Monday 19th October 2015 – Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division
St Ives Town Youth 1 Kings Lynn Town U18’s 6
The Ives scholars are still very much learning their craft and they were taught another harsh lesson by a very strong and talented Linnets side who look like they will go very close to winning this division.
However taking into account the quality of their opposition the young Ives can certainly take some positives out of this match as they battled hard and matched their classy opposition for long periods of this game. The score line perhaps flatters the visitors a little and there can certainly be no doubt that the Ives scored the best goal of the game and with a little luck they could have had a couple more.
The home side were certainly not going to be overawed by their opposition and started very positively as a well weighted pass from midfield picked out Sam Davidson on the right. He cut inside and was unfortunate to see his crisp drive blocked by the keeper’s legs.
Davidson was involved again on ten minutes as he delivered a dangerous cross from the right which was only half cleared to Keiran Thompson on the edge of the box. He skilfully side stepped a defender and fired in a powerful drive that keeper Charlie Conereve was forced to parry to safety.
As they began to settle it became clear that the Linnets had some very good players in their ranks. They created their first real chance on 19 minutes as Jamie Burgess went down the left and pulled the ball back to Dylan Edge. He quickly turned around his marker and fired a shot just past the far post from 15 yards.
Ives did not heed the lesson that they needed to keep a very close eye on the dangerous Edge and he put the Linnets in front two minutes later. Jacob White threaded a ball through the heart of the defence to pick out Edge in what looked like an offside position. As the Ives defenders vainly waited for the flag that never came Edge strode through and slotted the ball past the exposed Jordan Mitchell.
This blow only seemed to spur on the Ives and the pace and willingness of their front players was still causing the visitors defence some nervous moments. Bailey Pillin won the ball high up the pitch on 29 minutes and fed it in to Matt Wright who hit a first time effort from 25 yards that was deflected just past Conereve’s right hand post.
Ten minutes later the Ives were level with one of their classic fast breaks which finished with the ball being fed into Wright who ran at the defence and cunningly drew in three players. He then turned and rolled an excellent ball into the path of the unmarked Davidson cutting in from the right. Davidson’s first time effort gave Conereve no chance as it flew into the bottom corner.
However all of the home side’s hard work to get level was undone with two goals in two minutes just before the break from the visitors. On 42 minutes the tricky Burgess tried to weave his way into the box through a bunch of Ives defenders. Just as he entered the area he was clipped from behind by one of the many legs and the referee pointed to the spot. Danny Setchell stepped up and fired home the penalty and although Mitchell got a hand to it he could not keep it out.
Only two minutes later Burgess was again involved as he played the ball into Edge on the edge of the box. Edge again turned his man and fired in a powerful shot that Mitchell did well to block. But his colleagues were slow to help him out and Kodie Turvey following up gleefully fired the loose ball home.
The home side started the second half positively and Wright almost put through Thompson, but the left winger got a slightly heavy touch and Conereve bravely claimed the ball at his feet.
Mitchell made an equally brave save ten minutes later as he spread himself to block a close range effort from Edge who had again found a way through the Ives defence. Mitchell saved his colleagues on that occasion, but he was left helpless three minutes later as the powerful White forced his way through three defenders and fired home the Linnets forth from 15 yards.
Their fifth came two minutes later as Edge again found space twenty yards from goal and fired in a powerful effort that Mitchell did well to block. But for the second time in the game a Kings Lynn striker reacted quicker than the Ives defenders and it was substitute Ashley Quantrill who fired home from eight yards.
At this point it began to look like the home side might cave in and the score could start to climb. However to their credit the Ives dug deep and started to meet the Linnets more powerful players head on. The remainder of the game developed into a midfield battle with neither side creating another clear cut opportunity until deep into added time when the Ives defence switched off at a corner and allowed acting captain Kieran Shipp to put the icing on the cake for the Linnets as he headed home from close range.
St Ives Team : Mitchell, Land, Parr, Shepherd, Eyles, Reader, Davidson, Mead (capt), Pillin, Wright, Thompson
Subs (used roll on, roll off) : Short, Morgan-McDaid, Bedwell-Byatt, Smith
Sub unused : Parmenter
Attendance : 61