Tuesday 9th September 2014 – Southern League – Div 1 Central
Kettering Town 5 St Ives Town 0
Attendance : 645
Man of the match: Ryan Ingrey
This was a game to forget for the Ives as they came a poor second best to a rampant Poppies side who thoroughly deserved their comfortable victory.
The omens were not good prior to the games as the visitors squad was down to the bare bones due to injuries and unavailability and with only two fit substitutes on the bench it was always likely to be a tough night.
In spite of the odds against them the visitors created the first opportunity of the game in the first minute as Ryan Ingrey played Ben Seymour-Shove into space on the left and his dangerous ball into the box was just scrambled away at the far post by Steve Kinniburgh before Will Muzuimbiri could prod the ball home.
However only four minutes later the Ives committed the cardinal sin of gifting the home team the lead. Will Fordham tried to steer a bouncing ball back to keeper Adam Lawrence, but as Lawrence struggled to clear former St Ives striker Dubi Ogbona nipped in and dispossesed him. Ogbona turned and shot, and Lawrence managed to deflect it onto the bar, but Andy Hall following up was on hand to fire home the loose ball from close range.
With the comfort of a lead the home side began to take control of the midfield where Andy Gooding was already proving a real handful.
On seven minutes full back James Clifton was given time and space to run at the visitors defence. He tried his luck from 25 yards and the ball flew just wide of Lawrence’s left hand post.
Two minutes later and Jonathon Thorpe played through the dangerous Gooding whose fierce drive from just outside the box flew past the same post with Lawrence scrambling across his goal.
The pressure from the home side was becoming relentless, but it was another mistake that saw them move two in front on 19 minutes as Jamie Alsop was robbed out wide by Hall who ran into the box and laid the ball into Ashley Robinson who was able to tee up Brett Solkhan who picked his spot from 18 yards.
It was all one way traffic now and the third goal arrived on 25 minutes when Ollie Medwynter lost possession in midfield and Gooding skilfully threaded the ball into Ogbona who beat Lawrence on his near post from 15 yards.
The Ives had a brief period of pressure around the half hour when they won three corners and an equivalent Medwynter long throw in quick succession, but this period ended as Seymour-Shove fired over from 25 yards after the ball had been half cleared to him from the throw.
Two minutes later and the visitors had another escape as Thorpe was given time and space 25 yards out, he fed in Solkhan who fired over from a good position just inside the box.
St Ives created their best chance of the half on 37 minutes as Stuart Eason out jumped Tommy Hull to flick on a long ball and Muzuimbiri bravely just beat the on-rushing keeper to the ball, but his header crept the wrong side of the post.
Solkhan grabbed his second and the Poppies fourth of the evening just before half time when he was allowed a free header from eight yards out to direct Gooding’s well flighted corner past Lawrence into the bottom corner.
The second half started as the first had ended with the home side enjoying the lion’s share of possession and hunting for more goals against the beleaguered Ives defence. Gooding was running the show in midfield. He created the first chance of the second period for himself, but was unable to keep his snap shot down.
Five minutes later and Ives were caught napping again as a short corner by Gooding was taken into the box by Hall who fired in a fierce shot that Lawrence could not hold and Solkhan was on hand to turn in the loose ball to complete his hat trick.
Just when all looked completely lost the visitors suddenly thought they had a possibility of getting the game annulled as the lights went out. But after a swift call for an electrician and some hurried repairs the match restarted after a 25 minute delay.
The game seemed to die a little after this point with the home side happy to keep the ball and take their time in moving the ball forward. But they were still capable of creating chances and on the hour the dangerous Hall cut in past Alsop, but could not keep his shot down. He repeated the move only one minute later this time pulling an excellent save out of Lawrence who plunged to his right to turn the ball away.
As the game began to drift towards it’s conclusion the Ives did manage to create some half chances to nick a consolation goal. On 73 minutes a Medwynter long throw was only half cleared and Jonny Hall’s snap shot from 30 yards flew only just wide of keeper McAlinden’s right hand post.
On 82 minutes Stead managed to create some space in midfield and his dangerous in-swinging ball into the box found the head of Seymour-Shove 12 yards out, but his header flew just wide.
Right on time an excellent through ball from Eason looked like it had put Seymour-Shove clear, but McAlinden was very quick off his line to just beat the striker to the ball and snuff out the danger.
So ended a long evening, a disappointing display that terminated St Ives unbeaten away run after five games. Whilst the manner of the defeat made it very difficult to see any positive the players all gave 100% and were beaten by a team who will definitely be in the shake up at the top end of the table come the end of the season.
St Ives team : Lawrence, Alsop, Hall, Smith, Fordham (capt), Medwynter, Muzuimbiri (Bream 50), Stead, Eason, Ingrey, Seymour-Shove.
Unused subs : Gibbs, Lambert
Goals : None
Yellow cards : None
Man of the Match : Ingrey
Final Score : Kettering Town 5 St Ives Town 0
Attendance : 645
Next U18 match Wed 10th September 7.45pm HOME to Ramsey U18 (League)
Next 1st team match Sat 20th September 3pm kick off HOME to Godalming Town (League)
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