St Ives Town Ladies looking for players for the upcoming 2018/19 season

Following on from a successful 2017/18 season in which the Ladies first team won the Cambs Premiership, we are looking for Ladies interested in joining our teams for next season (2018/19).

If you are 16+ and you’re looking to progress / get into senior football, a change or wanting to get back into football after a time out we would love to hear from you.

Our first open training session is on Friday 25 May 7-8pm at the St Ives Outdoor Centre on the 3G pitch and every Friday through to the end of June. The first session is free.

You can contact us by either emailing Ladies manager Darren Marjoram – darren.marjoram@ntlworld.com or by using our online form – Click Here

We currently have 2 Ladies teams under the St Ives Town umbrella -:

The First team managed by Darren Marjoram will be playing in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division 1. They will also be entered into the Women’s FA Cup.

The Development team managed by Lisa Trigg will be in the Cambridgeshire Women’s County Football League Championship South Division.

Match Report – King’s Lynn Town U18 4 St Ives Town U18 4

King’s Lynn Town U18  4  St Ives Town U18  4

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 14/05/18

The Young Ives completed their season in an exciting end to end game played out on a rough bumpy surface in the imposing surroundings of the Walks Stadium.

Ives found themselves with a dilemma before the off as neither regular keeper was available for this hastily rearranged fixture. Fortunately outfield player Brandon Oldale stepped up to the plate so well that the Linnets did not realise that their visitors were lacking a recognised gloveman until after the conclusion of the game.

Oldale was called into action early on as he blocked a low drive from Emre Upston with his legs in the eleventh minute. The chance had been carved up by Charlie Rudland going on a weaving run down the left which saw him get the better of stand in right back Louis Bald. Rudland picked out Upston well with his pull back only for the striker to be denied by a well positioned Oldale.

Having been denied the opening goal the hosts then found themselves behind only sixty seconds later. Aaron Makeham threaded a ball down the left which put Martin Saunders away. He cut inside two defenders and got into the box before driving in a cross that keeper Lewis Herbert found to hot to hold and presented Harry Sargent with a tap in at the back post.

The Linnets should have equalised in 17th minute as Rudland and Connor Young played the perfect one-two through a static Ives defence. Rudland found himself clear on goal, but was quickly closed by Oldale who did just enough to hurry the tricky winger into clipping his effort just past the post.

The equalising goal did arrive midway through the first half as Ives struggled to clear the Linnets first corner in 23rd minute. A poor clearing header at the near post dropped to the feet of Young 15 yards from goal. The big centre forward did not need a second invitation rifling the ball high into the net through the crowd in the box.

The goal lifted the hosts and they came close to a second in their next attack only one minute later. Overlapping full back Taylor King got down the left and delivered a cross into the mix that Oldale just managed to touch off the head of Young. The ball dropped to Jack Cropley at the far post but Makeham managed to bravely throw himself across the line of the shot to block the ball away.

A long George Cawte free kick delivered a very simple second for the Ives in 33rd minute. Jordan Locke flicked the ball on at the edge of the box and skipper Jamie Short bravely beat keeper Herbert to the ball to knock home his first goal of the season. 

The lead lasted just over sixty seconds as King again got down the left and delivered a cross that ricocheted off an Ives defender and fell to Rudland who had time to pick his spot and gave Oldale no chance from 15 yards.

Oldale’s only error of the evening was partly to blame for the Linnets taking the lead eight minutes before the break. His poor goal kick fell to Cropley who played it into the path of Young, Locke still had the chance to put the ball into row z but decided to try and shield it back to his keeper instead allowing Young to get in first and lash the ball home from the edge of the box.

There was still time for Sargent to grab his second and pull the visitors back level before the break again in very simple fashion. Bald threw the ball into his feet just inside the box and Sargent cleverly turned his man before firing a rising left foot drive into the roof of the net past the startled Herbert to end a pulsating six goal first period.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and went back in front in 58th minute. Rudland combined well with Adam White down the right before the latter hung up a teasing cross to the back post where Cropley rose above the defence to head home.

Ives had their stand in keeper to thank for keeping them in the game four minutes later as the visitors struggled to clear another cross from the right the ball fell to Cropley eight yards out. Fortunately for the visitors he hit his shot straight into the midriff of Oldale who held on well.

The Linnets changed their keeper early in the second period and replacement keeper Michael Bailey twice thwarted Sargent in less than sixty seconds around the 68th minute. Billy Mobbs initially delivered a cross from the right that Sargent looked likely to bring down only to have the ball bravely plucked off his toe by Bailey as he shaped to shoot. Only seconds later Sargent got completely clear through the middle onto a Cawte through ball only for the well positioned Bailey to keep out his cleanly stuck effort from just inside the box with his legs.

Not to be outdone Oldale again proved his keeping abilities four minutes later. Linnets substitute Sam Rolf threaded a ball through into the run of Young but Oldale was equal to his effort tipping the strikers rasping drive from the edge of the box over the top.

The deserved Ives equaliser arrived thirteen minutes from time as Sargent completed his perfect hat trick complementing his earlier right foot tap in and left foot shot with a perfectly placed looping header that drifted over Bailey to nestle in the back of the net. The chance had been served up by a powerful run down the right and inviting hanging cross from Mobbs.

