Going into the game the two sides were locked together in midtable on fifteen points each and both were struggling to get any sort of consistent form together the home side were keen to avenge an 8-0 mauling at the hands of Pontefract Collieries in their last game and Staveley knew that with a game in hand over the Denny boys a win would see them add three vital points to kick start their season and move up the Premier League Table.
The Trojans made three changes to the side that drew the previous game at home to Athersley Recreation with Callum Mawbey coming in at left back and new signings Rob Darkin and adam Baskerville in Central defence and left hand side of midfield respectively.
Thackley started the game with staveley in their traditional blue and white stripes kicking towards the carpark end and the home side gained an early chance to put the Trojan defence under pressure…Pat McGuire’s teasing freekick into the box was headed out for a corner by Callum Mawbey from which Nathan Woodward headed just wide and…
…five minutes later Mcguire was in the thick of it again receiving a throw in and passing across the box to Paul Whiteley who thankfully got his angles all wrong and shanked his effort from the edge of the area well wide.
After dealing with all that Staveley got going with a pacey run from Adam Baskerville down the left after Callum Mawbey had found him with a delightfully weighted pass down the line but after skipping past Jerome White he couldn’t quite wrap his foot around the ball enough to whip in a cross and the opportunity was lost. But moments later great hold up play from Tyla Bell followed by a pass to Callum Lytham got the Trojans “in behind” for the first time in match…a defender spotted the danger however and managed to get his body between Lytham and the ball but with Staveleys forward pairing of Tyla Bell and Adam Lee working brilliantly together they forced him and his goalkeeper Luke Wilson, into a hurried clearance straight to Liam Nelthorpe just inside the Thackley half, but unfortunately the ball bounced awkwardly off the pitch just as Nelthorpe tried to ping it first time into the open goal and it went wide.
Thackley enjoyed a lot of the ball but were only troubling staveley with set pieces with the aerial skills of Jerome White who was getting his head to almost every free kick, corner and throw-in being particularly troublesome but Lewis Naylor was equal to everything and rarely looked like being beaten. The better chances were going Staveleys way and the Architect of the next one was Adam Lee who received the ball dropped his shoulder to send the covering defender the wrong way but then over hit a pass to Callum Mawbey on the overlap when having a go himself was arguably the better option.
Adam Baskerville went the closest so far in the twentieth minute when his cross? looked to be going in before Kesi Omomlokun hooked it off the line and eventually out for a corner from which Tom Ellis saw his blocked shot falling to Liam Nelthorpe to strike from the edge of the area and rattle the crossbar.
Ellis was involved again just three minutes later when he headed out a Thackley corner to Callum Lytham whose through ball to release Adam Lee was cleared back to Callum Mawbey who, not for the first time sent an excellent pass down the line to find Adam Baskerville. His slide rule pass put Tyla Bell through on goal and the young striker made no mistake in dipping a shot over advancing goalkeeper Luke Wilson from the left hand edge of the eighteen yard box clipping the underside of the bar as it went it.
Thackely 0 – 1 Staveley MW
The home side looked to hit back before halftime but excellent positioning from Lewis Naylor ensured that he only had to make routine saves from more Jerome White headers. At the other end Luke Wilson saved from head of Tyla Bell meeting a teasing cross from Callum Lytham and Lytham himself went close when he flicked a Robson Doolan freekick toward goal, taking it off those coming in at the back post in the process.
HT: Thackley 0 – 1 Staveley MW
The home side started the second half on the front foot and forced several corners in quick succession with Jerome White dangerous once more but his shot wide relived the early scare.
After that though the second half wasn’t really much to write home about with both sides showing an inability to keep hold of the ball as possession changed hands all to0 regularly.
Ten minutes into the half Callum Mawbey had Staveley best chance when he intercepted an attempted ball over the top from Thackley and found himself with just the goalkeeper to beat after a one two with Adam Baskerville but Luke Wilson was equal to it.
But save for Thackley piling on the pressure with a few crosses and set pieces towards the end of the game that was it as far as the goal mouth action went and Staveley hung on for those three valuable points which saw them move into the top ten.
FT: Thackley 0 Staveley Miners Welfare 1.
Thackleys summing up…
It was a definite improvement on Tuesday’s performance but Thackley need a cutting edge. They had a reasonable amount of possession in this game but did not create one good chance.
Team:.1.Lewis Naylor.2.Ricky Hanson.3.Callum Mawbey.4.Liam Nelthorpe.5.Rob Darkin.6.Tom Ellis.7.Callum Lytham(15.Joe Bayne).8.Robson Doolan.9.Adam Lee.(14.Jack Turnbull) 10.Tyla Bell.11.Adam Baskerville
Not used:.12.Josh Barker. GK.Matty Leese
Man of the Match: Robert Darkin