Monday 3rd February 2020
North Midlands Development Football League U21 Division
Inkersall Road, Staveley
Staveley Miners Welfare U21 3-8 Retford F.C. U21
After a disappointing home defeat to Borrowash, Retford made sure there were no further slip ups as they visited bottom of the table Staveley and their impressive Inkersall Road home.
Eleven months ago a Retford U21s side destined to finish bottom of the league visited Staveley and we beaten 7-1 as they struggled through their first season in the NMDFL with a squad that lacked in desire and attitude. Fast forward eleven months and what we have now is a young and hungry side which can mix it with the best in this league and have so much room to grow and an attitude to be proud of.
This game didn’t start the way that Retford would have wanted, despite them dominating the ball and missing early chances they pressed the self destruct button. Caught out as they pressed too high, Staveley set Joel Atack free through the middle with a ball straight through the heart of the Retford defence to take the lead.
Callum Wilson equalised for the visitors despite seeing his first shot saved well by Evans, he composed himself to put the rebound in the empty net. Retford continued to dominate possession from this point onwards but wasted chances as Abdy hit a tame shot at the keeper and Reah didn’t even find the target.
This would come back to haunt them as they failed to close down Joe Wilson on the edge of the box after a Staveley corner and the midfielder drilled the ball home to put the hosts back ahead.
Retford though were again quickly level as Fergioni hit his clearance straight at Abdy who controlled well and rolled the ball past the advancing Evans to send the teams in level at the break.
Retford’s management team far from happy with their first half display made sure that the players knew so.
It was message received loud and clear as the first twenty minutes of the second half saw The Choughs blow away their hosts with some stunning attacking football. Just five minutes into the second half Staveley failed to clear a free kick and Nathan Reah volleyed home left footed to give Retford their first lead of the match.
They came again three minutes later, and with some wonderful, flowing, attacking football, Kris Scott and Olly Presley exchanged passes on the edge of the box, with the former drilling a shot home from 25-yards to open up a two goal lead.
Wilson added his second of the game after more good football left him with the chance to finish into the bottom corner much to the annoyance of the Staveley faithful who were frequenting the stand behind the goal.
Wilson then got his hat-trick from the penalty spot after the once again impressive Owen Clarke was felled in the box. Normal penalty taker Kris Scott stepping aside to allow Wilson to complete his treble. Clarke then added a fine individual goal to the mix as The Choughs moved 7-2 ahead.
A rare foray forward for the hosts produced a free kick on the edge of the box which Callum Reeves drilled home powerfully despite the best efforts of the Retford wall or goalkeeper Adam Hicks.
It was left to substitute Morgan Brown to complete the scoring though as he benefitted from a loose ball dropping to him in the box to smash the ball into the top corner of the Staveley goal and complete a route that many wouldn’t have believed just under a year ago.
Retford must now prepare for a must win visit to Handsworth on Wednesday night. A tough task against a side who has a +32 goal difference from their home games this year having only conceded once. A win for the Choughs would keep alive their hopes of chasing down the reigning champions before the end of the season.
Staveley Miners Welfare U21: Ryan Evans, Kian White, Rob May, Aaron Hill (c), Nick Fergioni, Joe Houghton, Elliott Nunn, Joe Wilson, Joel Atack, Mitchell Clogg, Charlie Reeves
Subs: William Gore, Travis Spacie, Twittle Mitmbusya, Joe Millward, Dustin Gason
Retford F.C. U21: Adam Hicks, Louis Hubner, Myles Cassidy, Olly Presley, Liam Bennett (c) (Kian Goodall, 65), Reuben Brewin-Hawkins, Nathan Reah (Morgan Brown, 61), Kris Scott, Callum Wilson, Luke Abdy (Jack Johnson, 61), Owen Clarke.
Unused sub: Will Hunter