Lewis Leslie signs for the Ives

We are pleased to announce the signing of Lewis Leslie from AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

With the transfer deadline less than 24 hours away, manager Ricky Marheineke has strengthened his squad with the signing of Lewis. With 11 fixtures still remaining before our final league game at the end of April, it’s fair to say Lewis is a timely addition.

The midfield man has spent the past two season helping Diamonds reach consecutive top five finishes and a play off place in both the Southern Central and Northern Premier South divisions.

Please join me in welcoming Lewis to the club and we hope his time with us is both an enjoyable and successful one.

Photo courtesy and copyright of Malcolm Swinden Photography

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Slough Town 4

St Ives Town 1 Slough Town  4 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 20/03/18

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that you are beaten by the better side and this was certainly one of those occasions as the play-off chasing Rebels claimed a hard fought victory over a gallant Ives side who battled all the way, but could not quite match the quality of their high flying rivals. The margin of victory could have been even greater but for a heroic goalkeeping display from 18 year old scholar Tom Smith who was thrown in at the deep end for his League debut with Tim Trebes being laid low with illness. The youngster overcame his early nerves to pull off a string of stunning saves to keep the hosts in the game for a lot longer than probably should have been the case.

The visitors showed their intentions straight from the off buzzing around Ives players like small swarms of bees giving them no time on the ball at all. Lloyd Groves was harried into a mistake as early as the third minute. Manny Williams robbed the dallying defender and teeing up Simon Dunn for a close range effort that was bravely blocked by the spreading Smith.

The Rebels continued to press forward but thanks to gallant Ives defending it took a further ten minutes before they carved out another clear opportunity. This one was a bit more direct as keeper Jack Turner cleverly picked out Warren Harris wide right with his clearance. Harris skilfully combined with Williams to work his way into the box before unleashing a fierce drive that flashed across the face of goal.

Any remaining nerves that Smith may have had lingering were completely extinguished two minutes later as he pulled off a brilliant save to prevent Harris putting the Rebels in front. Nathan Smart was given space 35 yards out on the left and delivered a perfect hanging cross to the back post where Harris got above Luke Warner-Eley to attack the ball. Smith acrobatically flung himself high to his right to fingertip the powerful header over the top.

The direct route almost worked for the visitors in the 21st minute as Ben Harris won a long ball down the middle above Groves. His knock down fell to the feet of Dunn just outside the box. Fortunately for Ives the all action midfielder did not realise that he had enough space to take a touch and went for glory on the half volley. He hit it well enough, but the ball flew a metre wide of Smith’s left hand post.

Having been under the cosh throughout the first quarter of the game Ives stunned their visitors by going in front with their first meaningful attack in 27th minute. Warner-Eley went on the overlap down the left taking defenders with him to allow Phil Draycott to cut inside and feed the ball into the feet of Rogan McGeorge his first time pass through the channel picked out Dubi Ogbonna who had timed his run to perfection to get clear. Turner quickly closed the striker down and blocked his attempted flick at close range. But Peter Clark was following up and bravely slid in just ahead of covering defender Guy Hollis to force the ball over the line.

The goal knocked the Rebels out of their stride allowing the hosts to enjoy their best period of the game. They could even have grabbed a second goal in 38th minute as Draycott robbed a dallying Smart wide on the left and sped on into the box before going down under a clumsy challenge from the recovering defender. Referee Jack Bloxham was right on the spot and waved away Draycott’s appeals for a penalty perhaps thinking that the Ives winger went down a little easily, but we have all seen them given.

On such fine margins games can change and sure enough having failed to get the opportunity from the spot to go two in front Ives found themselves pegged back as they conceded a penalty themselves only four minutes later. Miles Smith was slow to clear a ball deep in his own half and was robbed by a Lee Togwell who fed the ball into the run of Harris into the box only for the big striker to be taken down by Groves just as he shaped to shoot. Dunn slammed home the resulting spot kick low to Smith’s left giving the young keeper no chance.

Getting level lifted the Rebels again and with the break fast approaching Ives were looking a bit like a struggling boxer praying for the bell to sound so that they can get in level and regroup. Smith did well to deny Togwell plunging low to his left to keep out a screamer from 25 yards. But the knock out blow arrived just seconds before the break as Ives continued to struggle to get the ball clear and the loose orb arrived on the foot of Warren Harris fully 30 yards from goal. He struck the dropping ball on the volley and it flew like an Exocet missile into the right hand top corner of the net past a stunned Smith almost before the young keeper could move.

So from looking like they might go into the break in front Ives found themselves sipping their half time cuppa one goal in arrears, but in the knowledge that they were not yet out of the game. Unfortunately a third Rebels goal only five minutes after the restart put paid to any realistic hope they had of grabbing an unlikely point from the contest. The goal arrived in simple fashion as a deep cross from the right by Warren Harris was met by Dunn beyond the far post and his header back into the middle was turned home a close range by Ben Harris.

To their great credit Ives heads did not drop and although they struggled to penetrate a rugged Rebels back line they all continued to battle to make things difficult for the visitors. But it was the Rebels that continued to carve out the opportunities, On the hour George Wells roamed forward from full back and exchanged passes with Dunn before laying the ball into the feet of substitute Perry Coles inside the box. His two well struck efforts were blocked by a combination of skipper Charlie De’ath and half time replacement for Lloyd Groves, Dan Moyes.

