Staveley 2nds vs Amber Valley 2s

Our heroes got off to a sluggish start and a lack of  confidence that certainly showed; despite some great saves from goalkeeper extraordinaire, Hannah Matchett, AV were up by 3 pretty quick.

In what I can only describe as the longest 35 minutes of my life, Amber Valley capitalised on some confusing calls and put a few more goals away in quick succession. We grumbled and our heads dropped as we trooped off at half time. 6-0, I think.

After a positive team talk and some metaphorical slate wiping, Staveley came out roaring, only to concede again within 30 seconds. Cue more slate wiping and the real Staveley 2nds finally showed up. We started to stretch AV’s players out, with some full-on defending from Holly, Grace and Izzy and good passing and movement all the way up the pitch.

A spell of consecutive short corners followed and we were unlucky not to put any goals in the net. Caught on the break, AV scored again, but not before even more heroics from La Matchett.

Despite injuries for Sarah Calderbank, Catherine Hill and in the last seconds, Kelly Thring, Staveley troubled the Amber Valley girls in the second half and whilst the final scoreline of 10-0 suggests a thrashing, we battled hard.

Well done everyone, especially uber-keeper Hannah Matchett who scooped this week’s Man of the Match, voted for by the opposition no less. Thoroughly deserved.

Onwards and upwards people!!

Staveley 2s vs Amber Valley Bees

After a Calders warm up Kara was made by the opposition captain to run up to the top car park to get the team sheets before the match! Tactics started already!

Staveley started well with Kelly T showing off her skill to go straight past the defence of the Bees and almost snatching the first goal.

Staveley continued to press with great play from all the team, Grace producing some great tackles and runs in midfield. After chances from both sides including a fantastic save off the line by Sam, the Bees converted just before half time going 1-0 ahead at the break.

Bees came out strong and scored straight away doubling their lead. Both Staveley and the Bees produced some great play with Kelly making even more great runs. Unfortunately Staveley were caught on the break, 3-0 down and undeserved. 

Staveley defended well, but with an unfortunate ball to the leg on the line, a flick was awarded. Then came a sudden charge down the pitch by a Bee, so everybody moved out the way! The flick was converted making it 4-0.

A further 2 goals soon followed, but it was a great team performance and the score certainly didn’t reflect the game.
An amazing performance from Kelly Thring earned her the man of the match award. 🙂

Staveley 1sts vs Amber Valley Hornet 1sts

Away at Mill Hill school 9th Nov. This fixture always proves to be a well matched and tough game.

At half time the score was level at 0-0. The game could have gone either way with opportunities to score at both ends.

Charlie made some super saves to keep the Hornets out. In the second half Staveley scored from a well drilled short corner. Linz striking the ball sweetly to smash it into the back of the net.

The Hornets tried to come back but tight marking from Grace helped Staveley maintain their concentration and discipline to hold on for a hard fought 1-0 victory against a high flying opposition.

Karena won the man of the match vote.

2s vs Matlock 6s

With just 9 men in the Staveley half at push back, confidence was shaky. Despite good play, the 2 man deficit forced Staveley onto the back foot and a goal was conceded 5 minutes in.

A cheer from the Staveley team came when Gina rocked up after a nice lie in, a relaxing cup of coffee and a leisurely perusal of the morning papers. Beth arrived soon after and that’s when Staveley brought it, big style.

Staveley’s first goal came from Emma soon after, her first of 3, with other goals from Kara, 2 consecutive goals from Niamh, one from Sarah and even one from defender Sam.

Voted best part of the match unanimously was Maggie’s great run all the way up the pitch. Time stopped as she made it to the D, swung back… and missed. Next time Maggie, next time.

8-1 win, great stew after the match, what more could you want?