Saturday 5th October 2013 – The FA Trophy (Preliminary Round)
Rainworth Miners Welfare 0 St Ives Town 1
Man of the Match: Jason King (St Ives Town)
Debut win for the Saints
by Simon Clark
Featured photo by Louise Thompson
In a game of much excitement and expectation the Saints finally made their debut in the FA Trophy and came away from Rainworth with a 1-0 victory after Avelino Vieria’s goal on 8o minutes.
Jordan Ball came close after just five minutes but Nick Bennion in the Saints goal was equal to his effort to deny ‘The Wrens’ an opener. Leading the Saints front line was Dubi Ogbonna and only moments later he found himself with space inside the box but he failed the lift the ball over the advancing James Martin in the Rainworth goal. Both sides were finding their feet in this Trophy tie and maybe both would have felt they should have an early lead.
Effort from Ogbonna and Davd Cobb around the half hour mark went begging for the Saints as they looked to upset the home side, who once were runners up in the FA Vase in 1982. Jason King was awarded man of the match in today’s match and his mazy run on 35 minutes almost brought the Saints the lead after combining well with Dan Banister but King’s effort swerved just wide of Martin’s near post.
Ogbonna had his best effort of the game on 49 minutes when he saw his left footed effort rising above the bar from just inside the penalty area. Rainworth pressed but a resilient Saints defence and an in form Nick Bennion thwarted efforts from Ball and Ashley Longstaff. Further efforts from Sam Saunders and Scott Rogers agains were well match by Bennion who showed great determination to keep a clean sheet.
With Vieria replacing Ogbonna on 63 minutes, this proved to be a telling moment for the Saints as the Rainworth defence struggling to manage the tricky forward. The only goal of the game came on 80 minutes Dan Banister burst through the Rainworth defence and managed to centre and excellent pass and Vieria was on hand to tap in from close range under heavy challenge.
The last chance of the game fell to Longstaff from only 12 yards but his left footed volley was saved, and well held, by Nick Bennion who came a close second to the man of the match accolade.
The Saints will now face either Kettering Town or Romulus away on Saturday 19th October 2013 after they played out a 1-1 draw. The replay will be played on Tuesday evening.
St Ives Town: Bennion, Lambert, King, Gibbs (Meechan 82 mins), Ogbonna (Vieria 63 mins), Dean, D Cobb, S Cobb (Ellison 79 mins), Cunniff, Newman, Banister. Subs not used: Roberts, W Everdell.
Referee: Alan Hull (Sheffield)