Category: First Team

Sports 4-1 Grantham Town: Match Report

by Laurie Newman

Mickleover Sports put Grantham Town to the sword as they put four past the away side which included a spectacular effort from Andrew Wright.

Sports started the better team after having a number of chances to take the lead. The best came after Jon Worsnop made a fantastic save from a few yards out after Paddy Webb fired the ball towards goal at the far post.

Despite having more chances on goal in the game, Grantham took the lead through Craig Westcarr.

Westcarr opened the scoring for the visitors on the 29th minute after his shot from inside the box found the back of the net. Westcarr picked up the ball and capitalised on Battersby’s mistake after he appeared to lose control of the ball in the box.

The hosts nearly pulled one back before half time when Stuart Beavon hit the underside of the bar from a tight angle. 

Soon after though, the home side would get their deserved equaliser. 

Karel Tvaroh levelled things up just before half time when his first time strike at the far post following a dangerous cross from Ryan Nesbitt found the back of the net.

Beavon was doing all the right things but it just wasn’t coming off for him so far. Beavon’s flick from a low pass nearly looped over Worsnop and into the back of the net. Luckily for Grantham the score line remained level at the break.

Sports turned up the heat in the second half and only ten minutes in the home side took the lead. Andrew Wright caught the ball on the volley from outside the box and the ball elegantly glided into the top left hand corner.

Sports would then add two goals in quick succession around ten minutes after Wright’s stunner.

The first came from Ryan Nesbitt who chipped the keeper from inside the box after being played in on goal. 

Stuart Beavon’s scored the fourth which all but sealed the three points after his deflected shot from inside the box found the back of the net.

Wright continued to run the show as he nearly scored his second of the game after some nice footwork in the box. Unfortunately the finish was just inches wide of the post.

Sports comfortably saw out the rest of the match, secure in the fact that they had a three goal cushion.

The win got the home side back to winning ways as well as moving them up to 8th place. It also meant that they had won four out of their last five games in the league.

Star man: Andrew Wright
Entertainment Value: 4/5
Goal times: Craig Westcarr (29′), Karel Tvaroh (41′), Andrew Wright (55′), Ryan Nesbitt (67′), Stuart Beavon (69′)

Mickleover Sports 4-1 Grantham Town
Saturday 18th January 2020
Don Amott Arena

Sports 2-1 Nantwich Town: Match Report

by Laurie Newman

A Stuart Beavon brace was enough to secure all three points for Mickleover Sports against Nantwich Town.

Nantwich looked the livelier team in the opening few minutes. They controlled the flow of the game and it was not a surprise when they took the lead.

The visitors opened the deadlock in the ninth minute thanks to their skipper Casper Hughes. Hughes’ effort from outside the box managed to beat Nathan Broome by finding the bottom right hand corner. 

The away team continued to pile the pressure on the home side, but against the run of play Sports managed to pull one back all thanks to a moment of brilliance from Stuart Beavon.

Beavon levelled things up for the home side when his sweet trike from outside the box curled into the top right corner, much to the delight of the home fans.

The remainder of the half didn’t see many real goal scoring chances from either team, both being limited to shots from outside the box.

The second half was a slow burner. There were no real chances until the first goal as both teams were trying to find their way back into the game.

Stuart Beavon scored his second of the game and what would eventually be the winner, after he fired a loose ball into the net from close range after a scramble in the box. That goal took his tally up to seven for the season so far.

Beavon nearly scored a third within a few minutes. Karel Tvaroh whipped in a delightful ball to Beavon who was unmarked in the box, but unfortunately his header went just over the bar.

Nantwich’s attempts to pull one back were short lived. Goal scorer Casper Hughes tried again and again to get his side back into the game but his attempts were either off target or saved by Nathan Broome.

Mickleover held out valiantly for the rest of the game. The win extended the home teams winning run to three games.

