Staveley chasing new additions

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Staveley Miners Welfare boss James Colliver hasn’t ruled out the possibility of bringing in new faces ahead of this Saturday’s trip to Maltby Main.

Injuries to several key players, including Ollie Ryan, Matthew Thorpe and Michael Trench, have reduced Colliver’s options ahead of the derby clash.

He had no hesitation in bringing in defender Damian Magee prior to last Saturday’s encouraging goalless draw against high-flying Handsworth Parramore.

And he was pleased with Magee’s contribution just 24 hours after signing forms. Colliver said: “He was immense back there and a clean sheet is pleasing.

“His organisation, leadership and positional play is brilliant. He very rarely gets beaten and has a desire to put his body in the line of fire.

“He has experience playing in the Evo-Stik leagues with Rainworth, Grantham and Belper and that knowledge and experience will benefit the side.”

Colliver believed his side not only matched the NCEL Premier leaders last weekend but were unlucky not to finish with all three points.

Goalkeeper and captain Steve Hernandez was awarded the supporters’ player of the month award for August and his manager said it was well-deserved.

“He is the best keeper in the league. He was my first target in the summer and I made him my captain,” said Colliver. “He always gives us a chance.”

And, following Wednesday night’s game against Glasshoughton Welfare, the Staveley manager is keen to strengthen his ranks.

He said: “We’re in a position where five or six lads are still unavailable. I have enquired for a couple of players - we need to get bodies in.

“We’re not operating with a particularly big squad and when injuries and illnesses hit you can see the difference in the squad. We are having to put in some of the under-21 players, who are good players and there enthusiasm is fantastic, but it’s a bit too soon for some of them.”

Colliver is believed to be chasing a defender and forward and is hopeful one may materialise before the trip to Maltby, followed by a visit to Worksop Town.

It will be the second meeting of the two sides this season, after Staveley overcame Tigers 2-0 in a preliminary round of the FA Cup in August.

The manager is under no illusions of the difficulty of the task his side face against a side who were playing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier football last season.

“They are in good form and we are well aware of their threat. We go there with a positive mindset and try to get a point, if not three,” he added.