Its fair to say that with zero points from ten game the Trojans opponents, Clipstone are finding this season a bit of a struggle and every team they come up against must be fancying their chances, there are however no easy games anymore…
There were a few changes for this potential banana skin with Matt Robsinson and Callum Mawbey coming in for Josh Madin and Kurtis Morley who moved to the bench and also sitting this one out was Tyla Bell so that meant a first start of the season for the leading goal scorer of the last campaign Adam Lee…
Staveley got things underway kicking towards the carpark and Adam Lee was in the thick of it to begin with winning a freekick after a great turn which unfortunately didn’t result in a shot on goal.. he was at it again a few minutes later in trying to latch onto Jack Turnbull’s ball over the top but couldn’t quite do so…
A promising start, but then the home side started to play a bit and the prematch assertion that they were not just going to roll over and die was correct as Ben Roberts sent in a teasing cross looking for Tim Gregory but found the hands of Staveley ‘keeper Matty Leese and Liam Nelthorpe did well to close down another Clipstone attack.
The Trojans went back on the attack with Jack Turnball finding Callum Mawbey whose shot spooned out to Adam Lee who played in Josh Barker to go on a run down the left but he was brought down by Ben Burbanks as he skipped over the lunging challenge. The resultant freekick caused a bit of panic in the Clipstone defence but was eventually cleared to safety.
The home side thought they’d taken the lead when the ball ended up in the back of the net following a crossfield pass from ben Burbanks and were undeterred on fourteen minutes by its disallowance for offside by sending in another of those teasing crosses but Matt Robinson was able to head clear.
The Trojans began to get more and more of a hold on the game after twenty minutes and had seen Robson Doolan shoot just over and Liam Nelthorpe provide the finishing touch to probably the first bit of “football” played in the match so far but his decent looking cross was plucked from the air by home goalkeeper Liam Kerry. Then, Callum Mawbey broke down the left and his square pass intended for Adam Lee eventually found Josh Barker on the left hand side and he fizzed a shot that just went wide of the near post.
Staveley now looked the most likely and they had a good shout for a penalty as Adam Lee took the ball around Liam Kerry in goal but because of the acuteness of the angle he had to shoot on goal he elected to cross instead where it looked to have been handled in the area but play was waved on then stopped for a freekick to the home side for a…handball! Which looked no different to the previous one except it was outside the area. #easierdecision?
Not to worry though because on the stroke of half time Staveley did eventually get a penalty for a foul on Callum Mawbey was awarded but not before Staveley had survived a bit of a scare when Tim Gregorys cross just evaded one of his team mates in the box who would surely have scored had he connected with it and Tom Ellis headed a goal bound effort off the line…Adam Lee missed the Staveley penalty incidentally.
HT: Clipstone 0 – 0 Staveley MW
Staveley made formation and personnel changes in the second half with Kurtis Morley coming on to add some more energy in the attacking third and Staveley looked more dangerous as a result five minutes into the half and Adam Lee was unlucky not to open the scoring as he met a cross from the left but it was blocked a composed Robson Doolan took a touch looked up and found Liam Nelthorpe to strike across goal but Liam Kerry in goal was just equal to it.
The Trojans were battering at the door and duly knocked it down in the sixty fifth minute when just after Adam Lee had narrowly headed Robson Doolans cross from the right hand side past the near post he found the net with a carbon copy move but this time it was Ash Rawson supplying the assist.
Clipstone 0 – 1 Staveley MW
So clipstone were in the familiar position of losing, but far from capitulate they actually looked like they might equalise on several occasions but were denied clear shots on goal despite incessant pressure by good handling from Matty Leese and defensive blocks and the one time they did get on target, Ricky Hanson showed exactly why a man on the post is important by clearing one off the line from a corner.
Try as they might though they couldn’t break through and pushing players up left them vulnerable to the counter attack and Staveley executed one to perfection five minutes from time… another second half substitute Callum Lytham wasted no time at all on his debut showing the Staveley faithful what he was all about…using his pace to skip past the Clipstone fullback as though he wasn’t there and pinged in a perfect cross for Jack Turnbull to nod home and make the less than comfortable three points secure.
Ft: Clipstone 0 – 2 Staveley MW
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Jack Turnbull.3.Ricky Hanson.4.Ash Rawson.5.Matt Robinson.(12.Josh Madin)6.Tom Ellis.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.9.Callum Mawbey.(15.Callum Lytham)10.Adam Lee.11.Josh Barker(.14.Kurtis Morley)
Man of the Match: Jack Turnbull.