Staveley Miners Welfare Football Club walked out 6-2 winners in their first game back in the NCEL Division since their title winning campaign back in the 2010/11 season.

The Trojans took voluntary relegation after finishing 10th in the NCEL Premier Division last season in a busy pre-season that saw several key players leave the Elastic FM Community Stadium.

With players leaving, it paved the way for new blood at Inkersall Road as for the opening game of the season as only Sam Kay, Jordan Claxton, Marley Grant and Will Eades remained in the side from last season.

It was a slow start for the Trojans as opportunities in the first ten minutes fell for Parkgate's Liam Frost and Ben Thornton, but neither managing to convert their chances.

The hosts then started to settle and fast-paced football from Staveley saw Jacob Pearce bundled down inside the area, Grant making no mistake from the spot to make it 1-0.

It wasn't long before Staveley doubled their lead, a long clearance from Jack Dolman from inside his own half was mis-judged by goalkeeper, Jamie Housley, with only the open goal to aim at, Pearce put it in the empty goal to make it 2-0.

Only seconds later, Alexander Duhameau's hard work paid off as he found himself space to make it 3-0 to the hosts.

It took just ten minutes from the restart for Staveley to increase their lead, the three goal scorers combining, Pearce's cross to the back post found Duhameau who poked it across the face of goal and Grant made sure it was the Trojans 4th.

Just after the hour-mark, things got worse for Parkgate, Grant's effort rebounded off the post and fell to Dolman, who cut inside onto his left foot and fired his effort past Housley to make it 5-0.

Staveley could've had more, but Housley got down well to save efforts from Grant, Mackenzie Ross and substitute Reece Clegg before his side found a way back in.

The Trjoan's defence switched off and a cross from Dane Shaw was chested down well by Jermaine Atkin before being placed past Addison Bliss by Liam Frost from 20 yards out.

With five minutes left to play, Staveley restored their five goal advantage when Jordan Claxton found space outside the area and his 20-yard effort flew past Housley to make it 6 for the hosts.

However, Liam Frost proved just how much of a threat he could be given the opportunity as he skipped past several members of the Trojans defence before putting the ball past Bliss to double his tally for the game.

A terrific, all round performance at the Elastic FM Community Stadium in front of 192 supporters showing a real togetherness back at Inkersall Road after the voluntary relegation decision at the end of last season.

Up next, Staveley make the trip to Glasshoughton Welfare on Tuesday (August 2nd) with a 7:45pm kick-off.

Line-Up; Bliss, Cook, Claxton, Wilkinson (Whittaker), Eades (McKenna), Kay, Duhameau (Wilson), Ross, Grant, Pearce (Muhire), Dolman (Clegg).

Player of the Match: Jacob Pearce.

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