Smith was called into action again in 69th minute plunging to his left to keep out a powerful low 25 yard drive from Wells who had again found space to break forward on the left. The young keeper did well again only ninety seconds later as a long throw from Hollis was flicked on in the melee in the six yard box by friend, or foe, only for Smith to pull off an excellent reaction save to somehow keep the ball out at point blank range.

Smith had a slightly more routine save to make in 76th minute as he clung on well to a powerful snap shot from the edge of the box by Coles. He rode his luck a little three minutes later as Harris set up Coles again just outside the box and the tricky strikers first time effort beat Smith but rattled the base of his right hand upright and rebounded to safety. Smith also denied Harris once more six minutes from time but was finally beaten again by the Rebels fourth goal deep in added time. The silky Davies fed a ball into the run of substitute James Dobson, his powerful low drive from fifteen yards was kept out by the diving Smith, but Williams was following up and rammed home the loose ball from close range.

So the game ended in a comprehensive win for the powerful Rebels who cement their position in the final play off place moving six points clear of their rivals with games in hand on all below them. The Ives also come out of this game with a good deal of credit as they showed their battling qualities throughout and ensured the visitors knew that they had been in a scrap. In spite of battling performances all over the pitch there was only one name on the lips of supporters questioned for a potential man of the match, goalkeeping prospect Tom Smith, a name to watch for the future.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Slough Town  4

Goals : Clark 27

St Ives team : Tom Smith, Miles Smith, Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Groves (Moyes 45), McGeorge, Baker, Snaith (Libertucci 59), Ogbonna (Kelly 70), Clark, Draycott

Unused subs : Watson, Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Tom Smith

Attendance  :  179

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Slough Town

The Ives head in to this game on the back of an excellent hard fought win at Frome last Wednesday.

Tom Knowles is unavailable after he featured for Cambridge Utd in last nights Invitation Cup fixture against Cambridge City.

Returning from injury and holiday respectively are Eugene Libertucci and Declan Rogers who will both return to the squad.

Slough are inside the play off zone in fifth place, but have several games in hand over their promotion rivals.

This will be the sixth meeting between the two clubs with Slough having won 4 and the Ives winning 1.

Slough Town – Recent Results
17/3/18 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – D 2-2
13/3/18 – King’s Lynn Town (A) – League – L 0-1
10/3/18 – Frome Town (H) – League – W 2-1
6/3/18 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – D 1-1
24/2/18 – St Neots Town (H) – League – W 2-1
17/2/18 – Kings Langley (A) – League – W 2-0
10/2/18 – Banbury United (H) – League – L 0-1
6/2/18 – Reddich United (H) – League – W 4-0
3/2/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 0-3
30/1/8 – Kings Langley (H) – League – D 1-1
27/1/18 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 3-2
23/1/18 – Bracknell Town (A) – Berks & Bucks Senior Cup – W 3-2
16/1/18 – Dorchester Town (H) – League – W 2-0
6/1/18 – Hereford (H) – League – D 2-2
1/1/8 – Chesham United (A) – League – D 1-1

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 17.3.18

There is no pitch inspection planned ahead of tonight’s game.

St Ives Town v Chesham United – POSTPONED

The Ives head in to this game on the back of an excellent hard fought win at Frome on Wednesday.

On the squad front Ricky has a full squad to choose from with the exception of Declan Rogers who is on holiday.

Chesham United sit just outside the play-off places in 6th place on 62 points, but having played more games than their play-off rivals.

Chesham hold the upper hand with regards to head to head encounters with the Ives. They won both games 2-0 last season and 4-0 at the Meadow in January.

Chesham United – Recent Results
10/3/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 0-0
24/2/18 – Kettering Town (H) – League – W 2-0
20/2/18 – Didcot Town (A) – Berks & Bucks Cup – W 1-0
17/2/18 – Frome Town (A) – League – W 3-1
12/2/18 – Hitchin Town (A) – League – Drew 0-0
10/2/18 – Dorchester Town (H) – League – D 2-2
3/2/18 – St Neots Town (A) – League – L 1-3
30/1/18 – St Ives Town (H) – League – W 4-0
27/1/18 – Bishop’s Stortford (H) – League – W 2-1
23/1/18 – Gosport B (A) – League – W 5-1
20/1/18 – Royston Town (A) – League – W 2-0
16/1/18 – Didcot Town (A) – League Cup – L 0-0 (4-5 pens)
13/1/18 – Basingstoke T (H) – League – W 4-1
9/1/18 – Maidenhaed United (A) – Berks & Bucks Cup – W 3-3 (5-4 pens)

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 14.3.18

There is a pitch inspection scheduled for 10:30 am Saturday. We will advise the outcome asap.

Match Report – Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 14/03/18

Manager Ricky Marheineke has been questioning the commitment of some of his players recently, but there can be no doubting whatsoever the commitment of the twelve players, or two management staff, who made the seven hour round trip to Somerset on a foul Wednesday evening. Their whole hearted performance was rewarded with an excellent three points as they ended a run of five successive defeats and ensured that their out of form hosts extended their bad run with a sixth defeat on the bounce.

