Garforth 0 Staveley MW 0
Good Friday, bad weather, not so ugly draw....
Not a match for the football purist, but a good point for Garforth to end a run of three straight defeats as both teams battled out a goalless draw in front of a bumper crowd.
Before kick-off there were tributes to our late programme editor Chris Mather with a minute's applause after the playing of Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street', one of his favourite records.
Again Garforth supporters were forced to watch our opponents enjoy much of the early possession, but without the early opener seen in the two games previous. Staveley's Callum Mawbey almost profited when Vincent Dhesi's ball forward rebounded off the back of a teammate, but Ryan Donoghue put in an excellent challenge to deny him on the edge of the box. Town's first chance came on 17 mins when Lee Turner's cross found Sean Hunter who got in front of his man and shot wide. Shortly after Mawbey's strike from just outside the box went narrowly over the bar and then Craig Getliff shot wide under challenge from Town captain James Beaston.
Some good play through the middle saw Jake Rose denied by a great challenge by a Trojans defender on the edge of the box. Paul Hagreen was called into action on 27 mins; palming Joshua Schofield's shot well wide after a quick break. Three minutes before the break Hunter shot straight at Hagreen's opposite number Lewis Naylor after a move down the right.
Both teams came close just after the break; Beaston's shot from distance flashed wide, with a similar result moments later for Staveley's Getliff when he met Steven Carty's corner kick with a header. Arguably The Miners' best chance arrived on 62 mins. Mark Simpson latched onto a long ball forward and forced a low save from Naylor, the loose ball fell to Hunter who was denied by a last ditch clearance in the six-yard box. Thomas Ellis went close for the visitors on 78 mins when his header from Shaun Nesbitt's long throw flashed wide.
The endeavour from both sides couldn't be faulted with both defending stoutly, but neither could produce a moment of magic to break the deadlock. Hunter was in on the chances again on 80 mins when Naylor charged out of his goal, but the young striker's pass inside was short and the Staveley defence were able to recover. Simpson went close with a rare header just wide of the target moments later. The visitors' best chances of the game came in the final minutes; substitute Adam Lee's free kick in a dangerous position was deflected narrowly wide, before Carty headed inches over the bar from Lee's flick on.
With Town's travelling all done for the season, our next game is here next Saturday 22nd April when Rainworth are the visitors (kick-off 3pm).