Match Preview – St Ives Town v Weymouth – 21 Oct – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Weymouth FC – Sat 21 Oct 3pm

Match Day Sponsor – Cambridge Sensotec

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season which was against Weymouth.

Weymouth currently sit in 4th position with 28 points and have only lost 2 league games since we visited the Bob Lucas Stadium back in August.

Weymouth – Recent Results

17/10/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 3-2
14/10/17 – St Neots Town (A) – League – 2-1
11/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 6-2
7/10/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – W 3-1
3/10/17 – Wimborne Town (H) – League Cup – W 3-0
30/9/17 – Chelmsford City (A) – FA Cup – L 1-2
26/9/17 – Basingstoke town (H) – League – W 3-2
23/9/17 – Hereford (H) – League – L 0-2
16/9/17 – Chippenham Town (H) – FA Cup – W 2-0
12/9/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 1-2
9/9/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – W 3-1
2/9/17 – Odd Down (A) – FA Cup – W 5-0
28/8/17 – Dorchester Town (A) – League – W 3-0
26/8/17 – Stratford Town (H) – League – D 1-1
19/8/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 3-2
16/8/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – W 4-1
12/8/17 – St Ives Town (H) – League – L 0-1

Evo-Stik South Premier table up to and including 17 Oct

Match Report – St Ives Town 0 Bishop’s Stortford 1

Match Report

St Ives Town 0 Bishop’s Stortford 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 17/10/17

Changes were expected after the Ives poor performance at Redditch, but the scale of changes made by manager Ricky Marheineke surprised even the most ardent of home fans. Whilst seven of Saturdays starting eleven retained their places only four of those were playing in similar positions as Marheineke boldly went for a new 5-3-2 formation. The starting eleven also included Ives fourth new goalkeeper of the season in former Ipswich Town and Leiston stopper Jacob Marsden, Under U18 captain Jamie Short making his first start for the Ives and midfielder Eugene Libertucci also making a first start having thankfully recovered from a pre-season injury were also new additions to the team.

Both Peter Clark and Lewis Hilliard found themselves dropped to the bench with Andrew Iwediuno and Matt Hill left out completely. Joining Clark and Hilliard in the dugout were a welcome trio all returning from injury in Matt Wright, Jimmy Hartley and James Hall.

Manager Marheineke had asked his players for a reaction from Saturdays poor performance and whilst there was a sense of nervousness amongst the fans the players reacted well and set off at the much higher tempo demanded by their manager. Danny Kelly was leading the line well and harried George Casey into an error in a dangerous position on the left after only seven minutes. Casey was forced to bring the big striker down as he threatened to get a run into the box. Ben Seymour-Shove lined up the free kick from a narrow angle. He managed to beat the wall and the stretching arms of Blues keeper Tyler McCarthy, but Joe Robinson was on hand to head the goal bound effort away from inside the six-yard box.

Had that gone in it would have gone a long way to settling the nerves in the stadium. But it did not and the visitors came much more into the game. The powerful Afolabi Akinyemi broke down the left in 11th minute. His low cross was met at the far post by Tyrique Hyde but his well struck shot was bravely blocked by Charlie De’ath. The rebound fell to Ryan Richefond inside the box and he should probably have done better firing over from a good position.

Akinyemi was again in action four minutes later robbing De’ath inside his own half and breaking clear down the middle looking certain to score, but a rejuvenated Jordan Jarrold came sprinting in to deliver an excellent recovery tackle and take the ball off his toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives were dealing with most Blues ventures into their territory in a no-nonsense way and this uncompromising style almost got them a goal in 17th minute. Brett Longden played a long ball out of defence that the visitor’s defenders allowed to bounce deep in their half. As Marvel Ekpiteta and keeper McCarthy dallied Kelly muscled his way between them to get a contact on the ball just outside the box but his prodded effort drifted wide with the keeper in no man’s land.

A very similar situation again gave Ives a chance to grab a goal in 28th minute. This time De’ath delivered the long ball out of defence and Dubi Ogbonna battled his way between Robinson and McCarthy, but he to failed to hit the target with his toe poke past the keeper.

Ives new formation was looking a lot more solid than in recent weeks and they headed towards half time with a clean sheet still intact for the first time in five games. They even managed to carve out one more half chance to go in at the break in front as Seymour-Shove delivered a late free kick into the box that Short won in the air and knocked down to Miles Smith on the edge of the box, but he snatched his effort wide of the post.

The hosts also created another shooting opportunity only thirty seconds after the break as a long punt from keeper Marsden was flicked on by Kelly and fell to Tom McGowan 25 yards out. He hit is first time effort well, but the ball was always rising and flew just over the angle of crossbar and post.

A good passing move saw Ives create another half chance three minutes later as the move ended with McGowan feeding it into the feet of Kelly on the edge of the box. He cleverly turned his man and delivered a shot that lacked power, but bounced just in front of McCarthy forcing the keeper to spill it, but no one was on hand to punish the error.

The goal that settled the game arrived in 53rd minute and it is the sort of goal that goes in against you when your luck is down. For the first time in the evening Hyde managed to find some space on the right and he delivered a low cross to the near post where Akinyemi’s initial effort was blocked. The ball could have rebounded anywhere, but it fell to Darren Foxley only eight yards out and he prodded the ball home between desperately covering defenders and keeper Marsden to put the Blues in front.

Having battled so hard to this point it was going to be interesting to see Ives reaction to falling behind and although they kept up the pace and effort the composure was not quite there. Hyde combined with Casey two minutes later and the former’s clever through ball put Jordan Westcott into the box. But Marsden did well to smother his well struck shot from fifteen yards.

Ives battle to get back into the game was made doubly difficult on the hour as full back Longden ranged forward into visitor’s territory, but lost control of the ball and rashly lunged in with a dangerously high foot on Richefond. The Blues man made a meal of it helped by his team mates who swiftly crowded around demanding the referee take appropriate action. Referee David Hutton allowed the resulting melee to subside before summoning the unfortunate Longden to receive his marching orders.

With eleven men Ives were in with a good shout of getting back into this game, but with only ten it was going to be very tough. Even with their diminished numbers the hosts continued to look solid, but as they tried to push forward and find an equaliser openings were always likely to appear. The first of these arrived in 70th minute as Foxley got on the end of a long ball out of defence and fired in a short from 20 yards the Marsden held onto well at his near post.

Ives were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty in 78th minute as Casey and Hyde again combined on the right with the latter bursting into the box along the bye line and going down under challenge from Jarrold. But fortunately the referee decided that the Ives defender had made sufficient contact with the ball for him to only award a corner. Skipper De’ath made an even better recovery tackle five minutes from time as he came sliding in to take the ball off the toe of Akinyemi just as the big man was about to fire home from fifteen yards.

Then with the clock ticking down keeper Marsden produced a fantastic double save to keep Ives in the game. Foxley got away down the left and delivered a low cross along the six-yard line. Substitute Jason Williams looked like he must score at the near post, but Marsden bravely spread himself to block the effort. He did even better miraculously springing across his goal to also block Hyde’s follow up effort at point blank range at the back post. With two Blues players holding their heads in disbelief at Marsden’s heroics Ives broke down the other end where the ball was fed into the feet of substitute James Hall inside the box. He fired in a left footed effort that unfortunately deflected off Robinson to bounce up and make a comfortable save for McCarthy.

With their one late chance gone there was only time left for Marsden to again show his abilities as he once more denied Williams at close range after the Blues sub had robbed De’ath deep inside his own half.

