Report: North Greenford United 0 St Ives Town 3

Saturday 22nd March 2014 – The Calor League Division One (Central)The Calor League

North Greenford United 0 St Ives Town 3

Man of the Match: Dan Banister (St Ives Town)

Att: 43 (away 19)

Dan Banister was the influential playmaker in the Saints midfield from start to finish as the Saints ran out three nil away winners with Tom Meechan scoring a brace.

by Simon Clark

In a frustrating first half for the Saints, an early substitution forced David Cobb to watch the remainder from the bench with Max Roberts replacing him after only 10 minutes. Danny Johnson shot over for The Blues on 18 minutes but it was almost half an hour before the Saints registered their first attempt on Paul Agu’s goal. Meechan’ effort sailed over the bar and many thought in was due to be ‘one of those days’. Avelino Vieira’s left footed effort was dragged past Agu’s near post on 36 minutes.

The deadlock was finally broken on 41 minutes. After a disputed corner decision, Banister’s centre met Tom Meechan at close range who scored at the second attempt. Again, Johnson went close for United straight from the kick off but it was on 49 minutes when the lead was doubled. Dan Banister’s excellent solo run was rewarded as he finished neatly into the far post.

Dan Newman saw his volley well blocked on 68 minutes and Meechan went close moments later when he brought down Jason King’s long ball over the top on the chest, turned and shot but Agu equalled his effort with a  save. Meechan scored his brace with 12 minutes to go after an excellent ball by skipper Lee Ellison.

After a defeat to Uxbridge in midweek and a draw last Saturday against AFC Hayes the Saints inflicted more mystery on North Greenford who still remain in the bottom three of the Central Division.

Saints Co Manager; Warren Everdell spoke to the website after the game. “Really pleased to get back to winning ways and score some goals today in a game that was frustrating at times against a difficult and aggressive opposition” Everdell added “hopefully we can all take this into Wednesday’s home match against Beaconsfield and on to the rest of the season.”