Each side had an opportunity to grab a winner in the closing stages. Ives went close two minutes before the end of the ninety as Short got above keeper Bailey to get on the end of another long hanging Cawte free kick into the box. But Aiden Doughty had got around behind his keeper and was on hand to scramble the ball off the line.

The final opportunity of the evening just seconds into added time fell to the hosts as King delivered a long cross field ball to the edge of the box where Rudland headed it down to the feet of Taylor Brant who hammered in a powerful half volley that beat the spectacular dive of Oldale, but clipped the crossbar on its way to safety.

So ended a thoroughly entertaining game with honours even, it also draws a curtain on a rather interrupted season for the Ives where a few to many draws cost them a real tilt at retaining their title leaving them in an honourable third place in the table. 

At this point I would like to wish all of our second year scholars well in the future wherever that may take them. It has been good to see some of them make their first team debuts this season and hopefully Ricky has seen enough potential in one or two to keep them within the first team squad for next season. Those moving up from first to second year show a considerable amount of promise and I am sure that with Lloyd and Ben guiding them along with the new intake presently being recruited the Ives will have another very competitive side to start all over again in August.

King’s Lynn Town  4  St Ives Town  4

Team : Oldale, Bald, Makeham, Pilling, Locke, Short (capt), Kelly (Jakes 59), Cawte, Sargent, Mobbs, Saunders

Additional subs (roll on/roll off) : Kelly for Locke 85

Goals : Sargent 12, 44 & 77, Short 33

Attendance : 51

Report by Nigel Howlett

Ricky appoints Craig Adams as his new Assistant Manager

We are delighted to announce that Craig “Bully” Adams has joined the football club as assistant manager.

With manager Ricky Marheineke stating it would be a summer of change and his immediate attention needing to be the recruitment of an assistant manager, the arrival of Bully completes the first and most important part of the puzzle.

Marheineke and Adams are no strangers with four of the last five seasons sharing a pitch on a number of occasions, but always in opposite dugouts. Ex Northampton Town professional Adams was manager of Wellingborough Town and Bedford Town before joining Biggleswade Town as assistant manager two seasons ago.

Adams is a current Uefa B license coach who has been accepted onto the Uefa A license course later this year.

Please join me in welcoming Bully to the club and we all wish you a very successful and enjoyable time with the Ives.

Photo by kind permission of Martyn Haworth – MH Sports Photo

Ladies complete Premiership winning campaign with a 3-0 victory

The Ladies completed their league campaign last night at the ProEdge WWR with a fine 3-0 win over runners-up Newmarket Town Ladies to finish a fantastic league winning season.

The Ladies only dropped 5 points in total during the campaign. 3 of those were from the first game of the season. They then went on a 20 game unbeaten run to finish on 58 points.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram said –

What an unbelievable season! And what a group of players! To go out tonight and win 3-0 sums this lot up! Talented, hardworking and truly the nicest people you will ever meet. Never ever been so proud! The memories from tonight will last forever.

Thank you to everyone St Ives Town for allowing us to represent the club we love. Thank you to all those who came along tonight to support and make it such a special night, and the biggest thank you of all to Lisa Trigg. None of this success would be possible without her.

I also want to say a huge thank you to our main sponsor Move With Us for sponsoring the kit for the last 2 years, to City Security Services for sponsoring the tracksuits and Blue Box Solutions for sponsoring the polo tops.

The League trophy and winners medals were presented to the players after the game.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 9.5.18

Click Here for Darren Gilham’s match report via the Women’s Football East website.

Click Here for the match photos courtesy of Gary Reed Photography.

Click Here for the presentation photos courtesy of Gary Reed Photography.

Ladies Final Match to be Played at the ProEdge Westwood Road Wed 9 May

The Ladies 1st team complete their league campaign this coming Wednesday against runners up Newmarket Town Ladies.

The venue has been changed and it will now take place at Westwood Road 6:45pm k.o. with free entry.

The Ladies will also be lifting the League Trophy and collecting their winners medals after the game.

It would great to get as many people down as possible to join in celebrating this momentous occasion with manager Darren Marjoram and his squad.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership – Table up to & including 6.5.18

St Ives Town Ladies Crowned Premiership Champions

The Ladies 1st team found out today that they have won the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership Division for 2017/18.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram was informed by Netherton United, of whom they were scheduled to play this coming Sunday, that they are unable to raise a team and thus the 3 points are being awarded to the Ives, giving them an unassailable lead on 55 points with one game left to play.

This is a marvellous achievement by Darren, his assistants and of course the players. It’s only their third season in existence and their second promotion as they will take their place in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League next season. A step up of which eveyone will be looking forward to.

Congratulations to Darren, the Ladies and everyone else involved.

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 3.5.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 29 April

THE U14 SUFFER PENALTY LOSS HEARTACHE IN HUNTS CUP FINAL

The Ladies 1st team need just 2 points to win the title from their final 2 games, after a slim, but vital 1-0 win at Netherton United.

