St Ives Town 3 Egham Town 2
Genesis Forklifts Man of the Match: Tom Meechan (St Ives Town)
“Tom’s brace helps the Saints leapfrog Egham into eleventh place”
by Simon Clark
The Sarnies must be applauded for their efforts in the early part of the second half but it was a strong Saints side who earned all three points at ProEdge Westwood Road with a goal from Lee Ellison and a well taken brace from Man of the Match Tom Meechan.
St Ives started the brighter of the two sides and on 16 minutes it was a brave attempt by Tom Meechan with both the goalkeeper and defender challenging for the ball when it rebounded off Meechan’s side after some excellent build up play by Dan Banister and Lee Ellison. Seven minutes later it was the skipper who burst his way through the Egham defence to clinically finish from the edge of the area.
Reis Stanislaus looked dangerous in attack for the Surrey side and had two good chances to pull a goal back but on the stroke of half time, Meechan was felled inside the penalty area and referee Nigel Smith pointed to the spot. Avelino Vieira stepped up but was met with an excellent save by Jamie Norris.
With the Saints denied the opportunity to wrap the game up with a 3-0 lead it was Egham who came out firing in the second half. Stanislaus netted on 47 minutes to make it 2-1 and Josh Andrews went close on two occasions. On 56 minutes, everyone thought the lively Tom Meechan was brought down for the second time in the game but this time the Smith didn’t point to the spot. With the Saints making changes in the last third of the match, Meechan nipped in between the advancing Norris and centre backs to cleverly lob the ball into the back of the net after an excellent ball forward by Jordan Lambert.
With the Saints leading 3-1, Stanislaus pulled another goal back for The Sarnies on 85 minutes but it wasn’t enough to share the points and the Saints ran out 3-2 winners in front of a joyful crowd of 165 at ProEdge Westwood Road.