Dorchester Town 6 St Ives Town 0
Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 16/12/17
There have been some unlucky defeats and some gallant battling defeats in Ives season of toil to date, unfortunately this was neither of those as a very poor display saw them taken apart by a Magpies side that worryingly sit only two places above them in the table. It could not even be said that their hosts are on a great run of form either as they went into this game with only one win in their last six.
Perhaps the preparation was not perfect with a four hour journey through Christmas traffic meaning that at least four players arrived later than the intended 1.30 arrival time. But I fear that is simply clutching at straws.
The early part of the game gave no indication of the one way traffic that was to follow. Tim Trebes was the first keeper called into action as he had to make a smart diving save to his left to keep out a well struck effort from the left corner of the box by Antonio Diaz in 9th minute.
Trebes opposite number Chris Weale was called upon to make what proved to be his most difficult save of the afternoon ten minutes later. A flowing Ives move down the left involving Eugene Libertucci, Jordan Jarrold and Danny Watson saw Phil Draycott get to the bye line and Weale did very well to plunge in at the feet of Ollie Snaith to claim Draycott’s low cross just ahead of the Ives striker.
Play swiftly moved to the other end where Jarrold got a back header to his keeper all wrong and needlessly conceded a corner. He redeemed himself somewhat by getting the resulting in-swinging flag kick away at the near post. But the clearance only got to the edge of the box where Luke Winsper struck a fierce first time effort that deflected inches wide. Ed Bastick’s corner from the opposite side fell to Ross Carmichael on the six yard line Trebes did remarkably well to somehow block his effort at point blank range and was mightily relieve when the flag went up before Phil Ormrod could force home the loose ball.
The pressure from the hosts was slowly starting to build and they went close again in 23rd minute. Neil Martin delivered a long free kick into the box from the left. Carmichael challenged Trebes for the ball in the air and succeeded in knocking the ball down into the goalmouth where Ormrod prodded it goal wards only to be denied by Miles Smith’s block and clearance off the line.
It was beginning to look like Ives might keep on level terms until the break, but that hope was soon expelled in 37th minute. Ormrod pinged a wonderful cross field ball to pick out Mohammad Baghdadi in space just outside the right corner of the box. The Bristol Rovers loanee showed that extra little bit of class that can make a difference as he took in the ball, dropped his shoulder, cut inside Draycott and rifled in a low left foot drive that flashed past the diving Trebes and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.
The hosts carved out one more good opportunity just before the break as Bastick got to the bye line on the left and delivered a dangerous cross into the box that Trebes did well to tip away from Ormrod. But Diaz was arriving at the back post, fortunately Jarrold did just enough to hassle him into knocking the ball wide.
We went into the half time break hopeful that Ives could find a way back into this game and they started the second half quite brightly. Watson was within inches of finding debutant Ben Baker in space inside the hosts box.
However it all started to unravel in 51st minute as Magpies full back Kyle Egan was inexplicably allowed to run fully sixty yards unchallenged down the right deep into Ives box before unselfishly turning the ball inside to Billy Lowes who gratefully accepted the gift and slotted home past the exposed Trebes from ten yards.
Ives had an appeal for a penalty turned away two minutes later. Draycott drilled a free kick from 25 yards into the Magpies wall and as the ball rebounded to him he rifled it back into the mix in the box. The ball ricochet off a defender and appeared to hit the arm of Martin before it was hacked clear. But the referee quickly waved away the appeals.
After this it quickly started become the Baghdadi show as the 21 year old German winger and full back Egan started to enjoy themselves down the right. The two combined in 55th minute with Egan providing the telling pass that put Diaz into space on the edge of the box. Trebes did well to parry his fierce drive, and Ormrod following up fired the loose ball well over.
Egan and Baghdadi seemed to be mesmerising the left side of Ives defence and they carved their way through again three minutes later. Baghdadi again picked up the pass from Egan on the right hand corner of the visitors box. This time he drifted inside Jarrold and the attempted cover of Draycott before firing into the bottom corner of the net to grab his second and the Magpies third.
Manager Ricky Marheineke instantly made a double substitution replacing Jarrold and the strangely ineffective Rogan McGeorge with Tom McGowan and Peter Clark. But the damage was done and as any remaining confidence ebbed out of the Ives, the hosts were now in ebullient mood and the next goal followed in 64th minute. Ormrod rose highest to a corner from the left and Trebes did very well to block his near post header. Unfortunately for him, although perhaps not surprisingly on the day, Baghdadi was the first man to react to the loose ball and fired it home through the crowd to claim his hat trick.
Things went from bad to worse for the Ives as the young winger claimed his fourth in 75th minute. This time it was Martin who was allowed to roam deep into Ives territory unchallenged. He fed the ball into the feet of Baghdadi just outside the box and a smart one, two, with substitute David Jerrard saw the winger clean through with only Trebes to beat and a clever finish under the body of the spreading keeper did the rest.
The final nail in Ives coffin on this dismal day in the South West arrived deep in added time and unsurprisingly Baghdadi was at the heart of it again as he returned the compliment to Jerrard sliding a ball through the right channel to put the substitute clear and he in turn slotted the ball past the exposed Trebes to conclude the proceedings.
The only good news on the day was that Chesham’s FA Trophy tie had been called off and re-scheduled for Tuesday hence we do not now have to visit them until the end of January. At least that gives manager Marheineke an opportunity to get two training sessions in before what has now become a massive fixture against fellow strugglers Gosport Borough next Saturday. The principles of basic defending look like they need to be on the menu.
The final word however must be a well done to young Baghdadi who left the ground with a big smile on his face and the match ball under his arm. Today he looked like a real potential star of the future, but without stealing his thunder a little I have to say that we just did not learn against him giving him way to much space and allowing him to come inside onto his left foot every time. If he has not gone on up the football pyramid by the time the Magpies visit us in April I shall be amazed, but if he is still with them we must learn from today.
Score : Dorchester Town 6 St Ives Town 0
Goals : none
St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold (Clark 59), Ferrell, Kelly (capt), McGeorge (Mc Gowan 59), Baker, Libertucci, Watson (Rogers 78), Snaith, Draycott
Unused subs : Groves, Warner-Eley
Supporters man of the match : Danny Watson
Attendance : 360
Report by Nigel Howlett