28/9/19 Thackley v Trojans


The Trojans took full advantage of closing the gap on the NCEL Premier League leaders with a fantastic display topped off with a result to match.

Sam Finlaw confirmed his return from a knee injury that kept him out of action for two weeks, much less than originally feared, as he captained a Staveley side that looked capable of beating any side in the division.
It didn’t take long for Staveley to stamp their authority with Jon Froggatt latching onto a long ball forward by Jordan Claxton and confi-dently placing the ball past Luke Wilson in the home goal.

Just four minutes later Matty Parkin became the seventh Trojans player of the season to find the net when he found himself one-on-one with Thackley’s keeper and he kept com-posure to double the visitors lead.

The Dennyboy’s can find themselves unlucky to have not pulled one back just before the break when Myles Wright’s trailing right arm was enough to deny Thackley’s top goalscorer, Jack Normanton, the opportunity to go in at half-time just one goal behind.

The second half started very similar to how the first ended, with Staveley in the ascendan-cy, Robson Doolan picked up the ball in Staveley’s half and ran almost 50-yards before beating Wilson low at his near post to extend the Trojans advantage.
Asa Mitchell managed to pull one back for the home side when his shot was deflected through players and eventually found it’s way past Myles Wright.

This proved to be nothing more than a conso-lation as Michael Burke made his return after a month away from a Staveley match and re-placed Joe Pugh just after the hour, Luke Wil-son’s attempted clearance fell to Burke, who remained composed enough to place the ball into the empty goal from around 11 yards out to make it 4-1 with twenty minutes to go.

Jon Froggatt, who had caused endless prob-lems for the Dennyboys defence throughout the day rounded Luke Wilson in attempt to double his tally for the day, his experience proved vital as he realised he had taken this too wide and chipped the ball towards Parkin who made a late run to nod in and double his tally for the season.

Staveley could be mistaken for having tired legs in added time and this was to be expected after the performance they had given, a cou-ple of pinball blocks in their own penalty area ended when the ball fell to Ben Groch-Brooksbank who chipped an oncoming Wright to take the deficit to just three goals.

With this victory, Staveley close the gap on top of the league and build themselves up for what is already looking to be a season to re-member in the Trojans history books.

Adam Marsden

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