Thursday 27th January 2011
Staveley MWFC faced a few questions about their character after the weekend's disappointments when Glasshoughton Welfare came to Inkersall Road.
At the end of the 90 minutes, the questions were answered with a high degree of professionalism with a first half in which a 30-minute spell decided the game.
Staveley played Jordan Eagers at right back in place of Kyle Fores Chambers who was rested due to an injury and Joe Thornton was given a run out on the left with Chris Coy switching to the right in place of Jamie Smith who was on the bench as Manager Billy Fox employed the full depth of the squad.
Glasshoughton looked lively and had plenty of possession in the opening 15 minutes. Staveley's keeper Laurence Matthhewson had offered his apologies for the errors on Saturday and he made amends with an excellent stop as Glasshoughton penetrated the home defence, something they struggled to do within the 90 minutes as Staveley's back line and keeper did well.
Staveley took the lead on 21 minutes. A free kick was cleared and Michael Staley put in a good cross where Ashley Foyle challenged for the ball it fell to Tom Jones whose deft flick back over the defence was run onto by Joe Thornton and his shot was parried by the Glasshoughton keeper but Andrew Fox reacted and had the simple job of scoring from close range.
Staveley were now fully in control, sweeping attack after attack with some great movement had the opposition in turmoil.
Staveley put together a great move ending with Joe Thornton chipping the keeper but the woodwork saved the visitors.
Joe Thornton showing up well down the left pushed on well on 33 minutes and his left wing cross was gathered by Andrew Fox who dummied once and seemingly taking an age cleverly slotted the ball home to make it 2-0. Staveley were now in full flow.
Just 4 minutes later some great tenacity by Chris Coy down the right ended up with him cutting back and crossing with his left foot where Ryan Damms got in between both centre half's and headed home from 6 yards.
Glasshoughton were holding on as Staveley threatened to run riot in the first half.
The half time whistle went with Glasshoughton glad to hear it blow as they had endured a torrid last 30 minutes.
As many a game where a side goes in 3-0 at half time, the second period becomes a less attractive affair and this game was no different. To be fair Glasshoughton put themselves about but Staveley's defence was class, especially Ashley Foyle who was so dominant.
Staveley rang the changes and Scott Ellis found his shot beat the keeper but not the woodwork.
Lee Hill came on for his first taste of football at Staveley as the full 14 players were used.
With 11 minutes to go man of the match Andrew Fox headed on for Aymen Tahar to burst through and chopping the ball back he calmly slotted the ball home after rounding the keeper and leaving two defenders on the line bewildered.
The game petered out with Staveley looking in total control in game that was decided with one 16 minute spell were Staveley were simply outstanding.
The test of character was overcome and the win puts further daylight between Staveley at the top of the NCEL division 1 and those teams who are striving to catch them.
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