Staveley Miners Welfare U19s remain in the hunt

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The continuing run of stormy weather has not only meant wholesale fixture cancellations but a complete rewriting of fixture lists as clubs and leagues try to balance the fixture demands of different competitions.

The HKL North Midlands’ Under 19 League is no exception to this but, despite these problems, the league’s final shape is slowly emerging as each completed fixture puts one more piece of the finished footballing puzzle into place and gives a clearer picture of who will win what come the end of the season.

This was never more true than at Inkersall Road on Monday night where Staveley took on Handsworth in Division One. This was a real six-pointer - third placed Staveley at home to second placed Handsworth - both these fine sides striving to keep up with top dogs Basford.

And in the end it was the visitors, Handsworth, who ran out comfortable winners - and in the process put themselves six points clear of Staveley. Handsworth’s 0-5 victory was just what they were looking for in their quest to keep Basford in sight.

Two goals from Matt Blakemore and one each from Kyle Lilley, Aiden Spowage and Josh Dacre sent the visitors home happy. They still have a long way to go and need a lot of luck if they are to catch Basford who are four points clear with a game in hand – but, there are still points to be won so all is not lost.

For Staveley, they have two games in hand on Handsworth so will still be hopeful but Monday’s result makes the final run in look increasingly a battle between Basford and Handsworth rather than the three-horse race it was before Monday night’s game!

A top of the table battle will take place on February 19 at Basford where third placed Staveley are the visitors.

Basford are four points clear at the top of Division One but will be keen to win this one to put further pressure on second placed Handsworth. But for Staveley it is even more vital – they have two games in hand on Handsworth which they must win if they are to take the runners-up spot.

The HKL North Midlands’ Under 19 League is no exception to this but, despite these problems, the league’s final shape is slowly emerging as each completed fixture puts one more piece of the finished footballing puzzle into place and gives a clearer picture of who will win what come the end of the season.

This was never more true than at Inkersall Road on Monday night where Staveley took on Handsworth in Division One. This was a real six-pointer - third placed Staveley at home to second placed Handsworth - both these fine sides striving to keep up with top dogs Basford.

And in the end it was the visitors, Handsworth, who ran out comfortable winners - and in the process put themselves six points clear of Staveley. Handsworth’s 0-5 victory was just what they were looking for in their quest to keep Basford in sight.

Two goals from Matt Blakemore and one each from Kyle Lilley, Aiden Spowage and Josh Dacre sent the visitors home happy. They still have a long way to go and need a lot of luck if they are to catch Basford who are four points clear with a game in hand – but, there are still points to be won so all is not lost.

For Staveley, they have two games in hand on Handsworth so will still be hopeful but Monday’s result makes the final run in look increasingly a battle between Basford and Handsworth rather than the three-horse race it was before Monday night’s game!

A top of the table battle will take place on February 19 at Basford where third placed Staveley are the visitors.

Basford are four points clear at the top of Division One but will be keen to win this one to put further pressure on second placed Handsworth. But for Staveley it is even more vital – they have two games in hand on Handsworth which they must win if they are to take the runners-up spot.