Maltby Main manager John Stancliffe resigns after Sheffield Senior Cup final defeat

Maltby Main manager John Stancliffe resigns after Sheffield Senior Cup final defeat

By David Beddows | 02/05/2022

Maltby Main manager John Stancliffe resigns after Sheffield Senior Cup final defeat
John Stancliffe on duty at Saturday's Sheffield Senior Cup final. Picture by Dave Poucher

MALTBY Main manager John Stancliffe has resigned following Saturday's Sheffield Senior Cup final defeat to Worksop Town, and chairman Dave Watts is also to step down.


The Miners went down 3-0 in the decider at Doncaster Rovers' Eco-Power Stadium in a match which was much closer than the scoreline suggests.


However Stancliffe, who took over the no.1 position earlier this year following the departure of Louis Axcell, feels it is time to move on.


The club said in a statement last night his resigination had been accepted "with a very heavy heart".


"Many things have been taken into account prior to accepting it. It wasn’t made with haste," they said.


"It’s not what either would have liked to be doing after the cup final but, it’s come at the right time now the season is over and a chance to start fresh for the next.


"Stan has our best wishes for the future and we sincerely hope his next football endeavour is a success. He will be forever welcome at Muglet Lane. "

Worksop Town celebrate their third goal against Maltby Main.

Following the decision, chairman Dave Watts has also decided to step down from his role but will stay on to take care of unfinished business in the best interests of the club.


He will continue with his other roles at the club, subject to his successor's requirements.


Underdogs Maltby gave higher-league Worksop a hard game in their first appearance in the final for 44 years.


They created their fair share of chances, hit a post and had a second-half penalty saved but it was high-league Worksop who had the cutting edge in front of goal.


Stancliffe said afterwards: "The lads have put on a great show and they gave absolutely everything. They did the club proud. I know as manager I am very proud but there were a lot of disappointed boys in the dressing room.


 "It was a story of chances. We had two or three in the first half. They had probably three in the second half and took them all. In the end that's the difference and it's a tough one to take."

The club will not be commenting any more on the developments at the present time.