Result: St Ives Town 3 Dereham Town 3 AET

Tuesday 2nd September 2014 – FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay

St Ives Town 3 Dereham Town 3  AET

Dereham Town win on penalties

Att: 187
Man of the match: Ollie Medwynter

An under strength St Ives Town crashed out the FA Cup in the cruellest fashion in this Tuesday evening replay at the ProEdge Stadium. The Ives already missing regulars Jordan Lambert and Jimmy Dean lost an off colour John Stead in the 25th minute by which time they were already 2-0 down and chasing the game.

The visitors arrived fully fired up for the game and had also made two changes from the first fixture on Saturday bringing in Scott Roberts and Toby Hilliard for Sam Borrer and Michael Summerfield. They took the lead in only the third minute as Luke Tuttle fed in Hilliard who was quickly closed down by home keeper Barney McLaughlin but the ball ran loose to Craig Bussens and he rolled it into the empty net. Bussens was proving a real handful for the makeshift Ives defence and he slipped past Andres Gutierrez on 12 minutes and fed the ball into Tuttle who fired just wide of McLaughlin’s left hand post when well placed.

St Ives managed to build their first attack of the game on 16 minutes, unfortunately it ended in a tame Ben Seymour-Shove shot from 15 yards as he was quickly closed down by three visitors defenders after running onto a Stuart Eason flick.

Four minutes later the visitors increased their lead as Roberts flicked on a long ball for Bussens to run through and with no covering defender and McLaughlin slow to come off his line the Magpies striker was able to pick his spot and slot his second into the far corner past the despairing keeper.

Five minutes later and the ailing Stead was replaced by Karl Gibbs with Will Muzvimbiri dropping back into midfield. Not surprisingly whilst the Ives players were struggling to get used to these changes and with an unfamiliar central midfield now of Muzvimbiri and Ollie Medwynter, Dereham continued to push forward. Ryan Hawkins came close for the visitors on the half hour as he pounced on a loose ball 25 yards out and crashed a first time shot just wide of McLaughlin’s left hand upright.

The only chances Ives were creating at this stage were coming from dead ball situations and on 32 minutes a long Scott Sinclair free kick was flapped at by visiting keeper Andy Wilton whose finger tip touch just prevented Eason getting on the end of it. A scramble ensued from a resulting corner, but no one could apply the finishing touch.

Three minutes later the home side had their best chance of the first half as Will Fordham managed to get on the end of Eason’s flick onto a Medwynter long throw, but Frazer Blake-Tracy was on hand to clear the ball off the line and Gutierrez fired the rebound over the bar.

The visitors went straight down the other end and a desperate covering tackle on the edge of the box by Muzvimbiri brought down Bussens as he tried to wriggle through. Aaron Kay fired in the resulting free kick that was turned away by McLaughlin and Hilliard snatched at the rebound firing over from 15 yards.

The Magpies continued to dominate possession with Kay, Bussens, Roberts and Hawkins all influential. The latter rounded Johnny Hall and Fordham in the 40th minute but a covering Jamie Alsop just managed to divert his cross away from the on rushing Tuttle. Further chances also fell to Roberts and Tuttle again before half time but both missed the target from good positions.

The visitors went in at the interval with a two goal advantage, but would they regret their missed chances. Home manager Ricky Marheineke made another change at half time replacing Gutierrez with Luke Smith and the Ives came out for the second half in a more positive fashion. Medwyner and Muzvimbiri began to win more of the ball in midfield and the home side slowly started to get into the game.

They created their first chance of the second period in the 55th minute when Gibbs got on the end of an Alsop cross ten yards out but steered his header just wide. Three minutes later manager Marheineke made his third, and final, change of the game with David Cobb replacing the strangely quiet Sinclair.

The visitors were still looking fairly comfortable at this point and Kay and Hawkins combined to set Tuttle away in the 64th minute but his left foot shot from 20 yards flew well over the cross bar. The influential Kay was also allowed time and space to run at the defence six minutes later and McLaughlin did well to hold onto his fierce shot from 25 yards.

The home side was still looking dangerous from set pieces and a Cobb corner was headed back into the box by Fordham but Muzvimbiri fired his hurried shot over the top for 12 yards in the 74th minute.

The Ives got back into the game three minutes later when Hall’s long ball into the box was kept alive by Medwynter who set up Cobb to put the ball back into the mix where skipper Fordham managed to get the final touch to force the ball home.

It was now all St Ives as they went in search of an equaliser and with ten minutes to go Gibbs headed just wide from a good position as he got on the end of another Alsop cross.

This season St Ives like to make things difficult for themselves and just when they were getting up a real head of steam Cobb piled into visitors full back Luke Hannatt to receive his second yellow card of the match and take the home side down to ten men for the second game in a row and the third in four games.

In spite of this set back the home side continued to press forward and Muzvimbiri fired over in the 87th minute after being set up by good work from Seymour-Shove. Just when it seemed the Magpies were going to hang on the equaliser came from an unexpected source as left back Hall appeared in the box in the 91st minute to fire home a deflected shot from 12 yards after Gibbs had headed down a Fordham cross into the crowded penalty area. The home side even had one chance to win the game in normal time as Seymour-Shove’s driven cross almost found Gibbs six yards out, but a blocking challenge by Matt Hockley ensured extra time.

In spite of their lack in numbers the home team were well on top with Muzvimbiri, Medwynter and Seymour-Shove now controlling the midfield. In the 97th minute Seymour-Shove tried a speculative shot from 30 yards that Wilton struggled to keep out. From the resulting corner Fordham got in a clear header from 8 yards out but failed to hit the target.

The visitors took a surprise lead two minutes later when McLaughlin misjudged a spinning ball into the box to leave substitute Luke Bailey with a simple task of side footing the ball into the empty net. Despite the setback the gallant Ives still continued to press forward and on 104 minutes a Hall cross only just evaded Fordham and Gibbs at the far post.

Three minutes into the second period of extra time Seymour-Shove struck a fierce shot from 25 yards that left keeper Wilton standing but rebounded to safety off an upright. The visitors defence was now under constant barrage and with five minutes to go another Medwynter long throw was flicked on by Smith but Hall just failed to direct it goal wards at the far post.

For the second time in the match the Ives got level in the last few minutes as Gibbs fired home from ten yards after another Medwynter long throw had been flicked on by Eason and Fordham. Again the home side had one final chance in added time but Seymour-Shove’s free kick was a little too deep for Fordham to keep it in at the far post.

So after 210 minutes of action the two sides could not be separated and the game went to penalties. Visitor’s keeper Andy Wilton became the hero as he expertly kept out spot kicks from Eason and Seymour-Shove and Muzvimbiri failed to hit the target. McLaughlin managed to keep out Nicky Howell’s kick, but successful conversions by Kay, Hilliard and Blake-Tracy saw the visitors progress with a 3-0 victory from the spot to win a trip to St Neots Town in the next round.

St Ives team : McLaughlin, Alsop, Hall, Gutierrez (Smith 45), Fordham (capt), Medwynter, Sinclair (Cobb 58), Stead (Gibbs 25), Eason, Muzvimbiri, Seymour-Shove.
Unused subs : None

Goals : Fordham 77, Hall 90+1, Gibbs 119
Yellow cards : Muzvimbiri (90+2)
Red card : Cobb (85) (two yellow cards)

Final Score :  St Ives Town  3  Dereham Town  3 AET (score at 90 minutes 2-2) (Dereham won 3-0 on penalties)         Attendance  :  187

Nigel Howlett


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