St Ives Town 1 Coalville Town 0
The Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round – 2nd September 2017
The two goal keepers were the stars who kept the score down in this highly entertaining FA Cup tie in which both teams showed their enthusiasm to go forward at every opportunity only to find the two stoppers were both in excellent form.
Ives manager Ricky Marheineke made two changes in personnel from the side who battled so gallantly whilst eventually ending up with nothing from their August Bank Holiday game against Kings Lynn. Into the starting line up came James Hall and Danny Kelly to form a strike partnership replacing Dubi Ogbonna and Peter Clark who both dropped to the bench. There were also a couple of positional changes with Ben Seymour-Shove returning to the right and Lewis Hilliard taking up his favoured central midfield spot.
Ives set off positively and Hall combined well with Kelly before getting the first shot on target after only 90 seconds. But the well struck effort was straight at Matt Coton in the Ravens goal.
The visitors responded with their first sortie after twelve minutes. Massiah McDonald and Alex Dean worked their way down the right before the latter delivered a deep cross which Blair Anderson brought down skilfully at the far post. Fortunately for the hosts his powerful shot on the turn from ten yards flew narrowly wide.
Coton was called upon to make his first real save in 15th minute. A flowing move started in Ives own half saw Ben Seymour-Shove sprint forward with the ball and feed it on to Tom McGowan he threaded an inch perfect ball into the feet of Kelly inside the box. The big striker took a touch and fired in a low drive the Coton did very well to palm around the post diving low to his left.
Another flowing Ives move two minutes later saw Kelly again involved as he took the ball into feet well before spreading it out to Hall on the left. His inviting in-swinging cross looked perfectly placed for Seymour-Shove to attack it at the back post. But full back Cleveland Taylor was covering well and just managed to knock it away at the expense of a corner. Kelly rose highest to Draycott’s corner and must have thought he had scored as he met the ball with a powerful header only three yards out. But Coton pulled off an amazing reaction save, or did the ball just hit him, on his goal line. Taylor scrambled the loose ball to safety.
Having pulled off that amazing save Coton was almost caught out by a miss hit cross from Seymour-Shove on 22 minutes. The tricky winger attempted to pick out Kelly in the centre with a cross off the outside of his foot, but got the contact all wrong and the ball drifted in towards goal forcing Cotton into a frantic back peddle to tip over.
Ives again went close to going in front on the half hour and Kelly was again the catalyst as he artfully brought down a long ball and fed it into the path of Draycott running into the box. He clipped his effort past the advancing Coton. But did not get enough power in it giving Dean Freeman chance to cover behind his keeper and knock the ball out for another Ives corner.
Having failed to get their noses in front whilst they were on top Ives then had to thank their keeper for twice ensuring they did not go into the break behind as the Ravens enjoyed a good last ten minutes to the half. On 35 minutes the visitors broke at pace with Kyle Bryant cutting in from the right and feeding the ball on to McDonald in the centre. He in turn fed it into the run of Dean cutting in from the left. Goff needed to be at his best diving full length to his left to fingertip away Dean’s powerful effort.
The Ravens came within inches of going in front sixty seconds later as a low driven cross from the left by Dean was turned onto the post by a combination of McDonald and Charlie De’ath. The ball hit the inside of the post, but rebounded back into play and was scrambled away to safety.
Goff saved his side again six minutes before the break and he again had to leap full length to his left this time finger tipping away a rising drive from the left corner of the box by Anderson.
The hosts had the final half chance of the first period two minutes before the break. Their seventh corner of the game was delivered from the right by Lewis Hilliard. Coton came through the crowd to try and get a punch on it, but he did not strike his attempted clearance cleanly and the ball fell to Draycott just inside the box. He tried his luck first time on the volley but the ball flew three yards wide.
Having enjoyed the majority of the first half playing a high tempo game Ives seemed to come up for air at the start of the second period. This allowed the Ravens to enjoy some good possession and they started the half positively winning three corners in the first seven minutes. Freeman got on the end of the third of these at the far post, but he was always stretching and directed his header from eight yards just past the post.
Dean had Goff stretching again just before the hour as he hung up a teasing cross from the left that the young keeper did well to paw away at his back post with Anderson lurking to punish any mistake.
The visitors continued to press and went close twice more around the 70 minute mark. Bryant delivered an inviting cross from the right that was won in the air at the far post by substitute Daniel Creaney, but he failed to trouble Goff as his header from a good position floated just wide. The dangerous Anderson then found space to turn on a low cross inside the box. His low shot from twelve yards was deflected wide by Charlie De’ath.
The only goal of the game arrived, against the run of play, only seconds later. Ives won a throw in an advanced position on the left. Jordan Jarrold took a quick throw into the feet of Kelly who cleverly flicked the ball over his marker and ran around him inside the box. Rather than shoot from a narrow angle Kelly picked out an unmarked Draycott by the penalty spot and his powerful low drive through the crowded box flew in under the body of the diving Coton to put Ives in front and spark wild celebrations amongst the faithful.
This was the tiring Kelly’s last action of the game as he and his similarly hard working strike partner Hall were replaced by Ogbonna and Clark for the last fifteen minutes. The goal and the introduction of these fresh legs were successful in wrestling the initiative away from the Ravens. Ogbonna was proving a handful for the visitor’s back line and his persistence earned the hosts an opportunity to sew the game up eight minutes from time. He battled past Freeman and hassled Taylor into bringing him down on the right hand corner of the box. Draycott struck the resulting free kick well and the ball somehow got through the Ravens defensive wall, but it did not deceive Coton who got across well and dived low to his left to hold onto the ball by his near post.
The visitors had one last opportunity to take this game to a replay in Leicestershire on Tuesday night. One minute from the end of the ninety Bryant managed to force his way down the right before feeding the ball into Tom McGlinchy in the right hand channel. He took a touch and strode into the box before unleashing a powerful drive that beat the diving Goff, but cannoned to safety off the near post.
Having survived that huge scare Ives managed to see out the rest of the game without further fright and there was even time in the added five minutes for Ogbonna and Draycott to combine on the left to set up a shooting chance for Seymour-Shove that the Ives winger thudded into the boards just inches outside Coton’s left hand upright.
So it is Ives that wait eagerly for Monday lunch times draw for the next round. But one must feel a little sorry for the Ravens who played their part in this highly entertaining affair that scored a 4/5 in the Non League Paper ratings. The sponsors picked James Goff as their Ives man of the match which certainly makes you feel that the visitors will feel somewhat unlucky to trek back along the A14 with nothing. Goff must have had a number of contenders for that man of the match accolade with the ever consistent Tom McGowan, Lewis Ferrell, Danny Kelly and Phil Draycott all picking up votes in the behind the goal gang poll.
Final Score : St Ives Town 1 Coalville Town 0
Goals : Draycott 72
Sponsors man of the match : James Goff
St Ives team : Goff, Ferrell, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Seymour-Shove, Hilliard, Hall (Ogbonna 73), Kelly (Clark 75), Draycott
Unused substitutes : Torkornoo, Hartley, Dias
Attendance : 203
Report by Nigel Howlett
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