Cambridge City U18 v St Ives Town U18

Cambridge City U18 v St Ives Town U18   

Thurlow Nunn Youth League – Western Division  19-08-19

A roller coaster of an opener saw the young Ives claim all three points on a trip back to their old stomping ground at Jubilee Park which is the present home of the nomadic Cambridge City side. Initially one down from a very well taken Yann Farrer goal the Ives then got themselves into what looked like an unassailable position with a four goal burst in twenty seven minutes either side of the break only to allow the hosts back into the game and goals in 70th and 87th minutes lead to a tense final few minutes but the lads kept their cool and held on well.

Farrer’s opener in seventh minute came at the end of an excellent passing move from the Lilywhites which ended with Jamie Baxter feeding the ball into the feet of Farrer on the edge of the box. The young striker showed his prowess as a single touch saw him turn and shoot low past Kai Bradley’s right hand.

Even prior to the goal Ives danger man Zac Hope had forced a diving save out of City keeper George Whitehall with a stinging drive from 20 yards that the keeper did well to palm away. 

Having fallen behind Ives soon started to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser Tom Wakley forced another good save out of Whitehall in tenth minute. Three minutes later Ives got the ball in the net as Wakley flicked on a Karl Frans long throw and Mihayl Mitkov forced home the loose ball only to be denied by an assistant’s flag.

But Farrer continued to look the danger man at the other end and it took a good save low to his right from Bradley to deny the City striker a second goal from an almost identical position to that from where he had claimed his first in 16th minute.

A long Bradley clearance saw play swing immediately to the other end where the hard working Wakley forced a corner. This proved to be the first of four Ives corners in quick succession as the Lilywhites struggled to keep them at bay. The closest the visitors came to an equaliser was from the third of their four as the ball fell to Ewan Young at the back post and he was a little unlucky to see his well struck effort deflected over the top of the body of keeper Whitehall.

After failing to find a way through the City defence with flowing football Ives found an equaliser from a more direct approach on the half hour. A long Bradley punt down the centre was misjudged by Bradley Gothard allowing Wakley to get away through the left channel. He had the opportunity to look up and pick out Hope arriving at the back of the box and his clip across found the speedy Ives wing man with perfection, Hope did the rest as he side stepped inside his man and lashed in a rising drive from the edge that gave Whitehall no chance.

Having got level the visitors were almost caught out by a City short corner move only four minutes later and had their keeper to thank for retaining parity. Tommy Rigby and Lewis Mair worked the routing which saw the former take the kick and then loop around before unleashing a fierce rising drive from the corner of the box that a full stretch Bradley just managed to tip onto the crossbar and the ball was then scrambled to safety.

City were then caught out themselves as Ives went in front eight minutes before the break. Skipper Frans threaded a ball down the right and Hope set off in hot pursuit, with keeper Whitehall racing off his line intent on hacking the ball clear the City defenders eased off. But the host’s keeper had not allowed for the pace of Hope and the two players got to the ball simultaneously. Hope won the tackle leaving Whitehall sat on the deck as he rolled the ball into the empty net. 

But that was far from the end of first half action in this very open end to end encounter. Wakley should have increased Ives lead two minutes later as the City defence again failed to deal with a long ball down the centre leaving the Ives striker clear on goal. He struck his first time effort well but Whitehall pulled off an amazing point blank reaction save to deny him.

Play then swung to the other end where Farrer continued to show his threat. In 42nd minute he powered into the box past two Ives defenders before hammering in a fierce drive that was brilliantly blocked by the spreading Bradley. Right on half time Farrer managed to keep alive a cross from the left that looked like it was going out. His pull back picked out Mair arriving at pace on the edge of the box but Bradley was again equal to the effort leaping to his right to tip the well struck effort over the top.

Farrer picked up an injury in the final move of the first half and did not reappear for the second period being replaced by Finley Wilkinson. Without their talisman City found themselves under the cosh at the start of the second half. A searing run down the right from Hope and a brilliant pull back to the edge of the box picked out Joe Purse and his emphatic first time effort flew into the top corner to double Ives advantage in 52nd minute.

Five minutes later substitute Ben Smith looked like he had killed the game off as he harried Dan Tibbett into a mistake wide on the left and robbed the City full back before turning inside and curling an effort past the diving Whitehall and into the net via the far post.

