Friday 18th February 2011
Staveley MWFC pushed further ahead at the top of the NCEL Division 1 with a 1-0 victory against AFC Emley, courtesy of a brilliant strike from Chris Fawcus on 68 minutes.
Emley spurred on with the news that Darren Hepworth had been given the Manager's post on a full time basis were looking to get the new regime off to a flying start but the new Manager's proud night was to be marred by his getting dismissed from the dug out for a colourful rant at the referee who managed on the night to issue 7 cautions and a red, as well as the dismissal of the home manager.
Staveley made 3 changes with Andrew Fox and Ryan Damms dropping to the bench with Jamie Smith and Chris Coy coming into the starting line up which had to be altered further when Tom Jones pulled a muscle during the warm up and Callum Westney got a call up to start against his old club.
Staveley started the brightest when Kyle Fores-Chambers chip went over the bar but as Emley responded, Callum Westney defended the danger well twice.
On 10 minutes Staveley thought they had opened the scoring with Jordan Eagers playing in Jamie Smith whose lay off to Chris Coy produced a fine turn and save by Mick Clarke only for Joe Thornton to be on hand to put the ball home - but the assistant referee ruled for offside.
On 21 minutes, Joe Thornton again produced a great free kick but the Emley keeper managed to flick the ball with his fingertips onto the post.
Emley were rarely causing Staveley any real danger with a 4-5-1 formation not putting the Staveley defence under any real pressure.
Max Joice took a decent free kick for Emley but it was off target as Scott Dinnigan watched the effort go wide.
Emley were full of running and were closing Staveley down, but it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score but Emley were still very much in the game at half time with a 0-0 score line.
The game was in danger of petering out with no real quality chances being produced by either side in the opening quarter of an hour of the second period.
On 62 minutes Jordan Eagers effort went narrowly wide but 6 minutes later as Emley were being pushed further back and sitting deep, Chris Fawcus some 22 yards out unleashed a great effort into the keepers right hand top corner to give Staveley a 1-0 lead.
Emley were becoming more and more frustrated as they were unable to breakdown the Staveley defence with Scott Dinnigan having little to do in the Staveley goal.
When the Emley striker Steve Kenworthy was cautioned, a rant and rage followed from the Emley bench which was ringing in the assistant ears who called the referee over and off went the new home manager, perhaps to reflect on his undisciplined actions.
The game adopted a pattern of Emley working hard to create space but then Staveley countering and pushing Emley back in numbers. Emley's night was made worse when Marc Townsend received Emley's fifth caution of the night and his second resulting in a red card for deliberate handball.
There was still time for Staveley to pick up their second caution of the night in the 7 minutes extra time played by the referee but the 3 points went to Staveley and on the balance of play deservedly so, but again, Emley were very workmanlike opponents.
Using the full squad of players and overcoming the loss of inspirational Tom Jones, it was a credible 3 points with a 5th straight clean sheet and one which again places extra pressure on those sides chasing Staveley down with second placed Yorkshire Amateurs now 8 points adrift and third placed Louth Town 14 points behind.
The first psychological target of 76 points and 2 points per game to match last seasons points per game tally is still 15 points away with 11 games to play and nothing can be taken for granted.
On Saturday, Staveley entertain Teversal FC and a chance to gain revenge on a 1-0 defeat by Tevie way back in September, since which Staveley have taken 49 points from a possible 60 points available.
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