stripes) v Retford United FC (orange) in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League. Result 3-2
james Colliver in the stands. Staveley Miners Welfare FC (blur/white stripes) v Retford United FC (orange) in the Toolstation Northern Counties East League. Result 3-2

Staveley Miners Welfare caretaker manager James Colliver was ‘over the moon’ with the 3-2 success against Retford United – despite getting himself sent off.

Colliver was given his marching orders after he was ajudged to have been the last man when he brought down Jake Stannard 30 yards from goal.

However, his team managed to claim a vital three points at Inkersall Road as the away side were reduced to nine men themselves.

“To do the double of your local rivals when your struggling is great, I am over the moon with tonight’s victory,” Colliver said.

“We have not lost in three games now so we are picking up some form.”

Josh Scully scored two of the three for Staveley, including a stunning strike from 25 yards to open the scoring before converting a penalty.

Referee Sam Mulhall also had a busy night, reaching for his back pocket three times but Colliver believed he got all the big decisions correct.

He said: “The first one is a straight red, it was late, he left the floor and it was high.

“For my red card I was sold short a little with the pass, I have tried to get out of the way, he’s run across me and gone down.

“The official had an assessor here tonight so he had no option but to send me off if he thought I was last man.

“The final one was just silly from their goalkeeper. The damage was done with the penalty and then he appeared to headbutt our player.”

With Staveley now set to play at least three times a week following a backlog of postponements, Colliver is aiming to achieve some consistency.

He added: “Building that momentum is key and we have got that togetherness.

“We have got games in hand, we have not picked up points when we should have, early in the season we were a bit too easy to beat.

“We are not the final product and maybe we are in a false position but only time will tell come the end of the season.”