Team talk inspires Staveley upturn

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town
Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town

Staveley overcame local rivals Worksop Town 2-0 at Inkersall Road in an entertaining game to progress to the next round of the FA Cup.

A bumper crowd of 371, which included ex-England player Chris Waddle who was watching his son play for Worksop, had plenty of penalty area action to enjoy.

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town

The visitors edged the first half and created the better chances but resilient defending, in particular from Staveley man of the match Craig Fisher and some good saves from ‘keeper Steve Hernandez kept the scores level at half-time.

The Worksop strike partnership of Mitcham Husbands and Andre Johnson had caused the Staveley defence numerous problems during a pulsating first half.

After the game, Staveley player-manager James Colliver revealed that with his assistants Ryan France and Derek Geary he had used the half-time team talk to encourage the midfield to give the centre-back more protection.

He also had a few words of advice for central defensive duo Fisher and Matt Hassett. The talk worked and the second half was dominated by Staveley, who took the lead after 56 minutes when former Tiger Ellis Wall intercepted a loose pass by a defender, ran forwards and deftly chipped the advancing Ben Gathercole in the Worksop goal.

Staveley clinched the match seven minutes later when a clever pass in the penalty area from Ryan Damms wrong-footed several Worksop defenders and played in captain Jordan Eagers who side-footed home from close range.

Jack Watts nearly scored a third on 75 minutes when his shot clipped the top of the bar with the goalkeeper beaten.

Player-manager Colliver highlighted the performance of man of the match Fisher, Watts was also quick to praise full-back Michael Trench who, after not featuring in many pre-season games, had reacted in the way his manager expected and put in a strong performance.

Staveley’s next two games are at home to Thackley in the NCEL Premier on Wednesday, August 20 (7.45pm) and against Nostell MW on Saturday, August 23 (3pm).