Manager Marheineke had demanded a reaction from his players after Saturday’s horror show and there is absolutely no doubt that he got it. The effort and energy level were unquestionable. Miles Smith got his second man of the match award in two games and his never say die attitude is exactly what is now required to battle our way out of the position that we find ourselves in. With some of the seven injured players returning for this game, and hopefully getting no reaction from their pitch time, and others now within days of a potential reappearance we must continue to keep the faith and get behind the team. The results will come!.

Final Score : St Ives Town  0  Bishop’s Stortford  1

Goals : none

Sponsors man of the match : Miles Smith

St Ives team : Marsden, Longden, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Short (Hartley 81), Smith, Seymour-Shove, McGowan, Kelly, Ogbonna (Hall 77), Libertucci (Clark 69)

Unused substitutes : Hilliard, Wright

Attendance  :  162

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to match sponsor Premier Travel

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Bishop’s Stortford – 17 Oct – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Bishop’s Stortford FC – Tues 17 Oct 7:45 pm

Match Day Sponsor – Premier Travel

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Bishop’s Stortford currently sit in 15th position with 15 points

Bishop’s Stortford – Recent Results

14/10/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 2-0
10/10/17 – Chesham United (H) – League – D 1-1
7/10/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 3-1
2/10/17 – Hitchin Town (A) – League Cup – L 2-4
26/9/17 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 5-0
23/9/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – L 1-2
16/9/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – Herts County Cup – L 1-2
12/9/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 2-0
9/9/17 – Merthyr Town (A) – League – D 0-0
2/9/17 – Potters Bar Town (A) – F.A Cup – L 0-1
28/8/17 – Biggleswade Town (H) – League – D 0-0
22/8/17 – Cheshunt (H) – Herts County Cup – W 2-1
19/8/17 – Weymouth (H) – League – L 2-3
15/8/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 2-3
12/8/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 1-2

Evo-Stik South Premier Table up to and including 14/10/17

Another St Ives Kit finds a home in Lome, Togo

Another former St Ives kit, this time our red away strip from a few seasons ago has found a new home with Vides FC U15 who are based in Lome, Togo.

This was donated via the charity SBA (Sourire Belge d’Afrique) of which we are the English sponsors.

Jack Cassidy with Roland Ayikoé Anenou, the President of the SBA

Match Report – Redditch Untied 4 St Ives Town 0

Match report

Redditch United 4 St Ives Town 0 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 14/10/17

It is hard to sugar this one up as Ives once again shipped an early goal and looked like a team very low on confidence on their way to a battering against a very good Reds team. There are a few excuses, but on occasions like this it merely sounds like woe is me.

After playing well for very long period against Royston on Tuesday evening even if not getting the desired result we hoped that the side would carry a little momentum into this game. But the injury crisis continued to bite deep into the squad with Tuesday’s man of the match James Hall and his injury replacement in the last few minutes of that game Matt Wright joining five others on the treatment table. With keeper James Goff serving a one match ban for his red card against Tiverton an emergency loan replacement brought in 19 year old Matt Hill from Solihull Moors for one game.

Unfortunately for Hill the game did not start well for him as he came rushing off his line to try and head away a ball over the top inside the first minute only to find himself beaten to it by Dior Angus. Fortunately for Hill Angus directed his header away from goal and Miles Smith was on hand to clear up the danger.

Hill’s first touch only two minutes later was to pick the ball out of the net. Angus muscled his way through the left channel onto a ball into feet from Andy Thanoj. Andrew Iwediuno got the wrong side of him and was forced into a clumsy challenge that brought down the Reds striker only inches outside the box. Thanoj carefully placed the ball and slotted his effort over the three man Ives wall beating Hill low to his right with the keeper rooted.

The hosts were playing a three, five, two formation and both wide midfield men were getting forward at every opportunity. In 13th minute Angus spread the play wide picking out Lewis Wright in space on the right. He hung up a cross to the back post where Spencer Weir-Daley rose high above Iwediuno, but fortunately the Ives centre back did just enough to force him to head over from eight yards.

Ives made their first real sortie into Reds territory in 19th minute as an excellent flowing move down the left involving Lewis Hilliard, Peter Clark and Brett Longden ended with the latter delivering a cross into the box that was only half cleared to Jordan Jarrold on the opposite side of the box. He curled in a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ben Seymour-Shove at the back post. Rather than hit it first time Seymour-Shove took a touch giving Reds keeper Ethan Ross chance to show his bravery as he plunged in at the feet of the Ives striker blocking his attempt on goal at point blank range to preserve his clean sheet. He picked up a finger injury for his pains but that did not prevent him from confidently coming to claim the resulting corner.

The Reds went down the other end and almost doubled their lead five minutes later. Kevin De Veiga Monteiro picked out Nathan Fox roaming forward down the left and Ives skipper Charlie De’ath did very well to hurl himself in front of Angus to deflect the ball away at the near post. Weir-Daley rose highest to the resulting corner, but failed to hit the target from a good position.

The visitors were not entirely out of the game at this stage and continued to create half chances. Longden delivered a free kick from the left to the back post area where ex Ives trialist Gui Mailancol knock the ball away. It arrived at the feet of Lewis Hilliard on the right he played a clever one two with Danny Kelly before unleashing a rising drive over the top from a narrow angle.

Although Ives were creating half chances at one end of the park the Reds strikers continued to carve out good opportunities to increase their lead at the other end. In 35th minute a quick passing move down the left side involving Angus, Thanoj and Fox ended with Weir-Daley firing in a drive from 25 yards that Hill did well to hold onto low to his right.

The hosts wasted a much better opportunity four minutes later as Angus robbed a dallying Iwediuno just inside his own half and ran forward towards the Ives box where it looked like he had the simple task of picking out Weir-Daley with a pass to put the no. 11 clean through. But he delayed to long giving Smith chance to get back and make an excellent interception.

Having conceded early yet again it was vital that Ives get into the break with no more than a single goal deficit. But as has been the case to often this season they were unable to see things out to the break. There were five minutes remaining on the clock when Reds skipper Danny Jackman played a peach of a ball from the centre of the park that drifted over Longden and picked out Weir-Daley in space on the right. He delivered a low driven cross along the six yard line that Angus rammed home at the far post.

The question for the second period was did Ives have sufficient belief in themselves to get back into this contest. This question was initially answered in a positive way as only four minutes after the restart a Longden cross from the left was knocked down to Seymour-Shove 25 yards from goal. He tried his luck with a fierce dipping voleey that pulled an excellent save out of Ross leaping high to his left to fingertip the effort over the top.

Had that gone in the second half could have been a different storey, but Ross showed in that moment just how vital a good goalkeeper is to every side. Only one minute later Iwediuno had to make an excellent recovery tackle on the dangerous Angus to prevent him getting away and adding to his tally.

That concluded the possible Ives onslaught in the early second period as the Reds back three helped out when necessary by their two wide men to make a back five comfortably snuffed out any threat from their visitors. The closest Ives came to worrying Ross was in 68th minute when a deep cross from the battling Smith found Hilliard beyond the far post, but his first time effort from a narrow angle flew high and wide.

As Ives confidence began to ebb more goals from the hosts began to look more and more likely. They duly killed off their struggling visitors with two goals in a three minute spell. In 76th minute a corner from the right was only half cleared to Fox on the opposite side of the box and his low driven cross was turned home from close range by a seemingly unmarked Weir-Daley.

The final goal also arrived in simple fashion as Angus and Thanoj combined to work their way through the centre of the Ives defence. The move ended with the former playing in the latter and he was taken down from behind by Smith inside the box as he shaped to shoot. Angus clinically despatched the resulting spot kick high to keeper Hill’s left giving the young stopper no chance.

