St Ives Town 3 Raunds Town 2
Saturday, 11 August 2007
St Ives followed on from an impressive pre-season to edge out the Shopmates at Westwood Road.
Defender Will Fordham maintained his impressive goalscoring record with the home side's 19th minute opener and they went into the interval two goals to the good after Scott Fielding marked his Saints debut with a 34th minute second.
Matt Curtis replied for the Shopmates after 52 minutes, netting from a corner arising from a Rob Mackney penalty save, but the home side were all but home and dry when Jamie Blackwell netted their third goal after 71 minutes, converting a Fielding cross.
New Raunds recruit Ashley Bradshaw scored a 30 yard consolation a minute into time added on at the end of the contest.
St Ives: Rob Mackney, Jason King, Craig Smith, Steve Poore, Will Fordham, Dan Pilsworth (Jamie Blackwell), Dan Newman, Barry Albone, Scott Fielding (Ian King), Liam Kennett (Brian Liston-Clark), Graeme Thackray.
Raunds: Mike Hearn, Ty Hicks, Jack Stevens, Joe Rich, Matt Curtis, Jake Upton (Ashley Bradshaw), Callum Ridgway, Jake Cottage (Ricky Chambers), Danny Frid (Ben Armstrong), Jamie Russell, Adam Taylor.