Saints humble last year’s Vase finalist

SAINTS pulled off one of the big Vase upsets of the round by dumping out last year’s beaten finalists Wroxham – but they left it late.

FA Vase Round Three

Wroxham 0-1 St Ives Town

SAINTS pulled off one of the big Vase upsets of the round by dumping out last year’s beaten finalists Wroxham – but they left it late.

After the teams had been tied at 0-0 at 90 minutes, there were just two minutes of extra time remaining when man of the match Dan Moyes sent the travelling band of supporters wild with the only goal of an exhilarating two-hour cup tie.


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Hall and co-manager Warren Everdell were so impressed with the performance that they stood to applaud their team from the pitch.

The victory earned Saints a lengthy trip to Poole Town, currently second in the Wessex Premier League, whom they must overcome to reach the Fifth Round for the fourth year running.

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Hall said: “It was an unbelievable show by all our players on Saturday – Warren and I felt so proud to have managed them.

“They should have no fears when they travel to the south coast in the next round.”

In an action-packed game, both sides hit the woodwork, and there were goal-line clearances and fine saves by both keepers.

Hall said: “It was a close thing on 90 minutes when we had to clear off our goal-line twice in seconds, but we shaded a cagey first half and had the better of the second 45 minutes.”

A tactical switch by Ives at the start of extra time, introducing Scott Fielding and Matt Bannister, changed the course of the match as the fresh legs gave Ives new energy.

Niall Conroy-Owen, Michael Wood and Dan Newman were commanding for Ives throughout the match, as one of the fancied sides for this year’s trophy were pipped at the last.

Hall added: “Wroxham never got a look-in during the extra 30 minutes, as Fielding and Bannister ran them ragged. A goal was the least we deserved, although we were pleased to hear the final whistle.”

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