Hanwell Town 0 St Ives Town 1
By Clive Cooke
As is so often the case at Reynolds Field the visitors began brightly and dominated the possession in the early exchanges. Town’s back four were being called upon to tackle, block and head away a succession of balls in the danger area while the ball only rarely got out of the Hanwell half. Early on Tom Hunt had made a dangerous run down the left that was followed by a corner move that disappointed but that was the sum of Hanwell’s serious forward advances in the first quarter. Things had been made worse when playmaker Michael Buckley limped off after eighteen minutes.
Almost exactly on the halfway point in the half the Saints went ahead. A ball from Jordan Jarrold reached Luis Viera with one or two Hanwell arms aloft appealing for offside. He darted to the bye-line and crossed low into the six yard box where it was put into the net by the onrushing Jared Cuniff. Buoyed by the goal the visitors went in search of another but Hanwell held firm with Ryan Kinnane and Tom Duffy being required to undertake a lot of headwork.
As the half progressed Hanwell looked to have a good chance but the linesman’s flag brought the referee’s whistle following a header across the box by Tom Duffy from a free kick. This was followed by a scramble in the visitors’ area which was eventually cleared. As the half came to a close Calum Duffy made a good interception, run and cross but there was no end result.
St. Ives started the second half as they had the first and substitute Gavin Hinds-Cadette was called upon to clear off the line following an in-swinging corner. Ten minutes later a Declan Rogers free kick forced Martin Herdman to make a save at full stretch. With the home support in full voice Hanwell won a free kick as the hour mark approached, but Oliver Duffy’s free kick evaded the wall but not the ‘keeper. Manager Ray Duffy then made a double substitution, sending on Danilson Vincente and Ryan Egan to join Tom Hunt up front. Immediately the home supporters were expecting a penalty as Tom was blatantly fouled as he dribbled along the bye-line but inexplicably nothing was given.
Hanwell were looking much more dangerous now and a smart turn and run by Bradley Simmonds resulted in a long range shot that Brendon Brown easily held. There followed a worrying moment when an excellent far post cross by Ryan Egan led to Ollie crashing into that selfsame far post as he bravely tried to get his head to the ball. Fortunately he was able to continue after treatment and soon afterwards crossed to Danilson whose shot from the angle was well saved. Apart from one good save by Martin from Ben Seymour-Shove it was all Hanwell now. Tom Inch and Danilson combined well without an end result, after which Bradley shot fiercely from distance, producing a fingertip save from Brown.
As the game entered the final ten minutes the visitors gained a second wind and Tom Duffy and Ryan were kept busy in defence, the former unflinchingly blocking a pile-driver with his chest. With a minute of normal time to play Calum demonstrated tight control, turned well and fired in a good shot from distance but Brown was equal to it. Up the other end Andrew Phillips fired way over the bar when he should have done better. As time was running out a Hanwell corner saw Martin going on an excursion up-field but fortunately he managed to get back to his goal without doing himself any damage, unlike Arsenal’s custodian in mid-week. The whistle soon went and the Saints went away with all three points. It was a disappointing result for Hanwell whose spirited second half performance had merited a point.