But City had other ideas and were hugely unlucky not to pull a goal back two minutes later. Young brought down Owen Mullee inside the D presenting a shooting opportunity for Rigby. His free kick was almost perfect as it beat the four man wall and the diving Bradley, but cannoned across the face of goal off the inside of the post. Kai Wales following up pounced on the loose ball but was equally unlucky as his effort rebounded to safety off the crossbar with Bradley beaten.

City continued in the ascendency as Ives rolled on and off their substitutes. Cameron Wolstencroft gave the hosts a glimmer of hope as he seized his chance to crack in a 25 yarder that beat Bradley low to his right and crept in the corner with twenty minutes to go.

Bradley had to be at his best four minutes later as he plunged full length to his right to tip around a low 25 yarder from Mair after a long free kick by Whitehall had been knocked down to the City winger.

With time ticking down the Lilywhites again rued their luck as the woodwork came to the Ives aid once more. This time Mullee was the unlucky striker as he found space to fire off a dipping drive from fully 30 yards that beat the leaping Bradley but clipped the crossbar and went over the top.

Ives had one chance to kill the game off once and for all in 86th minute as a quick break ended with Smith threading the ball into the feet of Mitkov his first time effort beat keeper Whitehall but was cleared off the line by the covering Gothard to keep City’s slim hopes alive.

Play swung straight to the other end where a flowing City move was finished in style by Mair who fired a left footed drive from just inside the box into the bottom left hand corner of Bradley’s net to set up what looked like a very tense finale. But to their credit the young Ives steadied the ship and showed their metal by taking the heat out of the game and frustrating the Lilywhites by moving the ball around and keeping it away from their goal. The final whistle still came as a relief to those of us supporting Ives on the side lines but this one was certainly a ten out of ten for entertainment.

Final Score  :  Cambridge City  U18  3  St Ives Town U18  4  

Goals : Hope 30 & 37, Purse 52, Smith 57

St Ives team : Bradley, Frans (capt), Darnell (Smith 52), Purse (McDougald 30), Young, Paine, Hope, Gibbs, Roberts (Stork 44), Wakley (Katz 65), Mitkov (Shirley 65) 

Other subs used roll on roll off : Purse for Gibbs 35, Roberts for Stork 65, Gibbs for Purse 70, Mitkov for Hope 78, Wakley for Katz 88, Stork for Roberts 90+3

Unused Subs : none

Attendance  : 48

Biggleswade Town v St Ives Town

Biggleswade Town v St Ives Town

BetVictor League Southern Premier Division Central 17-08-19

After two away defeats in four days the embryonic league table does not make great reading for Ives fans but once again the boys will come away from the game feeling that they could easily have got something from it if they had taken the opportunities when they got into the opposition box.

The Waders have always been competitive in this League and coming into this game smarting from a midweek home drubbing by near neighbours Royston they were going to be all out to get the result. There were four casualties from their previous line up including ex Ives men Jack Bradshaw and Liam McDevitt. The visitors on the other hand made only one change reverting back to the same starting eleven as the opening game with Danny Kelly coming back in to replace Charlie De’ath who dropped to the bench.

With the Royston game still in the back of their minds the hosts were always going to be a little nervous early on and they showed this failing to spot Jack Snelus picking up an early Ty Ward corner from the right on the edge of the box. The young striker’s rasping drive was to hot for home keeper Sam Donkin to hold but his defenders came to his aid scrambling the loose ball away before an Ives striker could prod it home.

Mc Devitt’s replacement Tom Smith picked up a nasty looking facial injury in 15th minute in a clash of heads with Jarvis Wilson as the Ives man did just enough to prevent the young centre back getting on the end of a deep Kieron Forbes free kick. Smith was off the field receiving treatment for four minutes but despite of good midfield possession Ives were unable to carve out a clear shooting opportunity during their numerical advantage.

Immediately following Smith’s return the hosts created the best opportunity of the first period as Solomon Sambou fed a ball from the right into the feet of Joe White deep inside Ives box. The big striker had his back to goal and appeared to be well marshalled by Wilson but he showed excellent touch and strength to hold off Wilson, pirouette, and get away a low shot the keeper Martin Conway did well to block with his feet.

