Thursday, 31 January 2008

Game 525

Staveley Miners Welfare 1-0 Tadcaster Albion
Northern Counties East League Division 1
Saturday 26th January 2008
Inkersall Road

Nearly a week after the game I finally I have time to put some words onto the screen and also I received some photos of the game and ground from my dad.

The original plan was to visit Olney Town with my dad but his partner decided she wanted to come out for the day, which we duly did along with my wife. Neither of the women likes football by the way! Due to this change I decided to look for another fixture with a reasonable sized town not visited before nearby. Staveley fitted the bill perfectly being only a few miles from Chesterfield. The trip up the M1 to north Derbyshire was an easy journey took about an hour and a quarter.
Chesterfield is a pleasant town with some nice buildings though the one that stands out is the church (the name of which eludes me) with the crooked spire. Lunch was had in one of the well known pub chains that you see in a lot of town centres across the country and the food and beer was as you would expect. I am one of these people that likes to try different lagers, pils and pale ales - and surprisingly did not have anything different for sale.

Staveley Miners Welfare play on Inkersall Road - I can't tell you anything about the place as we followed the directions of the sat nav. Admission was £3 and a further £1 for a programme - no arugments for those prices and I counted around 50 people in attendance. There is a stand on the right hand side of the ground which I would guess seats 200 and a covered terrace stand behind the far goal. Hot food and drink are available in one of the portakabins which has about 6 tables in. Merchandise was also available - hats, scarves, shirts and jackets. No badges for sales as yet - it is something that they are looking into.

The first half was pretty even in terms of possession though the home side created the better chances and took the lead on 15 minutes. Staveley also had a shot cleared off the line when one of their players rounded the visiting keeper and looked destined to score. From the resulting corner the woodwork was struck.

The second half saw the home side dominate and created numerous chances but through good goalkeeping and poor finishing, failed to take any of them and add to the score.

Overall a nice friendly club and well worth a visit.
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