Ives could not even conjure up a consolation goal as Kelly and Clark combined to present a shooting opportunity for Seymour-Shove in the last minute. But the Ives winger’s effort matched so much of the visitor’s finishing on the day as he hit the ball cleanly, but directed it well wide of the target.

The Ives presented a disconsolate group on the final whistle, looking every ounce a side very low on confidence and wondering where their next win is coming from. The only good thing from this game was the seasonal debut of Eugene Libertucci who showed some excellent touches during his fifteen minute cameo which he appeared to come through unscathed. One of the most important people at the Club in the near future could be new physio Jess Guthrie as she is the one charged with the task of getting the many injured players back to full fitness and at the moment as many returning faces as possible are required to lift the struggling few.

Final Score : Redditch United  4  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

Supporters man of the match : Miles Smith

St Ives team : Hill, Smith, Longden, McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno, Seymour-Shove, Hilliard (Libertucci 75), Kelly, Clark, Jarrold (Ogbonna 61)

Unused substitute : Short

Attendance  :  316

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 8 Oct

Another good weekend for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team moved up to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a superb 7-0 win over March Town United Ladies.

The goals came from Tierney Coulson x 2, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x 2, Connie Liddiard & 1 own goal.

Katie Stancombe was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The U15s won their 3rd league game on the spin win a 8-1 over Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest has provided the below match report

The Saints Under 15’s continued to shine in their first season at the new Eastern Junior Alliance league. After two successive wins against Newport Pagnell and Biggleswade, they welcomed Felixstowe and Walton to St.Ives for their 3rd league game.

Felixstowe started the game well and strong, making it very difficult for St.Ives to get into any real flow or rhythm, Felixstowe got their reward and took the lead. St.Ives got straight back at them and through some good football, got themselves back in the game. One goal lead to two, three and four with a half time score at 4 – 1. The second half carried on very well for the Ives, with a further four goals. The game finished 8 – 1. Goals were 3 Julian Priest, 2 Ben Smith, 2 Josh Williams and 1 for Mihayl Mitkov.    

Well done to all the lads for their hard work.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Priory Parkside Colts White (A) – Hunts County Youth U15 Cup

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Needham Market 5-1 which moves them to 2nd in the table.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Barkingside (H) – EJA League Challenge Cup U14 Round 2

Many thanks to PSS Hire for providing the tracksuits for the season. (See main photo)

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Yaxley Juniors in the Hunts County Youth U13 Cup

Alfie Baker scored the St Ives goals.

‘Player of the Match’ – Daniel Legg

Next game – Sun 29 Oct – Exning United (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A

Match Report – Royston Town 2 St Ives Town 1

Match report

Royston Town 2 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division 10/10/17

The frustration goes on for Ives as once again they played well, everyone put in that required extra level of commitment, but in spite of outplaying the Crows for long periods of this game the deserved result did not come!.

Manager Ricky Marheineke stuck with the same starting eleven, and same bench as Saturdays gallant ten man defeat to Tiverton. But it was the hosts fresh from an excellent victory at Chesham who started on the front foot. The game was only three minutes old when James Potton found space just outside the Ives box to fire in a shot that was blocked, but the rebound fell to John Frendo who hit a first time effort the James Goff did well to block with his body and the ball was scrambled clear.

As so often this season the visitors failed to repel early pressure from the opposition and fell behind in the eighth minute in very simple fashion. Ed Asafu-Adjaye played a ball down the line which Adam Marriott set off in pursuit of. Keeper Goff came to claim just inside the box, but found himself beaten to the ball by the pace of Marriott who cleverly clipped the ball past the fast advancing Goff and wheeled away in delight as it found the far corner of the net.

Ives reacted well to falling behind and came close to grabbing a leveller five minutes later. The ever willing James Hall pulled away from the middle and received a ball down the line from Miles Smith. Hall picked out Danny Kelly arriving in the box, but he just failed to get the bouncing ball under control. Peter Clark and Lewis Hilliard kept the move alive and the ball was fed back out to Ben Seymour-Shove on the right. His in-swinging cross bounced inside the six yard box, but just evaded everyone and flew inches past the far post with keeper Joe Welch looking on.

The visitors continued to press forward and went on to claim a deserved equaliser in 19th minute. Tom McGowan sprayed an excellent ball out of defence to pick out Hilliard roaming forward into the Crows half. Hilliard played an exquisite ball with the outside of his foot to pick out the run of Hall through the centre. Hall still had plenty to do as keeper Welch came to close him down, but he touched the ball around the advancing keeper and drilled it home through two covering defenders from eight yards.

Having got level Ives then found themselves pegged back by the hosts as the ebb and flow of the game again changed in favour of the Crows. Pressure from Lee Chappell robbed Seymour-Shove in a wide position deep in his own half on the half hour. Chappell played the ball into the feet of Frendo who showed his class with an excellent turn and shot that flashed past the post. All of this in spite of the close attention of Andrew Iwediuno.

The Crows continued to press forward as half time approached and the visitors had Goff to thank for keeping the scores level in 44th minute. A low cross from the right by Gus Scott-Morriss was deflected out to Chappell on the back edge of the box and he hit a crisp low drive through the crowded penalty area that Goff did very well to see coming and even better to tip around the post diving full length to his left.

This lead to the first of three corners in succession for the hosts. The third of these created the final opportunity of the first period as it was flicked on at the near post and centre back Adam Murray tried to finish like a striker by chesting the ball down and hitting it on the volley. Fortunately he showed he was a defender as in spite of chesting it down well his attempted volley from ten yards out ended up in the gardens of the houses behind the goal.

The direction of flow changed again at the start of the second half as Ives with a strengthening wind at their back got back on top. Crows centre back Daniel Brathwaite had a lucky escape in 48th minute as he completely missed a ball down the right allowing Seymour-Shove to get away. Unfortunately his low cross was just behind the fast arriving Hall and although he got a touch he could not get his shot away and the chance was gone.

After that escape Crows went straight down the other end and thought that they had gone back in front as Marriott cut inside from the right and served up a cross to the back post where Ives headed it down for Frendo to force the ball home from close range. Fortunately for Ives Frendo had wandered into an offside position before he received the knock down.

Ives continued to press forward and another excellent chance went begging in 54th minute. Seymour-Shove was again the provider as he picked out Hall in the centre. The Ives centre forward was stuck with his back to goal eight yards out and two defenders trying to stop him turning. He tried to lay the ball off to Clark but Crows defenders were back in numbers by this time and the chance went begging.

Two minutes later another flowing move, this time down the left, involving Hilliard, Kelly and Hall saw the ball laid back to Clark by the penalty spot. He struck his effort well, but Brathwaite was covering and managed to block the effort inside the six yard box.

The flowing Ives style was continuing to trouble the hosts and Hall went close again on the hour. Hilliard was the provider as he picked out Hall in space on the right hand corner of the box. Hall took a touch and curled his effort just inches past the far post with keeper Welch struggling to get across.

Having enjoyed so much good possession and created, but not took, chances it was almost inevitable this season that the opposition would carve out one chance and take it and that is just what happened in 72nd minute. Again it was simple, but well executed. Frendo took down a ball out of defence thirty five yards from goal and played a perfectly weighted pass inside into the run of Marriott who again showed his quality taking the ball in his stride and firing past the advancing Goff from the edge of the box.

Ives responded well to this setback and yet another flowing move ended with Seymour-Shove delivering a cross into the box from the right that Hall bravely threw himself at above Murray, but his header from eight yards flew over the top.

