The Trojans steamed (other train related puns are available) into Station View which is probably our favourite away ground given the recent results there, showing one change from the defeat away at Yorkshire Amateur in the last game with Brad Jones coming in for Connor Williamson who moved to the bench to give the knock he picked up last time out every opportunity to heal.
The home side got the game under way kicking towards their clubhouse and started very well by forcing a series of corners in quick succession thanks primarily to tricky winger Daniel Blacker but those were dealt with and soon the lads soon got a foothold on the game slipped through the gears and took control producing a first half display that will be remembered for quite some time…
Matty Davies set the scene in the ninth minute wriggling clear of several challenges in the centre of midfield without really touching the ball too much before surging forward to slip Matty Parkin through but with his weaker left foot he couldn’t get enough “purchase on the ball and it was gathered comfortably by Harrogates goalkeeper Jacob Collier.
Davies was involved again just two minutes later switching the play from right to left finding Robson Doolan in an advanced position, who laid it off to Jordan Claxton. Clacky in turn looked for Adam Baskerville but he let it run across the edge of the box following a shout from Matty Parkin, who gave it straight back to Claxton and with a knock to the left with his right foot he struck it hard with his right straight past Collier to give the Trojans the lead.
Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 1 Staveley MW
just two minutes later Sam Finlaw, Robson Doolan and Mattys Parkin and Davies combined with some wonderful one touch stuff but the final ball to Adam Baskerville just overran to the keeper. ..then with the Harrogate defence at sixes and sevens from a corner a back pass call was waved away before Jordan Claxton went free down the left again but didn’t strike the ball well enough.
Staveley were running riot in midfield and it was surely just a matter of time before the next one but “while ever its one nil” there always a chance for the opposition and in the nineteenth minute a dangerous looking corner swung in from the left but was well cleared firstly by the fists of Staveley keeper Myles Wright who punched it out as far as Robson Doolan who headed it further out into Tyla Bell who turned and ran at the home defence, from just past the halfway line and all on his own worked an angle for a rasping shot which needed the fingertips of Jacob Collier to divert over.
Robson Doolan was next to try his luck receiving a cutback which missed everyone in the box after a brilliant Matty Davies surge down the right hand side to strike just wide then…a rare home attack broke down allowing Chris Baugh to find Sam Finlaw who in turn found Tyla Bell whose strike just inside the edge of the area deflected to Adam Baskerville who from close range couldn’t miss and didn’t to double the Staveley lead
Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 2 Staveley MW
two became three not long after with a delightful reverse Sam Finlaw ball that saw Matty Parkin fouled in the box as he was just about to square it across goal allowing Adam Baskerville to step up and smash the ball home from the penalty spot.
Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 3 Staveley MW
and just three minutes later Baskerville added another to claim his second hattrick in as many visits league to Station view,by heading Jordan Claxtons cross in off the underside of the crossbar.
Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 4 Staveley MW
the first half my have ended at 3:45pm but it was very nearly five past Harrogate instead with what surely would’ve been up there with the best ever Staveley goals had it gone in. Sam Finlaw was the architect but having ghosted past three or four defenders thrown in a one two with Tyla Bell, feinted to shoot leaving goalkeeper Jacob Collier on the floor he clipped the ball square off the post and out to safety #unplayable
Dominant as Staveley were though the home side to their credit didn’t resort to kicking everything that moved and tried to play football and as the half time whistle went brought an excellent save from Myles Wright who tipped over a looping effort from outside the box.
HT: Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 4 Staveley MW
It was always going to be difficult to match the first half display in the second forty five and despite the scoreline the home side should take some solace in the way they continued to play football, however they never really looked liked scoring and Staveley added a fifth and final goal in the fifty sixth minute thanks to a trademark crunching Charlie Oglesby tackle which allowed Sam Finlaw to play in Adam Baskerville down the left hand side to square to Tyla Bell who smashed it past Collier who despite getting a hand on the ball couldn’t keep it out.
Full Time: Harrogate Railway Athletic 0 – 5 Staveley MW
Man of the match was a again a difficult choice but the fans went for hattrick hero Adam Baskerville seen here with his sponsors “Trojans Away Travel”