A Jahmal Smith goal seven minutes from time rescued a point for Staveley Miners Welfare at Armthorpe Welfare on Saturday, as the north Derbyshire side eye their best ever finish in the NCEL Premier.
Both sides struggled with the blustery conditions during a goalless opening 45 minutes before Armthorpe struck first to dent Staveley’s hopes of gaining a fifth place finish at the end of the season.
A cross-field ball somehow found its way through to Jay Rollins who fired a shot low towards goal from an improbable angle out on the right that took a slight deflection on its way in at the far post.
The home side’s lead was short-lived, however, as Smith was put in the clear via a header from Ross Goodwin and although the keeper got something on his effort it wasn’t enough to keep it from dropping in.
Smith nearly won it late on for Staveley but sent his effort just wide of the post. Staveley have five games left, starting on Tuesday night at Nostell Miners Welfare (April 14), and are four points behind fifth.
Staveley MW: Steven Hernandez (c), Ryan Watters (Ryan Bates 50), Jack Poulton, James Colliver, Craig Fisher, Alex Pugh, Ross Goodwin, Ellis Wall (Mohammed TIjani 72), Jahmal Smith, Kurtis Morley, Lee Whittington. Subs not used: Chris Butt (GK), James Finnegan, Brad Jones.