A late Georgia Stancombe goal was enough to take all 3 points with the whole team being awarded ‘Players of the Match’

Click Here to view Gary Reed’s photos from the game

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Wed 9 May – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side had the weekend off and play their penultimate game of the season this coming Sunday.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won their last game of the season at Leiston in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We made the long trek to Leiston for the last game of the season in the EJA League this morning. Came away with a 4 – 2 win to finish on a high. Well done to all the lads, they’ve worked hard all season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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The U14’s lost in a penalty shoot out 2-4 to St Neots Town in the Hunts County Cup Final at Yaxley. After taking an early lead, they conceded a penalty for the game to finish 1-1 at full time before succumbing to penalties

The management had the following to say –

We sadly lost the Hunts Cup Final today on penalties to a St Neots. Great game, shame about the penalty!!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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After beating the Bluntisham Blasters in the space of 4 days on Wednesday, the U13 had the weekend off and take on Mildenhall at home this Thursday 18:30 k.o.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 13 May – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match report – St Ives Town 0 Hereford 2

St Ives Town 0 Hereford 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 28/04/18

For the second season in a row Ives ended their season by facing the champions, this time around the runaway winners Hereford. As in last season at Chippenham the Ives showed their visitors the respect of a guard of honour as they entered the arena.

The players on the pitch from both sides also owed a big debt on the day to a gallant group of supporters who had spent the morning battling the elements to get the game on. The brave few spent from first light sponging gallons of water off large areas of the pitch in varieties of precipitation which varied from a steady rain to heavy downpours. Fortunately they never got downhearted and eventually won the battle.

The early possession was mainly with the champions as they racked up three quick corners in succession in the eight minute. The second of this trio flashed through the Ives goalmouth bouncing in the six yard box and begging someone to apply a decisive touch but was eventually deflected out for another flag kick by a home defender.

Keeper Tim Trebes picked up an early shoulder injury in a collision with Mike Symons and seemed to take while to shake it off. But he showed that he was not feeling any ill effects in 15th minute as he hurled himself low to his right to palm away a snap shot from 25 yards by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Peter Clark was showing his usual ebullience and buzzing around the midfield. He carved out Ives first half chance in 20th minute as scampered down the right flank before delivering a teasing cross to the near post that almost lead to a mix up between James Bowen and his keeper Martin Horsell. The defender ignoring his keepers call and hacking the ball away just before his custodian clattered into him.

Myrie-Williams continued to look sharp at the other end and on the half hour he robbed a dallying Miles Smith and drove on for goal trying to wriggle around Lloyd Groves just inside the box. The speedy striker went down under the challenge and referee Alex Rayment who was right on the spot waved away the visitors claims for a penalty.

But the Bulls did not have to wait much longer to get in front as Lance Smith and Symons combined well on the right. The latter delivered a cross to the near post where Pablo Haysham attacked the ball getting above Groves to power in a header from eight yards that looked like it was heading for the top corner. But keeper Trebes showed remarkable reactions to leap to his left and touch the ball onto the cross bar. The ball bounced down but was only half cleared to the edge of the box where full back Dara O’Shea pounced on it and lashed home a powerful low drive through the crowded box that flew into the far corner of the net.

The final noteworthy effort of the first period also went the way of the visitors as Ellliott Richards fed O’Shea who hung up a cross to the back post where Symons got above Smith but failed to keep his header down.

The second period started positively for the Ives as Danny Kelly got in their first shot on target only 20 seconds after the restart. But his low drive from 20 yards lacked power and proved a comfortable save for Horsell.

The game was much more even in this early period of the second half as Ives struggled to clear a Haysham corner in 54th minute the ball eventually falling to Lance Smith on the edge of the box. But he fired his effort well over the top as Clark swiftly closed him down.

The hosts went close to an equaliser in 57th minute as Dan Moyes picked out Ben Baker on the right with an excellent ball from the back. The young winger got outside Bowen and delivered a cross to the back post where Clark kept it alive knocking the ball back into the centre where a late arriving Ollie Snaith was just unable to force it home.

Home keeper Tim Trebes was forced into more action on the hour as his poor clearance fell to Mike McGrath who drove forward before unleashing a skimming 25 yard effort that Trebes had to plunge to his right to push away.

The game was finished as a contest by a second Bulls goal in 68th minute and it all came from an Ives free kick deep in visitor’s territory. Snaith was brought down wide left and with all of the big boys up from the back Declan Rogers delivered an out-swinging free kick which failed to beat the first man Richards picked out a quickly breaking O’Shea with his clearance and the speedy full back turned Luke Warner-Eley inside out before cutting inside the young full back who pulled the Bulls man down inside the box for a blatant penalty. Substitute John Mills who had only been on the pitch three minutes showed calmness personified as he waited for Trebes to go to his left before coolly dinking the ball down the middle.

To their credit Ives continued to battle but were unable to break down a rigid Bulls back line well marshalled by skipper Ryan Green. The closest they came was only one minute from the end of the ninety when eighteen year old substitute Gordan Torkornoo delivered the perfect teasing cross from the right that was just inches ahead of the fast arriving Clark in the centre and refused to come down for Kelly at the back post.

The final action of the damp afternoon two minutes into added time was a lucky escape for home keeper Trebes as he came for a high bouncing ball on the right hand edge of his box and dropped the greasy ball under challenge from Symons. Unable to regain his ground the keeper was forced to bring down the big striker inches outside the box. Richards decided to go for goal with the kick from a narrow angle, but Trebes was equal to the powerful effort and tipped the ball over the top.

A few seconds later the final whistle blew to conclude a hugely successful season for the Bulls who celebrated with their 500 plus supporters after the final whistle. Battling Ives also earned themselves a standing ovation matching their illustrious opponents for long periods of this game without ever looking likely winners. 

