For the short trip south to Kirklington Road Staveley made two changes to the starting line up with Tyla Bell and Callum Lytham coming into the attack but they got off to the worst possible start when a the ball found former Sheffield Wednesday prospect Nathan Modest from a throw in won when a ball from the Trojans kick off went slightly askew and out of play down Staveleys right hand side.
With a cheeky back heel Modest flicked it to Niall Smith who tore down the left found space on the by-line but over hit a cross to the back post where it was headed back to Thomas Poole who smashed the home side in front inside twenty six seconds!!!
Rainworth MW 1 – 0 Staveley MW
A shellshocked Staveley side almost went two down in the third minute of the game when a similar chance fell Rainworths way with the lively pairing of Niall Smith and Nathan Modest again the architects luckily though Liam Royles knocked it wide this time..
More good chances came and went for the Wrens but Modest and Smith got their angles wrong and when they did find the target from a corner in the seventh minute goal keeper Lewis Naylor came to the Trojans rescue with a brilliant save right out of the top drawer, diving backwards to claw out an effort from man of the moment Nathan Modest.
Rainworth could quite easily been 4-0 up in side ten minutes and Staveley hadn’t really got going yet but the old cliché “while ever its one nil” gave them hope and after weathering the storm they started to get into the game.
Tom Ellis looked to turn defence into attack with a searching ball for Tyla Bell to chase winning a corner from which Liam Nelthorpe flased a shot just wide from the edge of the area. then on fifteen minutes the Trojans launced a counter attack which found Kurtis Morley halfway between the centre spot and penalty area with just former Trojan defender Rob Ludlam between him and a shot on goal.. the initial contact looked to have been a fouled but an advantage was played with Kurtis now goal side of Ludlam with just another former Staveley player goalkeeper Ben Townsend to beat… Morley took it round him but wide and it attempting to pass it to the waiting Staveley forwards who had now joined the attack and were better placed in the box he was fouled again and this time the referee pointed to the spot! Unfortunately though Tyla Bell’s effort from twelve yards was saved by Townsend who dived to his right to fingertip it wide.
Although disappointed at not being level Staveley now were in the game in an attacking sense and that seed of doubt at not capitalising when well on top had been planted into Rainworth… A slick passing moving involving Ricky Hanson and Jack Turnbull down the right found Robson Doolan in midfield and he released Callum Lytham down that same right hand side who turned Jordan Claxton this way and that before delivering a dangerous looking cross which was met by the Rainworth defence but five minutes later Lytham again found by Robson Doolan sent in a low cross which this time found the quick feet of Tyla Bell, but his shot just turned the wrong way and shaved the outside of the post on its way out for a goal kick.
And not long after Callum Lytham broke clear and his early shot which had beaten Ben Townsend just went wide of that same post.
It wasn’t all Staveley now however with Thomas Poole finding Niall Smith alone in the area only for him to be denied by Jack Turnball who came out of nowhere to block and Lewis Naylor pulled off not one but two excellent stops to deny Thomas Poole on the half hour after he had been played through one on one by Liam Royles and again from Jack Waddle just before the half time whistle. But by the time that second chance had come along they were two down when James Knowles crossfield ball was converted by Liam Royles who turned and arrowed his effort into the bottom corner….
HT: Rainworth MW 2 – 0 Staveley MW
So 2-0 down at halftime the Trojans had a mountain to climb in the second but although Rainworth were good value for their lead chances had been created and it’s no exaggeration to say it could’ve been 4 apiece at the break so there was reason for optimism at the start of the second…
…however the entertainment in the first never really materialised in the second.
Lewis Naylor was on hand to prevent a carbon copy start to block Jack Waddles attempt at putting the game to bed early on and the Trojans looked to Tyla Bell to weave his magic but his turn and shot on fifty seven minutes was gathered by Ben Townsend and after a curled effort wide he was replaced as the frustration at having one of those nights in front of goal began to show.
It was all drawing to a disappointing close when Kurtis Morley beat Ben Townsend to a hopeful ball from Robson Doolan and lifted it over Rainworths ‘keeper into the back of the net to give the Trojans hope with fifteen or so minutes left…
Rainworth MW 2 – 1 Staveley MW
That was a game changer and sniffing blood Staveley went for it by abandoning the purist’s way of playing the game tossing ball after ball into the box in a sustained period of pressure that created several opportunities to equalise. The best of which fell to Tom Ellis whose downward header from a corner bounced into the ground and over. But the home side remained resolute and employing some “cute” time wasting tactics during the five minutes of added time were able to keep Staveley at bay.
FT: Rainworth MW 2 – 1 Staveley MW
Team:1.Lewis Naylor.2.Jack Turnbull.3.Tom Ellis.4.Ash Rawson.5.Josh Madin(12.Matt Robinson).6.Josh Madin.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.9.Kurtis Morley.10.Tyla Bell(15.Liam Vardy).11.Callum Lytham
Not used:14.Jake Allen. GK.Matty Leese
Man of the Match – Lewis Naylor