Most of the traffic during the latter part of the first half was flowing towards Ives goal but the only other time Conway was called into meaningful action was in 35th minute when Jordan Gent rose highest to Matt Ball’s corner from the right and directed a looping header on target from fifteen yards but Conway was in the right place to tip the effort over the top.

The powerful White was generally being handled well by Ives defenders but he was still showing his abilities. Five minutes before the break he held up a ball into his feet well on the edge of the box before feeding in Sambou and then spinning off his man to get on the end of Sambou’s clip into the centre but he failed to hit the target with his flick which flew over the top from a good position.

The final effort of the half came in 44th minute and was a fiercely struck free kick from the left hand corner of the box by Ball that had Conway flinging himself to his left to cover but the effort flew inches over the angle of crossbar and post to send the sides in equal at the break.

Both sides came out after the break looking for that all important opening goal. There were only ninety seconds on the second half clock when Robbie Parker jinked his way into the Waders box but things would not open up enough for him to get his shot away and his attempt to feed in Snelus was blocked and the chance was gone.

Three minutes later and it was the turn of the hosts to go close. Liam Brooks slid a slide rule pass into the well-timed run of White and keeper Conway did very well to spread himself to block the big striker’s first-time effort from ten yards with his legs. Smith rose highest to the resulting corner but under heavy pressure could only direct his effort over the top.

An early change of left winger by the hosts only five minutes after the break saw Junior Soares replaced by Sean Lucien but that move only heralded a good few minutes for Ives. Only seconds later a flowing move concluded with Snelus and Tom Wood combining well to work their way into the host’s box but again neither man managed to get a shot away and as the ball was eventually fed out to the overlapping Ward he went for glory from a narrow angle and blazed over the top.

Less than a minute later Dan Clifton looked like he had put Snelus clear into the box only for the ball to get stuck in the young striker’s feet. His eventual attempt to set up Ezra Forde for a shooting opportunity on the edge of the box with a clever back heel was successful but the Ives centre forward’s effort lacked power and provided a comfortable save for Donkin.

Almost immediately after that came Ives best chance of the afternoon as Snelus picked out Ward in space on the left and the Ives full back delivered a teasing low ball along the six yard line that it looked like Forde arriving at the back post was going to slide home but he got things horribly wrong and failed to make contact the ball running on to safety much to the relief of Donkin.

Having gone so close to getting that all important first goal Ives then fell behind to a soft goal only two minutes later. Lucien who had barely been involved up to that point suddenly found himself in a little bit of space on the left. An interchange of passes with Ball saw him pick up the return ball on the corner of the box, a step inside and a curling right foot effort that beat the despairing dive of Conway and crept in the bottom corner of the net was just the confidence boost that the Waders needed.

To their credit Ives kept battling and came close to an equaliser in 63rd minute as Ward’s cross from the left carried on the breeze and almost deceived Donkin. The keeper did just enough to touch it onto the crossbar and Jackson following up got onto the loose ball first but Donkin recovered well and was in position to smother the Ives full back’s effort at his near post.

As Ives pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were always likely to be vulnerable to a break away, but when the second goal came in 71st minute it was a calamity of the visitor’s own making. A poor delivery into the box from a short corner saw Ives caught out with virtually everyone in the Waders penalty area. Ball picked up the clearance and fed in Lucien who broke into the box only to be clumsily taken down by a fast recovering Johnson for a pretty much cast-iron penalty. There was little reason to argue the award of the spot kick but there was much more controversy over the eventual outcome of the kick. Conway plunged low to his left to make an excellent save to deny White and the big striker fired the rebound wide. But Ives players and supporters celebration of the save and the hope that it would provide stimulus for a recovery was short lived as after a short consultation with his assistant referee Elliott Kaye ruled that the kick should be retaken because Conway had left his line to early. Wilson and Parker both picked up yellow cards for taking their complaints a little to far and Brooks who took over spot kick duty sent Conway the wrong way with attempt number two thus doubling the host’s advantage and effectively killing off the game with twenty minutes to go.

Manager Ricky Marheineke immediately made two substitutions throwing on strikers Ben Seymour-Shove and Andrew Osei-Bonsu to replace Forde and Clifton. With more men thrown forward Ives continued to search for at least a consolation. With thirteen minutes to go Snelus fired in a fierce rising drive from twenty yards the clipped the outside of the stanchion on the way past as Donkin looked on.

