Fox needs all his cunning in Staveley’s biggest test

billy fox, staveley fc manager
billy fox, staveley fc manager

Staveley face the biggest game in the club’s history on Saturday when they travel to face Willand Rovers in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

Manager Billy Fox and his players will be in a confident mood but they know it’s a huge challenge against the Exeter-based team who top the Western League’s Premier Division with 44 points from 21 games having lost just three matches and conceded only 16 goals.

I wish them well and hope they can at least force a replay.

Staveley were one of two teams to beat the mini freeze last weekend and they weathered the conditions at Selby Town to win 2-0 thanks to a Ryan Damms penalty and a goal from Simon Barraclough.

It means they have now lost only once in their last eight league games, winning four on the bounce and conceding only one goal to take them into second place in the Baris North Counties East League’s Premier Division, six points adrift of the leaders with a match in hand.

Another big move by the club this week saw them sign ex-Scarborough Athletic first team coach James Earl, who takes up a similar role with immediate effect

Maltby Main were not so lucky as they visited Arnold Town and against the run of play lost 1-0 to leave them next to the bottom of the table. They face another tough away game on Saturday when they visit in-form Winterton Rangers.

Sheffield FC have lost only two of their last 10 league games but frustration ruled as their games against Loughborough Dynamo and fifth placed Stamford fell victim to the frosty weather. They travel to sixth-placed Sutton Coldfield Town on Saturday, hoping to complete a winning double but it won’t be easy although the match should be played on Sutton’s synthetic pitch.

I’m travelling with Stocksbridge Park to Marston Road, where after three games without defeat, they face Stafford Rangers who have won their last two games. It’s a match they must win to improve their chances of avoiding relegation and with new signing Alex Callery, from Frickley Athletic, back at the club, they might just squeeze out three precious points.

Parkgate, whose League Cup third round home tie against Hall Road Rangers on Tuesday was again frosted out, get back to league action on Saturday with a home clash against struggling Liversedge before they embark on four successive away games.

In Division One, third-placed Handsworth should strengthen their promotion push against a poor Askern Villa at Olivers Mount on Saturday,

Fourth place Worksop Parramore return to league action when they host Hemsworth Miners Welfare for what looks a very close encounter at Sandy Lane.

Worsbrough Bridge are enjoying their best season for many years and they tackle another big derby encounter against Dinnington Town at Park Road in a very positive mood after a run of just one defeat in 10 games.

Not to be outdone, Dinnington have had their best run of the season after four games without defeat and Steve Toyne’s players will give nothing away to the ‘Briggers’ despite them having home advantage.

Hallam with only one defeat in their last five games and with Moxam and Morris in great goal scoring form, will have to be at their best for their trip to Rossington Main.

Frost won the day again as Worksop Town’s big FA Trophy second round home tie against Conference League side Newport County was postponed twice and is now scheduled to be played next Tuesday at Sandy Lane, with the winners having a plum third round home tie against Lincoln City or Carshalton Athletic on Saturday, February 4.