So ended a season that started so brightly back in August with an away win at eventual play off contestants Weymouth on a sunny South coast. Saw some lows as in the six goal beatings at Dorchester and Stafford, but some highs particularly the wins at Tiverton, Frome, Biggleswade and Kings Langley. We can now look forward to a whole new step three challenge next season in the newly form Central Division.

Here’s wishing all our readers a happy summer break with a little sunshine included all ready to return in about eight weeks for pre-season in July.

Score : St Ives Town  0  Hereford  2  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Groves, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) (Torkornoo 78), Clark, Rogers, Kelly, Snaith (Leslie 78), Baker (Sawyer 86)   

Unused sub : Ogbonna

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  702

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match report – St Ives Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2

St Ives Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 26/04/18

An excellent free kick and well taken penalty by Dubi Ogbonna claimed a deserved comeback point for the Ives after they had gifted their visitors a two goal lead. Any neutral watching the game would have been hard pressed to realise that it was an end of season dead rubber as both sides put in a full compliment of effort and both tried to play entertaining football in what proved to be a very competitive game.

The Ives could have gone in front from their first meaningful attack in seventh minute as Ben Sawyer who was making a rare appearance in the starting line up cleverly flicked the ball over the Dragons back line to pick out an apparently well timed run by Ogbonna. The Ives front man flicked the ball over the advancing visitor’s keeper Jack Martin and into the net, only to have his celebration cut short as the assistant deemed that he had gone a split second to soon.

The first save for either keeper was a routine one for home keeper Tim Trebes in 13th minute. Dragons debutant Kaine McAuley managed to cut inside Jamie Short and fire in a well struck shot from the left corner of the box, but the effort was straight at the Ives stopper who held on well.

The usually ultra reliable Ives skipper Rogan McGeorge made a huge error to gift the visitors the lead midway through the first period as he tried to head a bouncing ball back to his keeper from 30 yards and failed to get enough on it. The ball dropped to the feet of centre forward Callum Bunting on the edge of the box who could not believe his luck. But the young striker kept his composure and slid the ball home low past the left hand of the exposed Trebes.

In spite of this set back Ives continued to enjoy a lot of possession and probe forward at every opportunity. The two wing backs Short and Luke Warner-Eley were both finding a lot of space deep inside opposition territory and both were delivering quality crosses into the Dragons box. But centre backs Guri Demuria and Dan Bayliss although stretched at times remained solid and denied the hosts a single clear site of goal. 

Ives only effort at goal in a first half where they more than matched their visitors did not arrive until 35th minute and that was a right footed effort from 20 yards by Warner-Eley that flew well wide. The chance was created by an excellent cross field ball from McGeorge to pick out Warner-Eley in space and give him chance to cut inside full back Tim Wohlfiel.

The Dragons made a double change at half time replacing youngsters George McGuiness and McAuley with the more experienced Dan Collier and Harry Long. These changes were presumably made with the idea of preserving what they had. 

But things got even better for the visitors only two minutes after the restart as for the second time in recent weeks Ives were caught out by a pre-rehearsed free kick identical to the one which deceived them at Banbury only four weeks ago. George Bennett stood over the kick but then sprinted away to the left on the side of the pitch where the defensive wall was still forming. No one went with him and the ball was channelled to him in space on the left hand corner of the Ives box. He drilled in a powerful low shot that seemed to take a deflection as it flew past Trebes and into the back of the net.

It would have been easy for a tired Ives squad to throw in the towel at this point, but to their great credit they continued to battled and grabbed a lifeline back into the game only seven minutes later. Warner-Eley was again heavily involved in the move which lead to the goal as he picked up a Peter Clark pass and tried to cut inside Wohlfiel only to be pulled back by the defender just outside the box. Ogbonna fooled keeper Martin and almost everyone in the ground with the free kick as most were expecting him to deliver a cross into the centre but instead he cleverly curled the ball over the defensive wall and just inside Martin’s near post with the keeper hurling himself to his right, but unable to keep the effort out.

The momentum was now with the Ives and they pulled level just after the hour with Warner-Eley once more the instigator as he picked up a cross field ball from Clark and tried to go outside Wohlfiel. The defender just managed to block the full backs attempted cross, but the ball rebounded to Warner-Eley who now went to cut inside only to be tugged back by the struggling Wohlfiel. Warner-Eley went down just inside the box and referee Abi Marriott had no doubt the contact was sufficient and awarded the penalty. Ogbonna made no mistake from the spot sending keeper Martin the wrong way.

Ives continued to go in search of a winner and in 71st minute Ogbonna went close to completing his hat trick as he outmuscled Demuria and battled into the box, but the ball would just not quite come down to allow him to get a shot away before he was crowded out by covering defenders.

Keeper Martin came to his sides rescue with an excellent double save nine minutes from the end as substitute Ben Baker cut inside Wohlfiel from the left and fired in a fierce right foot drive that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner only for Martin to hurl himself low to his right and get a good firm hand on the ball. Ollie Snaith pounced on the loose ball and fired in a follow up effort that Martin did even better to palm away low to his left.

Baker went close to grabbing the winner again three minutes later as fellow substitute Danny Kelly battled through the centre and went down just outside the box under challenge from Demuria. With referee Marriott playing an excellent advantage the ball bounced loose to Baker who tried to dink it over keeper Martin and just failed to get sufficient height on the effort allowing the Dragons custodian to make the save.

