FA Cup: Staveley spoil Tigers’ bid for perfect week

Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town
Staveley Miners Welfare v Worksop Town
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Staveley spoiled Worksop Town’s bid for a perfect opening week to the season, by knocking Tigers out of the FA Cup.

The Miners Welfare side deservedly went through to the preliminary round with a 2-0 win, although Worksop were left to rue a first half of missed chances.

Connor Smythe, signed from Boston United, and Jack Waddle made their debuts at left-back and in midfield respectively, while Mitch Husbands partnered Dre Johnson up front after returning to the club from Leek.

A bright run by Conor Sellars was halted by a foul on the right, giving Worksop an early chance to deliver into the box, Jake Scott heading wide.

Former Tiger Ellis Wall had Staveley’s first effort and it was a fine one, a driving shot just whistling past the post.

Jack Watts, who also had a spell at Worksop, came even closer with a long range shot and only a deflection kept the scores level.

Staveley had by far the better start, and should have taken the lead when Watts drifted down the left and crossed for Ryan Damms who headed over.

Worksop finally got going, Smythe storming forward and pulling the ball back for Husbands, keeper Steve Hernandez flying across his goalmouth to save with his feet.

Tigers kept the attack alive and Johnson tricked his marker before putting the ball across the six yard box, but no one could get a touch.

A one-touch passing move released Johnson through the middle, and although a defender stumbled and the ball went past Hernandez, the striker couldn’t keep his feet.

Husbands’ lovely disguised pass gave Johnson another run at the defence, and this time his shot curled over.

The Tigers fans behind the goal were almost celebrating early in the second half, when Husbands put Alex Pursehouse in behind the defence and his cross was knocked goalwards by Johnson, but the ball clipped the bar.

On 56 minutes the hosts went ahead as Sam Liversidge’s crossfield pass was too weak and Wall took advantage, streaking clear to dink the ball over Ben Gathercole.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors when a quick free-kick and a ball in behind gave Jordan Eagers space to slot home.

Mark Shaw reacted by sending on Tom Elliott in place of Pursehouse.

Elliott was straight into the thick of it, a deflection taking his dipping shot just off target.

Only a fantastic last ditch by Jonathan Wafula halted Michael Trench, who looked set to burst into the six yard box.

There was another let off when Watts’ curling effort had Gathercole beaten, and the crossbar came to the rescue.

Worksop grew frustrated and Shiels took the game’s first yellow for a cynical foul.

There was to be no last gasp repreive for Tigers, who went out with more of a whimper than a roar, and missed out on the £1,500 prize money.

Friday 15th August 2014:

Staveley Miners Welfare: Hernandez, McIntosh (Watters 62), Trench, Finlaw, Hassett, Fisher, Wall (Morley 78) Eagers, Watts, Damms, Forbes (Poulton 69). Not used: Dickinson, Colliver, Hancock, Butt.

Worksop Town: Gathercole 6, Pursehouse 6 (Elliott 64), Smythe 6, Scott 6, Liversidge 5, SHIELS 6, Sellars 5 (Twell 70), Wafula 6, Husbands 5, Johnson 6, Waddle 5 (Hawkins 78). Not used: Dawson, Whincop, Jordan, Jackson.

Referee: Alix Pashley.

Assistants: Gareth Carlile, Richard Roberts.

Goalscorers: Wall 56, Eagers 63.

Yellows: Shiels 83.

Attendance: 371.