The premier cup competition for clubs at this Level – the Fa Vase started with the Trojans showing just the one change to the starting line up with Charlie Oglesby suffering a dislocated shoulder in the last game seeing Chris Baugh returning to the defence, after short injury absence himself.
In opposition were Norther Counties East Division One side Selby Town who have ambitions of joining the Trojans in the Premier League and had started the season with a good chance of doing just that with two players in the top goal scorers list in Sam Cable and former Tadcaster Albion Carl Stewart whose goals have contributed to an unbeaten start to the season where the Robins have dropped just two points in the league and progressing to the Fa Cup Preliminary round with a replay still to play…. So despite being favourites on paper this wasn’t going to be an easy ride for Staveley.
The home side started well enough winning a freekick straight from the off which was headed away from danger by Chris Baugh and Carl Stewrt did well down the right hand side to find Joe Dale in space just inside the area but his shot was blocked and cleared.
Staveley soon found their feet though and created several good opportunities in quick succession when on the counter attack Matty Davies switched play for Robson Doolan to drive at the Selby defence down the left hand side which eventually led to a Liam Greengfield cross and a Sam Finlaw drive from the edge of the area which went just wide. then Adam Baskerville after receiving the ball from matty Davies’ clever pass inside righ tback Reuben Pearse clipped a ball across the box which just eluded Jahmal Riley…
The Trojan chances continued to flow Liam Greenfield forced a decent save from home debutant Micheal Clancy as he tipped Greenys strike round the post for corner which was neutralised with a freekick for handball given to Selby. Then Greenfield turned provider with a deep cross from left to right to which Brad Jones coming in from form the right wing area headed into the side netting.
The home side we still pressing and probing without creating much but they forced Staveley to play backwards one or two times as they held their defensive line quite well in the face of the Trojans quick movement of the ball….however one of those situations proved to be their undoing when Myles Wright punted the ball upfield to move Staveley forward for it to be flicked on by a defender leaving Jahmal the right side or the defence as far as he was concerned and he made no mistake when slotting it past Michael Clancy in goal for a deserved lead to Staveley.
Only a brilliant Ryan Gothard challenge, stopped Riley clinching his second moments later but from then to the end of the half the chances fell to the home side the pick of which being a shot wide of the post from Liam Flanagan from a Joe Dale square ball across the box after the number eleven had beaten the Staveley offside trap…it was a let off as the goal was pretty much open and Flanagan I’m sure will still be wondering how he’s missed it. Dale himself then had a half chance with an attempted lob over Myles Wright, and then went from arguably Selbys best player up to now to their worst as he correctly saw red for launching a two footed challenge on Brad Jones – there weren’t many complaints, even from his team mates.
The numerical advantage came too late in the half however for it to make any impact before the break could Staveley make it tell in the second period…well not initially as five minutes into the half Myles Wright produced a brilliant save, taking the sting out of Liam Flanagans shot from the left who had opened his body up trying to stick it into the opposite corner, allowing the Staveley defenders to clear… it was a crucial save at a crucial time and proved to be a bit of a game changer as not long after the Trojans opened the flood gates a little further then smashed them wide open… on sixty six minutes added his second converting Adam Baskervilles square ball as he ran onto it in the box.
Then substitute Matty Parkin scored a hooked in a stunning volley from just outside the area after Ryan Herbert kept Robson Doolans corner alive after an initial clearance .
Not to be out done fellow Substitute Joe Pugh with six minutes remaining finished off great team move with Jahmal Riley stepping “over(s)” Adam Baskervilles pass from the right by slamming a low drive into the bottom corner then he was put through one on one with Michael Clancy with a brilliant through ball from Sam Finlaw to finish off a superb second half display.
Final Score Selby Town 0- 5 Staveley MW