Due to the snow arriving in February, (Have that global warming) I had to give the St Ives Town vs Gresley tie a miss as I was up watching some Irn Bru football the next weekend instead. After seeing Gresley squeeze past Three Bridges in the previous round, I thought they would be one of the favourites for the Vase and they were up against a side only in midtable in the United Counties League.
St Ives (not to be confused with the Cornish one) from the picture looks like one of these quaint places that old people go and visit one weekend before moving there to die. According to its TripAdvisor page, one thing to do there is to see the Ripping Yarns, only before finding out that is the Cornish St Ives. Oops. Sounds a hoot! Unsure what the locals would have thought with a mass load coming down from Derbyshire for this game and the attendance was a good 541. The result was a surprising one in my eyes too…
The opening line of the Gresley match report reads, “There are games when you have to hold your hands up and say your team was well beaten by the better side on the day and this was just one of those games.” That tells its own tale as St Ives romped home to a 4-0 win putting them into the Quarter-Finals. While Gresley had two men sent off, goals from Ellison, Washington (x2) and Fielding capped a brilliant day for the Cambs side. Gresley, can now concentrate on trying to win the Midland Alliance as they look to overhaul Westfields at the top.
St Ives reward was a QF tie against Chesterfield based side Staveley Miners Welfare up in the t’mills of Derbyshire. I won’t be able to make this game either so my next report will probably contain more miners, Thatcher and maybe some football too.
ROAD TO WEMBLEY 2011/2012:
5TH ROUND: St Ives Town 4-0 Gresley FC (Westwood Road, Att: 541)