As has often been the case when he has been introduced Seymour-Shove brought an increased level of urgency and threat into Ives attack and in the remaining minutes he had a couple of snap shots blocked before giving Donkin his first real test of the day as Wood set him up to fire in a low drive from the edge of the box that the Waders keeper had to dive full stretch to his right to tip around.

So for the second game in a row no reward for Ives on their travels and the slightly worrying aspect is that both opponents looked vulnerable at times. Present conclusion is that it is way to early to press the panic button and the football being played is of better quality than last season we just have to find a way to come up with that all important cutting edge whilst ensuring that we remain solid at the back which is really just stating the obvious.

Final Score : Biggleswade Town  2  St Ives Town  0     

Goals :  none

Team : Conway, Jackson, Ward, Johnson (Dylan Wilson 84), Kelly, Jarvis Wilson, Wood, Parker (capt), Forde (Seymour-Shove 72), Snelus, Clifton (Osei-Bonsu 72)

Unused subs : De’ath, Snaith, 

Supporters man of the match : Jack Snelus

Attendance : 160

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Video by Dave Hook. Photos by Gemma & Louise Thompson.


 

 

Lowestoft Town v St Ives Town

Lowestoft Town v St Ives Town

BetVictor League Southern Premier Division Central 13-08-19

Ives slipped to defeat in controversial circumstances as Trawlerboys ace marksman Jake Reed stabbed home the only goal of the game just after the hour when a Jacek Zielonka corner had deflected off the head of Charlie De’ath and landed in the mix where claims for foul on Robbie Parker were waved away by the officials before Reed pounced.

De’ath had passed a pre-match fitness test to replace Danny Kelly as one of three centre backs in the only change to Ives starting eleven from Saturday’s promising opener against Tamworth.

The Trawlerboys enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges and created the first opportunity from a sixth minute corner as Connor Deeks rose highest at the back post but glanced Wilkinson’s flag kick wide of the post.

Both sides were struggling to create anything from open play as defences looked solid and the next half chance did not arrive until 24th minute when Charlie Johnson timed his run to perfection to get on the end of Ty Ward’s corner from the right but like Deeks before him he too failed to trouble the keeper as he powered his header over the top.

The hosts were making good use of their very wide pitch getting both full backs forward to support their wingers at every opportunity and Josh Curry combined well with Zielonka on the right in 28th minute. The former eventually delivered a teasing cross into the centre which Reed attacked at the back post rising above Ben Jackson and powering a header that beat Martin Conway and crashed into the underside of the crossbar. Shaun Bammant following up failed to hit his effort cleanly and Conway was alert to smother the loose ball.

Instantly play swung to the other end as a swift clearance from Conway allowed the hard working Ezra Forde to win a corner off Deeks. Ward’s flag kick flicked off the head of Deeks at the near post and looked like it might sneak in at the back post but Travis Cole was on hand to head the ball away before an Ives player could force it home.

Ives best chance of the game fell to De’ath five minutes before the break. Jack Snelus cleverly won a free kick 35 yards from goal on the left as Deeks nudged him as the pair challenged for a high ball. Ward curled in the in-swinging free kick and De;ath lost his marker in the centre giving him a free header eight yards out. He rose well and made good contact but his effort skimmed the crossbar as keeper Luis Tibbles looked on.

Overall a pretty even first half concluded with the statistics showing each team had five attempts on goal but the wayward nature of those efforts was clear as neither keeper was forced into a meaningful save.

After dealing well with an early Trawlerboys corner Ives then enjoyed a very good ten minute spell at the start of the second half. Snelus had a powerful run past two defenders from the centre circle only to be just beaten to the ball by the alert Tibbles who sprinted from his line well. Ward also skimmed a dangerous cross from the left across the face of goal just out of reach of a stretching Forde.

The only goal of the game arrived in 62nd minute from the hosts second corner in quick succession. De’ath rose well to Zielonka’s flag kick at the near post but failed to make clean contact his header looping into the air and dropping just outside the six yard box. Bammant challenged for it and the ball dropped on the six yard line where Robbie Parker fell onto it but in spite of his presence and that of a group of Ives defenders the ever alert Reed showed why he is a top striker at this level as he reacted first to force the ball home,. Ives protests that Parker had been fouled fell on deaf ears leaving the visitors needing to match Saturday’s heroics to come from behind to get anything from the game.

