Ash Rawson returned having missed the last game and alongside him in the centre of midfield was Robson Doolan who was making his debut for the Trojans after gaining international clearance from his time playing in Canada.
The men from North Yorkshire have regrouped somewhat since they were beaten 5-1 by the Trojans the last time they were in S43, and had started the season reasonably well having already beaten Thackley in the Fa Cup and Athersley in the league prior to this game and they got the game underway…
Which started a bit scrappily but the football soon started to flow…the visitors looked to get Luke Stewart going on the right where firstly the ball ran through to Matty Leese in the Staveley goal and secondly and he collected Albert Ibrahims pass he was well marshalled by Tom ellis who after blocking Stewarts attempted cross raced and slid to prevent to it going for a corner margining to poke it to Josh barker And within a second they were on the attack…Barker instigated some a nice “ping pong” of pfirst time passes by finding Callum Mawbey who fed Kurtis Morley who laid it off to Ash Rawson, he looked for Mawbey again who had now advanced into an attacking position across the half way line where it was intercepted by the visitors Ryan Basi, but before he could clear Kurtis Morley nipped in, helping it reach Mawebey whose ball forward for Morley to chase was put out for a corner from which Kurtis Morley almost gave the Trojans the lead but in falling whilst volleying the ball he steered it just wide.
Next to try his luck was Tyla Bell who pounced on a poor clearance to a Liam Nelthorpe cross by Ryan Bassi who gave it straight to Staveleys young centre forward but his shot was saved by the legs of James Webster in goal.
The first twenty minutes of the game had had a bit of an underwhelming feel to it all but at least the Trojans were dominating in terms of possession and chances and another one came about as a result of some quality patient build up in which Liam Nelthorpe had been instrumental, demanding the ball laying it off and wanting it back again to keep momentum going and to shift opponents around to find space resulting in a freekick just inside the visitors half.. Robson Doolan spotted Callum Mawbey on the left and quickly laned the ball on the proverbial sixpence and his first time cutback found Kurtis Morley who, opened his body up and curled a right footed shot which with goalkeeper James Webster beaten, didn’t quite curl enough and crashed off the outside of the post and away. Nelthorpe retrieved the ball and popped it back into the “mixer” but there was no one there to take advantage of what otherwise was a decent ball across the box.
The Trojans had played well but hadn’t got the advantage that their play deserved and they nearly paid the price when a lazy pass out from defence gave Albert Ibrahim a clear run on goal where an excellent finger tipped save low to his left from Matty Leese stopped the visitors going in front.
On the half hour josh Madin returned, with interest an attempted through ball from the visitors midfield looking for Elliott Willams. The ball found its way in to the Harrogate penalty area where Tyla Bell unsettled Shane Hamilton enough for his attempted headed back pass to not reach its intended target forcing James Wesbster to rush out to try and claim unfortunately for him at least he didn’t get their before Kurtis Morley who lifted it over him then headed it into the open net!
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Harrogate Railway Athletic.
The half ended with another sweeping Trojans move with Robson Doolan, Lam Nelthorpe, Tyla Bell and finally Ash Rawson involved in moving the ball quickly from the right flank to the left but Callum Mawbeys shot went over.
HT:Staveley MW 1 – 0 Harrogate Railway Athletic.
Staveley began the second half as they’d finished the first on the front foot and Liam Nelthorpe found some joy down the right and slung in two more teasing crosses the first of which was just too high for Tyla Bell to get anything on the second saw Bell glance a header wide where a more telling contact would almost certainly have doubled the lead.
Around the hour mark the “while ever its one nil” curse threatened to undo the good work the Trojans had done so far when Harrrogate had two chances similar to the Mawbey effort before halftime and Albert Ibrahim and Dan McDaid put their chances over as well.
Just after the hour they were made to pay when another attack broke down and Tyla Bell knocked it back to Robson Doolan who gave Callum Mawbey a ball to run after which dropped nicely into his path and he was able to run forward and arrow a left footed strike into the bottom corner.
Staveley MW 2 – 0 Harrogate Railway Athletic.
With five minutes to go Harrogate were back in the game when Liam Gray curled one in from the edge of the box, after a save from Matty Leese and a goal line clearance from Tom Ellis had scrambled the ball clear momentarily from a corner. But during the goal celebrations they had Adam Carter sent off for an off the ball incident
Staveley MW 2 – 1 Harrogate Railway Athletic.
So from a position of complete control the spectre of the previous game where the Trojans blew a two goal lead in the last minute reared its ugly head but thankfully Staveley showed that they had learned from that experience and the final ten minutes really were a masterclass on how to hold onto a lead with Callum Mawbey in particular doing brilliantly to hold the ball in the corners and not give their opponents even a sniff of getting the equaliser.
FT:Staveley MW 2 – 1 Harrogate Railway Athletic
Team.1.Matty Leese.2.Rickey hanson.3.Josh Barker.4.Ash Rawson.5.Josh Madin.6.Tom Ellis.7.Liam Nelthorpe.8.Robson Doolan.9.Kurtis Morley.11.Callum Mawbey.
Not Used:12.Matt Robinson.14.Adam Colton.16.Josh Schofield.17.Mickey Collins
Man of the Match: Callum Mawbey