Westfields 4 St Ives Town 0
Date: Saturday 3rd September 2016
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: The Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round
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Ten man Ives suffered an embarrassing FA Cup exit at the first hurdle as they were outplayed by step 5 Westfields who deservedly marched on to the next round and despatched their lacklustre visitors to a long, subdued, coach journey home from Hereford.
Ives lost Jordan Jarrold to two unfortunate yellow cards just before the hour, but even with a full compliment on the pitch they were still looking second best as the hosts ran the show and in Sirdic Grant had the best player on the park by some distance. The question for the Ives players to ask themselves must be why the hosts were allowed the time and space to put on such a show for their bumper crowd of 190.
Grant showed Jarrold that he was going to be in for a tough afternoon as early as the 7th minute as he jinked his way past the young full back who was forced to bring him down. The resulting free kick by Craig Jones was powerfully headed away by Lee Chaffey.
It was not only one wide man who was causing Ives defence nervous moments, but two and the man on the left got in on the act on 18 minutes as Aidan Thomas ran onto a Richard Greaves flick and got past the out of position Scott Sinclair to the bye line. His pull back into the middle was met six yards out in the centre of goal by Jamie Molyneaux who looked like his must score, but keeper Tim Trebes somehow blocked the initial effort with his body and managed to cling onto the follow up attempt by the same striker.
Ives first half chance came from a very route one attempt seven minutes later as Joe Carden almost got clear onto a long Trebes punt which was misjudged in the air by Kane Kahaki. Fortunately for the centre back keeper Matt Gwynne was on his toes and rushed off his line to hack the ball away just ahead of the striker.
The visitors were enjoying their best period of the match and carved out their best opportunity twelve minutes before the break as Jarrold played an excellent ball through the left hand channel to put Josh Dawkin clear. Gwynne was again very quick off his line and managed to block Dawkin’s attempted flick at close range with his body.
The final noteworthy action of the first period came seven minutes before the break as Jarrold picked up his first yellow card as he just clipped the heels of Grant as the speedy winger picked up a cross field pass from Greaves, cut inside him and homed in on the penalty area. Jones fired the free kick through the wall, but just wide of Trebes right hand post.
Having not really got going in the first half the visiting faithful enjoyed their half time cuppa in the knowledge that at least we are still level and hopefully we will come out and lift the pace and take the game to them in the second period. But their hopes were dashed as early as the 49th minute as Molyneaux and Thomas combined well to work their way through the left side of the Ives defence and the move finished with the former slotting the ball through to the latter inside the box and he calmly slid the ball home under the body of keeper Trebes from 12 yards.
Ives did come up with an almost instant response as only two minutes later Jarrold slid the ball into the feet of Ben Seymour-Shove who found space to turn in the box and fired in a well struck shot that keeper Gwynne blocked with his legs at his near post.
Having come close to snatching an equaliser and failed Ives found themselves punished again at the other end only three minutes later as the home side broke quickly and Greaves managed to step inside Sinclair and try his luck from 20 yards. The shot was not particularly well struck, but Trebes seemed to go down and little early and only succeeded in parrying the ball back into play. Grant arriving in the box at pace was first to react and gleefully hammered the loose ball home.
It was going to be an uphill battle for Ives to get back into this game with a full compliment of players on the pitch. That hill became a mountain two minutes later as Jarrold mistimed a challenge on Jones in midfield and instantly knew he was in trouble. The referee deemed the challenge worthy of a second yellow and he was on his way.
The strangely ineffective Joe Carden was quickly sacrificed to be replaced by Harry O’Malley to shore up the defence, but the one way traffic continued as Trebes was forced into saves from Jones and Thomas in the next ten minutes and Greaves flicked a header just wide as he got on the end of a Thomas cross.
With the game seemingly settled both sides made changes as Westfields rested Grant and Molyneaux replacing them with James Baldwin and Dan Polan respectively. Ives also made an important change as 17 year old Matt Wright came on for his first team debut replacing Seymour-Shove. He was quickly followed by the introduction of a second scholar making his debut as the highly promising 16 year old Tiago Dias replaced the tiring Andrew Phillips.
Sadly these changes did not affect the flow of the game and Westfields went further in front on 76 minutes as Baldwin proved he to could be a handful on the right as he got past two Ives defenders before cutting in along the bye line and driving in a low cross that the unfortunate Charlie De’ath turned past his own keeper at the near post.
The game drifted along towards its conclusion with Wright showing touches of his pace, but no one able to read his runs and feed him the pass he needed slid through the channel. There was a final burst of activity as the game entered added time. Right on 90 minutes Polan barrelled his way through a couple of ineffective Ives tackled and burst into the box only to be denied by an excellent block from Trebes. However, he was not to be denied for long as Thomas again drifted down the left two minutes later and delivered a low cross into the box that Polan was able to turn home at close range.
The final action of the day almost brought an historic moment for the Ives as Dias found a little space before clipping a delightful ball into the channel for Wright to run onto his first time effort looked to be heading for the far corner of the net only to be kept out by an excellent diving stop from the underworked Gwynne.
The Ives players rightly marched off with their heads bowed and left the stage to the better team on the day. Westfields celebrated with their fans and we can only wish them every success in the competition as they deservedly go into the hat for the next round.
Only positive for the day were the two promising cameos from youngsters Wright and Dias who have earned these debuts from their development within the scholarship programme. If they continue along that path these lads and others like them are potentially the future of the Club. The only shame was that their debuts had to come on a day when the team just failed to perform to the necessary level to match their excellent opponents.
St Ives team : Trebes, Sinclair, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, Higgs, Carden (O’Malley 58), McGowan, Phillips (Dias 72), Dawkin, Seymour-Shove (Wright 62)
Unused subs : Mailancol, Harradine
Goals : none
Supporters Man of the Match : Josh Dawkin
Final Score : Westfields 4 St Ives Town 0
Attendance : 190