As the clock ticked down the frustration was beginning to show on the Ives and this was personified by Clark as a move broke down deep in Crows territory he slid in on Asafu-Adjaye as the defender made his clearance and earned himself a yellow card.

The visitors put in one final effort as the game entered added time with Smith pushing up from the back and cutting inside before unleashing a low drive from 25 yards that was comfortably gathered by Welch.

James Hall deservedly won the supporters man of the match award as he, along with the whole team, continued to show commitment and desire throughout. The frustration at not picking up the points we deserve from these games is heartfelt amongst players and supporters alike. The quality is there, the desire is there, our luck must change soon!. Those of you with previously lucky pre-match routines, or even lucky underpants, it is time to change them. The rewards will come, be bold and keep the faith.

Final Score : Royston Town  2  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Hall 19

Supporters man of the match : James Hall

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden (Jordan 83), McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno, Hilliard, Clark, Hall (Wright 89), Kelly, Seymour-Shove (Short 90 + 2)

Unused substitute : Nicholls

Attendance  :  200

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Club Statement – James Smith Departs

James Smith Departs:

The club can confirm that we have parted company with First Team & Youth Team Sports Therapist James Smith with immediate effect.

As a football club we have a responsibility to provide the best possible duty of care for all our players and we believe these standards were not being met.

We would like to thank James for his efforts during his short time at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Tiverton Town 2

Match report

St Ives Town 1 Tiverton Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 07/10/17

A gallant battling performance by ten man Ives who were very unlucky to get nothing from this game as they looked the more likely winner throughout in spite of having goalkeeper James Goff dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity in only the twelfth minute.

The incident that the game hinged on occurred as Goff came racing outside his box to try and head away a ball over the top. Unfortunately he just beaten to the high bouncing ball by Tivvy centre forward Jordan Rogers. Rogers brave header bounced just wide of the post. But the momentum of both players took them on into a sickening clash of heads as Goff arriving a split second to late put his head into the face of Rogers.

The two players both went down in a heap with both physios hurriedly summoned. A twelve minute delay followed during which Goff recovered sufficiently to see the red card brandished in his direction. The unfortunate Rogers was carried from the field on a stretcher and onward to hospital with serious facial injuries.

Rogers was replaced by Owen Howe, but with no keeper on the bench Ives had to put midfielder Lewis Hilliard between the sticks. The resulting free kick from inside the D came to nothing as Levi Landricombe’s effort hit the wall and bounced on into the grateful hands of Hilliard.

Prior to the incident Ives had started well and gone close to taking an early lead as Hilliard had picked out Peter Clark with a perfectly weighted ball from deep in his own half. Clark had cleverly laid the ball inside into the run of Ben Seymour-Shove who was unlucky to see his effort from just inside the box stopped by the keeper’s legs. Tom McGowan was following up, but the ball would not come down for him and he spooned his effort from twelve yards well over the top.

Tivvy had also had an attempt at goal two minutes later as Tom Gardner got on the end of a free kick from the right by Nick Hurst. But under pressure from debutant centre back Andrew Iwediuno he could not keep his effort down.

In spite of going down to ten men Ives continued to press forward at every opportunity and were stretching the visitors back line with the pace and mobility of their front players. It was no surprise when they went in front three minutes after play resumed (26 minutes from the first whistle). James Hall found space on the left and delivered a teasing cross to the back post where Seymour-Shove belied his stature to get above Callum Hall and ram home his header from eight yards.

Having fallen behind against ten men Tivvy manager Martyn Rogers made a quick decision to sacrifice one of his defenders and go three at the back replacing Gardner with Liam Gregory. But even with the extra man the visitors were struggling to find a way through the well organised Ives formation and Hilliard did not have a shot to save in the following twenty minutes. However the visitors did manage to work a way through in the 45th minute as Scott Rogers slid a ball through the centre and Howe managed to hold off Brett Longden before prodding home past stand in keeper Hilliard from close range.

To their credit Ives did not falter and still continued to create chances. Only one minute later Seymour-Shove got outside Nick Hurst before hanging up a cross from the left that Danny Kelly got on the end of at the back post. But unfortunately he steered his header wide under pressure from Ben Mammola.

Ives continued to belie their numerical disadvantage as they continued to hold steady at the back in the early stages of the second period and break dangerously at every opportunity. Clark picked out Hall on the left in 48th minute and Seymour-Shove was only just beaten to his low cross by Tivvy captain Jamie Price at the near post.

Seymour-Shove was constant threat and he went close again only sixty seconds later as McGowan fed him on the right and he turned back onto his left foot before delivering an in-swinging cross which beat everyone in the centre, bounced on the six yard line and flashed just past the far post with keeper Martin Rice looking on.

The Tivvy manager was encouraging his players to hurl long balls into the box to try and test out Hilliard in the air. But the Ives back line well marshalled by skipper Charlie De’ath dealt well with most of these. Mike Landricombe did manage to get on the end of one long ball in 56th minute, but his downward header bounced up nicely into the hands of Hilliard.

In spite of the numbers Ives even managed to create periods of sustained pressure and went close twice in two minutes just after the hour. Firstly McGowan battled his way through the centre before laying the ball off to Kelly just outside the box. The defence opened up for the big striker, but he struggled to get the ball out of his feet and only succeeded in pulling a tame shot wide. Two minutes later Hall picked up a Seymour-Shove cross knocked out to him on the right hand corner of the box. He found time to take a touch before curling his left foot effort just wide of the far post.

Tivvy’s long ball tactic almost brought reward in 65th minute as Iwediuno and Hilliard got in each others way in trying to deal with a ball over the top. Hilliard’s attempted clearance only reached Howe 35 yards from goal. Howe took on the opportunity first time, but only succeeded in curling his effort well wide with Hilliard desperately trying to make up his ground.

Ives best chance to grab a winner came in 69th minute as Longden bravely won a header deep in Tivvy territory. The ball fell to the feet of Kelly who deftly played it on into the run of Seymour-Shove on the left. For the umpteenth time in the game he delivered another dangerous cross. This one was deflected back to Kelly in space twelve yards out. But he snatched at the chance and fired the bouncing ball well over the top.

The hosts were holding out well as Tivvy seemed bereft of ideas on how to break down the stubborn ten men and it was beginning to look like this all round increased effort and regained solidity was going to earn a deserved reward. But as has been the case so often this season the luck seems to desert them when it matters. The visitor’s found a way through nine minutes from time as Landricombe played a ball into the run of Howe in the left channel and the Tivvy striker muscled his way into the box before placing a low shot past the static Hilliard to claim an undeserved winner.

There was still time for Ives to carve out one more opportunity to get something from the game as Kelly was brought down on the edge of the box by Mammola. The big striker picked himself up and took the kick himself and although he beat the five man wall his effort lacked power and proved a comfortable save for Rice.

Yet again this was a hard defeat to take as the ten men fought so gallantly and thoroughly deserved to get something from the game. Andrew Iwediuno fitted in well and provided a more rigid look to the Ives back line and he will get better as he gets fully match fit. The effort level increased exponentially and the level of effort shown by all today will win reward. Ben Seymour-Shove personified the non stop effort shown and deservedly won the behind the goal club’s man of the match vote. He was pushed very close by Tom McGowan, Peter Clark and James Hall. But everyone deserves a mention for coming up to the plate when required. Now we just need the results to follow that extra commitment.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1  Tiverton Town  2

Goals : Seymour-Shove 26

Supporters man of the match : Ben Seymour-Shove

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden, McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno (Wright 88), Hilliard, Clark, Kelly, Hall, Seymour-Shove (Jarrold 80)

Unused substitutes : Short, Nicholls

Attendance  :  251

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – AFC Dunstable U18 1 St Ives Town U18 0

Match Report

AFC Dunstable U18  1  St Ives Town U18  0

FA Youth Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round – 05/10/17

Agony for the young Ives as they crashed out of the FA Youth Cup in the cruellest fashion falling to a goal 15 seconds before the end of normal time.

