With two games in hand over todays opponents victory for the Trojans would see them join the race for the top of the table currently headed by Pontefract Collieries and… the players currently occupying the away dressing room of Inkersall Road.
The high flying wells got this one underway and after five or so minutes when possession changed hands rather a lot it was they who settled the better, forcing one or two corners without really troubling the Trojans.
It didn’t take too long though before the shooting boots came on with Brad Dockerty finding space out on the left playing a one two with Samuel Jones playing a nice pass inside the fullback to send him clear, where his cutback to Nash Connelly was cleared all the way to defender Harry Viggars who strode forward and let fly from all of thirty yards but Matty Leese was equal to it and acrobatically tipped it over the bar…and then plucked the resultant corner from the air.
Then the Trojans got in on the act with a long range effort from Josh Schofield which went wide then Liam Nelthorpe played in Tyla Bell who collected the ball, after a lucky ricochet off Adam Hayton then held off two defenders before hitting a shot from right to left across Jacob Collier in goal who at full stretch dived to his right to flick it behind for a corner…which didn’t come to anything.
The next effort though did come to something but at the wrong end of the field as far as the Trojans were concerned…
…a soft looking freekick was given to Hemsworth in their defensive third for a “foul” by Josh Schofield and they used it to quickly move play up to the other end of the field where Sam Jones managed to get the wrong side of the Trojans defence…
…Matty Leese spotted the imending danger and ran out of his are to try and kick the ball clear but Jones got to hit before him and clipped it goalwards but wide, Leese however also clipped Jones and with the away supporters baying for blood thinking it was a denial of a goal scoring chance ad that he should be redcarded, there wer covering defenders however and he had however made a genuine attempt for the ball but still…
…was mightily relieved to only be shown a yellow card which allowed him to return to his goal to face the resultant Ricahrd Collier free kick. Although he could do nothing about thats as the much sought after number eleven pinged it into the top corner.
Staveley MW 0 -1 Hemsworth MW
Their jubilation at being ahead however didn’t last too long as Josh Barker caught Adam Wilson in possession spilling the ball to Tyla bell who used his strength to shrug off Harry Viggars and play in Robson Doolan who from the left hand side of the goal threaded it between the sliding challenge of Adam Hayton and goalkeeper Jacob Collier at the near post.
Staveley MW 1 – 1 Hemsworth MW
The goal rush continued three minutes later and the Trojans fell behind once more to a goal all of their own making.
A long punt up field went out for throw-in deep inside Trojan territory but instead of taking the usual option of going down the line Josh Madin elected to throw across the eighteen yard box to his central defensive partner Tom Ellis, who was closed down by Brad Dockerty. Ellis’ clearance appeared to hit Dockerty on the hand knocking into a favourable position for him to run onto and score…the handball wasn’t given however and so the goal stood.
Staveley MW 1 -2 Hemsworth MW
And there was to be no quick response like last time and that’s how it finished at the break.
HT: Staveley MW 1 -2 Hemsworth MW
The first half apart from the score line had been pretty even but the next goal as it so often is would be crucial…
..it almost went the way of the visitors in the fifty first minute when Brad Dockerty won a bit of a midfield tussle, turned and played a one two with Lloyd Henderson which gave him a clear run on goal but he was thwarted by an excellent save from Matty Leese who clawed it away after Dockerty had tried to power it over him.
The Trojans nearly got “it” a minute later when Liam Nelthorpe got his head to a corner he had won himself with some great play down the right looking to turn Liam Schofield inside out, but Jacob Collier in goal was equal to it.
Unfortunately that crucial “next goal” went the way of the visitors as a result of some neat one touch passing out on the right involving Adam Wilson and Lloyd Anderson who worked the triangles with Nash Connelly to allow the latter to run clear similar to Brad Dockertys earlier chance but this time he was able to slot it past the onrushing Matty Leese.
Staveley MW 1 -3 Hemsworth MW
Neutrals would arguably have said that neither side had done more than the other in terms of play and chances created, but its goals that count and Hemsworth had taken their chances well, leaving the Trojans with a mountain to climb…
…but they never really got close to doing so despite having most of the possession for the remainder of the half, it may however have been a different story had Kurtis Morley’s shot after receiving a throw in turning and riding two challenges not hit the side netting ten minutes from time.
FT:Staveley MW 1 -3 Hemsworth MW
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Ricky Hanson.3.Matt Robinson(14.Kurtis Morley).4.Ash Rawson(17.Mickey Collins).5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.9.Josh Schofield(12.Callum Mawbey).10.Tyla Bell.11.Josh Barker
Not used:16.Lewis Naylor.
Man of the Match:Tyla Bell