Tuesday 20th September 2011
by TERRY DAMMS
If ever 90-minutes of football fitted the old adage of "a game of two halves" - then this FA Cup Tie did!
In the first period, and really from the kick off, Staveley were thoroughly ragged at times through a great deal of self induced complacency that probably should have produced a score line that would have looked more apt on the Pickering Cricket Scoreboard.
Staveley had a first 45 minutes that they will simply want to forget.
The scene was set in the 20 seconds, a harmless looking header won some 40 yards from goal looped over the Staveley centre pairing and a wonderful save by Ian Deakins denied Pickering a dream start.
In the second minute the Staveley back line at sixes and sevens decided to half push up and half drop, total confusion and the Pickering centre forward was through but again Ian Deakin saved one on one.
On 4 minutes, Staveley broke when Andrew Fox played an excellent 40-yard on to the top side of the sloping pitch where Aymen Tahar beat his man but his cross was cleared. Staveley seemed to have settled and began to look dangerous on the break.
A couple of free kicks gave Staveley opportunities but nothing came from them. Neat one two passing on the edge of the Pickering penalty area began to cause the home side some concern after 20 minutes when Chris Coy flicked the ball over the defender and volleyed goal bound but the Pickering keeper saved well.
Ian Deakin makes a fine save
Andrew Fox went close on 26 minutes when his shot was saved after a good one two. The signs were still there that Staveley were not defending well and Ian Deakin once again had to be alert denying the Pickering centre forward saving well at his feet.
Staveley were forced into an early change after 30 minutes when Aymen Tahar was forced off with a strain and was replaced by Todd Jordan.
Staveley made their own problems on 32 minutes. Losing the ball on the top side there must have been 5 or 6 Staveley players ball chasing and this just left oceans of space infield when Pickering played a simple ball - Michael Staley looked as if he had it covered but he slipped letting in Stuart Rice to race in on goal. Ian Deakin stood up well and saved the shot but the ball spun over him and Staley could not reach the spinning ball that picked up pace and spun into the Staveley net for a 1-0 lead for the hosts on 32 minutes.
On 38 minutes the referee showed the first yellow card to Gavin Smith.
On 41 minutes another error gifted Pickering their second goal when the Staveley centre pairing midjudged a 70 yard punt by the goalkeeper, the ball was flicked on and Kingsley Wetherald could not believe his luck as he bore down on goal and rounded Ian Deakin with Michael Staley once again watching the ball hit the net just out of his reach to gift Pickering the 2-0 lead.
To be fair, Staveley had held the majority of possession but they had looked so disjointed defensively which, after the last 9-league and cup games, came as a surprise, but perhaps they were due a 'mare?
Staveley started the second half very much as Pickering had done in the first half although where Pickering spurned their early chances, Staveley took theirs.
Joe Thornton on for Luke Fletcher made an immediate impact. Running onto a one two with Andrew Fox he put in a superb cross that Pickering managed to deflect for a corner.
From the resultant corner, Joe Thornton put it in to the far post and Tom Jones headed home to give Staveley a foothold back into the game on 48 minutes.
It was now all Staveley - pushing Pickering back on their heels and testing the pace of the home side's rearguard.
On 55 minutes, Todd Jordan took a bad knock in the face and he needed treatment and much to the frustration of the Staveley bench, he was held off for nearly 2-minutes until the referee checked there was no blood stains from the youngster's nose.
Throw in after throw in was being won by Staveley as Pickering's defence came under constant pressure. Tom Jones, putting a cross in, saw the ball run through to Joe Thornton who went one on one with the keeper but his shot was saved - the rebound coming to Chris Coy whose goal bound shot was blocked.
However Pickering gave Staveley a warning down the right as they carved open a chance but the far post cross went begging and the danger was cleared.
It was, apart from the odd counter attack, all Staveley.
A superb move came on 64 minutes when Todd Jordan played a pass to Joe Thornton who passed the ball back and got a superb return pass from Andrew Fox - the Staveley substitute running on one on one with the keeper who again, saved well at the near post to give Staveley their 10th corner of the game.
The corner was cleared but played back wide to Andrew Fox, who cut back in and spun a great cross in for Gavin Smith whose header was tipped over by the keeper for another corner.
Staveley broke and Joe Thornton, cutting across field, played in Martin Foster but the keeper - who was now beginning to look like the Pickering hero - once again saved his shot. Staveley threatened again but Simon Barraclough, having to work back after losing possession was booked for a foul.
Pickering were somewhat relying on the danger from their right - causing Staveley some problems down their left with too many crosses flashing across the Staveley area as the visitors pushed on for the equaliser, leaving gaps down the sides especially down the bottom side of the pitch.
On 75 minutes Staveley threw their last dice when Ryan Damms replaced Gavin Smith.
Simon Barraclough makes it 2-2
Todd Jordan looped a ball forward and Chris Coy challenged - the ball was cleared but Todd Jordan again challenged strongly, heading the ball back forward and it fell to Simon Barraclough, whose instinctive early shot from 20 yards found the corner of the net to bring Staveley level on 76 minutes. Game on!
Staveley were really on top, carving the home side defence up with slick one-two's and an array of balls into the box and over the top as they went looking for the winner.
Staveley's 12th corner of the game was again played to the far post headed back by Tom Jones for Andrew Fox to just head over. Chris Fawcus playing central, put in a good challenge that gave Pickering a corner and a respite on 82-minutes.
Corner after corner came for Staveley as they pressured the home side. Tom Jones had a header cleared off the line as Pickering held on by the thinnest of threads.
Ian Deakin had to be alert on 82 minutes when he came out wide to smother the ball as Pickering looked to counter.
Pickering on 86 minutes looked like they could win it when Kingsley Wetherald was through but he put his shot just wide of the Staveley net.
Chris Fawcus again had to defend as Staveley were piling men forward leaving gaps and holes all over the place for the counter. Todd Jordan became the third Staveley player to be booked as the game was nearing the 90-minutes.
Simon Barraclough looked as if he had won it - but the Pickering right back cleared off the line again and a minute later, Martin Foster cutting in from the right swung a great left foot cross in where Ryan Damms's header beat the keeper but not the cross bar.
Final Score, Pickering 2 - 2 Staveley MWFC.
It was 90-minutes of enteraining football but both managers must look closely at some of the defending and oceans of space that they gave the opposition.
It's back to Inkersall Road on Wednesday evening for the replay, with the winners being one of 116 clubs from the first qualifying round being joined by 44 Conference North and South clubs in the second qualifying round and, of course, one of them being £3,000 better off for the privilege of playing in that next round.
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