Ryan sets ball rolling


Ashville 1,

Staveley MW 2

Staveley MWFC made the long trek to Wallasey in Merseyside to face West Cheshire Division One league leaders Ashville FC in the second round of the FA Vase as 128 clubs were looking to get into the last 64.

On 37 minutes Staveley opened Ashville open. Richard Patterson nicked the ball away from Craig Griffiths and slipping the ball to Joel Birks who played it out wide to Jordan Eagers who cut inside and played in into the feet of Chris Coy who with his back to goal turned Lee Bridge who tripped the Staveley striker and a penalty was the outcome.

Ryan Damms stepped up and slotted home his 15th goal of the season and his third penalty in the last four games.

A minute later Ashville were undone again when Chris Coy scored his fifth goal of the season and the half finished with Staveley leading 2-0.

A third goal for Staveley never came but one did arrive for Ashville on 77 minutes.

As the ball was cleared by Staveley some 30-yards from goal Kevin Bimpson unleashed a full-on volley that was simply a fantastic strike that gave Ian Deakin no chance as the ball was up and down into the net in a flash.

It was now all hands to the pumps as Ashville piled forward, launching a series of crosses and long balls into the heart of the Staveley defence but credit to the back line and Deaks they kept Ashville at bay and made the progression of Staveley into the last 64 of the FA Vase and memories of reaching the last 32 last season were suddenly rekindled.

Staveley: Deakin, Fores-Chambers, Staley, Fawcus, Eagers, Patterson, Fox, Birks, Thornton, Coy, Damms. Subs Barraclough (for Coy 70 minutes), Smith (for Thornton 85 minutes) Houghton and Linacre unused subs.