Saturday 19th July 2014 – Pre-Season Friendly
St Ives Town 1 Soham Town 1
The lunch time kick off seemed a little early for the Ives and they were very slow to start allowing Soham a lot of early possession. After only 8 minutes Barney McLaughlin had to prove he was alert by rushing off his line to save at the feet of Luke Stanley.
It was very much with the run of play when Soham took the lead on 22 minutes as Jorden Gent out-jumped Jordan Lambert at the far post to nod home a Joey Abbs corner past an unsighted McLaughlin.
The first drinks break of this friendly immediately followed the goal and this gave manager Ricky Marheineke chance to get the home team going.
From this point they suddenly started to close down Soham and rattle their composure. Only two minutes later Jon Stead curled in a magnificent equiliser from the edge of the box after the ball was squared back to him by Dan Banister following good work down the right by Ben Seymour-Shove.
St Ives were now on top and Aaron Chapman in the visitors goal had to make a block with his legs from a Seymour-Shove drive after he ran on to a Stuart Eason flick.
The home side continued to press forward, but it took until 44th minute for them to create the next clear cut chance. Excellent chasing down by Will Muzumbri allowed him to rob Martin Bromwich on the edge of the box and bear down on goal, his shot beat the advancing keeper, but came back off the post and an off balance Stead could only hit the rebound straight at a recovering Chapman.
The second half started much more evenly with play flowing from end to end and both defences generally on top.
It took until 63rd minute for either side to create a clear cut chance and this fell to the visitors Ryan Sharman who fired over from close range after Gent had won another corner in the air to set him up.
Play swung to the other end and a snap shot by Scott Sinclair was well saved by Chapman and only one minute later a cross swung in from the left by Jonny Hall only just evaded the onrushing Eason.
Soham created the next chance on 73 minutes, but McLaughlin did well to block Martin Hall’s shot and the ball was scrambled away.
Only two minutes later Seymour-Shove had another close range effort well blocked by the keeper following good work by Eason to put him through. Five minutes later the same player was again denied by Chapman who kept out his fierce drive after a jinking run past two defenders.
With time running out Sinclair got away down the right and his low cross into the box went between Eason and Seymour-Shove and although both got a touch neither was able to supply the decisive finish.
The final chance of this entertaining game fell to Soham and a Ryan Sharman free kick from the left hand corner of the box went only just wide with McLaughlin scrambling across his line to cover it.
Overall an entertaining game in the early afternoon sun which probably ended in a fair result with neither side really able to finish off their excellent approach play and both defences working hard to stay on top.
Next pre-season match at ProEdge, Westwood Road on Tuesday 22nd July 7.45 pm kick off v Eynesbury Rovers