Having failed to take their chances to grab all three points Ives found themselves under pressure in the closing stages. There were five minutes of the ninety left when Bennett picked out Bunting at the back post with a curling cross from the left. But fortunately for the hosts Bunting’s header was straight at keeper Trebes.

The final opportunity of the entertaining evening also fell to the visitors in the 90th minute as with time ticking down Ives struggled to clear a long ball into their box the ball eventually falling to Demuria but although he struck his shot well enough the radar was a little off and it thudded the boards a couple of metres wide of Trebes left hand post.

So it ended honours even in a game the Ives probably just about shaded on points but to comeback from two down at this stage of the season shows the character that this side has built up in recent weeks. Luke Warner-Eley just shaded fellow full back Jamie Short to the supporter’s man of the match award thanks to his big input into both goals. But once again it was a game where everyone put in a shift to gain a hard earned reward.   

Score : St Ives Town  2  Basingstoke Town  2  

Goals : Ogbonna 54, 61 (pen)

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Short, Moyes, McGeorge (capt), Clark, Leslie (Torkornoo 72), Ogbonna (Kelly 80), Snaith, Sawyer (Baker 67)   

Unused sub : Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Luke Warner-Eley

Attendance  :  76

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Hereford

We welcome Southern League champions Hereford to the ProEdge Westwood Road for the final match of the season.

Thursday’s game against Basingstoke resulted in a point apiece as we came back from 2 goals down to draw 2-2 courtesy of a Dubi Ogbonna brace.

On the squad front Lloyd Groves is 50/50. Charlie De’Ath, Phil Draycott, Eugene Libertucci are all absent. Jamie Short will return to March Town FC. Youngster Gordan Tornorkoo will keep his place in the squad after making his debut on Thursdays draw with Basingstoke Town.

As you would expect from a championship winning side, Hereford have won their last 10 games and will win the division by at least 10 points.

Hereford Recent Results
25/4/18 – Hitchin Town (A) – League – W 3-0
21/4/18 – Kettering Town (H) – League – W 4-1
17/4/18 – Biggleswade Town (A) – League – W 1-0
14/4/18 – Bishops Stortford (A) – League – W 1-0
7/4/18 – Chesham United (H) – League –  W 3-0
2/4/18 – Redditch United (A) – League – W 2-0
31/3/18 – Royston Town (H) – League – W 2-0
27/3/18 – Ewyas Harold (H) – Herefordshire FA Cup – W 7-0
24/3/18 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – W 5-1
20/3/18 – Frome Town (H) – League – W 1-0

Evo-Stik Premier. Table up to & including 26.4.18

Entry to the ground will be open from midday tomorrow.

Draught lager is only £3 a pint. There’s also over 15 different ales available.

There will be a BBQ doing burgers, bacon rolls etc.

Parking is adjacent to the ground in the leisure centre and school grounds which is free.

Volunteers required Saturday 8:00 am

Pitch update – There is standing water in several places. However the pitch is very firm underneath. It’s being left tonight to drain. We’re asking for volunteers to come down to WWR at  8:00 am in the morning to help remove the standing water.

Match Report – Bluntisham Blasters Red U13 3 St Ives Town U13 6

Bluntisham Blasters Red 3 St Ives Town 6

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 25 April 18

After a thrilling Cup final against Bluntisham at the weekend, we were back to business in the league to try and keep winning the title a possibility. 

The first half came alive as soon as Daniel Legg swept a twenty yard shot in to the goal. It seemed to wake up Bluntisham. If it wasn’t for Luis in goal they would have been on equal terms straight away.

We let them back in with a couple of minutes to go to half time and we where at 1-1. 

It seemed difficult to get motivated so we swapped some players and freshened up the team. This for once did us no favours and Bluntisham got in behind again for their second. This brought us back to life and we seemed to move the ball better. A great through ball by Luke Dunn and Damien Boakye smashed it past the keeper. Then in a cruel turn of events from a corner, Billy headed the ball past our own keeper. It then clicked. We went straight down their end and Alfie helped himself to a goal and we running hot. The next goal by Damien was spectacular from out side the box. He hit it sweetly with his left foot in to the top right corner.

Ben Hunter the floated the ball out to the right and Luke Dunn then crossed the ball to be parried by the keeper, then Harry stole it in the box and put the ball in the net.

The next goal was incredible. The Bluntisham defence cleared the ball to the half way line and Billy just smashed the ball back. It looped over everyone and dropped in the goal. We were a little lacking in enthusiasm tonight, but we played our way back into a game when it looked like going all horribly wrong.

Goalscorers
Alfie  Baker  1
Daniel Legg 1
Damien Boakye 2
Harry Suttie 1
Billy Chambers  1

Man of the match – Luis Gill.
Our goalkeeper had a great game and made eight or nine great saves. He showed us all again today what an incredible talent he is.

A very satisfying result today. As a team we had to work hard for the result. All the best to Bluntisham for the rest of the season .

Report by Jay Annis

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 25.4.18

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

Just 48 hours after our 0-2 defeat against Chesham and we’re back at the Pro-Edge WWR for another Evo-Stik South Premier encounter.