The crucial goal arrived in only the seventh minute and came courtesy of a Dubi Ogbonna penalty. The spot kick came as Ives caught the Robins napping as the hosts first corner of the game was quickly cleared down the middle of the park and Tom Knowles showed his pace to get away from the covering defenders only to be clipped by a late arriving Ben Whitely just as he shaped to shoot. Referee Lewis Sandoe had also shown an excellent burst of pace to be well positioned to make the decision. Keeper Kyle Phillips went to his right early allowing Ogbonna to side foot his spot kick into the vacant centre of the goal.

The early goal boosted Ives confidence and rocked their opponents. Ogbonna should have doubled Ives lead only three minutes later as he timed his run to perfection to get clear down the centre onto a Rogan McGeorge through ball. As keeper Phillips came to meet him the Ives striker tried to take the ball around him only for the agile stopper to get a touch and knock the ball off his toe just giving Robins skipper Sam Teale chance to get around behind him to complete the clearance.

With the strengthening breeze at their backs Ives continued to take the game to their opponents throughout the first period and the next good chance arrived in 27th minute as another pacey move through the centre saw Ogbonna feed the ball into the run of Ben Baker as the young winger cut into the box from the left. His first touch was excellent taking him inside the covering defender, but unluckily for him as he shaped to shoot the ball took a wicked bobble off a divot and his shot flew high and wide drawing shouts of derision from the small contingent of home fans gathered by the bar behind the goal who were perhaps secretly relieved not to be further behind.

A wind assisted Tim Trebes punt created the visitors next opportunity ten minutes before the break. Knowles ran onto the bouncing ball in a wide right position and did very well to keep the ball in play. His pull back picked out Ogbonna deep inside the box, but in spite of his best efforts to wriggle and turn he was unable to get a decisive shot away. But his effort was deflected out to the left where full back Luke Warner-Eley had roamed forward and his clip to the near post was powered a couple of feet wide by a diving Baker as keeper Phillips looked on.

The hosts only chance of the first half arrived a couple of minutes later from their second of three corners in quick succession. This one was delivered into the mix by the cultured right foot of Jon Davies. It eventually arrived at the feet of Mitchell Page eight yards out in the centre of goal, but thanks to the close attention of Dan Moyes and Charlie De’ath has was unable to find any space to turn and the attempted shot that eventually arrived was deflected out for another flag kick that came to nothing.

On to many occasions this season the Ives have enjoyed good halves but failed to take their chances and ended up losing matches which should have been won. With the prospect of a second period facing what was by now a gale force wind and the driving rain which had joined it meant that whilst it was a cheery half time cuppa it was also a somewhat nervous one.

Ben Baker had the opportunity to settle our nerves ten minutes after the re-start as another speedy break deep into Robins territory saw Ollie Snaith thread a ball into his run into the box from the right. The youngster had time to steady himself before firing a rising drive that beat Phillips comprehensively, but cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and back into play just avoiding Knowles and Snaith following up.

The hard work of Snaith, McGeorge and Peter Clark was ensuring that the hosts were not able to really build anything through the centre of the park and with Warner-Eley keeping their danger man Davies quiet on the right and Miles Smith doing an equally good job on Ollie Knight on the left the Robins were generally being forced into a long ball game which was meat and drink to a back to form skipper De’ath and his fellow centre back the old warhorse Moyes. Anything that was a little bit over hit just sailed on the breeze through to Trebes. The Robins were trying to feed on scraps which were generally few and far between. A George Miller corner from the left in 66th minute was somehow allowed to bounce inside the six yard box, but it flashed harmlessly through the crowded goalmouth without anyone able to get a touch.

Trebes had to earn his corn with two excellent saves in three minutes as the game entered the last fifteen. Getting no joy on the right Davies had wandered inside and Miller picked him out with a short pass into the box in 76th minute. The tricky winger got his shot away first time, but Trebes had quickly closed him down and was equal to the effort parrying it away at close range.

The second save a couple of minutes later was even better as the hosts broke quickly from an Ives corner and an interchange of passes down the left between Page and Joe Raynes allowed the latter to clip in a cross to the centre where Davies went for a spectacular overhead effort and connected perfectly. He could not believe it when Trebes topped his effort with an even more spectacular save hurling himself backwards and high to his right to get a good hand on the ball and turn it over the top.

The resulting corner was cleared to the back of the box where a tiring Ogbonna put pressure back on his defence as he clumsily brought down Davies just outside the area. The Robins winger was always going to go for goal with the free kick and he skilfully curled it around the three man Ives wall, but Trebes was down low to his right and hung onto the greasy ball well just ahead of the fast closing hoards.

Ives were pleasingly effective in clearing their lines and keeping possession in the opposition half to effectively run down the remaining time without a further scare much to the frustration of their hosts and this showed in abundance as with the game deep in added time Robins skipper Teale hurled himself into a reckless tackle on Ogbonna to earn himself a straight red card. The battling Ogbonna limped off having done his part on a glorious night for the Ives to give a debut to eighteen year old Gordan Torkornoo who we will hopefully see a little more of in the remaining games.

