Staveley Miners Welfare 3-1 Garforth Town
A game of two Staves
In what was a textbook definition of a game of two halves, Garforth crumbled to defeat away at Staveley.
The first half was 45 minutes of positives for Rob Hunter's men as they took a 1-0 lead into the break. Indeed, Garforth were on top for the majority of the half, with Staveley having no clear shots on target.
The first opportunity of the game fell to Garforth's Mitch Hamilton, who received the ball from Paul Hagreen's goal kick and took it forward before shooting off target. Hagreen was later involved at the other end as Staveley's Josh Schofield tried to catch him off his line from out wide - and wasn't too far away.
With just under half an hour played, Garforth got their lead through a familiar combination. Hamilton played in Lee Turner who netted for the fifth consecutive game, a run which sees him top of the league's scoring charts with eight goals.
Hamilton was involved again as five minutes later he dribbled towards the goal and forced a fine save from Staveley keeper Matty Leese, who tipped the number 10's long shot over for a corner.
Garforth started the second half brightly with Turner and Hamilton linking up again to create a chance for the latter. Shortly after, Calum Ward had two shots from close range blocked, as Staveley looked to keep themselves in the game.
And that they did by finding an equaliser on the hour mark, as Hagreen was beaten by a Schofield header that lobbed him from close range. From that moment on, Staveley took control of the game and Garforth fell apart. Immediately, they created another chance, and started to build their own momentum.
Garforth still had opportunities to regain the lead, such as when Luke Mccrum headed wide from Brett Smith's free kick. However, Staveley were playing the better football, and made it 2-1 on 67 minutes. Liam Nelthorpe slotted the ball into the net to give the hosts the advantage.
On 79 minutes that lead was extended as Tyla Bell finished from inside the box. Garforth had no real opportunities after the score became 3-1, and Staveley were comfortable for the last ten minutes.
There will be plenty for Garforth to reflect on before the next game, at home against Pickering next Saturday. After being on top for the first portion of the game, the team will be very disappointed at having thrown it away and letting a good Staveley side find a way back into the game.
By Samuel Bannister