Saturday 11th April 2015 – Southern League – Div 1 Central
St Ives Town 1 Egham Town 0
Attendance : 214
Man of the match: Tim Trebes
This game served up some typical end of season fair with both sides struggling to create anything constructive on a hard, bumpy, surface. The visiting Sarnies probably shaded the possession and created the best of the few chances that there were, but it was the Ives that grabbed all three points with an excellently taken goal right on 90 minutes.
Prior to that point the banter behind the goal had served up better entertainment than the play on the pitch. However it could all have been so different Ives had the ball in the net in only the third minute when Will Muzuimbiri had managed to flick on a Jack Higgs free kick and Charlie Death bundled the ball home at the far post, however the assistants offside flag ruled out the goal and the game went downhill from there.
The next attack of note came 15 minutes later when Ben Seymour-Shove curled in an in-swinging cross from the right that Charlie Death again got a touch on at the near post, but this time the effort bounced just wide of the far post. The Sarnies created their first opportunity only one minute later when Danny Bassett picked up the ball in midfield and ran at the defence before releasing a powerful shot from 25 yards that was comfortably gathered by home keeper Tim Trebes.
Egham carved out an even better chance on 25 minutes as play maker Troy Ferguson found space to turn and run at the home defence before laying the ball through to Brendan Matthew who fired his first time effort from the edge of the box across goal, but wide of the far post
Ives next opportunity came on the half hour as Seymour-Shove picked out Higgs with a low cross from the right, Higgs laid the ball back to Jonny Hall 12 yards out, but his first time effort was blocked by a covering defender and visiting keeper Jamie Norris was alert to smother the loose ball at the feet of Muzuimbiri.
The final effort at goal of the dismal first period came from the visitors on 32 minutes. The busy Josh Andrew played in a ball from the left to the feet of Matthew who teed up Ferguson for an effort from 25 yards that he mishit. The ball ballooned into the air and just drifted over Trebes crossbar to land on the roof of the net with the keeper back peddling fast to cover the ball.
The second half started in similar vein to the first, with the visitors enjoying the majority of possession without really looking likely to breakdown the home defence. They created their first opportunity on 56 minutes when Matthew played in Bassett down the left, but the Sarnies central striker once again failed to hit the target from a good position.
Two minutes later the visitors did a little better as they forced Trebes into his first real save of the game, Matthew was again involved as he picked up the ball in space in the home sides last third and played a precise square ball to pick out Andrew 20 yards from goal. The skilful winger carefully lined up his shot and curled in an effort that Trebes did well to tip over the cross bar.
Home manager Ricky Marhieneke decided to shuffle his pack midway through the second period and made two changes to try and bring something creative into the Ives play bringing on striker Stuart Eason and powerful midfielder Luke Knight for full back Luke Smith and the strangely quiet Muzuimbiri.
This did give Ives an opportunity of a strike at goal on 67 minutes when Eason was brought down just outside the box to give the usually reliable Higgs a dead ball opportunity. Unfortunately his effort matched most of the shots to this point and headed off towards the car park.
The visitors came close to grabbing the lead twice in a minute around the 70 minute mark. Firstly a free kick by Luke Neville from just inside his own half caught on the breeze to force a fast back peddling Trebes to tip it over and from the resulting corner the ball was headed clear to Danny Williamson fully 30 yards from goal. He struck a sweet shot through a crowd of players that Trebes did well to plunge to his left and tip around the post.
Eason was winning a number of headers in the visitors half and he managed to get a flick onto a Trebes punt on 75 minutes, Seymour-Shove got onto the loose ball and almost managed to put James Hall clear, but Mitchell Gutteridge was alert and came in with a well timed covering tackle.
The Sarnies were still looking like the most likely winners and created two more opportunities in quick succession. The first on 85 minutes saw Bassett set up Matthew for a shot from the edge of the box, but once again he failed to hit the target. The second four minutes later came from a free kick after Jordan Lambert had brought down the lively Matthew. In a well rehearsed free kick move Bassett ran over the ball and on into space wide on the left where Andrew played him the ball. Lambert did well to head his driven cross out for a corner at the near post.
The deciding moment of the game came in the last minute of normal time and it was a very well taken route one goal.. Eason again got his head to a long punt down field by Trebes and this time Seymour-Shove timed his run onto the flick to perfection. As he was closed down by a covering defender and keeper Norris he got a perfect deft flick onto the ball to steer it over the keeper and into the back of the net.
The Ives had to survive five added minutes which included visits to the home box for both a free kick and a corner by Norris, before they could celebrate a hard earned victory.
It was good to end the last home game of the season with a victory, all be it one that will probably not live in the memory for long. But the Ives can also celebrate beating our points tally from last season and going a step closer to a top ten finish. Tim Trebes took the sponsors man of the match award for a solid keeping display topped off with three smart saves to claim another clean sheet.
St Ives team : Trebes, O’Malley, Smith (Eason 59), Lambert (capt.), Death, Higgs (Moyes 83), Seymour-Shove, Sinclair, Muzuimbiri (Knight 69), James Hall, Jonny Hall
Unused subs : Horrey
Goals : Seymour-Shove 90
Man of the Match : Trebes
Final Score : St Ives Town 1 Egham Town 0
Attendance : 214
Next 1st team match Sat 18th April 3pm kick off AWAY to Godalming Town (League)
Next U18 match Thu 16th April 7.45pm kick off HOME to Blackstones (League)
Source : www.stivestownfc.co.uk