Staveley come from behind to set up AFC Mansfield cup date

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Staveley Miners Welfare came from two goals down to beat Albion Sports and set up a mouthwatering fifth round clash in the NCEL League Cup against rivals AFC Mansfield.

Goals from Sam Bradley and James Firth put Albion Sports in to a commanding position at half-time before a second half comeback saw Staveley turn the fourth round tie on its head.

Jordan Eagers took the game by the scruff of the neck for the travelling Inkersall Road men. Ryan Watters, a second half substitute, was also introduced for a youthful looking Staveley side.

They were back in the game when Jahmal Smith forced a save out of Albion keeper Aaron Brien and Ross Goodwin was on hand to loop the ball over a stranded Brien and in to the net.

Smith got the goal his performance deserved when Eagers found Goodwin with an inch-perfect pass. He attracted three defenders before Smith took over and passed it in to the bottom corner.

The comeback was completed ten minutes from time when Goodwin met Brad Jones’ left wing delivery and headed in what proved to be the winner, clattering in to the post in the process.

Staveley keeper Chris Butt, deputising for the ill Steven Hernandez, had produced some fine stops during the cup tie but saved his best for last from point blank range at the death.

The fifth round tie between Staveley and Nottinghamshire rivals AFC Mansfield will take place on Wednesday, April 8 at Inkersall Road (7.45pm kick off).

Staveley: Butt, Jones, Poulton (Pugh 39), Goodwin, Fisher, Magee (Watters 55), Eagers, Finlaw, Smith, Ashmore, Morley. Subs not used: Johnson, Colliver.