The task of steering the Trojans into the first Qualifying Round of the Fa Cup for the first time since 2014 fell to ten of the starting that produced arguably one of the best Staveley performances ever on Wednesday night v Hemsworth Jahmal Riley coming in for Tyla Bell being the only change.
Their opponents Lutterworth Town are in their first season of competing in the Worlds oldest Cup Competition and arrived at inkersall Road courtesy of a last gasp Tendai Diare strike which gave them a 2-1 win over Heanor Town.
The visitors got the game underway and looked to make a telling impression straight away with a move down their right which saw Marshall keened slip main man and goal getter in chief (55 last season) Tendai Diare in behind Jordan Claxton but as he looked to cross a brilliant sliding challenge from Ryan Herbert denied him allowing Liam Greenfield to set the Trojans off on the counter attack where Robson Doolan brilliantly switched play from left to right to find Matty Davies in oceans of space down the right handside of midfield he found Jahmal smith whose square ball across the box was cut out by Shaquille O’Neil-Brooks.
Lower division Lutterworth were looking to “surprise” if that’s the word Staveley early on and again they worked an opening on the left this time with Brad Jones denying Jordan Small a clear sight of goal to block for a throwin which they couldn’t make anything of.
Staveley soon got to grips with it though and after a camera deceiving elaborate free kick routine came to nothing a more conventional direct strike on goal by Liam Greenfield was parried by goalkeeper Warren Butlin into the path of a following up Adam Baskerville who tapped it past the stricken ‘stopper, who to be fair to him had pushed it wide of goal enough to reasonably expect his defenders to help him out.
Trojans 1 – 0 Lutterworth Town
“Basky” had a great chance to double the lead a few minutes later but headed over Robson Doolans cross, but with twenty eight minutes on the clock he did better with Brad Jones low corss from the same flank to flick it to Jahmal Riley who contolled the ball with his first touch before rifling it into the top corner with his second…
Trojans 2 – 0 Lutterworth Town
it was however a bit of a bittersweet moment as the Trojans had lost Charlie Oglesby to a serious looking shoulder injury which required a trip to hospital…which was later confirmed as a dislocation, he was on the post-match night out in Leeds however!
Despite being in the game Lutterworth hadn’t really tested Staveley ‘keeper Myles Wright enough but 2-0 is a funny lead so it would be important that the “next goal” as it so often I went the way of the Trojans and thankfully it did… just two minutes after the whistle blew to start the second half when the bounce from a Myles Wright goalkick eluded Lutterworths number seven Callum Riley in midfield and fell nicely for Adam Baskerville to flick on where a moment of hesitation in defence allowed Robson Doolan to side step right and slam it into the bottom corner from outside the area.
Trojans 3 – 0 Lutterworth Town
To their credit the visitors kept going and forced Myles Wright into one or two decent saves firstly from a corner when an unmarked Marshall Keened stole in at the far post to head goalwards which Wright blocked then dived at the feet of Keenan this time as he tried to poke home the rebound.
He then pulled off another fantastic double save when Keenan turned provider, looping in a cross from the left for Tendai Diare to head down and in only to see Wright get down brilliantly to firstly stop the ball crossing the line then dive to his right to deny substitute Willam Clarke a tap in.
It was arguably a game changing moment as although they would’ve still had a lot to do that lifeline and the way they were playing at that moment of the game would’ve given the visitors the belief that they might just get something out of the game however unlikely that had seen just five minutes earlier…as it was Wrights save kind of knocked the stuffing out them and the game as it petered out into a midfiely affair and in the end the Trojans ran out comfortable winners.
Full Time: Trojans 3 – 0 Lutterworth Town
That puts us into the draw for the first Qualifying Round for the first time since 2014, who will we get? Find out on Tuesday 28th August.