Thornton is two-goal hero for Welfare


Staveley MW’s dream season has surged on with the Inkersall Road men reaching the quarter finals of the FA Vase and maintaining their push for the Northern Counties East Premier League title.

Manager Billy Fox was delighted when his side booked their ticket to the last eight of the Vase competition thanks to a 2-0 triumph over East Midlands side Oadby Town from Leicestershire.

The visitors looked a dangerous prospect as in their ranks was Matt Piper who cost Sunderland £3.5m when he moved from Leicester before a series of injuries put paid to his professional career.

But the night belonged to Joe Thornton who scored a goal in either half to take Staveley through.

The opener came on 41 minutes when he slotted in a cross from Andrew Fox while the second arrived in the 61st minute when he fired into an open net following a poor clearance.

Staveley’s reward is a home quarter-final tie against St Ives Town, from Cambridgeshire, of the United Counties Premier League, on March 3, kick off 3pm.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, Staveley returned to league business and defeated Nostel MW FC 2-1.

Ian Clarke gave Staveley the lead in the 18th-minute before the visitors pulled level in the 55th minute.

Welfare were not to be denied, however, and the winner arrived in the 80th minute, courtesy U19 striker Adam Houghton.