It was a cracking, blood and thunder encounter on the pitch, and a night of top-notch banter off it, as Staveley Miners Welfare moved 12 points clear of the relegation zone with a hard fought 1-0 win over Parkgate at Green Lane last night- a result which left Steelmen Manager Billy Fox bemoaning a controversial second half sending off, writes Colin Muncie for the Parkgate FC Website and the Bootiful Game.
Kurtis Morley’s 27 minute goal following some real confusion in the home penalty area settled a hard-fought affair in front of a crowd of 93 at Roundwood- a result which leaves the home side eight points adrift of safety with eight games left.
Foxy felt the sending-off had a massive impact on the outcome. He told us “It was another disappointing night spoilt by an over- zealous referee; if that’s a sending off for Zak Khalifa we may as well just all pack football in. It was a yellow card -and it’s not often everyone is amazed when a player is sent off. The referee apologised after the game so he might learn from it”.
The winner left the home Manager frustrated “We conceded another ridiculous goal where our centre back dummied our keeper and the ball rolled in to the net. It’s not the first time we have shot ourselves in the foot; as we have struggled to score goals lately. It seems as if we concede one goal we lose the match”.
Foxy paid tribute to Brett Marshall’s side before turning his attention to Parkgate’s trip to Garforth on Thursday “Staveley competed well all over the pitch; and as I said to the players nobody gives you anything -you have to take it”, he said “and perhaps we don’t have the quality in the right areas to be able to turn a game around”.
“We go to Garforth on Thursday and any mistakes at the back (Mark) Simpson will score. It’s a big pitch at Garforth so the players will have to recover quickly”, he warned”.
“Effort cannot always make up for lack of quality; the players worked hard tonight but another terrible mix up at the back cost us the game”.