Mickleover Sports 2-1 Nantwich Town
Don Amott Arena
Saturday 4th January 2020

Stalybridge Celtic 1-3 Sports: Match Report

by Brad Cox

Stuart Beavon’s double saw Sports beat Stalybridge Celtic 3-1 and go into the festive period with a win.

Sports went behind early in the first half but Beavon got Sports on equal terms in the 34th minute. It was a beautiful chip from the outside the box which saw the keeper rooted to the spot. The keeper had no chance.

Aman Verma continued his good run of form for Sports as he took the lead with a header just three minutes into the second half.

Just three minutes after Verma’s header, Beavon bagged his second of the match. A lobbed through ball saw Beavon in on goal who took it past the keeper leaving the back of the net begging him to put it away. Beavon scored with conviction and doubled Sports’ lead.

Beavon had the chance to seal a hat-trick in the 70th minute when he was brought down inside the box but his effort went over the bar.

Sports are next in action on Boxing Day as they return to the Don Amott Arena, they face a tough challenge against Basford United.

Stalybridge Celtic 1-3 Mickleover Sports
Saturday 21st December
Bower Fold

Scarborough Athletic 4-1 Sports: Match Report

by Girvane Bola

Mickleover Sports drop to 13th in the BetVictor Northern Premier League as they suffered a 4-1 defeat to Scarborough Athletic at Flamingo Land Stadium. 

A brace from James Walshaw as well as goals from Connor Thomson and Michael Coulson ensured the three points and shifted them up to 11th position. Stuart Beavon scored in the second half, but it only proved to be a consolation in a crushing loss. 

The game instantly started lively between the two sides and ended up an end to end thriller in the opening minutes of the game. Mickleover shared the more decent chances between the two sides. This saw Beavon strike the post with his close-range effort followed on by Thomas Taylor miraculously save the rebound. The 16th minute saw Scarborough’s Josh Barrett connected from a corner however could not find the intended target.

Scarborough would score their first goal in the 26th minute after Connor Thomson rebounded home from a free kick saved by Nathan Broome. Their commanding lead doubled eight minutes later when Walshaw secured his first after he found himself through on goal and launched it past Broome into the far corner. 

Walshaw could have scored the third just before half-time after his venomous shot was saved by Broome once again. The second half, Sports were Sports were given a lifeline after Beavon reacted brilliantly to terrible defending by Scarborough Athletic and nicely finished with his outside foot past Taylor. 

Mickleover looked to a greater extent alive in the second half, playing more fluidly and more direct. This could undoubtedly have resulted in another goal, and the remarkable comeback complete after new signing Aman Verma narrowly missed the target with his header. 

Scarborough added a third effectively putting an end to the game in the 70th minute after James Walshaw smartly headed into Broome’s near post from Ryan Watson’s corner and picked up his brace after an outstanding performance. Coulson could have naturally made it four when he saw his six-yard effort was saved by Broome before sealing the win and getting his goal in the 90th minute.

John McGrath’s men will be hoping to bounce back from the hefty defeat with a win on another away against 6th place Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Field on Saturday the 21st December. 


Scarborough Athletic 4-1 Mickleover Sports
Saturday 14th December
Flamingo Land Stadium

Sports Bring In Nesbitt On Loan

Mickleover Sports are delighted to announce the loan signing of Ryan Nesbitt.

Ryan is a very talented footballer who fits the style of play I try and promote here at Micklover Sports. He’s had experience playing National Conference with Solihull Moors and during that spell had loans with Sutton Coldfield and Chasetown. I am delighted we’ve managed to sign him and I’m really looking forward to seeing him in Sports shirt. Welcome Ryan.

John McGrath, First Team Manager

Bamber Bridge 3-2 Sports: Match Report

by Brad Cox

Mickleover Sports suffered a 3-2 defeat away to Bamber Bridge.

Bamber Bridge took the lead early on with thanks to Joseph Booth. Booth stepped up from 30 yards out and perfectly placed his free kick in the top right corner of Muhammad Otuyo’s net. There was little he could do.

