Tangerine Town go Ten Unbeaten!
By Andy Chilton
Goals from Chris Cox & Mikey Taylor seal the deal at St Ives
Match Report by KEVIN HAND, Match Stats by ROD ABRAHAMS, Photographs by GRANTY
St Ives v Stratford Town
Saturday 03 November, 2018 3.00 pm at Westwood Road
EvoStik League Southern Premier Division Central.
St. Ives 0 Stratford 2 (HT 0-0)
• He is well paid who is well satisfied……………..
This was to be Town’s 10th game undefeated in a remarkable turnaround from the early seasons travails. And after Chris Cox’s opener on 52 seconds (his first for the club) the winning run seemed never in doubt.
On a bumpy, well-grassed pitch, Town kicked off with a light breeze behind them. Crucially, St Ives was playing facing the low November setting sun and this was to prove troublesome for the cap-less keeper, Sam Wilson, throughout the first 45 minutes.
St. Ives came into the fixture on the back of some poor results and lacking goal power and a crowd of 181 was noticeably subdued. Their mood was not enhanced when conceding a free kick directly from the kick off. ‘Assist King’, Will Grocott, floated a delightful ball curling towards to the far post and Chis Cox ghosted in to glance it past the floundering Sam Wilson.
The only worry for Town was the mysterious Mike Taylor injury following the goal celebration. When play resumed the game developed into a difficult mid-field battle as both sides battled to combat the conditions.
On an afternoon when Town keeper, Richard Walton, was barely tested he did observe Charlie D’eath blast over from a good position on 16 minutes. Town then ramped up the pressure and on 22 minutes following a second corner in quick succession Grocott’s expert delivery found Mike Taylor unmarked at the far post and he nodded home with the minimum of fuss.
The momentum was now with Stratford although on 31 minutes although Ben Seymour- Shoves corner for St. Ives did find the head of Owen Wallis but it ballooned harmlessly over the bar.
Town continued to have the better of the exchanges till half time with Oulton, Skendi, Grocott and Carvalho running the game.
There was a flurry of substitutions in the second half with the most significant being Jimmy Fry for captain for the day, Jamie McAteer. Jamie was struggling with flu-like symptoms but had put in his usual impeccable shift.
Despite great endeavours by the St. Ives lads they never threatened the Town goal until deep into stoppage time when Richard Walton grabbed the ball from the feet of hesitant home strikers. Taylor continued to threaten for Town but it was Grocott who came closest to adding to Town’s tally. On 80 minutes his beautifully delivered free kick from 25 yards was turned round the post by Sam Wilson. And on 84 minutes Albi Skendi strode through mid-field to set up Grocott in the inside left position. Will’s strike was blocked and went behind for a corner. The only downside to an extremely well-managed performance was three unnecessary bookings for Isaac, Skeldi and Williams.
Town’s dug out now exudes a calm, confident assurance and this has been communicated to the players on the pitch.
Man of the Match: Will Grocott
• He is well paid who is well satisfied - The Merchant of Venice Act 4 Scene 1
Tuesday 06 November Redditch (H) League Cup
Saturday 10 November Mickleover (H) FA Trophy
Match Stats by Rod Abrahams
| St Ives Town|| Stratford Town|
| 6||Goal Attempts|| 8|
| 3||On Target|| 4|
| 0||Blocked Shots|| 0|
| 0||Hit Woodwork|| 0|
| 2||Corners Won|| 3|
| 5||Crosses into Box|| 11|
| 11||Fouls Conceded|| 14|
| 1||Off Side|| 3|
| 0||Yellow Cards|| 3|
| 0||Red Cards|| 0|