The second way match of the season sent the Trojans off into the hills to face newly promoted Penistone Church. Playing the newboys is always a step into the unknown but having started reasonably well with two fa cup wins, a 6-2 rout of Rainworth and them being the reigning league cup champions it was clear that they were no mugs, not here just to make the numbers up and this would be a tough game.
Callum Mawbey was unavailable for this one so Josh Barker moved from his customary left back position into left wing which meant a first start of the season for Matt Robinson on the left hand side of defence. There was also a first start for Josh Schofield and he came in for Ash Rawson who hadn’t yet recovered from the head injury that forced his early exit in the previous game.
As many teams do in the NCL Penistone started the game playing a very direct style of football and looked for their number nine Nathan Keightly who caused problems from the off and inside the first minute he was down the right shaping for a crossing opportunity but put it over and then seconds later he was denied by the combination of Matt Robinson and Tom Ellis who was able to watch it out for a throw to the Torjans from which they cleared their lines. Briefly.
As back they came with Jordan Courduri this time who cut inside from the right one more but curled a shot over the bar. In fairness they “were all over” the Trojans but they were not creating as many opportunities as they would’ve perhaps expected and Staveley withstood the early onslaught and after a tactical switch from the management they started to string a few moves of their own together…
..ten minutes in and Kurtis Morley drove for the area only to be fouled in the process, from the free kick Robson Doolan knocked it to Liam Nelthorpe who switched ply from right to left to find Josh Barker, who did well in the unfamiliar attacking position he was playing to find a cross to Tyla Bell whose quick feet enabled him to feed Kurtis Morley in space but his shot went over.
Two minutes later and another good Staveley move found Matt Robinson advancing from left back to scoop the ball to Tyla Bell who recreated the magic that he produced so often last season to shift, the ball in the blink of an eye this way and that before popping it through that legs of his marker and rifling it past James Birch in the Penistone Goal.
Penistone Church 0 – 1 Staveley MW.
The home side probably felt a little aggrieved at going behind after their start but that’s football sometimes and they certainly didn’t let it affect their game plan as they swept forward again…
Jordan Corduris low cross from the left was cleared at the near post by Josh Madin after quarter of an hour then three minutes later Corduri went through one on one with Matty Leese who got down well to keep it out.
Possession was flip flapping all over the place and neither side was able to assert any sort of authority on proceedings, which contributed to the mad twenty minutes to half time…
First a clearance out of the Trojan defence almost fell kindly to Tyla Bell and his presence forced James Birch to come out of his goal and make a bit of a mess of his clearance but fortunately for him at least Bell helped by Josh barker couldn’t really make anything of it, then just after the half hour, Nathan Keightly found himself on the right hand side once more and curled in what looked like an in-swinging cross to the far post which Matty Leese appeared to lose the flight of, in the floodlights (which were low – in terms of height and very bright) and it dropped in at the far post. Great finish…if he meant it!
Penistone Church 1 – 1 Staveley MW.
Not to worry though as two minutes after that a corner was swung into the Penistone area and cleared out to Josh Schofield who stylishly “shaped” it back into the top corner.
Penistone Church 1 – 2 Staveley MW.
The Trojans piled on the pressure a bit more and Matt Robinson and josh barker worked the ball down the left hand side to win a corner which goalkeeper James Birch did well to punch clear to launch another attack from the home side where a short back pass put Matty Leese in all sorts of trouble and only a foul on Staveleys keeper prevented it from being two apiece.
However parity was restored just before half time when the Trojans failed to clear their lines a cross flashed in from the left was bundled over the line by Nathan Keightly who made a late run into the area.
HT:Penistone Church 2 – 2 Staveley MW.
Possession was again at a premium but this game is about goals and the Trojans went back in front five minutes after the restart when dynamic midfielder Robson Doolans daisy cutter from the edge of the area took a slight deflection to put it beyond the despairing dive to right from James Birch.
Penistone Church 2 – 3 Staveley MW
Back in front but there was hardly time for the Trojans to draw breath as back came the home side with Kieran Ryan doing his best to get past Josh Madin shifting the ball left and right but when he did manage to find a chink of light he dawdled and allowed Tom Ellis to come across and close down the chance.
That wasted chance proved to be the undoing of the home side as two minutes later Josh Schofield collected Liam Nelthorpes pass into the area from a freekick, turned and smashed it into the roof of the net.
Penistone Church 2 – 4 Staveley MW
Breathing space at last but the last half an hour was far from comfortable, Josh Madin had to clear one off the line and Matty Leese did well to punch clear a corner and then tip substitute Ryan Smiths rasping effort onto the bar but Smith would get his goal, when he poked home a vicious in swinging corner… to set up a nervy last five minutes, but Staveley have become accustomed to playing the clock down of late and did so brilliantly to record an excellent win on the road!
FT:Penistone Church 3 – 4 Staveley MW
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Ricky Hanson.3.Matt Robinson.4.Liam Nelthorpe.5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.(14.Joe Knowles)7.Josh Schofield.8.Robson Doolan.9.Kurtis Morley(15.Declan Jenkins).10.Tyla Bell.11.Josh Barker
Not Used:12.Lewis Naylor