St Ives Town 3 Leighton Town 0
Sponsors Man of the Match: Matty Waters (St Ives Town)
“Saints finally get a game and pick up all three points at home”
by Simon Clark
After seven postponements in a row and without a win in 2014, the Saints picked up all three points against Leighton Town with an own goal by Grant Fryer and goals from Avelino Vieira and man of the match Matty Waters.
At the third attempt of trying, the two sides met this evening at ProEdge Westwood Road and after a successful final pitch inspection at 7pm by the match referee it was game on. The travelling Town started the brighter of the two sides and on 15 minutes it was Jake Bewley’s long range effort that gave Leighton the belief to take the game to the Saints but his effort went wide of Barney McLaughlin’s goal. Dan Banister replied on 20 minute with his own effort flying wide before Vieira’s long range effort only troubled the netting behind the goal.
The lively Waters kept the Leighton defence on their toes throughout the first as he linked up well with strike partner; Vieira and this was evident on 30 minutes when Vieira squared the ball but Waters mis controlled his first touch giving the Leighton defence chance to clear. It was Waters who provided the chance of the first half when his centre on 35 minutes found Vieira only 8 yards from goal but his volley was acrobatically tipped around the post by Matt Griggs in the Leighton goal.
With the scores level at the break, the Saints had their turn to come out firing early in the second period. Vieira again came close with a 20 yard effort but Griggs was on hand to deny neatly down to his right hand side. The deadlock was finally broken on 68 minutes and when Vieira broke free down the left, his low cross met the foot of Grant Fryer at the near post who turned the ball into his own net. The Saints second goal came on 77 minutes as they started to dominate proceedings. Matty Waters found space on the left hand side to fire home a fierce strike into the far corner leaving Griggs with no chance.
In the last few minutes it was three nil to the Saints and with substitute; Tom Meechan, breaking down the left hand side, his cross was met on the turn and volley by Vieira who deservedly got his goal in this match.
The Saints travel to Aylesbury (who ironically play at Leighton Town) this Saturday looking to get ahead of Egham Town and Aylesbury United in their quest to regain the places lost in recent weeks due to postponements.
Saints Co-Manager spoke to the website after their win last night ‘’Really pleased to get 3 points on the board. It’s been nearly a month since our last game, so the first twenty was iffy, but after that we bossed the game. We defended well as a team, and they got their reward with a clean sheet. Midfield was excellent, well organised with lots of energy, and the forwards played very well together. It was good to get a home win for everyone involved”
We would like to take this opportunity to thank JonneyGrice of Jonney Gates for their match sponsorship and also for choosing tonight’s man of the match.