REPORT: ST IVES TOWN
ST IVES TOWN 2 DUNSTABLE TOWN 1 HT 2-0 ATTENDANCE 185
It being Armistice Day, representatives of the armed forces were joined by the chairmen of both clubs in a respectfully observed ceremony to mark the ninety-ninth year of the end of the First World War, and of course, to commemorate the fallen in all conflicts since.
The game was one of particular importance to both clubs who saw the fixture as a proverbial six-pointer, given their respective positions in the league table. Looking sharp on the left flank, Dunstable sought to test home keeper James Goff and Andrew Osei-Bonsu utilised his pace to thread a way into the penalty area, and his intended cross to Peter Kioso forced an early corner. Osei-Bonsu did get in a clear shot which was initially spilled by Goff before swift recovery. A following shot from Ryan Young was saved at the expense of another corner.
The first quarter of an hour signified fairly even play, with both teams having chances from corners. Osei-Bonsu wormed his way through for another cross, and Saul Williams’ shot was blocked – yet from a long clearance the Dunstable defence were in danger and diffident defending saw a loose ball fall rather nicely to James Hall who promptly slotted it home. We had barely played twenty minutes and the error was indeed costly.
It took a good deal of pressure from the hosts, seeking their first home victory. They showed the often positive case for Route One, when from a cross from Arel Amu, the goalkeeper lofted the ball forward and James Hall really ought to have scored again, but John Sonuga intervened smartly, but at the expense of a corner. This sailed across and again hesitancy from the Dunstable defence permitted Peter Clark to slot in number two after twenty-six minutes.
There followed the Saints best period of the game, and it was not until the second half that Dunstable were able to dominate and make it pay. On forty-seven minutes a fine free kick was spilled by James Goff and John Sonuga was quick to slot home the parry to make it 2-1.
Osei-Bonsu showed no slackening of his individual pace and in one foray he forced a corner – a decent in swinger from Okito that necessitated a hasty punched clearance. Daniel Trif tried his luck but was neatly dispossessed. In another smart move Lloyd Groves’ bold defending prevented an equaliser.
More Dunstable attacks followed with Arel Amu heading over the bar. Then came the oh –so- close moment where the post just prevented an equaliser. Osei-Bonsu had been fouled by Jordan Jarrold, who was cautioned and the free-kick saw Scott Betts rise to the header and it struck the inside of the post and was cleared. It was a defining moment of the game as it made the hosts a lot more determined to preserve their lead and increasing efforts by Dunstable ultimately resulted in frustration in a game where they deserved at least a point.