To go a long way in any cup campaign you need the draw to go your way and although they were at home in having to face Basford United it. .hadn’t.
As since the last time the two sides last met at Inkersall Road which, ended in a 2-0 win for Staveley, the men from Nottingham have enjoyed a period of sustained success and are now firmly established at the level above making them firm favourites to progress in the world’s premier cup competition.
The Trojans named an unchanged starting eleven from the 2-1 victory over Harrogate Railway and after getting the game underway they held the early impetuous with Tyla Bell pulling a Matty Leese kick from his area out of the sky allowing Robson Doolan to switch it left to Josh Barker, he combined with Callum Mawbey and Tyla Bell to work a crossing opportunity which was cleared at the near post for a corner which was easily claimed by Basfords former Notts County and Burton Albion goalkeeper Saul Deeney.
Staveley continued to impress and worked another good opportunity from a throw in with Ash Rawson and Ricky Hanson working the ball around the Basford defence to Kurtis Morley on the right hand corner of the area who had enough space to turn and shoot only to see it blocked, Robson Doolan and Josh Barker managed to retrieve it and found Ash Rawson on the left of the area who similarly had enough time to turn and shoot but pulled it well wide of the near post. But he went closer when he was on the end of another flowing Staveley move after ten minutes which began with Robson Doolan spreading it out to the right for Ricky Hanson to bomb onto his forward run and subsequent pass found Callum Mawbey who helped it on to Josh barker on the left, his square ball picked out Rawson but his strike from the edge of the area went over.
The visitors soon started to settle and nearly took the lead fifteen minutes into the game when Liam Hearn latched onto a flick on from midfield. Matty Leese came out of his goal to prevent him from getting a shot away marshalling him out to the left hand edge of his area but Hearn was able to cross the ball to Ben Hutchinson who headed towards the open goal, but Tom Ellis was on hand to head it clear off the line, and then the chances started to flow for Basford…
..Kieran Wells probably still doesn’t know how he skied a shot from six yards out after being put in the clear following Ash Graysons brave diving header at the boot of Josh Barker as he attempted to clear it. Then a couple of minutes later a Ben Huthinson corner would’ve gone in direct had it not been for a Ricky Hanson clearance on the line or the referees whistle which went for a reason which isn’t clear as it was swung in. but the howls of derision from the visiting supporter soon turned into cheers of delight as just before the hour Connor Bartle fed Liam Hearn and his shot from the edge of the area creeped in despite Matty Leese getting decent hand to it as it rolled along the floor.
Staveley MW 0 – 1 Basford United
Straight after the goal Kurtis Morley had a good chance to equalise when Callum Mawbey helped on Maty Leese’s punt upfield to put him wide of the goal but in the clear, Saul Deeney came out to narrow the angle but Morley was able to dink it over him but also cleared the crossbar.
Just before half time the Trojans suffered another blow when Ash Rawsons head took the full force of a fierce volley from Laurie Wilson which rendered him in no fit state to continue.
HT:Staveley MW 0 – 1 Basford United
On the hour the pendulum should’ve swung back towards Staveley as already on yellow card Laurie Wilson took out Kurtis Morley as he was about to launch a counter attack but just got a talking to for his effort… And was then substituted not long after.
The visitors created more and more chances as the game wore on but Kieran Wells, Ben Hutchinson and Liam Hearn couldn’t quite get the vital touch to several crosses that flashed across the box, the ones they did get to Matty Leese and his defenders managed to block…and Liam Hearn crashed a shot of the post after dancing his way into the box late on.
Whenever you play a side from higher up in the pyramid you need certain things to go your way and although the non-sending off of Laurie Wilson hadn’t the opponents missed chances gave rise to the thought that this might just be Staveleys day but they would only create one more really good chance when tom Ellis ball forward was chested down by Adam Colton into josh Schofield and his half volley screaming just past the post signalled the end of the Wembley dream for another year.
FT:Staveley MW 0 – 1 Basford United
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Ricky Hanson.3.Josh Barker.4.Ash Rawson.(16.Josh Schofield)5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.7.LiamNelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan(14.Adam Colton).9.Kurtis Morley.10.Tyla Bell.11.Callum Mawbey (12.Matt Robinson)
Not used:17.Mickey Collins. Gk.Lewis Naylor
Man of the Match: Tom Ellis.