29th March 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League: Premier Division
Staveley Miners Welfare (4) 5
Shaun Nesbitt 9
Callum Mawbey 17, 40
Steven Carty 27
Tyla Bell 62
Harrogate Railway Athletic (1) 1
Ashar Bhagal 45
The visitors steamed into Inkersall Road during a period of rebuilding, with younger less experienced players following a season which hasn’t quite gone the way that they would have hoped since their relegation from the league above. So being nine places and twenty two points higher in the table the Trojans were overwhelming prematch favourites for the three points but had to be wary of a side determined to get back on track, particularly keen to avoid a repeat of an 8-1 defeat last time out.
Steve Carty came in for Tyla Bell in the only change to the starting line up from the 1-1 draw away at Worksop Town in the previous match.
The visitors got the match underway and held the early initiative trying to pass their way forward from the off, Cameron Lyn skipped inside Steve Carty but his attempted one two with Roy Foggarty was cut out by Ash Rawson who was to be at his brilliant tenacious best all night long.
Slowly but surely Staveley began to deliver their pre-game promise with Steve Carty controlling Tom Ellis pass forward in midfield to knock it down for Craig Getliff. “Gets” first time ball in behind the high line the Harrogate defence were holding gave Callum Mawbey the chance to shoot across goal and only just went wide of the far post.
Seconds later a Shaun Nesbitt long throw caused panic in the box and Tom Ellis twice and Josh Madin almost put the Trojans in front but a combination of some desperate defensive blocks and goalkeeper Leon Wrigglesworth denied the normally defensive pair.
The pressure finally told when Josh Schofields clever reverse-ish through ball which sent defender Samuel Chapman the wrong way found Shaun Nesbitt who stabbed it under an advancing Leon Wrigglesworth in goal for “the Rail”
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Harrogate Railway
The visitors looked to hit back with Cameron Lyn getting to the byline to pull it back to a waiting Roy Foggarty but as with most of their attacks throughout the night it failed to find its intended recipient.
The Trojans were having no problems finding the target however and seventeen minutes in another Shaun Nesbitt, who moments earlier had clipped a shot over the bar, throw wasn’t dealt with properly first by Sam Chapman who headed it across his own goal and then by Leon Wrigglesworth who punched it straight to the feet of Callum Mawbey who pinged it over the stricken Wrigglesworth into the open goal.
Staveley MW 2 – 0 Harrogate Railway
It was almost too easy for Staveley with another chance falling to Tom Ellis who fired just wide of the angle of far post and bar but Ellis was called into action at the other end in the twenty second minute when he raced back and cleared the ball from two yards out after Cameron Lyn had knocked an Albert Ibrahimi through ball under an advancing Lewis Naylor.
If the points weren’t secure already they were well and truly in the bank after twenty seven minutes when Ash Rawson intercepted a throw-in on half way and quickly found Josh Schofield, his pass eventually found Steve Carty who continued the counter attack by sweeping it left to Callum Mawbey, whose cross to the back post looked to have been dealt with by Matt Bland, but the leftback had less time than he thought as Ash Rawson rejoined the attack and nicked the ball back to Steve Carty who did the rest.
Staveley MW 3 – 0 Harrogate Railway
A fourth Staveley goal came five minutes from the end of the half after a bit of skill from Josh Schofield out on the right hand side brought him the time and space to cross low to the near post…it was cleared, but only as far as Craig Getliff whose goalbound shot from the edge of the area was flicked by Callum Mawbey with the change of direction giving Leon Wrigglesworth no chance of making a save.
Staveley MW 4 – 0 Harrogate Railway
There was still time for a fifth goal in the match but this one went the way of the visitors with Ashar Bhagal tucking away Sam Jones through ball, right on the halftime whistle.
HT: Staveley MW 4 – 1 Harrogate Railway
A less than ideal way to end a decent half for Staveley who had also missed a penalty, and with the game won the second half became more of a training exercise rather than another “Classic” NCEL encounter.
Ash Rawson almost capped his man of the match performance by nearly adding a fifth but saw his effort from the edge of the area crash off the underside of the crossbar. A fifth goal did eventually arrive just after the hour when Tyla Bell was played in by a poor attempted back pass and with just goal keeper Leon Wrigglesworth to beat he “gave him the eyes” and coolly slotted it between his legs.
Staveley MW 5 – 1 Harrogate Railway
Bell come close to adding to his tally but he hit the post with fifteen or so minutes left which save for Lewis Naylor on his fiftieth appearance for Staveley flicking over Roy Foggartys chip progressed with little goal mouth action to write home about as Staveley controlled the final stages of the game to recorded arguably their most “routine” victory of the season.
FT: Staveley MW 5 – 1 Harrogate Railway
Team:1.Lewis Naylor.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Tom Ellis.4.Josh Madin (10.Tyla Bell).5.Ricky Hanson.6.Ash Rawson.7.Shaun Nesbitt.8.Craig Getliff.(17.Ash Bartle) 9.Callum Mawbey.10.Josh Schofield.(12.Andrew Fox)11.Steve Carty.
Not used:15.Adam Lee.16.Matt Robinson
Man of the Match: Ash Rawson