Coalville Grind Out Victory To Record Four In A Row
A second half goal from Tim Berridge proved to be the difference between the two sides in a scrappy affair
Adam Stevens named an unchanged starting eleven and substitutes bench from the side that ran out 1-0 winners on Bank Holiday Monday against Barwell.
Coalville started the game on the front foot and fashioned a number of early chances, Alex Dean firstly Jack O'Connor and whipped a dangerous ball across the box but St Ives defender Joe Hood got in before Tom McGlinchey to turn the ball behind for a corner.
Tim Berridge then played in McGlinchey, his effort from a tight angle was saved by Tim Trebes. Trebes again was called in to action moments later to save Tolani Omotola's low shot.
After the initial spell of pressure from Coalville the game turned into a scrappy affair, the difficult playing surface meant neither side were able to get the ball down and play with any kind of rhythm. The Ravens usual high tempo style was thwarted as the hosts looked to slow the game down at every opportunity.
St Ives main area of attack was coming from Left Back Jack O'Connor's long throws into the box which the Ravens Defence & Max Smith-Varnam dealt with well.
Coalville came close to breaking the deadlock ten minutes into the second half, firstly Omotola cut the ball back to the edge of the box to Andrew Wright who hit his shot over the bar, then Joe Doyle-Charles side footed a first time effort wide.
The deadlock was broken minutes later, Scott McManus put a long ball into the box and under relatively little pressure St Ives keeper Trebes spilled the ball straight to Tim Berridge who placed the ball into the empty net to put the Ravens in front.
The Coalville defence remained resolute and was bolstered even further with 15 minutes to go with the introduction of Danny Jenno, St Ives were unable to create any real chances to trouble Max Smith-Varnam in the closing minutes.
The Ravens thought they had doubled their lead in the 89th minute, Courtney Wildin's corner was met by Dean Freeman who headed in but the Referee adjudged that a foul had been committed on Trebes and ruled out the goal.