Make no mistake this was a very good all round performance with a threadbare squad, but the level of effort from all was fantastic and for once got the deserved result. The trip back was still a long one, but I am sure that the dreams of those asleep in my car were made much more pleasant by what they had witnessed.

Score : Frome Town 0  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Ogbonna 7 (pen)

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Moyes, McGeorge, Knowles, Snaith, Ogbonna (Torkornoo 90+4), Clark, Baker

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Luke Warner-Eley

Attendance  :  91

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Preview & Squad Details – Frome Town v St Ives Town

After 2 1/2 weeks without a game it would appear that the Ives will finally get some action this evening as we make the long journey to Somerset.

The Ives head in to the game on a 5 run losing streak and will be looking to halt the slide and start to climb away from the bottom of the table.

On the squad front, the following are unavailable for tonights game – Phil Draycott, Danny Watson & Danny Kelly due to work commitments. Lloyd Groves having taken up the position of scholarship manager will be with the U18’s for their Youth League Cup fixture at Royston this evening. Eugene Libertucci remains injured but should be available for the weekend.

Frome head into this game having also lost their last 5 games and sit mid-table in 12th place on 50 points.

Address – Berkley Rd, Frome, Somerset. BA11 2EH

Admission – Adult £10, Concessions £7, Student £3, U16 Free

Click here for Frome Town’s fixtures & results

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 13.3.18

Semi-Final Heartache for the Ladies – Sunday Round Up 11 March

Three 1 goal defeats and a thumping victory

For the second season running the Ladies First team fell at the Semi-Final stage of the League Cup with a narrow 0-1 defeat at the hands of Peterborough ICA Sports.

Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say -:

Not our day today, but still couldn’t be prouder of the Ladies. Second year running we’ve reached the semi final stage, and our first defeat in 14 games. Well done to ICA Sports and good luck in the final. A good club, with good people involved.

Ellie Brown was named ‘Player of the Match’

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 March – Cambridge City Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Invitation Cup
  • Sun 1 April – Newmarket Town Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership


The Ladies Development game at home to Newmarket Town Ladies Res was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 18.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 March – Burwell Tigers (A)  – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 8 April – Histon Ladies Reserves (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South


The U15’s lost 3-4 at home to Stowmarket Town in a pulsating game in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Brilliant game. End to end some great goals and footie from both teams. 2 goals for Mitkov and 1 for Ben Smith. Well done to all players, it was a great game to watch.

The U15’s have a game this coming Tuesday evening away against Cambridge City at the Bottisham Sports Centre 19:15 k.o.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 11.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 13 March – Cambridge City (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 18 March – Felixstowe & Walton (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division


The U14’s lost at home 1-2 to Newmarket Town which leaves them in 5th position in the league table.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 11.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 March – Felixstowe & Walton (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 25 March – Newmarket Town (H) – EJA U14 Green Division


The U13’s had a massive 14-1 victory at home to Burwell Swallows. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 11.3.18

The postponed game on 28 Jan against Saffron Walden Community Youth has been awarded as a walkover to the St Ives U13’s.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 March – Ely Crusaders (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 15 April – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – St Ives Town U13 14 Burwell Swallows U13 1

St Ives Town 14 Burwell Swallows 1

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 11 March 18

The lads really put on a dynamic performance today from start to finish and the measure was how we would defend our goal and how the defence could move the ball quick into the next third of the pitch. The ball was won in midfield due to the ability to have three at the back. We have learnt to stretch the play with use of the wings. The goals were all built from passing and movement, making space for some spectacular goals.  Alfie Baker, both of Louis Roswell’s and Louis Gill  scored with great twenty yard finishes.

I would also like to say well done to the team. We played 2 different formations today and every player adapted to the game. If the boys continue to focus on their play and give themselves the belief to carry on  we can be contenders for the league. To the parents and supporters thanks again for your support. The boys really played well and gave us a great Mothers Day treat.

There was not just one team in this. Burwell to their credit played well and never gave up. To Kenny and his team at Burwell, good luck for the rest of the season .

Alfie  Baker 3
Harry Suttie 1
Daniel Legg 2
Louis Gill 4
Louis Roswell 1
Luke Dunn 2
Ben Hunter 1

Players of the match – Billy Chambers, Harvey Johnson and Harvey Donaldson

These three lads at the back were superb in defensive decision making and really moved the ball well for our midfield and attackers to find space. I congratulate them for working hard as a unit and focusing for the whole game.

Report by Jay Annis

2018/19 Season Tickets now on sale – Early Bird offer

Save up to £65 on a 2018/19 Season Ticket!!

St Ives Town FC are pleased to announce their season ticket prices for next season.

There are reduced rate Early Bird prices on Adult and Concession season tickets if they are purchased by 31 May.

Adult – £145* / £165 
Concessions – £80* / £90
Student – £40
Child 12-16 – £20

*Early bird price applications before 31 May 2018

Season tickets are valid for all League games and Friendlies. Season Tickets are not valid for any Cup or Play off games.