On the squad front Lloyd Groves still remains sidelined and Eugene Libertucci unavailable. Charlie De’Ath’s season has been brought to an early end after suffering a broken arm during Tuesdays fixture at home to Chesham.

Basingstoke’s recent form has been excellent with 4 out of 5 games resulting in victories and will be looking to cement a top ten finish.

Basingstoke Town Recent Results
21/4/18 – Stratford Town (A) – League – W 1-0
17/4/18 – Bishops Stortford (H) – League – W 3-2
14/4/18 – Dunstable Town (H) – League – W 2-0
7/4/18 – Royston Town (A) – League – L 0-1
2/4/18 – Farnborough (H) – League – W 4-3

Evo-Stik Premier. Table up to & including 25.4.18

Match report – St Ives Town 0 Chesham United 2

St Ives Town 0 Chesham United 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 24/04/18

Ives maintained their poor form against Chesham as they slid to their fourth defeat in a row against the in form Generals. However the story could have been so different if the hosts had managed to take one of their chances early in the game.

It took a goal line clearance to deny Danny Kelly the opening goal after only six minutes. Kelly managed to latch onto a long ball out of defence by Luke Warner-Eley which was missed by Benji Crilley. With defensive arms waving in a vain attempt to claim offside Kelly found himself clear on the left edge of the box he cut inside a covering defender and fired in a low right foot drive that beat keeper Hafed Al-Droubi comprehensively, but skipper Kieran Murphy had read the situation and got around behind his keeper to clear the ball off the goal line.

Ives Charlie De’ath matched Murphy’s effort only two minutes later. A long cross field ball picked out Dave Pearce in acres of space on the left, he cut inside Miles Smith and drove on into the box. Home keeper Tim Trebes was smartly off his line to block Pearce’s initial effort at point blank range but the ball rebounded to the Generals winger who drove it goal bound past the prostrate Trebes. Fortunately for Ives De’ath had also got around behind his keeper and was in position to hack the ball away from inside the six yard box.

The break neck early pace continued as Ives went close twice in quick succession inside the 14th minute at the other end. Warner-Eley delivered a deep free kick to the edge visitor’s box where Kelly won the ball in the air. His header into the centre was knocked back to De’ath on the edge of the box but his well struck effort was deflected away for a corner off Murphy. The resulting Declan Rogers corner was kept alive beyond the far post by Kelly who delivered a teasing low cross to the near post where Phil Draycott got in front of his man but failed to keep his effort on goal down and the ball flew over the top and the chance was gone.

After that early burst of goalmouth action the game began to settle down into more of a midfield battle. The next half chance came the way of the Ives in 26th minute as a Matt Bevans slip allowed Draycott as site of goal. He struck his powerful 25 yard rising drive well, but unfortunately the shot was straight at keeper Al-Droubi who held on at the second attempt.

Having failed to make the most of their early opportunities Ives found themselves behind just before the half hour. A Jhai Dhillon corner from the right was headed clear of the box by Smith but the ball fell to Jon-Jo Bates 25 yards from goal, he side-stepped Lewis Leslie and curled an effort around the crowd of players inside the box and into the net beating keeper Trebes low to his left. The goal came with Ives centre back Charlie De’ath struggling with a serious arm injury that forced him from the field only seconds later.

It took an excellent double save from Trebes to prevent his side going two behind in 36th minute. Bevans threaded a ball out to Pearce on the right and he fed the ball on to overlapping full back Crilley who cut into the box before being taken down by a poorly timed challenge from De’ath’s replacement Dan Moyes. Referee Robert Evans had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Bevans struck his spot kick low to Trebes right, but the keeper was equal to it diving to block the well struck effort. That was a cracking save, but Trebes showed amazing reactions to also deny Bates following up as he leapt up and hurled himself in the opposite direction to keep Ives in the game.

As the half closed good hassling by Peter Clark forced Murphy into a mistake. The all action Ives midfielder robbed him and slid the ball into the run of Draycott cutting in from the left, but the winger hurried his effort and failed to hit the target from a good position.

Ives almost got caught out by a long wind assisted goal kick from Al-Droubi in 50th minute. The ball found Oran Swales in space on the left and he cut inside past Jamie Short and drove towards goal. Fortunately for Ives rather than try and pick out a team mate he went for goal from a narrow angle only to be denied by the legs of a well positioned Trebes.

Ives continued to battle hard with everyone giving their all but the very professional Generals were cleverly keeping possession and moving the ball around. When Ives did manage to get position high up the park they struggled to penetrate the well organised visitors back line expertly marshalled by Murphy.

The match was effectively finished as a contest by a somewhat bizarre second for the Generals in 73rd minute. Bevans delivered a powerful low free kick from the left into the no mans land between goalkeeper and attackers. A number of visiting forwards desperately lunged forward to get a touch, but the ball flashed past all, skipped up off the wet turf and just crept inside the far post.

Ives tried to respond instantly and carved out a good opportunity only two minutes later. Rogers delivered a telling cross from the left which picked out Ben Baker just beyond the far post. Rather than go for goal Baker cleverly cushioned the ball into the feet of Clark on the edge of the box. But the midfield dynamo screwed his shot so badly that the ball did not even go out of play. 

Pearce had an excellent chance to grab a third for the visitors in 78th minute as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of a deep cross from Dhillon that arrived at the back post. He struck his half volley from eight yards cleanly but only succeeded in firing it into the side netting.

