A crushing defeat against a very good St Andrews side.
With a changed side, everyone knew this was going to be a tough game against title chasing St Andrews.
As per recent games, we were slow off the block and St Andrews were quickly in their stride and only great defending stopped St Andrews taking the lead earlier then the 10th minute when Eilot Putman slotted home a debatable penalty.
10 mins 0 - 1
Things got worse on 16 mins when Paul Pallett made it 0-2 by taking the ball around the goalkeeper and rolling it into the net.
16 mins 0 - 2
We battled to get back into the game and we attacked with purpose but lacked the final ball. While St Andrews were dangerous every time they went forward.
It was no surprise when Shay Brennan made to 0-3 when a ball over the top left him one on one with the goalkeeper.
32 mins 0 - 3
It was becoming clear St Andrews are a class above most teams in the league but we never gave up and got back in the game on 38 minutes when Ross McGarry scored with a cool finish from a goalkeeper rebound.
38 mins 1 - 3
Next goal in this game was key, if we scored then pressure was on St Andrews. Shay Brennan ensured the 3 goal advantage was reinstalled when he took the ball around the goalkeeper to make it 1-4 after 40 mins.
40 mins 1 -4
An overrun EIBS side made it to half time with no further damage to make the half-time score.
EIBS 1 - 4 St Andrews
2nd half started with St Andrews quickly soring a 5th when Jake Wain scored with a 20 yard shot.
48 mins 1 - 5
We were now in damage limitation mode and credit to the side we never gave up.
Goal number 6 followed on 58 mins when Eric Shipley scored from close range.
58 mins 1 - 6
A bad night got worst when we were reduced to 10 men and St Andrews took advantage on 70 mins when Justine Pearce scored to make it.
70 mins 1-7
We done well to not concede for another 15 minutes but 2 goals in the final 4 minutes from Eilot Putman (86 mins) and Tom Marriott (88) felt like being kicked when on the floor.
This resulted in the final score of.
EIBS 1 - 9 St Andrews
To all those connected to the club from the Chairman down this result hurts. The club does not deserve this score line but the performance says different and St Andrews are a class act.
It's important we regroup and go again to get wins on the pitch.
This club will never give up, so come on lads let's start the fight back on Saturday at home to Anstey Nomads.
This defeat leaves us in 17th place on 11pts from 19 games but only a point behind Barrow Town.