Saturday 1st November 2014 – Southern League – Div 1 Central
Bedworth Utd 4 St Ives Town 1
Attendance : 179
Man of the match: Will Muzuimbiri
This might sound a bit like a broken record, but for the second Saturday in a row the Ives found themselves on the wrong end of a heavy defeat in a game where they matched the home side for long periods, but were undone by a Greenbacks side who showed much more composure in front of goal and a rugged no nonsense approach at the back.
The 3G surface which greeted the visitors to the Oval looked a picture and played perfectly well, unlike the old style Astro’s some may remember from the 1980’s.
The home side attacked immediately from the kick off and registered their first shot on only 23 seconds, but fortunately Aaron Bains’s crisp low shot from the edge of the box was straight at keeper Tim Trebes.
The home defence looked shaky early on and presented the Ives with a guilt edged chance to take the lead on only four minutes. Salim Relizani went down the right and drove in a good low cross that was missed by all in the middle and arrived at the feet of Stuart Eason in acres of space at the far post. But Eason dallied on the ball and gave home skipper Mark Albrighton chance to recover and block his close range effort.
Two minutes later the home side got a break down the left as stand in full back Scott Sinclair sold himself and allowed Bains to get past him and deliver a dangerous ball into the box where Ashley Robinson in space was fortunately unable to bring it under control only ten yards out and the ball ran out for goal kick.
In these early stages the play was swinging from end to end and the next chance fell to the Ives on 13 minutes when Ben Seymour-Shove was brought down just outside the box by a clumsy challenge from Kyle Cartwright. Jon Stead carefully curled his free kick around the wall and past the keeper to make the net billow and convince Ives fans by the Clubhouse that we had taken the lead. Unfortunately the ball had curled outside the post and billowed the side netting.
After this escape the home side enjoyed a good period of possession and created three good chances in quick succession. On 15 minutes a good run at the defence by Chad Degville-Cross allowed him to deliver a decent ball into the box which was flicked on at the near post by Robinson and the ball fell to Bains on the far corner of the box, but his powerful rising drive just cleared the crossbar. Three minutes later a long throw by Luke Rowe was flicked on in the box and the ball fell to Robinson, he let fly from 12 yards, but Trebes produced an excellent reaction save to deflect the ball over the top. The resulting corner was swung into the near post where Albrighton perfectly timed his run to get ahead of the visitors defence, but to their relief he steered his header just wide of the upright.
Relizani had switched flanks by this point and was now trying his luck against Aiden Kirby on the left. He managed to get past him on 20 minutes and cut in towards the box, but his snap shot from 20 yards failed to trouble Denham Hinds in the home goal as it flew over the top.
Four minutes later the home side created another good opportunity from a dead ball situation as a long free kick was pumped into the Ives box by Daniel Creaney and won at the far post by Cartwright, who headed it back into the danger zone where Robinson leapt highest, but could not direct his header on target from close range.
Centre back Luke Smith was the visitor’s saviour on 33 minutes with an excellent diving clearance to prevent Robinson getting on the end of a dangerous in-swinging cross from Degville-Cross. However the Ives relief was short lived as only three minutes later the Greenbacks went in front as their previously quiet leading scorer Daniel Dubidat gained possession on the left and drove a low ball across the box which evaded everyone in the middle and arrived at the feet of Degville-Cross at the far post. Unlike Eason in the first few minutes Degville-Cross showed composure to bring the ball under control and rifle it into the back of the net past Trebes despairing dive.
Shortly after this influential midfield player Stead pulled up with a hamstring injury to be replaced by debutant midfielder James Peters. Neither side was able to create a further chance in the remaining period of the first half.
So once again the Ives found themselves in the difficult position of needing to chase the game away from home against an opposition side that were solid at defending their 18 yard line and quick to break out when the opportunity arose.
To their credit the visitors put in a valiant effort to get back in the game and won themselves a series of free kicks around the home box early in the second period. Unfortunately they failed to hit the target with any of them. Their best effort came on 50 minutes when Eason timed his run perfectly to get ahead of defenders and get on the end of Seymour-Shove’s curled free kick from the right, unfortunately his first time effort from around the penalty spot went well over the top.
The visitor’s task got even harder only one minute later as the Greenbacks broke away and doubled their lead with their first opportunity of the second half. A ball into the box was only half cleared to Degville-Cross 25 yards out, but he was given time and space to bring the ball down and run at the defence. He let fly a fierce low drive from 20 yards that went in off the post with Trebes again grasping air.
The visitors continued to show character and got back in the game five minutes later as yet another free kick into the box caused chaos as the home defence failed to clear. Eason lifted the ball over the desperate lunge of a defender to the far post where Will Muzuimbiri found himself with time and space and fired the ball into the roof of the net from six yards.
The home side reacted to this and came close from a free kick of their own five minutes later. Degeville-Cross delivered a deep ball into the box that was won cleanly at the far post by Cartwright, but Trebes was smartly down to his right to keep the ball out.
The Ives continued to retain good possession high up the field, but in spite of winning a further series of free kicks around the home box in the next fifteen minutes they were still unable to force Hinds into a save of note. The closest they came was on 72 minutes when Muzuimbiri got away down the left and delivered a dangerous ball into the box that Stuart Eason was able to flick on at the near post, but Scott Sinclair was only able to direct a tame header straight at the home custodian from around the penalty spot.
The visitors continued to press for an equaliser, but the killer goal came from their own long throw into the opposition box. The ball was headed clear and quickly fed out to Dubidat on the right who found himself one on one with visitor’s defender Charlie Death. Death inexplicably tried a sliding tackle instead of trying to hold up the Greenback’s striker. This allowed Dubidat to coolly pull the ball back, watch Death slide by and then calmly pick his spot and slot the ball into the far corner past the exposed Trebes.
Once more the Ives refused to be crushed by this blow and only six minutes later they should have reduced the arrears again as a good ball into the box by Muzuimbiri was flicked on by Eason to Sinclair who carefully guided his shot from 15 yards past the despairing dive of Hinds and was very unlucky to see the ball rebound back into play off the upright and somehow evade Eason as he rushed in to side foot it home.
The home side finally settled any nerves they may have and finished the game on 87 minutes as Robinson was again allowed space to run at the centre of the defence. He laid the perfect ball off to Bains who cut in from the left and fired his crisp low drive from 15 yards past Trebes and in off the far post.
Even after this Ives managed to create two more chances on 89 minutes Jimmy Dean got on the end of an in-swinging Sinclair free kick by the penalty spot, but could only direct his powerful header over the top. Finally three minutes into injury time Muzuimbiri and Sinclair combined well down the left to set up the latter for a snap shot from 20 yards that keeper Hinds was only able to grab at the second attempt.
Overall much promise again and some very good play between 18 yard boxes, but the side must get more ruthless and effective in both boxes to win games at this level. Twenty one games in all competitions this season without a clean sheet, oh for an ugly 1-0 win !!
St Ives team : Trebes, Sinclair, Hall, Smith, Death, Dean (capt), Relizani (Melling 68), Stead (Peters 41), Eason, Muzuimbiri, Seymour-Shove (Massey 80)
Unused subs : None
Goals : Muzuimbiri (56)
Yellow cards : Sinclair (10)
Man of the Match : Muzuimbiri
Final Score : Bedworth United 4 St Ives Town 1
Attendance : 179
Next 1st team match Sat 8th November 3pm kick off HOME to Aylesbury Utd (League)
Next U18 match Tue 11th November 7.45pm kick off AWAY to Ramsey U18’s (League)
Source : www.stivestownfc.co.uk