Tuesday 12th August 2014 – Southern League – Div 1 Central
Daventry Town 2 St Ives Town 2
Man of the match: Barney McLaughlin
St Ives came away from Daventry Town on Tuesday evening with a well earned point, which could so easily have been three!.
Goals from Scott Sinclair and David Cobb had given the Ives a 2-0 half time lead, albeit against the run of play.
Daventry got back into the game on 54 minutes when Tommy Berwick put away a penalty after Jordan Lambert tripped Dior Angus as he tried to cut into the box. A solid rearguard then held firm until the 88th minute when Josh O’Grady cut in from the right and was given time and space to pick his spot with a thunderbolt from 25 yards.
Daventry had started the game well and looked comfortable in possession. Barney McLaughlin in the visitors goal had to make his first save on only three minutes blocking a close range effort from Tommy Berwick after good work on the right by Ashley Deeney.
Berwick was involved in a lot of the good work being put in by the home side and McLaughlin had to make another smart save to deny him after he had managed to turn in the box and get his shot away after another Deeney cross was headed down to him by Dion Angus.
Berwick almost turned provider on 16 minutes when his cross from the left found Jamie Galvin unmarked six yards out. McLaughlin somehow managed to deflect Galvin’s powerful header onto the crossbar and was alert enough to gather the rebound.
Only one minute later and Daventry went close again with Nathan Haines winning Berwick’s free kick in the air at the far post, but he was unable to keep his header down.
Apart from a couple of speculative shots from Jon Stead and Ben Seymour-Shove St Ives had hardly been seen as an attacking force up to this point. But they stunned the home fans on 26 minutes as Scott Sinclair opened the scoring with a cracking first time strike from 20 yards that home keeper Richard Morris could only admire as it flashed by him into the far corner. The chance had been set up when David Cobb won the ball well in midfield and fed it through to Seymour-Shove who looked up and fed a perfectly weighted pass into Sinclair who finished in style.
Daventry continued to have the lion’s share of possession, but St Ives were now looking dangerous on the break with the pace of Will Muzuimbiri troubling the home defence.
Three minutes from half time David Cobb doubled the visitors lead as he toe poked home the rebound after Morris could only parry a stinging 25 yard drive from Seymour-Shove back into play.
The first effort of note in the second half came from the visitors on 48 minutes when Morris could only push away another Seymour-Shove drive, and the defence managed to get the ball clear.
Daventry got back into the game on 54 minutes when Jordan Lambert brought down Angus as he was cutting into the box. McLaughlin went the right way and got a hand to Berwick’s spot kick, but could not keep it out.
St Ives created their final chance of the evening on 63 minutes when once again Seymour-Shove fired in a crisp drive that Morris was happy to tip over. The chance was created by Muzuimbiri’s flick on from Sinclair’s cross.
The home side continued to press for the equaliser and St Ives began to drop deeper. But just when it began to look like the gallant rearguard action was going to take all three points up popped O’Grady with his 25 yard pile driver to grab the home side a point on 88 minutes.
Daventry created one more chance to win the game two minutes into injury time, but Ollie Wilkinson headed over from a good position after he got on the end of Joe Power’s free kick into a crowded box.
But St Ives managed to hold out for a point at a ground where many visitors will struggle this year. Four points from the first two away games is a return most of us would have taken if offered prior to these fixtures (but it could have been six!)
St Ives team : McLaughlin, Medwynter, Alsop, Lambert, Fordham (capt), Bream, Sinclair, Stead, Muzvimbiri, Cobb (Dean 76), Seymour-Shove. Unused subs : Smith, Eason, Gutierrez, Gibbs
Goals : Sinclair 26, Cobb 42
Yellow cards : Bream (37), McLaughlin (56), Muzuimbiri (59), Fordham (90+1)
Final Score : Daventry Town 2 St Ives Town 2 Attendance : 103
Next 1st team match Sat 16th August 3pm kick off HOME to Beaconsfield SYCOB (League)
Next U18 match Wed 13th August HOME to Huntingdon U18 (Pre-season friendly)