For this one Brett and his management team made three changes to the starting line up from the previous game with Myles Wright returning to mind the net after injury,Robert Worrall coming into midfield and Michael Burke returning to the forward line, and… called for a reaction to the “un-Staveleylike” performance in that previous game v Winterton Rangers which saw the Trojans meekly crash out of the NCE League Cup.
It would need to be some reaction too as their opponents for this one were Bridlington Town perennially one of the top teams in the League, one of the teams able to mount serious test of Staveleys title credentials (a win would put them into second place two points behind the Trojans) and were buoyed by an excellent come from behind 2-1 win in their previous match against another of the title contenders Yorkshire Amateur…
…and what a reaction they got…
Staveley flew out of the traps quicker than Usain Bolt harrying from the off and Just two minutes were on the clock when Robson Doolan burst into the box and was pushed by Lewis Dennison as he rounded the home sides right back, knocking him off balance as he looked to cross. The referee spotting the infringement, when many don’t, and correctly awarded a penalty which Michael Burke converted.
Bridlington Town 0 – 1 Staveley MW
Bridlington Looked to use the wind and almost got back on level terms when, from a Lewis Taylor freekick Myles Wright, in goal looked for all the world to have been fouled when trying to clear by any one of five attackers, it wasn’t given and Adam Lund cleared off the line to keep the lead intact.
Staveley went back on the front foot, attacking with pace and passing with a purpose and almost doubled the lead straight away but Burke saw his shot blocked.
ten minutes later more rapid passing down the right forced a corner from which Charlie Oglesby up from the back stooped low to flick head the ball high towards goal where… it looked to be destined for the hands of home ‘keeper James Hitchcock but.. Michael Burke had other ideas and nipped in to head it past Hitchcock for his and Staveleys second of the game.
Bridlington Town 0 – 2 Staveley MW
It’s been said a thousand times before that 2-0 is a “funny lead” and that’s because it’s true.. good as the Trojans had been up to now one goal for the home side would change the momentum of the game in their favour so it was imperative that the “0” stat stayed that way as long as possible and ensuring exactly that was Myles Wright who got down well to bat out another wind assisted freekick and was relieved to see Christopher Jenkinsons bullet header from a right handside corner whistle past the near post.
Staveley chances were still flowing with Rob Worrall aided and abated by fellow midfielders Mitchell Langton and Pat Lindley at the heart of most of it and they played in Matty Parkin overlapping from right back more than once to pick out a pass or cross dangerously, one of those – a cutback on thirty four minutes forced a corner from which Michael Burke almost claimed his hattrick with a diving header that hit the side netting.
He only had to wait two more minutes though and the match ball was his.. Pat Lindley playing him in with just the keeper to beat…! #dreamland
Bridlington Town 0 – 3 Staveley MW
A quite ridiculous first half display from Staveley was capped with Michael Burke grabbing another goal two minutes before the break…Gary Mundy, this time put Burke in the clear once more with ‘keeper James Hitchcock seemingly stuck in two minds… to come out and clear or to stay and shotstop in the end he did neither and could only turn and watch the ball drop into his open goal as Burke executed a delightful lob with him stranded in no mans land.
HT: Bridlington Town 0 – 4 Staveley MW
it could’ve been more as Robson Doolan actually had the ball in the back of the net after twenty minutes but he was ruled marginally offside from Michael Burkes initial shot was blocked….
it was always going to be a difficult ask to match quite frankly what had been the best first half Staveley display many of the coach load of fans from S43 had ever seen their team play and with nothing to lose Bridlington went for it and actually played really well, and for fifteen or so minutes penned Staveley in forcing Adam Lund to clear off the line more than once and Myles Wright into a couple of saves.
They got their reward on sixty three minutes when Lewis Dennisons cross from the right hand side was headed in by Joe McFadyean.
Bridlington Town 1 – 4 Staveley MW
Any worries of a home side comeback were extinguished in the seventy first minute when…yep Michael Burke was once again in the clear and once again stuck it past Hitchcock to cap a five star display with his fifth goal of the game!
Bridlington Town 1 – 5 Staveley MW
Disappointingly the encounter which not been a “dirty game” nor had seen any physio requiring injury up to now saw the yellow cards starting to fly, for innocuous looking challenges and resulted in the Trojans Gary Mundy being sent off, which kind of took the shine off the performance more so than Bridlingtons second consolation goal in the final minute a rocket from billy Logan which crashed in off the crossbar from outside the area.
FT: Bridlington Town 2 – 5 Staveley MW