St Ives Town 1 Bedworth Utd 3
Man of the match: Higgs
The Ives suffered some bad news pre-match as the influential pair of Jimmy Dean and Ryan Ingrey were both ruled out. Dean had failed to recover from an injury picked up in Saturday’s match and Ingrey had been recalled from his loan spell by Royston. The lack of Dean’s presence and leadership was a big miss in midfield, but the game was lost by a series of individual errors that saw the points head back to the West Midlands.
In the early stages both teams seemed to be testing each other out with long ball tactics. As early as the second minute Hayden Bream had to be alert to just prevent Alex Naughton getting on the end of a long Chris Tullen free kick. The home side responded with a long kick from keeper Tim Trebes which was flicked on by Stuart Eason, but Salim Relizani fired his shot from 20 yards high and wide.
Another long ball from the right on ten minutes saw Daniel Dubidat allowed to get away, but Trebes was quickly off his line to just beat him to the ball. The Ives also continued to go the aerial route and on 17 minutes an Olllie Medwynter long throw was only partially cleared to Jack Higgs 25 yards out, but his snap shot was straight at the keeper.
The alarm bells should have been ringing for the home side on 20 minutes as they allowed Kurtis Mewies to collect the ball in midfield and run at the defence, he beat three men, before unleashing a fierce shot that flew well wide. However only four minutes later Mewies was again allowed space to thread the ball threw to Dexter Larkenhall, he fired in a powerful shot from 20 yards that Trebes did well to keep out, but the ball ran loose to Dubidat who turned it goalwards. Luke Smith got around to cover behind his keeper, but his poorly hit clearance ran straight back to a Bedworth player who rolled the ball along the six yard line for Chad Degalle-Cross to side foot the ball home.
The visitor’s second goal came only four minutes later and again Mewies was involved. He appeared trapped by the corner flag by Jordan Lambert and Jonny Hall, but he managed to turn and wriggle his way past both. Lambert had to resort to pulling him back to stop his run in on goal. The resulting free kick was won in the air at the far post by Dubidat who headed it back across goal where Naughton was given time and space to turn the ball in from eight yards.
Much to the dismay of some of the home fans the Ives persisted with their long ball tactics, but were getting little change out of Greenbacks centre back Mark Albrighton and his colleagues. The closest the home side came to creating an opening came on 32 minutes when a Jack Higgs free kick was dangerously curled into the box, but Degalle-Cross was alert to the danger and managed to head clear ahead of Ben Seymour-Shove.
The visitors created and missed one more good chance before half time when Dubidat managed to get clear of his marker and get on the end of an inswinging cross from Anthony Bevan, but he headed just wide from eight yards out.
The Ives got their second shot of the game on target on 46 minutes as Jack Higgs tried his luck from 25 yards, but Denham Hinds in the visitor’s goal made a comfortable save. Two minutes later and Hinds had to be quick and brave as he just managed to beat Seymour-Shove to another Eason flick.
Any hope of an Ives revival was extinguished as early as the 51st minute with another simple goal. Luke Rowe won a header in midfield and the ball was allowed to travel through to Dubidat with the home players vainly appealing for offside. Dubidat ran on, drew out Trebes and selflessly squared the ball to Naughton who side footed the ball into the empty net.
The home side were giving the ball away to easily all over the park and another mistake in midfield in 60th minute allowed Ben Stearne to put in a long cross from the right which gave Naughton an excellent chance to complete his hat trick, but he steered his free header wide of the post from ten yards.
The Ives were trying to lift themselves from their slumbers and on 69 minutes Medwynter sprayed a pass out to Jon Stead on the right. Stead went for goal from a narrow angle, but Hinds was equal to it and tipped the driven cross-shot over the bar. They continued to press to look for a route back into the game and on 80 minutes Seymour-Shove showed he was still up for the fight as he quickly closed down keeper Hinds on a back pass. He managed to block the attempted clearance, but the rebound drifted wide of the post.
The home side did grab a consolation goal on 84 minutes as a Medwynter long throw was needlessly handled in the box by Dubidat, who was back helping out his defence. Higgs fired his spot kick low and hard, Hinds guessed the right way, but in spite of getting a hand to it he could not keep the ball out.
The home side continued to press for the remainder of the game and on 87 minutes Hinds dropped a high ball into the box, but Relizani was slow to react and the keeper was able to pounce on the ball to snuff out the danger.
A final chance came on 90 minutes as Seymour-Shove swung in a free kick from the right, Hall beat Hinds to it, but substitute Kieren Joseph’s attempted overhead kick to the loose ball flew high and wide to sum up the Ives evening.
St Ives team : Trebes, Bream, Hall, Lambert (capt.), Smith, Medwynter, Relizani, Stead (Death 71), Eason (Joseph 57), Higgs, Seymour-Shove.
Unused subs : Lapins
Goals : Higgs (84 pen)
Yellow cards : Lambert (28), Hall (51), Higgs (82)
Man of the Match : Higgs
Final Score : St Ives Town 1 Bedworth United 3
Attendance : 206
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Source : www.stivestownfc.co.uk