To their credit Ives continued to battle right to the end a carved out a couple of opportunities for a consolation goal in the closing stages. Five minutes from time quick thinking from Clark in taking a quick free kick inside the centre circle put Draycott away on the left side of the box. His low cross flashed across the face of goal just inches away from Dubi Ogbonna sliding in.

Only seconds later Leslie lost his marker to get on the end of a Draycott corner from the right. He got good contact on a clean header eight yards out at the near post, but his effort flashed past the far post.

The final action of the night saw Clark create yet another opportunity for one of his team mates as he flicked a ball over the Generals back line to put Baker clear on the right side of the box. The youngster cut in and went of goal but was quickly closed down by Al-Droubi who bravely blocked the effort at point blank range.

Once again the Generals proved what a good side they are controlling this game for long periods and taking their chances when the came along. Ives have yet to score in 360 minutes of football against their visitors but great credit must go to the men in black and white as in spite of this being their tenth game in 23 days they kept battling right to the end showing their true character throughout. One man who will always give his all is Peter Clark and he got the supporters vote for man of the match but he must have been pushed close by keeper Tim Trebes who pulled off a number of excellent saves topped off by the double save from the penalty to keep his side in the game.

Score : St Ives Town  0  Chesham United  2  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Short, Warner-Eley, De’ath (Moyes 29), Smith, Rogers (Snaith 83), Baker, Leslie, Kelly (Ogbonna 70), Clark, Draycott (capt)   

Unused subs : Sawyer, McGeorge

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  70

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Chesham United

Although our 0-0 draw at Dunstable on Saturday was a rather dull affair, it was our second consecutive clean sheet and the first time we’ve achieved that this season.

On the squad front Miles Smith returns from injury. Dubi Ogbonna has recovered from illness and Jamie Short joins up with the squad after playing for March Town at the weekend. Lloyd Groves misses out through injury and Eugene Libertucci through work commitments.

Chesham United will finish the season in the top ten, albeit some 20 points off the play-offs.

Chesham United Recent Results
21/4/18 – Farnborough (A) – League – L 0-2
17/4/18 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – W 3-0
10/4/18 – Merthyr Town (A) – League – W 2-1
7/4/18 – Hereford (A) – League – L 0-3
2/4/18 – Slough Town (A) – League – L 1-2
31/3/18 – Redditch United (H) – League – W 2-0
24/3/18 – Weymouth (H) – League – L 0-6

Evo-Stik Premier. Table up to & including 23.4.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 22 April

THE U13 WIN LEAGUE CUP FINAL THRILLER

The Ladies 1st team head the Cambs Premiership table by 5 points with 3 games to play after picking up 4 points in a double header against Peterborough ICA Sports.

The Ives won the first game 1-0 courtesy of an Amy Seymour-Shove goal with Georgia Stancombe ‘Player of the Match’.

The second game ended in a 2-2 draw with Katherine Speed scoring both the Ives goals as well as being ‘Player of the Match’

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side won 3-1 at home to Isleham United and remain in third position in the Cambs Championship South

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 0-3 at home to Histon in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We had a tough encounter against Histon today. Histon won 3 – 0 and were deserved winners. 3 games to play, playing for pride and enjoyment to see out our 1st season in the fantastic EJA League. Thanks to everyone for making it a geat season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 24 April – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 29 April – Leiston (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost 1-2 at Woodbridge Town.

The management had the following to say –

We took the long journey to Woodbridge this morning and lost a great encounter 2-1. As they say, it really is a game of two 1/2s!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – St Neots Town (N) – Hunts Cup Final – At Yaxley

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The U13’s won the League Cup final in a thrilling encounter at the Cambridge Stadium to beat Bluntisham Blasters 1-0

In an end to end game which could’ve gone either way, it was eventually settled in the second half with a long range effort by Harvey Donaldson. It was a superb goal, fit for a final.

The whole team were awarded ‘Players of the Match’ who brought home the first trophy of the season for St Ives Town FC family.

 

Upcoming fixtures

  • Wed 25 April – Bluntisham Blasters (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 21/04/18

The regular Ives travelling contingent saw their numbers bolstered by the usual drinking crew determined to enjoy themselves in the traditional manner to celebrate the last away game of the season. This group and the noisy home following behind one goal lifted the atmosphere in what was otherwise a poor affair between two fairly poor sides.

The Blues problem all season has been scoring goals and with Cambridge United recalling Tom Knowles from his loan spell and Dubi Ogbonna going down with a sickness bug on the morning of the match Ives scoring options were also severely restricted so it should be no surprise that goal scoring opportunities were limited throughout and the game ended goal less.

The hosts had a lot more riding on this game than the Ives and they can count themselves extremely unlucky not to take all three points as they hit the woodwork twice in added time and ultimately found themselves dropping to the bottom of the table as their rivals for the one relegation spot on offer Gosport thumped seven past Frome.

With the confidence from their excellent win less than 48 hours earlier it was the Ives that started the best taking the game to their perhaps nervous opposition in the opening stages. Luke Warner-Eley probed forward down the left in only the fourth minute. He fed the ball inside to Ollie Snaith who teed up Phil Draycott on the corner of the box. Rather than go for goal Draycott cleverly flighted the ball to the back post where Declan Rogers was lurking. He was only denied a clear effort on goal by a stretching Gedeon Okito who just got enough on the ball to knock it out for a corner.

