FOLLOWING their recent spell of good form, Percy Main Amateurs would probably have gone in to Saturday’s home game against a Stocksfield side that were seven points below them in the table, fancying their chances of a handsome home win.
However, the side that had lost 5-1 at home to the Villagers back in September, who had fallen 4-0 away to Harraby the week before, ripped up the form book with an astonishing 4-0 win at Purvis Park that left the home side numb with shock.
While the defeat itself was hard enough to take, the fact that Stocksfield scored three identical goals in the first half from long, high balls pumped forward that allowed their youthful team to sprint on to, was even more galling, especially as Percy Main’s more cultured, thoughtful football was to prove eminently fruitless on the day.
The opening 15 minutes showed no indication of the result to come as the two sides cancelled each other out.
Stocksfield used this wind to launch a series of high balls forward, one of which was controlled by the on-rushing Oliver Rodley, who powered a first time shot in to the corner over the despairing dive of Rob Rodgerson.
Moments later it could have been 2-0, but David Halliday got in a tremendous block to stop Chris Fairless from firing home and Rob Rodgerson did well to save a follow up effort.
It was 2-0 after 29 minutes when Karl Campbell made the most of another aerial move from the visitors, skilfully lobbing Rodgerson.
Tony Abladey almost cut the arrears instantly, but Stocksfield keeper Owen Little deflected his shot wide. If this had gone in, it may have been a different game.
Indeed in the following two minutes, three presentable opportunities for the Main were passed up, with Tijan Kah and Abladey twice being denied by blocks on or near the line.
Sadly, it was effectively game over when another route one ball saw Campbell again fastening on to the end of it and steering it past the on-rushing Rodgerson.
The shell shocked home side were more energised after the break and took the game to Stocksfield, but were repeatedly thwarted by resolute defending and the crossbar twice coming to the rescue following efforts by Kevin Westphal.
Against the run of play, Campbell completed his hat-trick, tapping in a cross from Steven Forster.
Thus, Stocksfield’s efficient, no-nonsense style came out on top over Percy Main’s pleasing passing game.
Percy Main’s next league game is not until April 21, when Harraby Catholic Club are the visitors to Purvis Park for a 2.30pm kick-off.