25th March 2017 Toolstation Northern Counties East League:Premier Division
Worksop Town (1) 1
Kyle Jordan 36
Staveley MW (1) 1
Tom Ellis 12
The Trojans travelled the short distance up the A619 to face Worksop Town hoping for a repeat of the performance that brought them a resounding 6-1 victory in the reverse fixture, and took to the field with pretty much the same squad as then. But as we all know only too well no two games are ever alike and with both teams in and around each other in the league this one was difficult to predict…
Staveley made two changes to the starting line up from the previous match (a 5-1 home win over Barton Town) with Tom Ellis and Ash Rawson coming in for Andrew Fox and Steve Carty and started the game kicking away from the Sandy Lane carpark in their traditional blue and white stripes bathed in a sunshine that had made the usually decent playing surface bone dry and rock hard.
It was apt that the F1 qualifying was on the tv in the bar pre-game because the pace of the game in in the first half at least was reminiscent of Lewis Hamilton on a hot lap and it could’ve been a cricket score inside the first few minutes. Leon Loftus did well for the Tigers down by the right touchline to ping in a dangerous cross which was headed clear by the Trojans defence just as the Tigers attack was about to pounce to, Ash Rawson who then moved play quickly up to the other end with a hooked pass through to Callum Mawbey. Mawbey fashioned a cross but Jon Kennedy in goal, tidied up at his near post.
Just four minutes in and Shaun Nesbitts determined pressing made sure that the Worksop defenders couldn’t start another attack and the ball eventually found its way to josh Schofield out on the right hand side. His teasing low cross to the near post saw Tyla Bell react quickest to nip in front of several defenders and flick the ball goalwards only to see a brilliant save from Kennedy who flicked it over the bar for a corner, from which Tyla Bell was only millimetres away from getting the connection required to put the Trojans ahead.
Two minutes later Craig Getliff and a busy looking Callum Mawbey combined well to give Josh Schofield a through ball to chase but Jon Kennedy denied the Trojans once again but, he was powerless to stop Tom Ellis’ bullet header twelve minutes in as he made a great run to get to Shaun Nesbitt’s throw to power Staveley ahead.
Worksop Town 0 – 1 Staveley MW
The home side clearly didn’t wish to go down the same route as last time who looked to Adam Scott whose attacking talents are well known to Staveley fans having enjoyed seeing the mercurial winger in the blue and white stripes at Inkersall Road last season. And following the restart he sent in a curling free kick looking for his forwards but found Josh Madins head instead which flicked it out for a corner, Staveley keeper Lewis Naylor collected that though.
Fifteen minutes in and Adam Scott…again drove for goal from the left but strangely from no more than three yards out with most of the goal to aim for elected to pass instead of having a go himself, across the goal to Mitch Husbands who, with the goal at his mercy completely misjudged it and ended up scuffing it out for a goal kick.
The pace continued unabated and Callum Mawbey pressing won a corner for Staveley which was cleared but Tom Ellis won a freekick as he tried to knock it back in via Craig Getliff. Josh’s Schofield and Madin combined for the latter to head towards goal and no sooner had his effort been thwarted he was back at the other end defending stop another attacking move from the home side.
As so often in football the ethereal next goal would be crucial and it came the way of Worksop Town. When from a corner, Staveley ‘keeper Lewis Naylor couldn’t quite reach the ball as it came in, and was arguably fouled in the process of doing so but, not according to the referee and that left Kyle Jordan the easy task of smashing it into an empty net from four yards.
HT:Worksop Town 1 – 1 Staveley MW
The pitch, the sun and the frenetic pace of the first half ensured that the second would be a game of attrition rather than champagne football but, it was anything but dull…
Tyla Bell almost gave Shaun Nesbitt a chance after bringing down a high crossfield pass from Josh Schofield killing it stone dead before attempting a reverse pass. Ash Rawson hit a decent ball into the box from a freekick won after a lung bursting Tom Ellis run down the left was stopped unfairly by Leon Loftus, but no one was able to get on the end of it.
The home side looked most likely to score but there chances were limited thanks to an immense display from the Staveley defenders, their best one came on fifty three minutes when again the referee let play continue after what looked like a clear push on Ricky Hanson as he tried to stop Jacob Rickards who went one on one with Lewis Naylor who, stayed big forcing him wide and his shot went into the side netting.
Adam Scott was back again and he manged to traverse the edge of the area with one of his trademark mazy dribbles but as he was about to shoot the ball ran to Leon Loftus whose wayward effort ricocheted and was sent goalwards by Staveleys Tom Ellis and then took another deflection off Josh Madin for a corner which came to nothing.
Tom Ellis was in the thick of the action, having scored and played a part in stopping Worksop Town he was moved forward to the left wing in a reshuffle following Andrew Fox’s introduction in place of Tyla Bell. That shift meant Ellis was in position to neatly turn in the box having received Ash Rawsons pass but on his weaker foot spooned arguably Staveleys best second half chance over the bar, just before the hour.
The rest of the game petered out somewhat which is perhaps understandable with both sides having given everything in the quest for victory for three quarters of the match and the draw was almost certainly the right result. Although in the final minute of the game Staveley almost snatched it when home goalkeeper Jon Kennedy made a mess of claiming an Ash Rawson ball into the box and Tom Ellis almost bundled the ball into the back of the net but saw it bounce the wrong side of the post.
FT: Worksop Town 1 – 1 Staveley MW
Team:1.Lewis Naylor.2.Liam Nelthorpe.3.Tom Ellis.4.Josh Madin.5.Ricky Hanson.6.Ash Rawson.7.Josh Schofield.8.Craig Getliff.9.Callum Mawbey(14.Matthew Robinson).10.Tyla Bell.(12.Andrew Fox).11.Shaun Nesbitt.
Not used:15.Ash Bartle.
Man of the Match: Tom Ellis.