The game then settled down into a tight midfield battle and the next chance for either side did not arrive until 17th minute. Ben Baker collected a ball out of defence on the half way line and outpaced Okito before picking out Danny Kelly in the centre with his pull back. Kelly unleashed a well struck low drive from 15 yards that brought a smart save out of keeper Nathan Harness who got down low to his right to block the effort but could not hold it. The ball rebounded high into the air off the rock hard pitch Snaith looked likely to force it home but Blues skipper John Sonuga saved his side bravely hurling himself in the head the ball away.

The remainder of the first half was a fairly tepid affair with Draycott forcing a routine save out of Harness in 34th minute. His 25 yard effort had all of the sting taken out of it by a deflection off Peter Kioso. The hosts first real attempt on goal arrived five minutes before the break as Ryan Young robbed Warner-Eley on the half way line. The young winger fed the ball inside to Andrew Osei-Bonsu and sprinted away down the right. Osei-Bonsu picked him out again with an excellent ball threaded inside the recovering full back. Fortunately for Ives keeper Tim Trebes was alert to the danger and sprinted off his line to block Young’s effort at point blank range.

Both sides had shouts for penalties turned down in the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Ollie Snaith had the early claim only three minutes after the restart as he went down under challenge from Okito as the two went for a clip over the top just inside the Blues box. Referee Paul Johnson waved away the claims as he did on the hour when Erin Amu went down holding his back as he came off worse when challenging Trebes for a high bouncing ball. His challenge forced Trebes into dropping the ball, but Ben Sawyer was on hand to hack it clear.

With the news getting through to the home players that Gosport were well in front in their game it became clear that they were going to want more than a point from this game. With their management crew urging them forward and their noisy group of supporters hammering out a rhythm on the back of the stand behind Trebes goal to urge their men to greater effort the hosts lifted themselves.

Osei-Bonsu went close for them in 73rd minute as he found some space 30 yards from goal and strode forward before unleashing a shot that skimmed across the turf and thudded the fence inches outside Trebes right hand post with the Ives custodian scrambling to get across.

Some of the Ives team were visibly flagging in the heat as the energy exerted in four games in eight days began to take its toll. Manager Ricky Marheineke decided to send on some fresh legs replacing Snaith and Draycott with Peter Clark and Lewis Leslie. The change almost conjured up a goal as both were involved in the move only a couple of minutes later that saw Kelly unleash a curling effort from the edge of the box that forced Harness into a full length diving save low to his right.

Osei-Bonsu was at the heart of most of the Blues best effort and he charged down McGeorge’s attempted clearance to win his side a corner in 80th minute. He also got on the end of Okito’s in-swinger but directed his header straight at Trebes presenting the keeper with a comfortable save.

With time running out the hosts began to get more urgent in their efforts to grab that all important goal. Three minutes from the end of the ninety Kieran Ogden got on the end of another Okito corner but failed to hit the target from a good position.

The game really heated up as it went into added time. In the first added minute Osei-Bonsu cut inside Sawyer and clipped a ball to the far post where a stretching Charlie De’ath just did enough to deflect the ball away from a late arriving Kioso. The resulting corner was cleared allowing Ives to break away Warner-Eley fed the ball onto Clark in space on the left. He delivered a low cross that was only inches away from Baker arriving in the centre.

Leslie saved his side in fourth minute of added time as he just did enough to deflect a Osei-Bonsu shot from 25 yards onto the base of Trebes left hand post and out for yet another corner. The referee blew up for a foul on Trebes from the resulting corner which seemed to be the signal for the Blues frustration to come out and a small fracas followed that seemed to involve all 22 players on the pitch with goalkeeper Harkness running fully 80 yards to arrive just as things were settling down. The ultimate result was three yellow cards two for Blues players and one for the old warrior Dan Moyes.

This delay ensured that there were a few more minutes to be added and in the seventh and final added minute The Blues managed to force their eight corner of the half. Okito delivered it perfectly into the centre Sonuga rose like a salmon above the crowd, including Trebes who had come to try and claim it, and powered in a header that beat everyone but slammed into the underside of the crossbar bounced down and was hacked away. The final whistle that sounded only seconds later was a signal for the Blues players to slump to the pitch ala a cup final losing side.

Although they dropped to the bottom of the table the good thing for them is that their fate is still entirely in their own hands with three winnable games to come including hosting Gosport in a crunch game on Thursday evening.

Ives on the other hand can celebrate their second clean sheet in a row for the first time this season. The presence of Dan Moyes in the back line for those two games is no coincidence his reading of the game, battling qualities and communication skills bring the best out of those around him. Freed of the pressures of captaincy Charlie De’ath had one of his best games in a while alongside Moyes and deservedly won the supporters man of the match accolade.

As for the happy travelling crew they had settled down to enjoy the FA Cup semi-final on television as we departed Creasey Park and may still be sharing a friendly glass or two with their opposing supporters as this report is being written. Just what non-League football is all about.

Score : Dunstable Town  0  St Ives Town  0  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Sawyer, Warner-Eley, De’ath, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) Baker, Rogers, Kelly, Snaith (Leslie 76), Draycott (Clark 76)  

Unused subs : Groves

Supporters man of the match : Charlie De’ath

Attendance  :  164

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson