This week saw St Ives travel to Leicester to take on Old Newtonians. Following last week’s draw, it was imperative for Ives to get a victory to keep alive their promotion ambitions. Ross Thompson, Ollie Bartlett and Paul Ashbridge were all absent.
Ives won the toss and elected to play with the breeze at their backs but it was ON’s that started the stronger. They were fired up and aggressive and took the game to St Ives from the first whistle and also got the first try of the day. 5-0
Eventually the away team woke up and started to play and were awarded a penalty for their efforts which slid agonisingly wide of the posts. Not too long after, the visitors persistence told when they were awarded a further two penalties – both of which were nailed by Max Dominy and Ives took the lead. 6-5
Old Newts would finish the half stronger and scored their second try after good work from their strong pack and a missed tackle in the Ives defence. 6-10
The second half continued much the same as the first but with each minute passing, St Ives were growing stronger in self-belief and got themselves to the ON’s 22. Big Russell made a great charge and was passed the ball by Jim Hunter but he wasn’t able to collect and from the resulting knock-on, ON’s went the full length of the pitch and scored a killer blow. 6-17
The St Ives response was a positive one and the home team looked to be flagging slightly. The Bulls battled their way up the pitch with good worked noted by Tim Lumley-Good and when the ball was spread wide, Tommy “Freight Train” Newman popped up in the midfield and crashed over to cut the deficit. 11-17
With their tails up St Ives went looking for another score but it would have to be soon as the clock was running close to eighty minutes. A good move down the right sucked in the home defence and quick ball allowed Jim Hunter to find Mickey Drake and a couple of passes later, the ball was in the hands of the French Flyer Manu who out-gassed everyone and score in the corner. All eyes were on Max as the conversion meant Ives would take the lead. The cheers came from the home supporters though when the ball struck the left hand upright and the extra two points went begging. 16-17
Well they don’t come much closer!!!! We knew that Old Newts would be big and strong up front and they started very well. Once we got into the game it was pretty even and it could’ve gone either way. These big games are won and lost by fine margins and they don’t come much finer than the width of a post.