At this stage of the season leagues up and down the country have teams that are flying at the top those that are struggling down the bottom and those that are up bit up and down in the middle.
That latter category at the moment, quite big with just sixteen points covering Maltby Main in fifth place and Liversedge in seventeenth highlighting just how competitive this seasons NCEL Premier Division is.
The Trojans were in thirteenth on twenty one points with their opponents Bottesford Town a point further behind in sixteenth but with games in hand over those around them Staveley knew three points today would go a long way towards catapulting them up that table…
The team stayed pretty much the same as the week before save for Jack Turnbull replacing Ashl Rawson and Tyla Bell coming in for Adam Lee.
The visitors were in good form having won their last three games and in Declan Bacon they have one of the leading marksmen in the league so far but the Trojan plans to deal with the threat they posed were thrown out of the window as early as the ninth minute when a hopeful looking ball from the back that wasn’t dealt with properly allowed the aforementioned Declan Bacon to get the wrong side of Tom Ellis and bear down on goal. Ellis in trying to rectify the situation brought down bacon just outside the box but as the challenged was from behind he crucially hadn’t made what wasn’t deemed a genuine or legal attempt for the ball and so was sent from the field of play.
That gave the Trojans eighty one minutes to play with ten players, an Everest of a mountain to climb but at least the free kick hit the wall and they were still in it as far as the score line was…but far from sit back and play for a 0-0 they looked to get forward and take the game to their inform opponents and just a minute after losing Ellis… Ricky Hanson who was moved from midfield to the centre of defence calmly restarted play by finding his goalkeeper Matty Leese who passed from the back to Robson Doolan in midfield he exchanged pases with Callum Mawbey before switching play via Craig Nelthorpe to Jack Turnbull whose forward ball sent Adam Baskerville clear on goal..his firt touch however took him wider left of goal than he would of liked allowing Danny Gibbons to get close to him to close down. Baskerville still had the skill and close control to wriggle free of is attentions however but saw his shot from a difficult angle well saved by Jordan Douglas in goal.
He resultant corner was initially cleared but a knock back in by Josh Madin and a Callum Mawbey flick on wasn’t and Jack Cross presented it straight to Robson Doolan who took on Joe Edwards but from a similar position to Baskervilles chance moments earlier his cross hit the side netting.
Things were going as well as could be expected but…. all good things must come to an end and in the fourteenth minute Bottesford scored when Craig Bridge flicked a Trojan clearance up into the air and looped a volley which disappointingly dropped over Matty Leese and into the net.
Staveley MW 0-1 Bottesford Town
And that’s how it finished at the break and the Trojans could be more than satisfied at restricting their numerically advantageous opponents to precious little and they had arguably been the best side….
HT:Staveley MW 0 – 1 Bottesford Town
The optimism if that’s the word of a fightback from the Tojans soon evaporated though as straight from the kick off when Craig Bridge played in Declan Bacon who took advantage of some hesitation in the Trojan defence threw in a neat trick when dragging the ball past an on rushing Matty Leese with the bottom of his boot before flicking it into the empty net.
Staveley MW 0 – 2 Bottesford Town
That goal knocked the stuffing out of the Trojans and they understandably offered precious little going forward for the remainder of the game…. But it’s fair to say neither did the visitors
That is until the five minutes from the end when it all went a bit goal crazy… Declan Bacon added another from long range after a neat dragback gave him the space to pick his spot.
Staveley MW 0 – 3 Bottesford Town
Robson Doolan made the scoreline a little bit more respectable with a goal slotted under Jordan Douglas following a mazy run along the edge of the eighteen yard box in the last minute.
Staveley MW 1 – 3 Bottesford Town
Only for Wayne Graves who was one of two Bottesford Players to be sent off at Inkersall Road last season, to tap in a cross at the far post to exactly reverse the score line from that match in 2016/2017
Ft Staveley 1 – 4 Bottesford Town
Team:1.Matty Leese.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Callum Mawbey.4.Jack Turnbull.5.Josh Madin.(16.Josh Barker)6.Tom Ellis.7.Ricky hanson.8.Robson Doolan.9.Tyla Bell(14.Charlie Oglesby).10.Adam Baskerville.11.Craig Nelthorpe.
Not Used:12.Matt Robinson
Man of the Match Robson Doolan