The Trojans steamed into Station view hoping to repeat the same feat they achieved at the same venue last season by arresting a run of five defeats on the bounce… form that has like back then seen them fall to the lower reaches of the ncel table.
The only change to the “starting eleven” saw Joel Smith come in for Jack Turnbull who moved to the bench. There were however one or two positional changes, as Staveleys management team shuffled the pack notably moving Charlie Oglesby upfront and shifting Tom Ellis to the left hand side of midfield in a bid to change around their teams fortunes.
The home side started the game and promptly kicked it straight out of play allowing the Trojans to mount an early attack from the throw in, it didn’t come to much however as Adam Baskerville flicked the ball onto his new strike partner Charlie Oglesby who chased his own flick on to no avail.
Adam Baskerville was next to get into an advance position but his cross was blocked but he refused to let the promising situation die and chased back to block a clearance up the line, and the work rate shown by the Staveley players in these early exchanges was very encouraging to the Trojans ever faithful band of followers who had made the trip.
The opposition soon got on track however with George Eustance cut inside from the right before finding Curtis McMahon but more excellent “work” from the Trojans snuffed out the threat and allowed Tom Ellis to break up field and cross for Charlie Oglesby to unfortunately head wide.
The game had been in some doubt due to some recent inclement weather and as a result the pitch was a bit “sticky” and not exactly ideal as the Rails Michael Thompson found out ten minutes into the game when he twisted his ankle and would later need to go off but there was perhaps surprisingly some decent football being played by both sides…
Down the left Tom Ellis and Josh Barker worked a chance for Adam Baskerville to shoot once more and that preceded a George Eustance cross from the left for the home side which was just cut out by Josh Madin before it landed in a dangerous position inside the Trojan penalty area…
But the eveness of the half slowly but surely began to turn in the favour of Staveley as their superior fitness and work rate began to have an effect…
Ten minutes after being denied a corner following a deflected shot Charlie Oglesby linked up with Adam Baskerville once more but instead of shooting he elected to find Tom Ellis and that extra pass resulted in play getting a bit bogged down but did earn Staveley a freekick on the edge of the area which Ash Rawson fired narrowly wide.
A couple of minutes later Tom Ellis and Josh Barker combined again to flash the ball across the box just evading Robson Doolan who moments earlier would’ve opened the scoring had he trusted his left foot when through on goal.
Ten minutes before half time it looked for all the world that the left foot of Josh Barker had put Staveley in front with a superbly placed free kick whipped in from the right hand edge of the area and but for James Websters in the home goal, out stretched right hand to tip it onto the angle of post and cross bar it would’ve given them that deserved lead.
The last chance of the half fell to Staveley once more and Josh barkers trusty left foot was instrumental again and he swung in a dangerous looking corner which could only be headed out as far as Tom ellis on the edge of the area where a typically determined strong jump enabled him to reach the ball first and loop a header over to Adam Baskerville from twelve ish yards out to the left of goal watched it drop from the sky, and met it on the turn with his left boot …volleying it into the top corner….a truly stunning effort to send the Trojans into halftime!
HT:Harrogate Railway 0 – 1 Staveley MW
The second half continued in much the same way with Adam Baskerville and Tom Ellis crossing just too far in front of Charlie Oglesby for him to shoot at goal then five minutes later Josh Barker came inside from the left and hit a low curling effort just the wrong side of the post…
Staveley were dominant but “while ever its 1-0” there’s always a chance and just before the hour a goal mouth scramble rarely seen these days following a freekick almost resulted in an equaliser but Joel Smith was on hand to hack clear just in time.
Normal service was resumed though with Tom Ellis again flying down the left to fizz in a low cross that James Webster needed two attempts to claim and deny Charlie Oglesby a goal. Then Webster did well again coming out bravely to claim just before Adam Baskerville got to a through ball clearing him out in the process. Staveeys forward left the field for some treatment and the Magic sponge did the trick as no sooner as he returned to action Tom Ellis found Charlie Oglesby with his back to goal who laid it back perfectly to Adam Baskerville who curled it round James Webster into the bottom corner, fifteen minutes from time
Harrogate Railway 0 – 2 Staveley MW
If the points hadn’t been secured already they were with five minutes to go when Liam Nelthorpe threaded a clever pass into Adam Baskerville who was fouled by goalkeeper Webster as they both went for the ball… and Baskerville made no mistake from the resultant spot kick.
FT: Harrogate Railway 0 – 3 Staveley MW
After the game Harrogates manager Marlon Adams lamented:
“There are a lot of things to work on, but the main priority is the fitness. It’s one of the basics of football, if you’re not fit then you’re not going to win games,” Adams reflected. “they (Staveley) ran for 90 minutes and created chances for 90 minutes, we defended for 90 minutes and couldn’t get out of our own half at times. “It was like a game of attack versus defence at times, but how long can a team defend for before the opposition go one or two goals up? “You can see when fitness comes into play, and that it has killed us.”
Read more at: https://www.harrogateadvertiser.co.uk/sport/football/harrogate-railway/railway-boss-highlights-lack-of-fitness-following-staveley-loss-1-8891453
Man of the Match: Adam Baskerville
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Josh Barker.4.Ash Rawson.5.Josh Madin.6.Ricky Hanson.7.Robson Doolan.8.Joel Smith.9.Charlie Ogleslesby.10.Adam Baskerville.11.Tom Ellis
Not Used:12:Jake Allen.14.Jack Turnbull.16.Ryan Duffy McGirr