There will be 21 home League games next year which means an Adult can save £65 on admission costs, plus free entry for Friendlies on top.

Click Here to download an application form.

We look forward to welcoming you at Westwood Road again next season

Thank you for your continued support



Jordan Jarrold departs the Ives

Manager Ricky Marheineke has today confirmed the departure of defender Jordan Jarrold. The left back who signed for the Ives at the start of our memorable promotion season has been a great servant for the club over the past two and half seasons but the manager has decided that now is the best time to part company.

We would like to thank Jordan for all his efforts while with the club and wish him every success in his future career.

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Royston Town

With the WWR pitch having passed an afternoon inspection both teams will be eager to play some football after having an enforced break of 11 and 14 days respectively.

The Ives head in to the game on a 5 run losing streak and will be looking to halt the slide and start to climb away from the bottom of the table.

On the squad front Lloyd Groves, Luke Warner-Eley, Danny Kelly and Eugene Libertucci are all unavailable. Youth team captain Jamie Short has been called up into the first team squad.

Royston have lost their last 2 league games, however they still have an outside chance of making the play offs with games in hand over their rivals.

Royston Town – Recent results
20/2/18 – Kings Langley (A) – League – L0-1
17/2/18 – Weymouth (A) – League – L 0-3
10/2/18 – Frome Town (A) – League – W 4-1
6/2/18 – Hoddesdon Town (A) – Herts Senior Cup – W 2-0
3/2/18 – Kettering Town (H) – League – W 4-3
30/1/18 – Weymouth (H) – League – L 1-2
23/1/18 – St Neots Town (H) – League – W 2-1
20/1/18 – Chesham United (H) – League – L 0-2
16/1/18 – Hertford Town (A) – Herts Senior Cup – W 3-0
13/1/18 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 5-0
9/1/18 – Berkhamsted (A) – Herts Senior Cup – W 3-1
6/1/18 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – W 5-0
1/1/8 – Bishops Stortford (A) – League – W 3-0
30/12/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – W 3-0
26/12/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – W 2-1

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 24.2.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 25 Feb


The Ladies played March Town Ladies for the fifth time this season and ran out 6-0 winners which lifts them in to 2nd place in the table.

Six players were on the score sheet – Tierney Coulson, Georgia Stancombe, Amy Seymour-Shove, Hannah Seymour-Shove, Megan Stowe & Connie Liddiard

Cambs Women’s Premiership – Table up to & including 25.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 March – Cambridge City Ladies Development (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 11 March – Peterborough ICA Sports (N) – League Cup Semi Final – Being played at Fulbourn Rec


The Ladies Development side had a week off due to losing in the first round of the Junior Invitation Cup.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 18.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 March – Burwell Tigers (A)  – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 11 March – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South


The U15’s won 3-0 at home to Biggleswade Town in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Good 3 – 0 win in the EJA League today and a 3rd clean sheet in a row. Well done lads, onto Cambridge City next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division – Table up to & including 25.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 March – Cambridge City (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 11 March – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division


The U14’s game at home to AFC Sudbury was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 18.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 March – Woodbridge Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 11 March – Newmarket Town (H) – EJA U14 Green Division


The U13’s won 6-0 at West Wratting. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 25.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 March – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 11 March – Burwell Swallows (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – West Wratting Youth U13 0 St Ives Town U13 6

West Wratting Youth 0 St Ives Town 6

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – 25 Feb 2018

After a couple weeks off after half term we knew that the first ten to fifteen minutes would be hard to get going. We made a few chances but nothing special and the game just seemed to be played in the middle of the pitch. We made a couple of changes on the wings and we started to open Wratting up and we missed two in front of goal. Then from a shot out side the box the ball bounced off the goalkeepers chest and Alfie was there to pop the ball home.

We started the second half with more determination to do better in the final third and within a minute the ball was in the back of the Wratting net after wicked deflection off a Wratting player. We then seemed to settle down and relax. The movement and passing that we played really stretched Wratting and gave space for Dan L to hit a thirty yard thunder bolt into the top corner. We simply carried on keeping the ball and moving and two minutes later Louis. R placed a ball from twenty yard into the left hand corner. With ten minutes to go we swapped the front pair and straight away Harry banged the ball in the back of the net from a cross from the right. Then with the same type of cross again this time from the left allowed Gino to smash in on the volley.

We really looked good today control from the team from back to front was fantastic. Great to have a full team to select from.

Goalscorers -:
Alfie  Baker 1
Harry Suttie 1
Daniel Legg 1
Gino Giove 1
Louis Roswell 1
OG 1

Man of the match – Daniel Legg. Great finishing and enthusiasm for the game.

This was probably our best pass and movement display so far this season. We asked the players to keep to their job roles and responsibilities and they all did. A great clean sheet for our defensive line who controlled the game from start to finish.

Good luck to West Wratting for the rest of the season .

Report by Jay Annis


St Ives Town FC Golf Day – Friday 25 May 2018

St Ives Town FC Golf Day

Friday 25 May 2018 at Pidley Golf Course

Vic Moseley is organising a Golf Day at Pidley GC on Friday 25 May as a fund raising activity for St Ives Town FC. The competition will commence at 8:30 am. It will be a 2 Tee start and the following will apply :-

  1. Each team will consist of 4 players with an entry fee of £40 per head. This will include coffee and a bacon sandwich on arrival and a round of golf together with a buffet at the football club.
  2. Minimum of 3 drives per player.
  3. Prizes to be announced in due course.

