The Trojans faced another tough opponent in Penistone Church full of confidence following Tuesday night’s excellent 3-1 away win in awful conditions at Barton Town and unsurprisingly the only change was an enforced one which saw Sam Kay make his starting debut at right back in place of the suspended Brad Jones….
Staveley took the game to opponents immediately with Sam Finlaw receiving a short freekick from Matty Davies to send in a teasing square pass across the box to which Joe Pugh couldn’t quite get the desired contact to allowing it to reach Charlie Oglesby, up from the back for the set piece but it was cleared by Ryan Johnson before “chaz” could get the shot away.
They were soon back on the attack with Mattys, Davies and Parkin combing in midfield to send the latter down the right hand side before Robson Doolan switched play to the left for Jordan Claxton to send a dangerous cross to the near post where it was cleared for corner which was dealt with by Chris Snaith in the visiting goal, to launch a counter attack thwarted by Charlie Oglesby with an excellent sliding challenge in the centre of the pitch as he returned to defensive duties from trying to score from the corner.
The best chance of the opening fifteen minutes again fell to Staveley with Joe Pugh flicking on a Sam Kay throw in down the line to Tomas Poole who was able to feed the ball into the path of Robson Doolan who, left three defenders trailing in his wake as he ran across the field but couldn’t quite get enough power to go with the direction on the shot and Snaith was able to palm it away.
After that Penistone started to create some chances and after winning a few corners Kieran Ryan raced down their right hand side to hook in a cross which found Danny Howes unmarked in the box. He had however been spotted by Myles Wright who raced out his goal to close down the visitors captain and in the end his shot as he slid to get to the ball before Wright went well wide and was cleared to safety by Sam Kay.
Much of Staveleys play up until now had been a joy to watch and the goal when it came was no different… Robson Doolan switched play from left to right where Sam Kay played a one two with Matty Davies before clipping another teasing cross into the box which was partially headed clear by Ryan Johnson to Jordan Claxton who, found the run inside the box of Joe Pugh. A drag back turn straight out of Lionel Messi’s back catalogue got him clear of the attentions of Tom Brennan who had done well to track the run and deny Pugh a shot on goal. Pugh found Tomas Poole whose cross was headed on to Matty Davies at the far post, his volleyed shot was blocked back to him enabling him to pass to Sam Finlaw on the edge of the area where a feint to shoot gave him the time and space to burst into the box where he rode two challenges to get the byline and cutback but was felled by goalkeeper Chris Snaith in the process of doing so…the referee played a great advantage but after seeing Tom Brennan clear Matty Parkins overhead kick off the line he brought it back for the foul on Finlaw and gave Joe Pugh the chance to score from the penalty spot which…he did!
Staveley MW 1 – 0 Penistone Church
And that’s how a dominant first half for Staveley finished with the only downside being that it was still only 1-0. Always a precarious lead particularly when the opposition had created quality chances rather than a quantity of them and had had the ball in the back of the net but saw it ruled out for a foul in the build-up.
That was rectified however almost as soon as the second half kicked off, with Myles Wright plucking a cross from the right out the air and setting Sam Kay on the counter attack. He quickly passed inside releasing Matty Davies on one of his trademark defence committing runs which… did exactly that bringing Tom Brennan out to close him down leaving a gap in the heart of the visitors defence which was filled by Joe Pugh who received Davies poke forward took one touch to get it out of his feet and smashed it into the top corner with his second and unflavoured left foot from just inside the box.
Staveley MW 2 – 0 Penistone Church
Sam Finlaw almost added another soon after but shot wide and Joe Pugh saw his hattrick chance blocked but… that third did arrive around the hour mark .. a determined Matty Parkin refused to allow Penistone an easy clearance and won a headed challenge half way between the centre spot and 18 yard box where a deft touch from Joe Pugh allowed Tomas Poole to do the rest…lifting the ball over a challenge, bringing it down with a touch forward to “set it”, then passing it into the far corner from just inside the box.
Staveley MW 3 – 0 Penistone Church
Penistones Ryan Johnson pulled a goal back heading in a right sided cross with eighteen minutes remaining which, with memories still fresh of losing a two goal lead in the last home game (v Maltby Main) gave the next ten minutes a bit of a nervous feel to it as the visitors pressed for a second but that was extinguished five minutes from time when Robson Doolan was put clear by a sublime outside of the boot pass from Tomas Poole and slotted it home to seal an excellent victory, against the league’s second placed side.
FT: Staveley MW 4 – 1 Penistone Church