The Trojans who made just one change to the starting lineup with Matty Davies retuning to the right hand side of midfield got off to a dream start in this one against 6th place Maltby Main, when Jordan Claxtons throw in from just inside the Staveley half eventually found Joe Pugh via an errant “set” pass from Maltbys Danny Swales with his back to goal, just outside the edge of the area holding of a defender…his first time pass switching play from left to right allowed Brad Jones via Matty Davies to attack down the right hand side bringing Sam Finlaw into play with a pass in-between left full back and defender Finlaw gave Tomas Poole a chance to open up his account but his shot was well blocked out for a corner by a sliding Joseph Austin.
That only delayed the cheers from the locals for a bit however as from that corner swung in from Matty Davies Charlie Oglesby powered a header towards goal that was flicked past James Pollard in goal for the visitors by another header from Robson Doolan.
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Maltby Main
Matlby restarted the game with an “ambitious” attempt straight from the kick off with Jordan Turner laying it back for Danny Frost to hit one from his own half which was comfortably caught by Myles Wright and set Staveley on the hunt for more…
Neat “interplay” between Jordan Claxton, Sam Finlaw and jahmal Riley allowed Tomas Poole to clip Robson Dolan in on the left hand side where his cross was “set” for Jahmal Riley by Joe Pugh but his shot spooned well wide of the post, following pressure from Danny Swales. The pressure from the Trojans was relentless and from the ensuing goal kick it came straight back where a Tomas Poole cross following a short freekick was headed behind for another corner, where a Robson Doolan header was parried by James Pollard and the rebound was headed onto the angle of post and crossbar by Joe Pugh that second rebound was almost put in by Charlie Oglesby but off balance and under pressure from the defence it went just over the bar.
The strong defensive display from the visitors gave themselves a foothaold in the game and around the half hour mar they started to create some useful looking opportunities going forward but their final ball or shot proved just as elusive as Staveleys second goal…
Another great move in the thirty fifth minute saw Matty Davies over on the right hand side pass to Sam Finlaw just infornt of the area who initiated a one two with Andrew Fox, on receiving the return ball he shaped as if to go right and pass into Joe Pugh or shoot for goal but swivelled, took it on his own going to the left taking three defenders out of the game as they went to block the phantom pass/shot, but he couldn’t get enough on the shot when it finally came and James Pollard was able to smother it. As good a goal as that would have been had it gone in it would’ve robbed us of seeing one of the best scored at Inkersall Road this season just a few minutes later…
A composed Conner Williamson intercepted a Danny Frost through ball turned looked and passed to an equally composes Sam Finlaw in the centre of midfield who in turn spread play out wide to right back Brad Jones, over on the right hand side he ran at midfielder Matthew Moore who found himself in the full back position before checking and pinging a left footed in swinging cross to the far post where his opposite full back Jordan Claxton got the run on Cameron Rigby and met it perfectly to volley it home first time…#stunning
HT: Staveley MW 2 – 0 Maltby Main
The break came at the wrong time as far as the Trojans were concerned as it stopped the forward momentum and gave the visitors time to regroup and sort stuff out…and boy did they sort it out…
As four minutes into the half they made a game of it with Matthew Moore dispossessing Matty Davies just outside his own area finding Steve Hopwell with his clearance. Hopewell in turn fed Matthew Leyland who with the outside of his left boot turned the Staveley defence and gave Jordan Turner an opportunity to run in on goal which he wasn’t going to waste…outpacing the chasing Staveley defenders before smashing it past the onrushing Myles Wright
Staveley MW 2 – 1 Maltby Main #gameon
Maltby pressed for more and from looking like they could be on the wrong end of a cricket score at halftime they now looked like they might even go on and win it! Creating several opportunities in quick succession, a Hopwell header which went just wide a Matthew Moore shot from a corner where a deflection made it spin past the post with the pick being created Connor Cutts running from inside his own half to slide a pass to Joshua Nodder who rounded Myles Wright and but for brilliant recovery dive and blocked from Staveley keeper would made it 2-2.
Their second goal did come eventually come along however after Brad Jones saw red for two yellow cards in quick succession and from the seventy eight minute freekick following that Jordan Turner headed his second of the afternoon.
Staveley MW 2 – 2 Maltby Main
Both sides went for it in the last twelve minutes but in the end I think both were more than happy to accept a point.
Ft: Staveley MW 2 – 2 Maltby Main