Mickleover bounced back just three minutes later. Stuart Beavon forced a misplaced pass at the back, Lee Hughes was there to dribble it up the pitch forcing a one on one and slotting it past the Brig keeper, Lloyd Rigby.

Sports kept up the pressure and captain, Greg Young, made it 2-1 from a corner. He could not have had an easier header; he was unchallenged, unmarked and hammered it home.

On the brink of half-time, the Brig equalised. Alistair Waddecar’s long-range effort snuck under Otuyo.

The second half saw little action in the first 15 minutes. Pablo Mills cleared off the line to keep Sports in the match. But the main talking point was when the Brig took the lead just after the hour mark. From a Booth cross, Waddecar glanced the ball into the bottom right corner. Controversially the goal stood. Sports goalkeeper, Otuyo, had multiple players surrounding him each time the Brig took a corner. Unfortunately, this time his sight was blocked, and the referee gave the goal.

Sports will be disappointed to come away with nothing after leading 2-1. Up next for Sports is another away trip, next week they travel to promotion seeking, Stalybridge Celtic.

Sports XI; Otuyo, Berry, Turner, Verma, Mills, Young (C), Wright (Satchwell 80’), Warren, Hughes (Surafel 83’), Beavon, Waldram (Boula 23’)

Unused Subs: Ravenhill

Bamber Bridge XI; Rigby, Spooner, Sumner, Lawlor (C), Charnock, Forbes, Waddecar, Thomson, Dean (Dudley 83’), Booth, Marlow

Unused Subs: Doughty, Churchman, Pett, Roccia

Bamber Bridge 3-2 Mickleover Sports
Saturday 7th December 2019
Sir Tom Finney Stadium

Sports Invited to Try Out New Derby Gym

On Thursday 5th December the team were invited along to Orange Theory Gym in the Wyvern Derby for a fitness and cardio workout. All the players were fitted with heart monitors and worked on the treadmill, Rowers, bikes and Strength stations. Under the leadership of coach for the day Charley from Orange Theory. The 50 minute session was followed by a cool down stretch and work out. A review of the session showed each player how many minutes they had spent in each of the Heart Rate Zones, the calories burned and the Heart rate stats.

Thanks to all at Orangetheory for a great night.

Buxton 0-1 Sports: Match Report

By Laurie Newman

Mickleover Sports picked up their first league win in six games after defeating Buxton FC 1-0 thanks to a Stuart Beavon volley.

Sports scored within the first ten minutes thanks to Stuart Beavon who scored his first goal since scoring a last minute winner against Hyde United.

The game started like many others, with the possession being shared by both teams but it was Sports who drew first blood. The goal came after Buxton thought they’d managed to clear their lines after a corner, but the ball fell to Stuart Beavon who then opened the scoring. Beavon struck the ball on the volley and the ball just glided in to the top hand corner.

A few minutes later it looked as though Buxton would get an opportunity to draw level when Kyle Harrison went down in the box. Fortunately for Sports his appeal was waved away and the game continued. Buxton managed to conjure up a real opportunity soon after which forced a fantastic save out of Nathan Broome who had to get down to his near post quickly to make the save.

Both teams managed to create a few half chances throughout the first half, but neither really threatened the other. That was until Lee Hughes’ header at the far post was saved at the last minute by Buxton’s keeper.

The first half ended 1-0 to Sports who were deservedly in the lead.

The second half kicked off and within five minutes Sports were already gunning for their second of the game. New signing Aman Verma dragged his shot just wide of the post. The remainder of the half kept seeing Sports’ efforts not hitting the back of the net. Andrew Wright had a shot blocked on the line and Mason Warren was tackled before he could get his shot away from inside the box.

Sports looked like they would be on route for their first win in a long time but with ten minutes to go Buxton were awarded a free kick on the edge of Mickleover’s box. Luckily for Sports Broome wasn’t caught out by Liam Hardy’s attempt that went under the wall. Sports held out for the remainder of the match thus ending their winless run in the league as well as making it back to back wins in all competitions.

Buxton 0-1 Mickleover Sports
Sat 30th November