To enter a team please contact Vic by email – victor.moseley@virginmedia.com or via telephone – 01480 380786 or 07950 756409. The handicap of each player is also required.

If you are a single player or unable to get a team of 4 together, please let Vic have your details.

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Farnborough 4

St Ives Town 2 Farnborough 4

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 24/02/18

Ives poor run continued and once again it was errors at the back which cost them dear as they gifted their grateful visitors the three points at a sunny, but bitterly cold Pro-Edge stadium.

The hosts started the game well with both Ben Baker and Tom Knowles causing the Boro back line problems early on. Baker had already got to the bye line and almost picked out an unmarked Danny Watson with his pull back before Knowles put the Ives in front in 19th minute.

Boro keeper Craig Bradshaw made a hash of a goal kick slicing the ball straight to Knowles in space fully forty yards from goal. But the young winger is always full of confidence and was not afraid to take on the only defender between him and goal Matt Jones. He turned the left back inside and out before creating himself space to unleash a right footed effort that went through the legs of the defender as he tried to recover. This unsighted keeper Bradshaw who compounded his original error by allowing the ball to bounce past him and into the far corner of the net.

The visitors reacted well to this set back and Jones tested home keeper Tim Trebes with a well struck, dipping, free kick from fully 35 yards only three minutes later. Trebes moved his feet well and got behind the effort, but only managed to hang on at the second attempt.

The Boro equaliser arrived in 24th minute and Trebes will probably feel that he should have done more to keep out Connor Calcutt’s 25 yard effort that beat him low to his right as the off balance keeper stood rooted to the spot.

Only four minutes later the Ives gifted their visitors another goal to put them in front. A corner on the right was delivered to the back post by Jones where Ollie Snaith forgot his marking job allowing one of the shorter players on the pitch Andrew Sealey-Harris a free header six yards out. Needless to say the Boro winger did not waste his opportunity.

Conceding a couple of soft goals rocked the Ives and it took until the last minute of the first half before they had another effort on goal. Once more Knowles was the protagonist as he took on Jones on the outside and fired in a powerful effort from a narrow angle that forced its way through the hands of Bradshaw, but the keeper got just enough on the shot to deflect the ball over the top.

Ives needed to start the second half well to put pressure on their visitors and force their way back into the game unfortunately a calamitous mix up between two of their most experienced players gifted The Boro a third goal only six minutes after the re-start. Skipper Charlie De’ath was chasing a through ball back towards his own goal and going to win the race. But keeper Trebes also decided to come forward to deal with the ball just outside his box. The communication between the two did not appear to happen and the scenario ended with the sort of situation which always looks funny when it does not happen to your team. Neither player dealt with the ball, apparently leaving to each other, but the still managed to collide and end up in a heap as the ball rolled along the eighteen yard line to Sealey-Harris who could not believe his luck as he simply walked the ball into the empty net whilst the Ives skipper and his keeper sat holding their heads in shame.

Things could have gone from bad to worse for the Ives five minutes later as their defence went AWOL leaving Jaydon Antwi a clear run down the middle. He drew keeper Trebes towards him and tried to slot it past him low to his left. But the keeper spread himself well and his trailing leg knocked the shot away.

Home manager Ricky Marheineke made a positive substitution one the hour replacing midfield man Ollie Snaith with striker Dubi Ogbonna who went up front alongside Watson. The enigmatic front man has missed large parts of the season with a recurrent knee injury, but it only took him five minutes to show his value as he hauled Ives back into the contest. Knowles and Miles Smith combined well down the right with the latter delivering a teasing cross to the back post. A stretching Boro skipper CJ Fearn tried to head the ball away but did not quite get enough on it and the ball dropped to Ogbonna on the edge of the box. He took a touch a fired a low right footed drive that went through the crowd, beat the despairing dive of Bradshaw and went in off the inside of the post.

Ives now started to push forward in pursuit of an unlikely equaliser, but this meant they were leaving themselves open to a counter attack and sure enough a 74th minute Ives corner was cleared away and turned into a foot race between Michael Fernandes and Jordan Jarrold. Although the Boro man was no bigger than Jarrold he managed to use his strength well simply outmuscling the Ives man before firing home with aplomb past the exposed Trebes to settle the affair.

With time running out manager Marheineke pushed Danny Kelly forward to strengthen the attack and he should have given The Boro a jittery last seven minutes as Ives tried to return the compliment on their visitors. A Boro corner was quickly played out down the left and Baker scampered forward over the halfway line before feeding in Kelly. Rather than go for goal he tried to square the ball to the late arriving Ogbonna. But a defender’s leg knocked the ball straight back to him eight yards out in space with the goal at his mercy. With keeper Bradshaw out of position it was truly an open goal, but the big man snatched at the chance and screwed it wide to sum up Ives day.

