Saturday 2nd August 2014 – Pre-Season Friendly
St Ives Town 1 Newmarket Town 2
St Ives finished pre-season with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat against a well organised Newmarket side on Saturday.
The game started well for St Ives with Will Fordham putting them ahead with a powerful far post header from a well flighted Ben Seymour-Shove corner on 16 minutes.
But Newmarket were always well in the game and looking comfortable in possession. A well worked move through the home defence created a chance for Jake Wayne on 24 minutes and only a last ditch tackle by Ollie Medwynter prevented an equaliser. Barney McLaughlin in the home goal had to make a sharp save at the feet of Ross Paterson after the resulting corner had been headed down to him in a crowded box.
It looked only a matter of time before Newmarket levelled the scores and sure enough on 39 minutes Lee Clift provided the goal after good work by Jack Higgs set him free and he showed composure to clip the ball over the advancing McLaughlin.
Newmarket continued to press and Higgs headed over the bar after good work down the right by Adam Dalby and the first half ended with Jordan Lambert only just beating Wayne to another excellent ball in from Dalby.
St Ives created the first chance of the second half when a driven cross by David Cobb was flicked on at the near post by Jimmy Dean and the ball just evaded the onrushing Seymour-Shove at the far post.
On 51 minutes St Ives manager Ricky Marheineke decided to ring the changes and brought on seven of the eight substitutes available to him in this friendly. This lifted the Ives for a while and they began to push forward more, on the hour a tame shot from 20 yards by Seb Massey brought the first save of the day out of George Lawton in the visitor’s goal.
Only one minute later and a snap shot from 25 yards by Stuart Eason flew only just wide of the visitors upright.
Newmarket were also still looking equally dangerous and on 63 minutes a good ball into the box was headed over the bar from a dangerous position by Scott Paterson.
On 66 minutes Eason came closest to scoring for St Ives in the second half when his fierce, low shot from 20 yards clipped the outside of the post with Lawton beaten. The chance was set up by good pressure on the visitors defence by Dan Bannister had prevented them from clearing the ball.
The match developed into a midfield battle for the next fifteen minutes with neither side able to create a clear cut chance. However as it entered the last ten minutes Newmarket began to look the more likely winners.
On 82 minutes a powerfully struck, swerving, free kick by the influential Higgs from 25 yards beat the defensive wall and McLaughlin was happy to parry it away.
Four minutes later and the winner came in spectacular fashion with an acrobatic overhead kick by Newmarket substitute Andrew Claydon following good work on the right by fellow sub. Kelvin Enaro.
St Ives pushed more players forward to try and grab an equaliser, but were still unable to create any clear cut chances against the resolute visitors defence in the last few minutes and Newmarket ran out worthy winners.
Next 1st team match is the first league game of the 2014/15 season…
Saturday 9th August 3pm kick off AWAY to North Greenford