The evening had opened with a magnificent harvest moon and the first chilly evening of autumn giving some atmosphere to the otherwise soulless Creasy Park Stadium for this eagerly awaited clash between two previously unbeaten teams. Both sides were keen to fight for a place in the round before the Football League sides enter the competition.

As we anticipated the game started at a cracking pace with both sides very quick to close each other down and not give any player on the park time on the ball. The only effort on goal in the first half an hour was a Patrik Polhos prod wide of the near post as he got across in front of his man inside the box to get on the end of a low cross from the left by Martin Saunders in 11th minute.

The two sides then proceeded to cancel each other out until 32nd minute when the hosts went close to opening the scoring. The dangerous Kyle Ajayi found a little bit of space 30 yards from the Ives goal and let loose a fierce dipping shot that bounced just in front of keeper Tom Smith who did very well to keep it out plunging full length to his left. Teddy Daniels was following up, but could not quite get on the end of it as Smith parried it away from goal. Dylan Baker kept the loose ball alive and he turned it back into the centre where Daniels blazed over from a good position.

The OD’s were buoyed by going close and forced another save out of Smith five minutes later with Ajayi again involved in the build up. He picked out Baker on the right hand corner of the box. The young winger skilfully took the ball down and turned inside Mitchell Pillin before driving in a low left foot effort that Smith saved well low to his left.

The closest Ives came to opening their account in the first half was from their first corner of the game in 38th minute. Saunders delivered it to the near post where the ball fell to Gordan Torkornooo. But he got no power in his prod at goal from eight yards and Adam Hughes was on hand to block the ball on the line and hack it away.

The hosts enjoyed a good last few minutes to the first period going close on three occasions. In 42nd minute Ben Andrews picked out Luis Brooker beyond the back post and his well struck first time volley ruffled the side netting.

One minute before the break Ajayi picked out Baker again on the right and he once more cut inside on his left foot to give himself a good site of goal. Smith made an excellent save to his right to keep out Baker’s well struck effort and fortunately for Ives Andrews slipped as he tried to force home the rebound letting Dawid Kwiatowski head the loose ball to safety.

The final chance of the first period came in added time as a wind assisted free kick went up in the air off the head of Jordan Locke. It looked like dropping to Andrews inside the box, but he and Connor Heath got in each other’s way and between them only succeeded in knocking the ball wide.

The second half was much more even, but with clear cut chances still very much at a premium. Polhos tried his luck with a clever effort from 35 yards in 53rd minute. Seeing keeper Dan Gould off his line he tried chipping the host’s custodian, but the keeper was quick to move his feet and made a comfortable save.

At the other end the ODs had three quick corners in succession and came close with the third of them. The initial corner was cleared back to Baker who delivered the ball deep to the far post where Jamie Short did just enough to prevent a late arriving Ajayi getting a clean contact and the ball rebounded into the grateful hands of Smith.

Ives went close from a flag kick of their own in 62nd minute. Saunders delivered the ball onto the six yard line in a central position. Keeper Gould came into the melee to try and punch it clear, but was always struggling. The ball was knocked down to Torkornoo whose well struck effort was blocked by a defender. Short picked up the rebound just outside the box and curled his effort inches over the top with Gould struggling to make up his ground.

Keeper Gould was called into action again five minutes later as Short went even closer. He got on the end of another Saunders corner from the right and powered in a header that the keeper did well to tip over.

The visitors purple patch continued and it took an excellent save from Gould to deny them fifteen minutes from time Billy Mobbs and Saunders combined well down the left the move finishing with Mobbs playing in Saunders inside the box. He unleashed a powerful drive from twelve yards that Gould did well to block with his body as he spread himself in front of the Ives striker.

Ives final opportunity to grab the crucial goal came six minutes from time as Short played a clip over the top to pick out a perfectly timed run from substitute Sam Bond. Bond was forced wide, but he managed to pull the ball back picking out Saunders whose low shot from just inside the box was well saved by Gould low to his left.

With time running out we were all preparing for extra time as the hosts launched one final attack. Substitute Guilain Lusambya ran at the tiring Ives back line and slipped a pass out to Daniels just inside the box. He went outside Pillin and dragged the ball back along the six yard line perfectly picking out Heath in space at the back post and the young full back sent the Dunstable supporters into raptures as he side footed home.

There was just time for the game to restart before the referee called time on the contest to send a deflated Ives side home with nothing. But the whole side can hold their heads high as they matched their opponents throughout this encounter and thoroughly deserved the chance to take the game into extra time. On another day with a little luck they could equally have nicked it 1-0. But unfortunately it was not their day and we wish our conquerors AFC Dunstable every success in the rest of the competition.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke, Torkornoo, Vaz, Polhos, Richardson (Bond 72), Mobbs (Thomas 85), Saunders

Unused subs : Makeham, Morris, King

Goals : none

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Tiverton Town – 7 Oct – Evo-Stick South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Tiverton Town FC – Sat 7 Oct 3:00 pm

Match Day Sponsor – City Security Services

Match Day Team Mascots – St Ives Rangers U9 Red Sox

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Tiverton currently sit in 7th position. They made an excellent start to life in step 3 after being promoted via the play-offs last season.

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Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to and including 30/9/17

Cambridge City 6 St Ives Town 2 – Match Report

Match Report

Cambridge City 6 St Ives Town 2

BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup – 1st Round 02/10/17

Manager Ricky Marheineke announced after Saturday’s narrow defeat to Merthyr that he was going to use this Cup tie as an opportunity to learn about the players in his squad so it should be no surprise that he announced five changes to the starting line up. Ben Seymour-Shove and James Hall returned, with first starts being awarded to recent signing Jamie Nicholls and ex scholar Matt Wright. The final change was a surprise to us all and an experiment for Marheineke as recommended French centre back Carl Langa signed on the day from Southall FC made his debut.

Unfortunately the experiment did not start well as Langa and fellow centre back Lee Chaffey were caught cold inside the first few seconds. A low cross from the right by Ollie Snaith after only 16 seconds was not dealt with and Lewis Wilson gratefully accepted the gift firing home the loose ball past a startled James Goff from close range.

Things went from bad to worse for the Ives as City doubled their lead after only six minutes. A long free kick into the box by ex Ives man Mark Coulson was mishandled by the shell shocked Goff and the experienced Jordan Gent was on hand to prod the ball home from inside the six yard box.

Having given their opposition a two goal start Ives began to slowly fight back into the game and came close to pulling a goal back only three minutes later as Peter
Clark found time and space on the left to deliver a precise cross over the City back line that picked out Wright beyond the far post. The young striker took the ball down well and struck a rising drive from 15 yards that another ex Ives man, keeper Niall Conroy, did well to parry. The ball looped up into the air and Nicholls was first to react, but could not direct his header on target under pressure from Gent and the Lilywhites managed to scramble the ball clear.


Langa continued to struggle to come up to the pace of step three football and he was almost found out again in 16th minute. Tom Knowles delivered a ball into Ryan Sharman who took the ball down well and turned Langa forcing the centre back to bring him down 25 yards from goal in a central position. Knowles hit a fierce curling free kick around the four man wall that crept inches wide of Goff’s left hand post. Chaffey was gallantly trying to stem the City tide and he bravely denied Wilson in 26th minute diving full length in front of the City striker to knock away a low Knowles cross at the near post.