The visitors played out the remaining time without further scares and happily departed the Pro-Edge with their gifts. For the Ives it is back to the training ground to try and work out what is going wrong with their defensive unit. Sixteen goals conceded in those five defeats does not make good reading at any level and at a level where a high percentage of defensive mistakes are punished a way to cut out those costly errors must be found otherwise we will spend the rest of the season looking over our shoulders hoping that the two teams below us do not start picking up points.

Score : St Ives Town  2  Farnborough  4

Goals : Knowles 19, Ogbonna 65

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold (Groves 80), McGeorge, De’ath (capt), Kelly, Knowles, Snaith (Ogbonna 60), Rogers, Watson (Clark 82), Baker

Unused subs : Warner-Eley, Draycott

Supporters man of the match : Tom Knowles

Attendance  :  239

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Farnborough

After the agony of losing the game at Merthyr in the 93rd minute last Saturday, we turn our attention to the visit of Farnborough in what will hopefully be our first Saturday home game of 2018.

Other than Eugene Libertucci who is still sidelined, manager Ricky has a full squad available to choose from.

Farnborough sit in 16th place with 44 points. Our visit to Cherrywood Road back in September resulted in a narrow 1-2 defeat, with both sides being reduced to 10 men.

Farnborough FC – Recent results
17/2/18 – Biggleswade T (H) – League – W 2-1
10/2/18 – Hitchin Town (A) – League – W 3-1
3/2/18 – Hereford (H) – League – L 2-4
27/1/18 – Weymouth (A) – League – L 0-6
20/1/18 – Dunstable Town (H) – League – W 4-0
13/1/18 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – D 2-2
10/1/18 – Banbury United (H) – League – W 1-0
6/1/18 – Redditch United (A) – League – L 1-7
1/1/18 – Basingstoke T (H) – League – W 4-3
26/12/17 – Slough Town (A) – League – L 1-5
23/12/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 0-2
18/12/17 – Dorchester T (A) – League – L 0-4
16/12/17 – Frome Town (H) – League – W 5-3
13/12/17 – AFC Bournemouth (H) – Hants Senior Cup – L 2-2 (lost on pens)
9/12/17 – King’s Lynn T (H) – League – W 5-2
6/12/17 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – L 1-2
2/12/17 – Stratford Town (A) – League – D 2-2

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 20.2.18

St Ives Town Youth U13’s 2018/19 Season

St.Ives Town Youth under 13’s 2018/19 season

In just a few years since its inception St Ives Town FC youth can now boast both U15’s and U14′ s teams competing in the Eastern Junior Alliance League (EJA League) and a current U13’s team playing in the Cambs & District and Colts Sunday League. With the club continuing to look to the future we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new under 13’s team for the 2018/19 season. This new U13’s team will be managed and coached by Ed Shepherd, a well-respected and hugely popular local coach who has a proven track record in developing players of all levels through mini soccer and colts football. Ed will be holding ‘open training sessions’ in the coming months to assemble his new squad ready for their inaugural season in the Cambs & District and Colts Sunday League at eleven a-side and beyond with the progression path being a planned move into the ever more challenging Eastern Junior Alliance League for the 2019/20 season.

For further information and to register your sons interest for the trials please e-mail sitfcsecretary@aol.com, with your son’s name and preferred playing position.

Match report – Merthyr Town 3 St Ives Town 2

Merthyr Town 3 St Ives Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 17/02/18

A needless penalty conceded deep in added time by returning skipper Charlie De’ath condemned Ives to a narrow defeat in a game that they should have had sewn up long before their captain’s calamitous error.

A far from ideal journey with a closed road in the valleys meaning a trip in excess of four and half hours and a warm up interrupted by the largest earthquake to hit the British Isles in a decade all compounded the visitor’s early problems.

With all of this in mind a slow start was no real surprise and keeper Tim Trebes was called into action in only 6th minute as a slick move down the centre involving Matthew Harris and Harry Franklin set up a shooting opportunity for Jaye Bowen. But fortunately his crisp low drive from 20 yards was straight at the Ives stopper who held on well.

The Martyrs then suffered what looked like an early blow as tricky winger Corey Jenkins limed out of the game in only 12th minute. But his replacement was recent signing, Welsh Under 21 international Owain Jones. It only took the substitute five minutes to show his class as Bowen and Ian Traylor combined on the right before the latter fed the ball into the feet of Jones 25 yards from goal with his back to the target and De’ath in close attendance. A split second later and the youngster had taken a touch before turning and unleashing a powerful left foot drive that flew in the top right hand corner of the net before Trebes could move.

Ives were slowly getting into the game with Rogan McGeorge and Peter Clark getting through a lot of working in the centre of the park. McGeorge was instrumental in the move which got the visitors level in 28th minute. He won the ball in the centre circle and threaded a pass out to Tom Knowles on the right. The speedy winger got to the bye line before cutting inside and taking on full back Scott Tancock. The struggling defender clumsily took down Knowles deep inside the box just as he shaped to shoot. The excellent referee Ollie Williams was right on the spot and had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Danny Watson clinically despatched the spot kick sending keeper Oliver Davies the wrong way.

