The two sides went into the game in good form with the visitors sitting in 6th place with eight points from their five games with the Trojans in 10th with seven points from four games. So a win for Staveley was whilst vital seems a bit over the top it would be beneficial to stop them even at this early stage being cut adrift from the leaders and playing catch up for the rest of the season.
Ash Rawson returned to the starting line-up in the only change to the side that won the pulsating previous match v Penistone Church and he came in for the unavailable Kurtis Morley.
The visitors sporting a snazzy brand new green away kit got the game underway and started on the front foot with a surging run from Mitch Hamilton who passed to put the League’s leading goal scorer Lee Turner though but, a heavy first touch allowed Josh Madin to watch it out for a goal kick.
Then seven minutes in Mitch Hamilton himself managed to dance his way into the left side of the box and from a tightish angle he opened himself up aiming for the bergkampesque curler into the opposite top corner but got it completely wrong and collapsed on the floor after watching it going out for a goal kick near the corner flag!
As you would expect from the league standings both sides were evenly matched and largely cancelled each other out, and for twenty minutes or so Hamiltons wayward effort was actually the only “shot” on goal that said though it was a reasonably entertaining encounter with both sides enjoying some possession and putting together some decent looking moves up until the final ball or passing up the opportunity to shoot.
The Trojans first effort on goal came in the twenty sixth minute when Liam Nelthorpe burst down the right hand side beating Brett smith to cross low at the near post where Tyla Bell turned James Beatson but not Ryan Donaghue who slid in to block his attempt at goal, that fell to Nelthorpe once more who hit a fierce drive at goal hit Donaghue who was still on the floor following his earlier intervention.
Staveleys next attack two minute later broke down when Sam Leach intercepted a ball meant for Josh Barker on the Trojan Left and fell nicely to the visitors main man Mitch Hamilton he strode forward with purpose but stumbled under a challenge from Ash Rawson but still managed to pop it left to Lee Turner who side footed it under Matty Leese as he came out of goal to block and watched it roll into the bottom corner despite the best efforts of Tom Ellis.
Staveley MW 0 – 1 Garforth Town
Mitch Hamilton knew he was having “one of those games” on the confidence that inspired made him try a speculative effort from twenty five yards and only a brilliant one handed fingertip to push it over the bar by Matty Leese prevented him giving his side a two goal lead, and Leese comfortably gathered the subsequent corner.
HT: Staveley MW 0 – 1 Garforth Town
The view of the clubhouse was one of slight concern at the lack of Staveley chances but honesty the writer thought that apart from the goal their hadn’t been that much to choose between the two sides and wasn’t that worried as the second half kicked off… although Mitch Hamilton began the second as he’d finished the first by testing Matty Leese who dived his full length to tip another long range effort wide.
From then on though the Trojans started to get things going with Ricky Hanson prominent in an advanced right fullback position raining crosses into the box and looking to keep his opposite number firmly focussed on his defending job deep in his own half.
Just after the hour mark Hanson was set free on the right once more after Matt Robinson and Josh Barker had worked the ball into Tyla Bell just over half way. Bell tapped it back to Robson Doolan after being closed down quickly by Simon Poole, after receiving the ball from Doolan, Hanson cut inside and went across to Ash Rawson who played the same way the ball now back on the left and an advanced Robinson, his cross to the far post was flicked on by the head of Garforths central defender Ryan Donaghue but Hanson was there to head it back into the danger area where Josh Schofield held off Donaghue and squeezed a header in between the dive of goalkeeper Paul Hagreen and the crossbar to grab a deserved equaliser.
Staveley MW 1 – 1 Garforth Town
Straight from the restart Staveley almost scored again and again Ricky Hanson was involved, running down the right once more e showed a clean pair of heels to Simon Pool after Ash Rawson had set him off. His cross was met once again by Josh Schofield who beat goal keeper Paul Hagreen to the ball and his downward header to Robson Doolan but leaning back his shot from a tight angle into an open goal went over the bar.
The second goal wasn’t long in coming however… pressure from Tyla Bell forced a hurried clearance which went out for a throw quickly taken by Ricky Hanson who exchanged passes with Robson Doolan before the latter played it Tyla Bell who with his back to goal just inside the area clipped it to the penalty spot where a deft touch from Josh Schofield found Liam Nelthorpe who had drifted clear of his marker and passed it into the far corner of the goal.
Staveley MW 2 – 1 Garforth Town
Tyla Bell almost made it three twelve minutes from time when he met Josh Schofields cross at the near post but put it wide but he didn’t have to wait long before he wrapped up the points for the Trojans. As Garforth pushed for an equaliser a Staveley clearance landed out on the right touchline with Josh Schofield his crossfield ball found Josh Barker who advanced into the box and whilst the Garforth defence retreated to their own six yard box Bell hung back to receive a cutback from Barker where he took touch, composed himself and with all the time in the world stuck it into the bottom corner.
FT:Staveley MW 2 – 1 Garforth Town
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Ricky Hanson.3.Matt Robinson.4.Ash Rawson.5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.9.Josh Schofield(14.Declan Jenkins).10.Tyla Bell.11.Josh Barker.
Not used.12.Lewis Naylor.16.Jake Allen
Man of the Match: Ash Rawson