Ives raids in the first period were very sporadic with their only other noteworthy effort arriving on the half hour as a stretching Nicholls just managed to get on the end of a Ben Seymour-Shove free kick from the right. But his under pressure header sailed wide of Conroy’s goal.

The Lilywhites continued to run the show and killed the game off with two more goals in a six minute spell just before the break. In the 35th minute Buster Harradine managed to get away down the right. Knowles attacked his low driven cross at the back post and in spite of Miles Smith’s attempts to scramble the ball off the goal line the on the spot assistant referee on the far side deemed that the ball had crossed the line. The fourth was another embarrassing momentfor the struggling Langa as he tried to step up to play Wilson offside, but completely mistimed his move to leave the big City striker completely clear and he finished with aplomb lashing the ball into the top corner of the net from just inside the box.

While the Lilywhites enjoyed their half time cuppa in the confident knowledge that they had already won the day, a tongue lashing from Marheineke was the rightful reward for the woeful Ives. The unfortunate Langa was put out of his misery as he was replaced by Club captain Charlie De’ath prior to the start of the second half.

Marheineke’s hair dryer treatment got a reaction as a number of Ives players visibly lifted their performance in the early period of the second half. The visitors even got the ball in the net after 55 minutes. An under pressure Conroy was forced to punch a hanging cross and the ball fell to Seymour-Shove 25 yards out. He fired in a low drive that deflected off a defender into the net. But unfortunately the referee’s whistle had already gone for a foul by James Hall on the keeper.

As City dropped the pace and Ives lifted themselves the flow of the game evened up for a while. Goff made a good save low to his left to deny Snaith in 57th minute. The elusive Clark went on a mazy run into the heart of the City defence six minutes later. He got past two and then knocked the ball onto Seymour-Shove, but his low drive provided a comfortable save for Conroy.

Wilson was still causing problems at the other end and he cut in from the right past two attempted challenges in 65th minute. Jordan Jarrold eventually stopped the run deep in Ives box. The loose ball fell to substitute Salim Relizani following up, his driven effort beat Goff, but was scrambled off the line by Smith. Smith had to repeat that trick to preserve the score line four minutes later. Harradine latched onto a poor attempted back pass by Lewis Hilliard and got around Goff only to be denied by the covering Smith.

Jimmy Hartley was introduced for the tiring Nicholls in 67th minute and he instantly added an extra impetus to the Ives going forward. He had only been on five minutes when he robbed Ryan Towner inside the City half. He quickly moved the ball on to Clark who fired a low drive into the bottom corner of the net from 25 yards beating the diving Conroy.

City instantly restored their advantage as Harradine delivered a ball in from the right and Chaffey was out muscled by Wilson who fired home from close range to complete his hat trick.

A very bed night for Ives turned into a disastrous one twelve minutes from time as the all action Hartley went over on his ankle under challenge from Ben Robinson and ended up limping out of the action with an injury that could put him out for some weeks.

There was still time for another goal each. Chaffey claiming his first ever goal for the Ives as he got on the end of a Draycott corner to power home a free header from six yards in 88th minute. Sharman finished things off for the victors right on time as he was similarly given the freedom of the park to get on the end of a Harradine corner eight yards out.

After the game manager Marheineke was quick to state that he had learned a lot about his squad from the game. With that in mind it looks likely that there may well be some changes of personnel in the squad in the near future. A similar exercise may be on the cards for the upcoming County Cup tie against Huntingdon Town in early November, but hopefully by then things will have turned around and we will be looking to keep that hoped for good run going. Peter Clark won a somewhat hollow man of the match award and certainly showed that he has his heart in the battle on the night and the bigger one to come, others must follow his example.

Finally a word for our tenants, the Lilywhites, who were very worthy winners on the night we wish them every success in the rest of the competition.

Final Score : Cambridge City  6  St Ives Town  2

Goals : Clark 72, Chaffey 88

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, Chaffey, Langa (De’ath 45), Hilliard, Seymour-Shove, Nicholls (Hartley 67, Draycott 80), Hall, Clark, Wright

Unused substitutes : McGowan

Attendance  :  193

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Preview – BigFreeBet.Com Southern League Challenge Cup – 2 Oct

BigFreeBet.Com Southern League Challenge Cup – 1st Round

Cambridge City FC v St Ives Town FC – Monday 2 Oct 7:45pm k.o

Tonight we travel (so to speak) to Westwood Rd where we meet our tenants Cambridge City in the 1st Round of the BigFreeBet.com Southern League Challenge Cup.

Last Season City lost in the 1st round to Histon that went to a penalty shoot out. The Ives reached the final, but also lost on a penalty shoot out to Hayes & Yeading.

Cambridge City are currently in 7th place with 15 points in the Evo-Stik South League East Division.

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Adult – £10, Concession – £5, 12-16 year olds – £3, U12 – Free

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 1 Oct

4 out 5 for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team progressed into the 2nd round of the Women’s League Cup at the expense of Newmarket Ladies Reserves with a 7-0 win

Hanah & Amy Seymour-Shove got 2 goals a piece. The others came from Katie Stancombe, Tierney Coulson & Connie Liddiard.

The whole team were awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development won their first ever competitive game with a fantastic 8-0  win over Milton Ladies in the Women’s League Cup 1st round.

Goalscorers – Georgina Astley x2, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter x2, Drew Jenkins, Chloe Stefanelli & Megan Stowe.

Georgina Astley was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’

Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report –

Sunday saw the first game for St Ives Town Ladies Development side in the League Cup and they did not disappoint. The game was played at away at Milton Ladies. St Ives captain Drew Jenkins lead by example from the warm up until the final whistle with superb leadership on and off the pitch, and used her experience well to support and encourage all the players from start to finish. Left back Chloe Stefanelli opened the game with a fantastic 30 yard strike to give St Ives the lead they deserved. This was closely followed by number 10 Georgie Astley finding the back of the net before the half time whistle. With a comfortable 2-0 lead the girls did not sit back and started the second half determined to increase the score line. Player of the match Astley started the second half how she finished the first and bagged her second goal of the day with an outstanding volley from the edge of the box. It was then the turn of St Ives striker Jade Carpenter to show what she was capable of, finding the net not once but twice within ten minutes; finishing with a fantastic strike into the top left hand that could not have been more perfectly placed. The next two goals came from captain Jenkins and Megan Stow returning from injury in the best way possible. Finally Centre back Kelly Holliday took the ball from her own 18 yard line to the opposition box, easily passing any of the opposition that got in her way. Milton keeper did well to save her powerful strike but new signing Olivia Baker was there to finish the impressive goal feast with a left foot finish. So the final score was 8-0.
Manager Lisa Trigg speaks with nothing but admiration for the effort and drive the ladies played with.
A fantastic overall squad performance and hopefully the start of a very successful season for this newly formed side.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Milton Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15s continued their winning streak win a 4-2 over Biggleswade Town in the EJA league.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Whitton United 5-1.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Needham Market (A) – EJA League U14 Green Division

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Bluntisham Blasters in the Cambs & District U13A Colts League

The goals came from Ben Hunter

‘Players of the Match’ – Oliver Coatsworth & Luis Sarchet

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Yaxley Juniors (H) – Hunts U13 Cup

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Merthyr Town 3

Match Report

St Ives Town 2 Merthyr Town 3

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 30/09/17

Another frustrating day for the Ives as again they matched promotion chasing opponents for long periods of this game, but defensive errors meant they ended up with no reward.

