St Ives Begin Season With Defeat
UCL Premier DivisionHolbeach United 2 St Ives Town 0 A CLASSIC game of two halves left Saints joint-boss Jez Hall bemoaning his side s second half display in the season opener. He said: I m disappointed that we did not stick to the game plan and decided
UCL Premier Division
Holbeach United 2 St Ives Town 0
A CLASSIC game of two halves left Saints joint-boss Jez Hall bemoaning his side's second half display in the season opener.
He said: "I'm disappointed that we did not stick to the game plan and decided to go long ball in the second half and that gave Holbeach an opportunity to get on top."
A somewhat depleted Town dominated the first half in Lincolnshire with some excellent build up play and passing moves.
Saints were unlucky not to take the lead as long-range shots from Lawrence Church and Adam King went close enough to cause panic in the home defence.
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Saints' debutant loan goalkeeper Luke Howard was in good form and needed to be alert to make a fine close-range save on the half hour.
Immediately after the break Holbeach took the lead when substitute Ross Nichols found time and space from 30 yards to lash home a well placed shot.
Holbeach continued to pile on the pressure and tested the Saints defence, which saw Steve Poore in fine form. Howard made a fine save with 15 minutes to go to keep the visitors alive but after a mix up between the goalkeeper and his centre half home forward Liam Nimmo slotted into an empty goal to make it 2-0.
*St Ives were expecting to welcome back Dan Pilsworth and Dean McCulloch for the visit of Potton last night (Tuesday).
*On Saturday, St Ives will be the subject of filming alongside opponents Lowestoft Town in a partnership between ITV Local, ITV.com and The Football Association. Their FA Cup tie will be filmed and available to a large audience thanks to the deal.
St Ives will be running buses to the game at Lowestoft - for details see www.stivestownfc.co.uk