Tuesday 27th January 2015 – Southern League – Div 1 Central
St Ives Town 0 Hanwell Town 0
Attendance : 198
Man of the match: Tim Trebes
This game was always going to be a tough one with Hanwell riding high in the play-off places and with an enviable record of only one defeat in eleven games on the road. But the home side were going for the double over the Geordies following their excellent win at Reynolds Park in November.
Manager Ricky Marheineke juggled his pack from last Saturday’s trip to Uxbridge with Jordan Lambert, James Peters, Kieran Fitzgerald and Dan Banister all coming into the starting line up.
The game started relatively quietly with the two sides testing each other out. The first half chance was created by the visitors on seven minutes when Terry Smith slotted a precise ball through from central midfield to almost set Jack Hutchinson free. But home skipper Lambert showed all of his experience as he timed his challenge to perfection to block Hutchinson’s shot from just inside the box.
Six minutes later the same pair combined again for the Geordies. This time Hutchinson did get his shot away, but it was straight at Tim Trebes who made a comfortable save.
The Ives first opportunity came on 20 minutes when Ben Seymour-Shove, back in a wide position for this game, got away down the left and drove in a powerful low cross that visitors keeper Alex Tokarczyk could only parry back into play. But visitors skipper Tom Duffy was on hand to hack the loose ball clear before Fitzgerald could pounce.
Six minutes later and Ives probed the visitors defence again as Fitzgerald was played into space on the right by Stuart Eason. He cleverly pulled the ball back to Seymour-Shove on the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked and as the ball looped dangerously up into the air Duffy coolly headed it to safety over his own crossbar.
The visitors showed just how dangerous they can be on the break as the resulting corner was cleared and arrived at Hutchinson’s feet on the right, he showed his pace to get away on the wing and pulled the ball back to Bill Healey on the edge of the box. Trebes did well to block Healey’s powerful effort and he did even better to react and kick the ball away from the inrushing Lewis Ochoa with his trailing left foot whilst still on the floor.
The midfield battle continued with Luke Knight and James Peters strength and power matching the Geordies Tom Inch and Ochoa. Chances were at a premium for the next fifteen minutes, but Ives finished the half very strongly and came very close to taking the lead.
In 44th minute Peters won yet another tackle in central midfield and clipped in a perfectly weighted ball to put Fitzgerald clear, but Tokarczyk was alert to the danger and was smartly off his line to spread himself bravely and block the young striker’s shot from well inside the box.
Having saved his team Tokarczyk then made his first mistake of the day as he came for and missed the resulting corner. The ball was recovered beyond the far post by Fitzgerald who picked out Knight on the edge of the box, but his powerful drive was blocked by a defender and the ball ran to Seymour-Shove who tried his luck from a narrow angle only to see his shot deflected for another corner.
Tokarczyk was also troubled by this in-swinging corner as he just managed to palm the ball off Eason’s head but only succeed on pushing it on to Peters head beyond the far post. Peters headed the ball back into the mix where Fitzgerald bravely tried to force it home, but he failed to get sufficient contact and the ball rolled agonising past the post.
The second half resumed in much the same vein as the first period with both sides still pushing forward to try and win the game, but both defences working hard to keep some lively forwards at bay.
The Geordies best chance to win the game came on 58 minutes, but they were denied by an excellent double save by Trebes. The tricky Connor Duffy managed to cut inside Josh Melling and fire in a fierce drive that Trebes did well to block. He did even better as he reacted quickly to block the follow up effort from close range by Healey with his body.
Four minutes later play swung to the other end and Seymour-Shove managed to find some space to swing in a dangerous cross that Tom Duffy did well to deflect away from Eason. The ball ran to Banister on the edge of the box, but his well struck shot was deflected wide. Charlie Death somehow managed to find space in the box from the resulting corner, but unfortunately failed to get a good connection on his free header.
Only one minute later Fitgerald showed his quick feet as he danced through the mud past two defenders before laying the ball wide to Seymour-Shove in space. His low driven cross was deflected away at the near post, by Ian Bywater, Banister latched on to the loose ball on the edge of the box but fired his first time effort wide.
The end to end game continued to ebb and flow and it was the visitors chance to create another chance on 68 minutes when Connor Duffy again ran dangerously at the Ives defence and tried his luck from 25 yards. Melling did well to block the shot, but the ball ran loose to Ochoa who fired his first time effort inches wide of Trebes left hand post.
The visitors thought they had snatched the lead with ten minutes to go as a long ball into the box by Tom Kennedy lead to a misunderstanding between Melling and Trebes. Trebes came to claim the ball behind the young full back, but Melling did not hear the keeper’s call and directed his defensive header into the space just vacated by his custodian. The ball bounced agonisingly into the vacant net. But fortunately for Ives Healey had wandered into an offside position and had made himself active by moving towards the ball as it swung into the box.
This proved to be the final chance of the evening as despite a lot of endeavour neither side could find a way through.
This was by no means a boring 0-0 draw and both sides had their chances to win the game. It certainly showed that we can be a match for the sides in the upper reaches of the table and with Kettering, Aylesbury and Rugby all yet to visit the ProEdge Stadium we can have a big say in the destination of the title.
St Ives team : Trebes, Hall, Lambert(capt), De’Ath, Melling, Knight, Peters, Banister(Sinclair 65), Fitzgerald(Higgs 77), Eason, Seymour-Shove
Unused subs : Smith, Stead
Yellow card : Knight
Goals : None
Man of the Match : Tim Trebes
Final Score : St Ives Town 0 Hanwell Town 0
Attendance : 198
Next 1st team match Sat 31st January 3pm kick off HOME to Rugby Town (League)
Next U18 match Thu 5th February 7.45pm kick off HOME to Histon U18’s (R1 League Cup)
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