Toolstation NCEL Division One - Game 17
21/10/23 - Staveley MW vs Wombwell Town
Despite having a depleted squad, the Wellers were able to bounce back from their defeat against Retford United with a solid performance at mid-table Staveley MW.
Sebastian Malkowski, who had played briefly in the club's first season back in 2018/19 returned following his loan approval from Worksop Town.
Dec Lycett was promoted from the Reserves and Tom James was named on the bench after his recent signing, however didn't make the game following involvement in a car crash on the M1.
The Wellers came close twice in the opening 15 minutes of the game as Brad Kerr shot over the bar after just four minutes, and ten minutes later a ball across the box from Callum Walton was just out of reach of the head of Farbod Yousefi - starting his first match for the Wellers.
Staveley had their best chance of the first half on 18 minutes as Mackenzie Ross hit the ball from outside of the penalty area high and wide.
The best chance of the opening 45 fell to Harley Wilson just before the half hour when good combination between Jason Paling and Yousefi on the right eventually the latter play a ball inside to Wilson who curled an effort onto the frame of the goal.
Half Time: SMW 0, WTFC 0.
The second half mostly belonged to the visitors as crisper passing and holding possession played dividends on the artificial turf.
Eddie Agnew probably should have scored from close range ten minutes into the second half after Owen Birks ball across goal following a corner was misdirected towards goal.
However, the deadlock was broken just three minutes later as Agnew's determination was rewarded. Joe Egan found himself on the edge of the penalty area and his pass left to Walton was delivered into the box and blocked to the feet of Agnew who swept home the ball in off the post.
With quarter of the game remaining Agnew thought he had headed from to double the lead from a Walton free-kick, only to be given offside.
The goal of the game, and probable contender for goal of the season, came on 77 minutes as centre back Birks won the ball at the half way line and found himself in space to run forward 20 yards before unleashing a powerful effort towards goal.
Zak Walker who wonder how he let the ball go past him as it travelled straight at the keeper, only to swerve past his fingers at the crucial point.
Wombwell's injury woes grew larger with ten minutes to go as Wilson turned his ankle and jarred his hip forcing him to be replaced by Lycett.
Malkowski kept his clean sheet in tact as he denied the Staveley man from point blank range with his legs with just a minute to go.
Staveley MW - 0
Wombwell Town - 2
Eddie Agnew 58
Owen Birks 77
Player of the Match