Monday 25th August 2015 – Thurlow Nunn Youth League
St Ives Town Scholars 6 March Town United 1
The young Ives put in a very impressive performance as the destroyed the previously unbeaten Hares with a slick passing game that resulted in a win that but for a brave goalkeeping display from the visitors keeper could have been even more comprehensive than the 6-1 score line suggests.
It took the home side only two minutes to go in front as Mark Lloyd went down the left and delivered a telling ball into the box that was driven home from close range by Matthew Wright.
Ives let the visitors get back in the game only six minutes later as they failed to pick up Toby Allen at a corner and he powered home a header from eight yards.
But from this point the home side were in complete control with their front line proving far to sharp on the slick passing surface for the visitors back line. Keeper Will Curtis kept the Hares in the game with brave saves at the feet of Wright twice and Charlie McManus. He was beaten three times, but on each occasion the ball crept inches the wrong side of the upright from efforts by McManus, Wright and Joe Morgan-McDaid.
However the second goal was looking inevitable for the Ives and it came on the stroke of half time as George Reader picked up a ball in midfield drove forward and unleashed an unstoppable shot from 25 yards. The ball thudded into the underside of the crossbar and bounced down. The ever alert Wright was first to react to head home the loose ball.
The Ives came out for the start of the second half and picked up where they had left off, giving the visitors no time on the ball a hustling them into mistakes all over the park. McManus tried to wriggle his way through on 54 minutes and his shot from the edge of the box was kept out by a full stretch save by Curtis. He was again denied by a brave block from the keeper three minutes later.
The visitors only chances were coming from dead ball situations and centre back Luke Cable missed a guilt edged chance to get them back in the game on 62 minutes as he failed to hit the target with a powerful header from close range after getting on the end of a Tom Morton free kick.
Three minutes later and the game was dead as Curtis made his only mistake of the game miss kicking a goal kick straight to Wright 25 yards from goal. The young striker ran straight in on goal and flicked the ball past the stranded keeper for his hat trick.
The next goal on 71 minutes was the goal of the match and a perfect counter attacking goal. March pushed up all of their big lads for a free kick from the right. The ball was delivered into the box and knocked clear to Sam Davidson on the edge of the box. He was off like a whippet down the right flank and delivered the perfect cross into the box where McManus arrived to side foot the ball home. The majority of the opposition had barely got out of the Ives box.
It was now just a matter of how many goals Ives would win by and the next goal on 84 minutes was well taken by substitute Bailey Pillin as he slotted past Curtis from 15 yards after being played in by McManus.
The final goal on 86 minutes epitomised the evening as McManus took on full back Tom Hinton and jinked first inside and then out to leave the full back on his backside. He then picked his spot to give Curtis no chance from just inside the box.
Overall a very impressive all action display from a side that is getting better every match. Do not miss your opportunity to get down and watch these lads.
Attendance : 68