Both sides were now looking to move the ball around at pace on the 3G surface and it was Ives who created the next opportunity only three minutes later as Watson, Ben Baker and Clark combined well to work their way into the Martyrs box. But none of the trio could quite find the opportunity to pull the trigger and when the shot finally came it was a tame one from Clark straight at Davies.

The final clear opportunity of the first period fell to the hosts twelve minutes before the break. Tancock, Traylor and Franklin all combined well down the left before the former delivered a cross that the Ives back line struggled to deal with. The ball eventually deflected to the far post where Bowen was lurking in space. The Merthyr striker had time to take a touch before hammering a low drive from eight yards straight at Trebes which the keeper remarkably managed to hang onto.

The hosts went close to regaining their lead only ninety seconds after the restart as they broke at pace and a quick interchange of passes deep in Ives territory finished with Traylor teeing up Franklin for a shot from just inside the box. The Martyrs centre forward was unluckily denied by his own man as his goal bound effort struck Jones and deflected wide.

Having survived that scare the visitors began to take control of the game and carved out sufficient opportunities to win the game in the next twenty minutes. Watson closed down keeper Davies on a back pass in 52nd minute and the under pressure custodian only succeeded in knocking the ball straight to the feet of Baker in a wide left position. His early ball into the centre picked out Knowles by the penalty spot but the skilful strikers shot on the turn was deflected wide by a covering defender.

Three minutes later a long Danny Kelly free kick came off a defender and fell to Ollie Snaith in the centre of goal eight yards out. But the usually cool young striker snatched at the chance and failed to make contact with the bouncing ball allowing covering defender Kyle Patten to hack clear.

The Ives pressure continued and only sixty seconds later Watson got on the end of a long ball over the top. But as keeper Davies came to meet him he tried to lob the exposed stopper but got it all wrong and simply chipped the ball into the grateful keeper’s hands.

The Martyrs were gifted one decent opportunity during this period of Ives dominance as in 63rd minute Trebes was a little slow to come off his line to deal with a ball over the top giving Jones chance to close down his attempted clearance. The ball rebounded to Traylor who teed up Bowen for a shot from 20 yards. The striker took on the chance first time but blazed the ball well wide much to the relief of the fast retreating Trebes.

Further good Ives pressing lead to them taking the lead only one minute later as Clark was able to rob a defender inside the D and slide a pass into a well timed run from Baker. The young winger did the rest opening his body nicely before sliding the ball past the outstretched hand of the exposed Davies.

Falling behind seemed to spur on the hosts to greater effort and they started to push their visitors back at every opportunity. A 74th minute mistake by a tiring McGeorge, as he was robbed by Ashley Evans in the centre circle, allowed the Martyrs midfielder to pick out a perfectly timed run from Traylor. The flying winger found himself completely clear drew Trebes to him, but then inexplicably slotted the ball past the post.

Ives were almost caught out by a quick free kick a minute later as Harris clipped the kick over Miles Smith to put Traylor away down the left. De’ath came to Ives rescue as he slid in at the near post to just turn away Traylor’s low driven cross ahead of the fast arriving Jones.

Ives should have sewn things up in a breakaway in 77th minute as Snaith won a challenge in midfield and knocked a ball into the feet of Baker just outside the box. His clever flick put Watson away cutting in from the right. The Ives striker struck his shot well, but only succeeded in ruffling the side netting from 15 yards.

Within four minutes of failing to finish off their opponents Ives found themselves pegged back as they failed to deal with a routine ball into their box from the right. Smith somehow found himself with two men to deal with at the back post. He got himself in a tangle with Jones causing both of them to miss the ball which then bounced on to substitute Kerry Morgan who found himself completely free eight yards out. He made no mistake taking a touch before rifling the ball past Trebes.

The hosts were now looking favourites to grab all three points and it took a spectacular save from Trebes to deny Traylor two minutes later as the speedy striker got on the end of a long punt down the park from keeper Davies and hit the dropping ball first time on the volley from 25 yards.

Ives had one final opportunity to grab a winner four minutes from time as Knowles found room on the right and ran at covering defender Morgan who realised that the Ives winger was going to outpace him and brought him down 25 yards from goal taking his yellow card for the team. Declan Rogers delivered the in-swinging free kick which flashed dangerously across the six yard box with no one able to get the vital touch.

With three minutes of the added four gone a draw looked the likely result until De’ath’s unfortunate error as he allowed a long ball into the heart of the Ives back line to go over his shoulder rather than simply head it away. The speedy Traylor ran onto the ball, but he was still on the right edge of the penalty area and heading for the bye line when De’ath inexplicably pulled him back for a cast iron penalty. Traylor picked himself up and duly despatched the spot kick straight down the middle as Trebes went to his right.

So ended another frustrating day when the Ives should have got something from the game, but ended up with no reward. It was a long and mournful trip back to Cambridgeshire.

Score : Merthyr Town 3 St Ives Town 2

Goals : Watson 28 (pen), Baker 64

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold, McGeorge (Rogers 77), De’ath (capt), Kelly, Knowles, Snaith, Clark, Watson (Ogbonna 84), Baker

Unused subs : Warner-Eley, Draycott, Groves

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance : 427

Report by Nigel Howlett