St Ives Town FC 2 : 1 St Neots Town FC
St Ives Town FC 2 : 1
St Neots Town FC
Tuesday 16 August, 2016 19:45


St Ives Town 2 St Neots Town 1


16 August 2016




After two successive home wins, it was a disappointing evening when Saints returned to the road with a visit to near neighbours St Ives, as they went down by the odd goal in three.




The first twenty five minutes of the first half was evenly contested and saw few chances created, with neither keeper seriously tested, the hosts only meaningful efforts from Dawkin and Seymour-Shove both missing the target from distance. 




St Neots took the lead after 28 minutes.  James Hall controlled the ball well on the right and CLARK fired home after Sutton in the St Ives goal was only able to punch the cross out a short distance.  Clark again tested Sutton a few minutes later from 20 yards but the keeper saved low down to his left.  St Ives pressed for an equaliser as the half progressed but Dawkin and Sinclair were both off target and then O’Malley headed wide when unmarked after being found at the far post by Seymour-Shove following a quick corner.




St Ives started the second half the better and Archer had to be alert after only 3 minutes saving an O’Malley header from a cross by McGowan.  Again there were few clear chances created in the opening exchanges, with St Neots best chance falling to Rogers who was denied by Sutton, whilst McGowan shot over for St Ives when well placed and Archer did well to push Phillips shot wide at the expense of a corner.  St Ives drew level after 72 minutes when SEYMOUR-SHOVE’s driven effort found the net via a deflection followinga cross from substitute Carden.




St Neots tried to respond and Rogers went close after twice being set up by James Hall, firstly with a shot across the face of goal and then heading over, but it was St Ives who were finishing the stronger and although Archer saved from McGowan with five minutes remaining he was beaten with an angled drive by DAWKIN two minutes later to give St Ives the victory.




St Neots:          Archer, Mason, Jonny Hall, McGeorge, Wood, Parr, Patrick, Clark, James Hall, Brown, Rogers


Subs used: Hyem for Clark (43), Spark for Brown (56)


Subs not used: Butt, Hobbs and Donkin


Cautioned: Mason (48), Jonny Hall, (68)




St Ives:             Sutton, O’Malley, Jarrold, Chaffey, McDevitt, Higgs, Seymour-Shove, McGowan, Phillips, Sinclair, Dawkin


Subs used: Carden for O’Malley (69), De’ath for Seymour-Shove (87)


Subs not used: Clayton, Harradine


Cautioned: Dawkin (35), O’Malley (66)




Attendance:     528


Ref                  S Cheek




Roger Walker