The latest trip of Staveleys road trip adventure saw the Trojans arriving at Thackley showing two changes from the midweek victory over Dodworth in the Sheffield cup with Liam Greenfield returning and new signing Tomas “Tucker” Poole making his debut on the right hand side of midfield.
The hosts got the game underway and started brightly with an early freekick inside the first minute which was flicked on dangerously but dealt with by Conner Williamson at the far post and cleared…
it wasn’t long however before the Trojans goal was threatened again and this time a cross from the left was met at the far post by Jordan Hines who put it back across goal where an unfortunate deflection left Myles Wright in goal unable to do anything other than watch it trickle over the line.
Hines credited with the goal but it almost certainly came off the boot of a defender.
Thackley 1 -0 Staveley MW
Although letting a goal in that early is not ideal there was still plenty of time left to go on and win the game but it was important for Staveley to not lose another before they could get going and whilst Wright couldn’t do much about the first effort he certainly could and did a lot about, Jordan Hendries twenty five yard “screamer” following a corner diving to his right using a strong hand to push it up over and wide of the post.
That seemed to shake Staveley into action and a quickly taken freekick from Liam Greenfield switching play over to Jordan Claxton eventually saw Sam Finlaw hit a long range effort wide. Finlaw was heavily involved in the next and pretty much every effort that the Trojans mustered throughout the afternoon with the final pass of seven finding Brad Jones inside the area where he couldn’t sort his feet out in time to get a shot away after making an excellent run from the right back position.
Jones had better look however when after receiving a Sam Finlaw pass he pinged an inch perfect cross from the right into the box where Joe Pugh rose highest to head home the equaliser.
Thackley 1 – 1 Staveley MW
It may have took fifteen minutes for the Trojans to get themselves into the game but in it they now were and a succession of chances followed the goal… Pugh was unlucky not to find himself through on goal when a punt upfield bounced awkwardly causing him to lose the flight of it in the air before it went through to Luke Wilson, between the sticks for the home side. Finlaw found the new lad Tomas Poole who with a deft touch to get it out of his feet brought out the best from Wilson once more and from the corner Poole again fired just wide of the post.
Another quick freekick saw Jahmal Riley go across goal but wide then Sam Finlaw following another six or seven pass move ghosted past two or three defenders before hitting the side netting.
…And as the half drew to a close Liam Greenfield looked to find Joe Pugh but a touch from left back James Rothel did enough to slow the ball down so that Pugh couldn’t quite get the ball under enough control to get clear of the Thackley defence but still managed to turn and shoot under pressure bringing another fine save out of Wilson.
Staveley arguably deserved to be infront at the break but hadn’t had it all their own way. A looping Ray Sibanda shot from the edge of the box looked for all the world as if it had gone in, in the nineteenth minute set up by great determination not to let Jordan Claxton allow the ball to run out of play from one of the home attackers and right at the death a freekick flashed across the Staveley box gave warning that despite the possession and really good play the three points were not quite a done deal.
HT:Thackley 1 – 1 Staveley MW
A bit of overplay in midfield ensured a similar start to the second half as the first but thankfully the difference being the ball didn’t end up in the Staveley net after a scramble following a corner saw the shot that came from the melee poked wide.
In the fiftieth minute Sam Finlaw again pulled the midfield strings sending a delightfully weighted ball across the park into the path of Liam Greenfield who lifted the ball over the onrushing Luke Wilson but saw Kris Hargreaves scramble the ball away as it was about to cross the line and, from the ensuing corner Charlie Oglebys powered a header into the net but was penalised for a foul and the scores remained level.
It was a frustrating afternoon in front of goal for Staveley but Thackley are hard to beat and they get forward in numbers but also crucially get back in numbers and were proving a tough nut to crack..
Jahmal Riley on the hour was the latest player to see a shot blocked and Brad Jones was also thwarted by a determined defence after he had cut in from the right hand side.
When the Trojans finally found a chink of light the crossbar came to their rescue, Joe Pugh heading Rileys cross against the woodwork moments after.
With all the chances that came and went you just knew what was going to happen and it did… with ten minutes to go a corner wasn’t dealt with properly allowing Jordan Hendrie to pounce and volley home his sides second of the match.
Thackley 2 – 1 Staveley MW
A really good game was nearly spoilt in the last minute of the match when one last effort saw Jahmal Riley brought down inside the box earning the Trojans a penalty and the culprit James Rothel a red card. The referee blew the whistle for the kick to be taken and was smashed home by Joe Pugh..
However, Rothel had taken an eternity to walk back to the dressing room and hadn’t actually left the field yet… So, seemingly on realising this via a shout from the crowd the spot kick was ordered to be taken again once Rothel had finally made it off the pitch…arguably giving the penalised side the advantage…one wonders if the first penalty had not gone in whether the “shout” would’ve been made.
That thankfully proved to be an irrelevance in the end as Pugh showed great “character” to once again smash home the penalty to ensure the points were shared.
FT: Thackley 2 – 2 Staveley MW
The Trojans first team now have a rest until next Saturday 24th November when they take on 6th placed Maltby Main at HOME.
There is still some Staveley related action in midweek however with our Under21s at HOME v Blidworth on Monday 19th November and our reserves who take on Thorne Colliery at HOME on Thursday 22nd November…