Dylan Wilson was Ives hero in this fixture last season and he was quickly introduced by manager Ricky Marheineke in place of the tiring Forde but the visitors continued to struggle to create much from open play. Their only opportunity to grab an equaliser inside the ninety minutes came with nineteen minutes to go when Wood was fouled on the left to give Ward the opportunity to curl in another dangerous free kick. This time it was Johnson who timed his run well and rose to meet the ball eight yards out but he was always stretching and failed to make clean contact steering his header wide from a good position.

Tactical changes followed as Jackson and Wood were sacrificed to allow manager Marheineke to throw on more strike power with the introduction of Andrew Osei-Bonsu and Ben Seymour-Shove but the Trawlerboys back line remained firm with a leg or a head always in place to cut out any intended through ball.

Ives only chance to grab anything from the game arrived in the fourth of five added minutes when Parker found just enough space to jink his way into the crowded box past a couple of defenders but his attempted shot when it eventually came was blocked at point blank range by Cole. The loose ball fell to Wilson on the edge of the box but he could only curl his hurried effort wide of the post.

Overall a disappointing result as Ives flattering to deceive as they enjoyed good periods of possession but continued to struggle to create much from open play and although they had seven efforts at goal they did not force keeper Tibbles into a single save in the entire ninety minutes. Having said that the defence generally continued to look solid and it was in my humble opinion probably a better all round performance than last season when Ives came away with all three points. Bottom line though is that it is points that matter and after the opening two fixtures last season Ives were riding high with six points. Things do not get any easier either as a trip to Biggleswade awaits on Saturday with the Waders smarting after a spanking from early pace setters Royston. 

Final Score : Lowestoft Town  1  St Ives Town  0     

Goals :  none

Team : Conway, Jackson (Osei-Bonsu 80), Ward, Jarvis Wilson, Johnson, De’ath, Wood (Seymour-Shove 80), Parker (capt), Forde (Dylan Wilson 64), Snelus, Clifton 

Unused subs : Coulson, Snaith, 

Supporters man of the match : Charlie Johnson

Attendance : 436

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Video by Dave Hook.

St Ives Town v Tamworth

St Ives Town v Tamworth 

BetVictor Southern Premier Central – 10-08-19

Match Sponsor – Cambridge Sensotec 
Match Ball Sponsor – Dynascan Ltd

Bookmakers are rarely far wrong so the point earned from this game by Danny Kelly’s excellent strike just after the half hour may well prove to be an excellent point against this seasons favourites to win the title. 

Last season Ives completed the double against the Lambs but it was clear from the off that the big spending visitors were in no mood to allow the hosts to extend that run. An early foul by Jarvis Wilson on Dan Creaney allowed Ryan Beswick to flash a free kick from the left across the face of goal with none of the inrushing forwards able to get the vital touch to force it home. 

A rash lunging tackle 25 yards from goal by Tom Wood just before the quarter hour mark allowed Beswick to set his sights for goal and the Lambs skipper stunned the home crowd to silence as he cleverly used the wind to curl his well struck free kick over the wall, just beyond the grasping fingers of Martin Conway and into the top left hand corner of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Ives were giving away a lot of free kicks in these early stages which was allowing the visitors to load the box at every opportunity. It took an acrobatic save from Conway to keep the deficit to one in 24th minute as Creaney pounced on a poor defensive header from an under pressure Wilson and slammed in a shot from inside the D that Conway did very well to tip onto the crossbar. 

The hosts were slowly working their way back into the game and won their first corner of the afternoon in 28th minute, but it almost cost them a goal. Ty Ward’s corner was well won in the box by Charlie Johnson but his header was straight at Lambs keeper Jas Singh. Singh had the foresight to release the ball immediately and his wind assisted kick almost put Rhys Hoenes clear fortunately Conway was on his toes to sprint from his line and head the bouncing ball clear just ahead of the visitor’s striker.

Referee Oliver Morris-Sanders was having an excellent game keeping the lid on a contest that was constantly on the boil without resorting to flashing his cards. He was also spot on with most of the decisions he was making and was very alert to spot that Joseph Magunda had allowed the ball to bounce up and hit his hand as he tried to control Chris Cox’s simple throw in back to him by the corner flag on the half hour. Ward delivered the resulting free kick deep beyond the far box where a late arriving Wilson rose high above his marker to head the ball down into the box. Kelly showed excellent technique to get over the bouncing ball and slam it home through a crowd of defenders from by the penalty spot.

