St Ives Town 0 Uxbridge 1
R Costings Man of the Match: Jason King (St Ives Town)
“Jason was the King but Saints fell to Uxbridge”
by Simon Clark
Jason King’s commanding performance in the back line for the Saints was not enough to earn any points as an early strike by Craig Tomkins was the difference between these two sides, fighting for 10th spot of the Central Division.
It was on 6 minutes when Tomkins broke the deadlock with a powerful strike from 12 yards leaving Nick Bennion, in the Saints goal, no chance of a save. Once again the Saints found themselves giving the away side a handicap head start but a spirited Tom Meechan lead the front line with purpose. It was Mitch Hancock’s header on 11 minutes, from an in-swinging corner by Jamie Alsop, that tested the Uxbridge defence as the full back cleared off the line. Karl Gibbs’ effort on the half hour mark was from range and never trroubled Rourke Pickford in the ‘Bridge goal. Meechan went close moments later when his goal bound effort was deflectec wide for a corner.
After constant pressure and with the Saints looking odds on for an equaliser the final effort of the half fell to Uxbridge striker; Matty Woods, who saw his 25 yard strike rattle the top or the crossbar.
It was Woods, on 51 minutes, who found himself with space insides the Saints penalty area but he saw his effort wasted. Tomkins missed a chance to double his advantage on 69 minutes as the travelling Middlesex side scorned chances to put the game to bed. Bennion was called into action on 73 minutes to smartly save from a close range Tomkins strike. Hancock and King blocked the following two efforts as the Saints were determined to defend to the end. Substitute and U18 midfielder: Sam Eyre, made his debut for the Saints this evening as they pressed for the equaliser. On 88 minutes, Lewis Wallace saw the stranded Bennion off his line and as the 134 anticipated a ripple of the Saints net the ball veered wide of the goal. The equaliser never came and the depleted Saints side lost out a great opportunity to leap frog their opponents into 11th place.