Uxbridge 2 St Ives Town 5
Man of the Match: David Cobb (St Ives Town)
Goals: Dubi Ogbonna 2, David Cobb, Jon Stead (p), Avelino Vieira
“Saints lit the fireworks and fired five past ten men Uxbridge”
By Simon Clark
With their impressive away form, the Saints dominated this match from start to finish as they put five goals passed a deflated Uxbridge side who went down to ten men inside the first 20 minutes.
The Saints showed their intent inside the first 60 seconds when David Cobb, who reverted back to his preferred position in midfield, broke down the left hand side squaring the ball to Avelino Vieira who turned and blasted his shot over the Uxbridge goal. It the was the ‘wake up call’ as quoted by the Uxbridge management team that the home side needed as both sides started to find their feet on an excellent playing surface. Jon Stead’s left footed effort curled past Matt Elston-Bull’s post on ten minute left St Ives wondering if they would break the deadlock.
On 17 minutes the game changing incident happened when man of the match; David Cobb, burst through the Uxbridge defence over to be cut down inside the penalty area by the advancing Elston-Bull. The referee deemed this to be a goal scoring opportunity and sent the keeper to the stands, reducing the home side to ten men. Moments later, Jon Stead made no mistake from the penalty spot to give the Saints their deserved lead. Tow minutes later, Dubi Ogbonna netted the first of his brace to double their advantage and then on 26 minutes, David Cobb cut in from the left hand side and calmly drive the ball low into the Uxbridge goal, now manned by left back; David Thomas.
On the half hour mark, Uxbridge were stunned not to see them draw a goal back as Lewis Wallace’s effort seemed to strike the base of Carl MacKney’s post and trickle along the goal line before being cleared to safety. Dubi Ogbonna made it 0-4 on 42 minutes as the Saints were cruising to record their highest win of the season in their league campaign. Uxbridge had other ideas and scored a first half consolation when Craige Tompkins effort was deflected and looped over the head of MacKney.
The second period started as the first finished, with the Saints dominating with the extra man. Avelino Vieira scored on the hour mark to make it 5-1 and with the number of chances falling to Dan Banister, Karl Gibbs and Ogbonna, the home side were lucky not to come away with a much heavier defeat. On 75 minutes, Vieira found himself one-on-one with stand in keeper; Thomas but an outstretched hand prevented him from netting a brace himself.
Moments before the final whistle, Callum Madigan made it 2-5 when he found himself with yards of space to calmly finish. The Saints now move into 6th position and face the tough trip to Northwood on Saturday.
After the game, Saints Co Manager; Jez Hall spoke to the website “Both Warren and I were delighted with the first half performance and especially putting the game out of reach with the four goals” he added “we were especially pleased with how well all the lads performed tonight but slightly disappointed to have conceded the last minute goal in the manner that we did”
Saints Line Up: MacKney, King, Neman, Lambert, Fordham, D Cobb, Ellison, Dean (Banister 50), Ogbonna (Gibbs 70), Vieira, Stead (S Cobb 65). Not Used: Cunniff
Referee: Jon Panconi