It was time to put league matters to one side once more as every ones favourite non-league national competition took centre stage once more, and following a bye from the first round the draw threw up a rematch with Loughborough University, the side we defeated 2-1 in our opening fixture of the season in the other national competition…the Fa Cup.
Taking to the field at the impressive Holywell Stadium inside the university campus the Trojans showed three changes from the win over Clipstone with Josh Madin and Kurtis Morley returning to their respective positions in the heart of defence and attack and Lewis Naylor made his first appearance of the season between the sticks.
The homes sides Oliver Davis from right back got the attacking action underway and looked for lively centre forward Joe Boachie but he was closed down and disposed by Liam Nelthorpe on the edge of the Trojans penalty area.
The Trojans knew from the first encounter that the home side were young, fit and liked to pop it around a bit. So had to be wary in the opening stages not to go chasing the ball especially given the size of the pitch, which may have given rise to the stand offish nature of the opening which actually looked like a game you might see on tv i.e plenty of space, time to take a touch and pick out a pass.
That’s all well and good and looked easy on the eye but there was a tendency to “overplay” it at the back and Jack Turnbulls crossfield ball aiming for Kurtis Morley saw Joel Bonner and James Stallan in goal take too much time in clearing the danger allowing Adam Lee to close down and block Stallans clearance. Unfortunately for Stallan he received an injury in the challenge and had to go off as a result.
After the usual ten minutes of sussing each other out the chances started to flow, Tom Ellis headed out of defence to Josh Barker and via Ash Rawson he found Kurtis Morley he drove for goal and won a freekick in the process which came to nothing however. Then a switch from Oliver Davis on the right to Kumbirai Mutamba on the left saw the latter cut inside but shot well wide of Lewis Naylor’s goal.
Then Ricky Hanson went down the right hand side finding Kurtis Morley who worked an angle with Adam Lee who won a corner for Josh Barker to find Tom Ellis at the back post forcing a save out of Substitute ‘keeper George Hobbs. But a minute after nearly taking the lead the Tojans went behind to a piece of indivul brilliance from Joe Boachie who danced his way through several challenges before applying a neat finish.
Loughborough University 1 – 0 Staveley MW
The same thing almost happened just before the half hour mark when Adam Lee couldn’t quite get on the end of Josh Barkers cross from the left hand side and the scholars broke quickly with James Daly finding himself in a good position just inside the area but he blazed over after Lewis Naylor had come out to narrow the view he had of the Trojans goal. Joe Boachie went close again soon after and this prompted Staveleys management team to change formations and the tactical switch paid dividends almost immediately…
Some one touch interchanging of passes between Kurtis Morley and Josh Barker freed Barker down the left and he returned the favour to Morley with a cutback from the touchline into the box. Morley shifted the ball from left to right and shot for goal producing a greta save from George Hobbs in goal unfortunately for Hobbs the ball fell to Adam Lee who composed himself took a touch to take himself away from an attempted defensive block and calmly passed it into the open goal.
Loughborough University 1 – 1 Staveley MW
The Tojans by now had got to grips with the oppositions style of play and continued to apply the pressure, not allowing them to thread their passes together and more determined play from Ash Rawson won the ball back allowing Kurtis Morley to shoot for goal from the edge of the area. This time it was blocked by a defender but like last time it popped out to Adam Lee who volleyed it into the left hand side of the net from eighteen yards out giving Hobbs no chance.
Loughborough University 1 – 2 Staveley MW
There were more chances for Robson Doolan and Adam Lee was dubiously caught offside before the break with strong Jack Turnbull tackles instrumental in both…it wasn’t all plain sailing however as a moment of hesitation between Lewis Naylor and Tom Ellis as neither claimed responsibility in clearing Oliver Davis’ cross as it trickled between them in the six yard box almost allowed Joe Boachie a second. But he also hesitated and it carried on harmlessly on its way.
HT:Loughborough University 1 – 2 Staveley MW
Loughbrough went at the Trojans for the first few minutes of the second half and won a series of corners but in the forty eighth minute once the early pressure had been soaked up Kurtis Morley laid the ball of to Jack Turnball on the right hand side and he clipped it over the Scholars left back Eric Duah to Liam Nelthorpe who from a tight angle managed to steer the ball over goal keeper George Hobbs and… well, it looked in and like Geoff Hurst’s goal in the 1966 World Cup final Martin Peters or in this case Adam Lee, cheered a goal without “making sure” by tapping it in…all eyes then turned to the assistant referee – who wasn’t Russian. And he signalled a goal and the Trojans had breathing space.
Loughborough University 1 – 3 Staveley MW
The home side didn’t fade and created a host of chances to get back into the game but they largely wasted what opportunity’s they did create and the Trojans made them pay once more for that wastefulness when another Kurtis Morleye effort was brilliantly stopped by George Hobbs once more but the rebound fell to Matt Robinson who from the left hand side of goal stuck it into the net first time.
Loughborough University 1 – 4 Staveley MW
The scholars did however make the scorleine a little bit respectable via Joa Boachie who, like Robinson at the other end reacted quickest to a save from Lewis Naylor.
FT: Loughborough University 2 – 4 Staveley MW
Team:1.Lewis Naylor.2.Jack Turnbull.3.Ricky hanson.4.Ash Rawson.5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.(14.Callum Lytham)9.Kurtis Morley.10.Adam Lee.(15.Tyla Bell).11.Josh Barker(16.Matt Robinson)
Not used:12.Callum Mawbey.GK.Matty Leese
Man of match: Robson Doolan