St Ives Town vs Kettering Town
Date: Saturday 5th November 2016
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier Division
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: TM Roofing Ltd
No excuses, this was a woeful display from the Ives that saw them take a Bonfire Night battering from the previously misfiring Poppies. The visitors came into this game on an indifferent run of form that saw their manager under some pressure to get a result in order to retain his position.
In order to keep the pressure on the Poppies it was essential that Ives made a solid start. However completely the opposite happened as the usually reliable Scott Sinclair gifted them a goal after only seven minutes. He made the mistake of trying to bring down a long ball into the box from the right, did not quite get it right and found himself robbed by the alert James Brighton who them calmly slotted the ball past the advancing Tim Trebes.
This early gift settled any nerves that the visitors may have had and they looked comfortable on that lead with the home side struggling to hold the ball in the opposition third of the park. The Ives only half chance in the next 15 minutes fell to skipper Charlie De’ath who fired a first time effort from a corner well wide of the target.
But with the game now a little more even there was still some hope of the Ives getting back into the game until a another calamitous mistake gifted the Poppies a simple second on 34 minutes. Centre backs Liam McDevitt and Charlie De’ath somehow both managed to go for the same long ball into the box and only succeeded in taking out each other to leave an amazed Spencer Weir-Daley to tap in one of the easiest goals he will ever score.
With the score line at half time 2 – 0 to the visitors, Ives manager Ricky Marheineke tore into his listless charges at the break and he along with the Ives faithful must have hoped for a positive reaction and at least an increase in the passion and commitment from the players at the start of the second period. There was a short burst of positive activity during which Ben Seymour-Shove got down the right and delivered a cross that Tom McGowan flicked on at the near post. But Poppies underworked keeper Dean Snedker claimed the ball well off the head of Buster Harradine.
Any hoped for revival was extinguished ten minutes later as Ives defence struggled to clear a Wilson Carvalho cross from the right and Weir-Daley was again on hand to accept the gift and double his personal tally for the day from close range.
Only seventy seconds later McDevitt gave Weir-Daley chance to claim his hat trick. Mathew Barnes-Homer found space to feed the ball into the feet of Brighton in the box. He feigned to go right, then side stepped onto his left, only to be blatantly tripped by the Ives centre back as he shaped to shoot. Referee Stuart Cheek was right on the spot to award the penalty. To add to his pains McDevitt also picked up his fifth yellow card of the season to earn himself a ban. Weir-Daley gratefully spotted up the penalty and emphatically hammered the ball home off the underside of the cross bar.
The lively Poppies striker almost grabbed himself a fourth goal three minutes later as he got on the end of another ball into the box and went outside Sinclair before flashing his shot across the face of goal to safety.
Weir-Daley did not have to wait long for his fourth and the Poppies fifth to arrive as he claimed another simple goal from close range. A frustrated De’ath dived into a challenge on Liam Canavan 35 yards from goal to earn himself an unnecessary yellow card. But the punishment proved greater than simple the card as Canavan picked himself up and drove in a low free kick to the near post where Weir-Daley timed his run to perfection to simply side foot the ball past the exposed Trebes completely unchallenged.
At this point manager Marheineke tried a triple substitution, probably more in hope than expectation that it would affect the flow of the game. Weir-Daley also departed the proceedings to rousing applause from the travelling faithful. He was replaced by the experienced Rene Howe for the Poppies.
The changes made little affect and the one way flow continued with the Poppies next opportunity arising on 78 minutes as visitors substitute Ben Stephens robbed Ives sub Jared Cunniff in the centre circle. He threaded a ball through the left channel to put Carvalho away. Trebes came sprinting off his line and beat the speedy winger to the ball, but rather than going through with the challenge tried to clip the ball over the striker and lost out. Carvalho looked certain to score only to be denied by an amazing sliding block from another Ives sub Lee Chaffey.
The poppies sixth goal was not long coming though as only two minutes later Barnes-Homer blocked an attempted Harry O’Malley clearance and the ricochet put Howe clear. He made no mistake drawing Trebes towards him before slotting the ball past the exposed keeper from the edge of the box.
Keeper Snedker was probably feeling sorry for the Ives, or perhaps just trying to warm himself up, when he almost presented them with a consolation goal seven minutes from time. He played a ball out to James Haran that was intercepted by McGowan who hit a powerful first time drive from 20 yards that warmed the keeper’s hands as he grabbed it at the second attempt.
The final, and probably the best, goal of the afternoon arrived only one minute from the end. Carvalho found space 25 yards from goal and took a touch before firing in a drive that dipped and swerved before beating Trebes low to his right.
If this was a boxing match it would have been stopped early in the second half to save the losers from further punishment. Sadly that does not happen in football and the referee’s whistle which followed soon after Carvalho’s goal was a welcome relief to the home side. How long lasting the damaged from this pummelling is remains to be seen, but at least there are a number of players missing from this game that will be available for the next and changes to the line up will certainly be made. The opportunity for a quick return to action in only three days time should also hopefully help the Ives get this game out of their system quickly.
Man of the match was almost impossible to find on such a dismal day. The winner was picked by one of the opposition who commented that he thought one of our players did quite well. Sorry, but that is the best I can offer today.
St Ives team : Trebes, Sinclair, Coulson (O’Malley 63), De’ath (capt), McDevitt, Higgs (Chaffey 63), Seymour-Shove, McGowan, Harradine, Bradshaw (Cunniff 63), Jarrold
Unused subs : Dias
Goals : None
Supporters Man of the Match : Jordan Jarrold
Final Score : St Ives Town 0 Kettering Town 7
Attendance : 495
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