Having got level it was now Ives turn to enjoy a purple patch five minutes later the very busy Jack Snelus fizzed a 25 yarder inches over the top. The chance had been created by Snelus’s equally hard working strike partner Ezra Forde who showed an excellent touch to knock down a clip through the centre into his fellow strikers feet the dipping effort had Singh scrambling to cover it and mighty relieved that it just cleared his crossbar.

With half time fast approaching it was Ives turn to load their opponents box and Singh struggled to deal with Robbie Parker’s hanging free kick missing with his attempted punch as he came through the crowd and thankful for the assistance of Magunda who just managed to head it away. But Snelus kept the ball alive on the left and delivered it back to the near post where Johnson slid in to direct it just wide from close range.

There was still time for Forde to fail to take a golden opportunity to send Ives in to the break a goal to the good as Magunda misjudged a ball down the middle allowing the striker to get clear he went for the shot early and hit his left footed effort from just inside the box a little to cleanly as it cannoned to safety off the body of the exposed Singh.

Both sides came out after the break determined to go in search of all three points and it was the visitors who went close to going back in front in 52nd minute as the tricky Ahmed Obeng cut in from the left and teed up James Fry whose clever clip over Conway from the edge of the box looked goal bound until Johnson covered around behind his keeper to head the ball off the goal line. Creaney climbed highest to the resulting corner but could only direct his header straight at Conway who held on well at the second attempt.

Ten minutes later Ives went one better as they get the ball in the net from their first corner of the second half Ward’s low flag kick to the near post is cleverly flicked into the mix by Ben Jackson but the assistant on the far side ruled that the ball had struck Wood’s arm as he bundled it into the feet of Kelly who forced it over the line from close range but was probably in an offside position even if the flag had not already gone up for the handball.

The end to end action continued and it was Lambs turn to go close again in 68th minute as substitute Tyrell Waite showed his pace to get around the outside of Jackson on the left. His driven shot from the angle was pushed away by Conway and Bilal Yafai following up should probably have done better as he only succeeded in scooping the loose ball over the top under heavy pressure from Ives defenders.

Ives made a substitution of their own six minutes later as Ben Seymour-Shove replaced the tiring Forde and the busy wide man had an almost instant impact as he harried and robbed Lathaniel Rowe-Turner wide on the left forcing the defender to bring him down. Wood got in front of his marker to win the header from the resulting free kick but powered his effort wide of the near post.

With three minutes of the ninety remaining Kelly failed to make the most of an Ives free kick from an excellent position after Snaith had been bundled over by Rowe-Turner in a central position 25 yards from goal. Kelly beat the wall with his free kick but sent it straight into the grateful arms of the waiting Singh.

With the game now entering added time both sides still continued to go in search of a winner and each had a chance to grab it. Ives went first in 92nd minute as Snelus and Seymour-Shove combined well to work the latter a shooting position from inside the box but the Ives sub screwed his effort well wide from a narrow angle.

In the last of the added four minutes at the other end Cox found himself a little bit of space on the right and curled in a cross that Yafai hurled himself at but his header from ten yards flew well over the top to leave honours even.

Overall an entertaining opener and a well earned point for the Ives although the jury is still out on whether or not the bookmakers are going to be right that the Lambs will be in top spot come next April, we shall see.   

The games come thick and fast at this stage of the season and a Tuesday evening trip to Lowestoft is next up for Ives. But the early verdict is that Ives have the making of a very good team the four debutants in this game have all added quality to the side and whilst the overall ethos must remain hard work and discipline the addition of a little bit of artistry as well promises much.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1  Tamworth  1 

Goals : Kelly 31

St Ives team : Conway, Jackson, Ward, Jarvis Wilson, Kelly, Johnson, Wood, Parker (capt), Forde (Seymour-Shove 74), Snelus, Clifton (Snaith 83)

Unused subs : Coulson, De’ath & Dylan Wilson

Man of match : Tom Wood

Attendance  :  271

Match report by Nigel Howlett, Video by Dave Hook. Photos by Louise Thompson.