Manager Ricky Marheineke made only one enforced change to the starting eleven that fought so hard to earn a point at Hitchin in midweek. With Brett Longden unavailable Jordan Jarrold returned to the left back role.

Ives immediately found themselves on the back foot as the visiting Martyrs were quickly out of the blocks. The hosts weathered their initial forays and were just beginning to get into the game when the first defensive lapse saw them fall behind after only ten minutes. Eliot Richards picked out the speedy Ian Traylor wide on the left in space. Traylor delivered an early low cross into the box that Ives defence completely failed to deal with and the loose ball was prodded home from close range by the alert Jaye Bowen.

The visitors doubled their lead only two minutes later as the Ives back line seemed to go awol leaving Bowen to return the compliment to Traylor threading a ball through the heart of the hosts central defence which put the Martyrs striker completely clear. He made no mistake slotting the ball under the body of James Goff from just inside the box as the exposed young keeper came to close him down.

Unlike their defence Ives front line were up for a battle and their response was instant as straight from the kick off Peter Clark picked out Lewis Hilliard on the right. Hilliard delivered an inviting low cross along the six yard line that was finished emphatically by Phil Draycott arriving at the back post.

The game was now very much on and Ives continued to press forward in search of an equaliser. A route one effort almost found it for them as under pressure centre back Kyle Patten only succeeded in directing his poor attempt at a clearing header down to the feet of the all action Jimmy Hartley 25 yards from goal. The young striker took a touch and hammered in a right foot effort that beat the despairing dive of keeper Ollie Davies, but thudded into the boards just inches the wrong side of his right hand upright.

The flow of play continued to swing from end to end and on the half hour the experienced Stuart Fleetwood battled his way between Jarrold and Charlie De’ath on the right before cutting into the box and delivering a low driven cross/shot that beat the diving Goff, but flashed across the face of goal just out of reach of Traylor sliding in at the far post.

Danny Kelly spurned a golden opportunity to level things up ten minutes before the break as he out muscled Scott Tancock to win a long ball down the middle. As Tancock stumbled he was left clear with only keeper Davies to beat. But it almost seemed that he stopped expecting to be pulled up for a foul allowing the ball to get stuck between his legs. This gave Davies the opportunity to bravely dive in a grab the ball off his toe.

So once more the Ives arrived at the break a goal in arrears, but playing well enough to make the faithful believe that something could be gleaned from this game. That hope was instantly lifted at the start of the second period as only 19 seconds in Hilliard played in a clever flick to put Hartley in with a sight of goal. With keeper Davies coming to close him down Hartley tried to lift the ball over the stopper, but under pressure from Cameron Pring he failed to get sufficient height on his effort allowing Davies to make a catch above his head.

Having failed to get level Ives came within inches of going two behind only two minutes later. Miles Smith was adjudged to have brought down Traylor on the left corner of the box. Traylor picked himself up and delivered a powerful free kick that dipped over the three man wall and just scraped the crossbar with keeper Goff desperately scrambling to make up his ground.

The hosts had another opportunity to level things up just after the hour as Kelly manage to latch onto a long ball out of defence by Jarrold. He could not quite outpace the Martyrs back line, but cleverly turned inside covering defender Jarrad Wright drawing the foul out of him inside the D. Draycott cleverly ran over the ball knocking it sideways to Kelly who fired in a low drive through the crowd that Davies did well to gather under pressure.

Ives won a corner in 69th minute, but rather than give them a scoring opportunity it cost them a third goal. Draycott delivered the ball into the mix from the right. Davies did well to leap above the crowd and get a good punch on the ball which fell to Fleetwood midway inside his own half. He knocked the ball on to Traylor on the half way line and the Martyrs striker again showed his pace as he sprinted away leaving Jarrold in his wake before slotting the ball low past the exposed Goff from the edge of the box.

Manager Marheineke sacrificed defender Jarrold to bring on an extra attacker in James Hall with fifteen minutes to go. Hall provided a telling impact within four minutes of his introduction as he picked up the ball wide left and wriggled his way past Wright before picking out Clark in space at the far post. The tricky midfielder scored a header at Hitchin last Monday night, but this time he got it wrong getting under the bouncing ball and only succeeding in heading over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Hall continued to look sharp and grabbed his first goal since his return to Ives to reduce the arrears with six minutes to go. He battled between Tancock and keeper Davies as they tried to deal with a high bouncing ball. He just managed to get a toe to the ball before the defender and prodded it over the keeper then had to watch in suspense as Martyrs sub Curtis McDonald made a valiant attempt to prevent the rolling ball crossing the line. Much to the delight of the Ives fans he only succeeded in joining the ball in the back of the net.

Unfortunately that was only to be a consolation as despite putting in the effort the home side failed to create another decent opportunity to draw level. The only other effort worthy of note in the remaining time was a rasping free kick from 25 yards by Martyrs substitute Kerry Morgan three minutes from time that pulled a remarkable save out of Goff who hurled himself full length to his right to tip the effort onto the crossbar.

This unfortunate reverse sees Ives remain in 22nd place in Southern League Premier Division and stretches their home League run to five without a win this season. All four defeats have been against teams in the top eight and all have been games where we have scored and played well enough to deserve something from the match. I am convinced that we are not far away, but the challenge for the management team is to urgently find a way to shore up our leaky defence. A return to hard fought one nil wins would be very welcome.

Once again the players in the running for Ives man of the match were all front men and Jimmy Hartley just got the nod for his all action style and ability to take on and beat opponents. He was at the heart of a lot of Ives best moves on the day.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Merthyr Town  3

Goals : Draycott 14, Hall 84

Supporters man of the match : Jimmy Hartley

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold (Hall 76), De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Hilliard, Clark, Kelly (Seymour-Shove 84), Hartley (Nicholls 84), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Wright

Attendance  :  272

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to todays match sponsor Extreme Events and match mascots Parkside Priory U9

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Merthyr Town – Evo-Stik South Premier – Sat 30 Sept 3pm

Evo-Stik South Premier

Merthyr Town FC – Sat 30 Sept 3:00 pm

Match Day Sponsor – Xreme Events Ltd

Match Day Team Mascots – Priory Parkside U9

The ground will be open from 12:30 and there is a happy hour at the club bar from 1-2 pm when all beers will be £2 pint / bottle.

Merthyr head to WWR with 2 wins in 4 days under their belts. They currently sit in 8th place, just 3 points off a playoff place.

Merthyr Town – Recent Results

26/9/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – W 2-1
23/9/17 – Royston Town (H) – League – W 2-1
16/9/17 – Havant & Waterlooville (A) – FA Cup – L 1-2
12/9/16 – Basingstoke Town (A) – League – L 0-2
9/9/17 – Bishops Stortford (H) – League – D 0-0
2/9/17 – Wiland Rovers (H) – FA Cup – W 6-1
28/8/17 – Hereford (A) – League – D 1-1
26/8/17 – Farnborough (H) – League – W 3-0
19/8/17 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 6-0
15/8/17 – Stratford Town (A) – League – D 2-2
12/8/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 0-0

Evo-Stik Premier Table as of 27 Sept 2017

 

 

 

St Ives Town kit finds a new team

The above photo is not of Ricky’s new starting line up this coming Saturday. It’s of Vides FC from Lome, Togo.

Via the charity SBA (Sourire Belge d’Afrique) we have donated our first team kit from a few seasons ago which is now proudly worn by Vides FC who are based in the Togolese capital of Lome.

Before a smart Alec chimes in. Yes, the pitch is much better than the one at WWR!!

