St Ives Town 2 Blackstones 1
Saturday, 03 May 2008
St Ives secured a best ever fifth place finish in the Premier Division in the process depriving Blackstones of the runners up medals. The visitors ended the season in fourth place behind Stotfold, Long Buckby and Desborough.
Stones had an early chance with Ashley Stevens firing wide after combining with Ross Watson while at the other end Liam Kennett rounded off a fine run with a shit wide of the target.
A good spell for Blackstones saw Andy Boome's 25 yard shot comfortably collected by Mackney while Richard Jones headed wide from Dan Cotton's free kick.
Scott Fielding had a chance for St Ives, latching onto a Kennett flick, but Flavell saved bravely, while at the other end a rasping drive from Phil Stebbing was just too high.
Jones squandered another set piece chance from Kevin Ainslie's corner and it was the Saints who broke the deadlock after 44 minutes. Max Francis-Johnson's through ball sent Fielding away on the right and he held play up for Francis-Johnson to continue his run to the far post where he headed home the centre.
Stebbing was posing the visitors' main threat and when his great run was halted illegally by Steve Poore after 56 minutes Cotton confidently scored from the spot.
A well worked goal restored St Ives' lead after 63 minutes. Dan Moyes threaded a pass out to Francis-Johnson on the left, his cross picked out Fielding who almost had too much time to steer his shot home despite Trevor Smith's attempt to clear off the line.
Fielding missed a great chance to wrap up the win after more good work by Francis-Johnson. Flavell came to Stones' rescue with the save and when Fielding regained possession to tee up Carl Foreman, the Saints substitute put his shot wide.
St Ives: Carl Mackney, Jason King, Warren Everdell, Steve Poore, Dan Newman, Dan Pilsworth (Anton D'Avilar), Dan Moyes (Carl Foreman), Lloyd Howard, Scott Fielding, Liam Kennett, Max Francis-Johnson (Terry Glynn).
Blackstones: Ian Flavell, Robbie Blowers (Luke Kennedy), Trevor Smith (Danny Hussey), Paul Sheehan, Richard Jones, Andy Boome (Ashley Cotton), Dan Cotton, Ross Watson, Ashley Stevens, Phil Stebbing, Kevin Ainslie.