 

 

St Ives Town vs Cambridge City

1) Tom Wood hits the bar 1st half ‬ ‪

2) Andrew Osei-Bonsu hits the bar 2nd half ‬ ‪

3) All 10 penalties in the shoot out‬

St Ives Town vs Godmanchester Rovers

A Jarvis Wilson header is tipped over the bar by Goddy’s Niall Conroy.

 

A close range Dylan Wilson strike puts the Ives 1-0 up in the first half.

 

Jake Newman makes it 2-1 to the Ives in the 2nd half.

St Ives Town Ladies vs King’s Lynn Town Ladies

St Ives Town Ladies 1st team went into their final fixture of the season against Kings Lynn already confirmed as ERWFL Div. 1 Champions, but with an unbeaten record they wanted to keep. Unfortunately for them, Kings Lynn had other ideas!

The visitors started fast and had Ives under pressure straight from the first whistle, and after pinning Saints into their own half for the first 5 minutes, they took an early lead with a terrific strike that left keeper Sophie Marjoram with no chance. Marjoram, standing in for injured regular shot stopper Kira Markwell, had a busy debut as Ives uncharacteristically struggled defensively. Kings Lynn doubled their lead again shortly afterwards as a defensive mix up allowed the ball to find the net. Already St Ives were under real threat of losing their unbeaten record with just 10 minutes on the clock. The pressure continued as Saints sat too deep and invited more pressure from Kings Lynn, and with them struggling to get any meaningful attacks of their own, they continued to be forced to defend for long spells. The excellent visitors pressure and quick passing yielded another goal just before 30 minutes leaving Ives with a mountain to climb, and needing a goal to get them back into the game. Just before half time, with Ives finally pressing higher up the pitch, they won a corner from which Georgia Stancome steered in an excellent finish to give Ives some hope. A terrific first half from Kings Lynn who had managed to do what no other team had done to the Saints this season, even higher ranked sides in the cup competitions, and had them up against it with 45 minutes to go.

St Ives came out flying for the second half, as expected, and pressured Kings Lynn right from the kick off, but again they were quickly undone by a long ball over the top that wasn’t anticipated by the Ives defence and again Kings Lynn restored their 3 goal cushion. To Ives credit, they didn’t react in a way that said they was beaten. In fact, they dug in and threw more players forward in search of another goal. hey had the chance they needed when Stancombe was fouled by the recovering defender after rounding the keeper, but the referee deemed a goal kick to be the decision, much to the surprise of all those watching. The goal Ives were looking for finally came when Hannah Seymour-Shove was upended in the box, and Georgia Stancome scored the resulting penalty. As the ball was retrieved for the resulting centre, Stancombe was thrown to the ground by a Kings Lynn player, and as the referee turned around he sent off both players for what he saw as fighting, despite Stancombe not being the aggressor. Kings Lynn also escaped another red card as the Lynn number 22 followed in to hit Stancombe while she was on the ground, but this was missed by the referee. In the confusion, the referee restarted the game from a Kings Lynn goal kick, from which the visitors went directly up the other end and scored. Bravely upon recognising the error the referee did not allow the goal to stand and returned the ball to the centre spot for kick off from the penalty scored. Ives continued to pile on the pressure, and reduced the arrears to a single goal when Katie Stancome received a through ball and beat the keeper with a fine finish to set up a dramatic last few minutes. Ives tried to get the ball forward in search of the goal that would preserve their unbeaten record for the season, but to their credit Kings Lynn slowed the game down and saw out the win.

Despite the result, St Ives can be very proud of their season and celebrated becoming ERWFL Div 1 champions at the first attempt when they received the trophy at the conclusion of the match. Manager Darren Marjoram said “We came into this season knowing we needed to improve a lot from last season in order to be competitive and challenge at the top end. The players have responded to every challenge set, and have worked tirelessly to improve physically and technically all season. That has been backed up by lots of work behind the scenes to ensure we prepared well for every game, and left no stone unturned. Now we look forward to the player trials coming up in June as we strengthen again for next season, with both our ladies teams gaining promotion.”

Trials for St Ives Town Ladies are being held every Friday evening through June, and interested players 16+ can book their place by emailing Darren on Darren.marjoram@ntlworld.com

Report by Darren Marjoram. Photos by Gary Reed Photography.