We are also supporting the ‘Football Tournament SBA Friendship’ which takes place 14 – 29 October

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Match Report – Hitchin Town 2 St Ives Town 2

Match Report

Hitchin Town 2 St Ives Town 2 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 25/09/17

In spite of going in front twice, Ives will be the happier side to come away from this encounter with a share of the spoils as they survived a late Canaries onslaught to pick up their first point on the road since their opening day success at Weymouth.

With the very short turn around between this match and Saturdays defeat at Farnborough it may be considered a little surprising that manager Ricky Marheineke made only three changes of personnel in his starting eleven. Brett Longden, Danny Kelly and Phil Draycott replaced Jordan Jarrold, Dubi Ogbonna and Ben Seymour-Shove respectively with the latter trio all dropping to the bench, Equally important appeared to be positional changes which saw Tom McGowan dropping back to his favoured position just in front of the back four, Lewis Hilliard returning to a position on the right and Jimmy Hartley moving inside to play alongside Kelly.

Kelly and Hartley combined perfectly to put Ives in front in the first meaningful attack of the game in 12th minute. Charlie De’ath delivered a long free kick from inside his own half which Kelly cleverly chested down on the edge of the hosts box and Hartley swept the ball home through a crowd of players to beat keeper Michael Johnson low to his left.

The Canaries are also a team fairly low on confidence at the moment and it took them a while to recover from that early blow, but nine minutes later they managed to register their first effort on goal. Left back Ben Walster pinged an excellent cross field ball to pick out his opposite full back Kavan Cotter who had found space beyond Longden. Cotter took the ball down well and cut inside his marker before unleashing a rising drive that keeper James Goff did well to tip away high to his right. The hosts thought they had levelled from the resulting corner as the ball was knocked through to Jonny McNamara who poked it home from close range only to be denied by an assistant’s flag as Ives back line had got up quickly and left him offside.

McNamara went very close again five minutes later as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of a ball threaded through the centre by Lucas Kirkpatrick. Fortunately Miles Smith had tracked his run and managed to get in sufficient challenge to ensure that although he flicked the ball past the advancing Goff it travelled inches outside the post.

The very mobile Hartley was still causing the Canaries back line problems and he was heavily involved in the visitors twice going close to doubling their advantage in a two minute spell around the 33 minute mark. In the first sortie he combined well with Hilliard down the right before receiving a pin point return pass from the silky midfielder and driving in a low cross which caused panic in the hosts defence with a sliced clearance from Lewis Rolfe almost putting in Phil Draycott.

Hartley and Hilliard combined with Kelly two minutes later to win a corner off the struggling Rolfe. In a pre-rehearsed routine Hilliard very cleverly positioned himself on the near post and then ran forward as if to receive a short corner forcing the man on the post to go with him. Draycott delivered the corner into the space at the near post where an under pressure Johnson spilled it. Fortunately for the Canaries it was a defender’s boot that hacked the loose ball clear before Ives could stab it home.

That concluded the meaningful action of the first half as Ives went in with a deserved lead. As expected the hosts came out for the second period reinvigorated and tore into the visitors from the off. The half was only ninety seconds old when Ives had a huge let off. Kirkpatrick drove at the heart of their defence before unleashing a powerful drive from 25 yards that deflected for a corner off Draycott. Another pre-rehearsed corner move saw the ball delivered low 15 yards from goal where Callum Donnelly met it perfectly hitting a screamer that ricochet away off Hilliard on the line. The Hitchin players and their fans behind the goal were all convinced that it struck the arm of the Ives man. But fortunately referee Alex Rayment and his assistant were both un-sighted and Ives breathed again.

The hosts continued to press forward in search of the equaliser and went close again in 51st minute as McNamara cut in from the right past Draycott and Longden. Fortunately for Ives the pitch a Hitchin is not quite as good as it used to be and McNamara’s pull back to Kirkpatrick took a bobble resulting in the Canaries man firing over from a very good position.

As has so often been the case this season when the pressure really starts to mount on the Ives defence it has cracked and this happened again in 53rd minute as Jack Green somehow managed to pick out McNamara with a ball through the centre of the Ives back line. McNamara managed to hold off the challenge of Longden before cleverly clipped the ball past Goff to level things up.

The Canaries should have gone in front four minutes later a quick throw from Cotter on the right picked out Callum Donnelly in space. He had time to size up his cross and picked out his brother Brett at the far post. Brett Donnelly rose well and looked like he must score, but in trying to direct his header from six yards back past the athletic Goff he only succeeded in putting it over the top.

That miss seemed to take the wind out of the Canaries wings, or perhaps they were simply having a breather. But Ives seized the initiative back and enjoyed a brief purple patch. James Hall had replaced the limping Kelly early in the second half and he went very close to restoring Ives lead just after the hour. A Draycott corner from the right deflected off a defender to arrive at the feet of Hall beyond the far post. He had time to take a touch but unfortunately hammered his right foot effort straight at keeper Johnson who parried the stinging effort away.

Having gone close once Ives continued to push forward and restored their lead with a spectacular header five minutes later. Full back Longden surged forward on the overlap down the left and delivered an inviting hanging cross twelve yards out. Peter Clark met the ball perfectly with a powerful header that flew in the top corner and in spite of keeper Johnson getting a good hand on it the momentum took the ball on into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

However the lead was only short lived as Hitchin equalised in 69th minute with the goal of the game. Cotter delivered a high hanging cross from the right that Goff did very well to punch clear under heavy pressure from friend and foe alike. The ball fell to Jay Dowie fully 35 yards from goal and he decided to try his luck only to find out it was certainly his day as he met the dropping ball perfectly with a dipping shot that arced like a missile to dip in just underneath Goff’s crossbar giving the young stopper absolutely no chance.

Having got back level for the second time the hosts now went in search of the winner and Goff did very well to save his side as Kirkpatrick picked out McNamara arriving at pace at the back of the Ives box and his first time effort from a narrow angle was deflected off the body of the Ives keeper. The resulting corner arrived at the feet of Green at the back post, but he prodded wide from a good position.

Although the Canaries were enjoying a lot of possession Ives were working very hard as a team to shut them down all over the park and prevent them building up a real head of steam. It took until added time before the hosts were able to carve out any more clear cut chances to win the game, but the five added minutes were very much nail biting stuff for those of us who have seen points slip away late in so many games this season.

It seemed that the entire five minutes were spent in and around Ives penalty area. In the first added minute substitute Connor Vincent rose highest at the far post to get on the end of a cross from the left, but fortunately he was stretching and only managed to steer his header wide.

As the added minutes rolled agonisingly by Ives players were putting their bodies on the line and in one scramble in the fourth added minute three shot were blocked at close range with McGowan and De’ath to the fore before the ball was finally hacked away.

The final action of the game may hopefully be a big turning point for our luck and our season as McNamara fired in a low shot from just inside the packed penalty area that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner and more heartache when it struck his fellow Canary Green and bounced wide. Games can certainly be decided on such fine margins, but can we take the momentum from this stroke of fortune and the very hard earned point it gained to take us forward into our continued tough run of fixtures.

Tom McGowan grabbed the man of the match award, but he was only one of many who put in that 110% necessary to earn our much deserved reward from this fixture. I am pleased to say that the recipient could have been anyone of the Ives players out there on the night.

Final Score : Hitchin Town  2  St Ives Town  2

Goals : Hartley 12, Clark 66

Supporters man of the match : Tom McGowan

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Hilliard (Seymour-Shove 83), Clark, Kelly (Hall 49), Hartley (Ogbonna 78), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Jarrold, Nicholls

Attendance  :  325

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson