2018/19 Southern League Central fixtures released

The Southern League have today released the fixtures for the 2018/19 season and we start the campaign on Sat August 11 with a home fixture against former Conference side Tamworth FC.

This is followed by a Tuesday night visit (14 August) to the Suffolk coast with an encounter against Lowestoft Town. We last visited Lowestoft in August 2008 for an FA Cup Extra Preliminary tie in which the home side were the victors with a 2-1 scoreline. We were both plying our trade at step 5 at the time.

We play Royston Town away on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August. The return fixture at WWR is on Boxing Day 26 December.

The battle of the Saints (St Ives v St Neots) will take place on New Years Day (away) and Easter Monday 22 April (home) respectively.

Click here for the full fixture list.

Mick George renew their sponsorship with the Ives

The club has managed to renew its partnership with local business Mick George Ltd, who for a fourth consecutive year will remain as sponsor to one of the stands at the WWR facilities, for which it played an integral part in creating the seated area that lines the playing pitch. In addition, the company will continue as the official Academy Partner.

Equally, Mick George Ltd will provide complementary waste services, taking care of all skip and bin collections generated on match-days, which will undoubtedly boost the clubs’ financial situation.

Behind the scenes, there are various projects ongoing to enhance the Saints playing and training facilities. Mick George Ltd has vowed to support those developments, most notably in the form of multiple service and material provisions which include; Soil to repair the pitch, gravel and ballast for the respective car-park and access route upgrades, as well as skips for disposing of Clubhouse debris.

Mark Taylor, Commercial Director said: ‘’Mick George Ltd has been a fantastic supporter and partner of the club for many years and it is a real testament to the business that it has always retained its ethos of helping so many community projects and causes whilst formulating such a prestigious brand. Our relationship continues to develop to different levels with various initiatives and ideas being explored.’’

Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd commented: ‘’Our links with the local community in, and around St.Ives are well established, and one we’re particularly proud of, as we are with all of our grass-root partnerships. Having operated from the location for a number of years, the business continues to build a wonderful relationship with the nearby residents and other commercial businesses.’’

St Ives company Move with Us renew sponsorship for the Ladies 2018-19 home playing kit

We are pleased to announce that local property company Move with Us, will once again be sponsoring the St Ives Town Ladies home playing kits again this coming season.

Ladies first team manger Darren Marjoram said “I would like to thank Move with Us for their continued support of both the Ladies first and Development teams for the upcoming season. It’s support from companies within the local community such as Move with Us that helps the club to continue to grow and flourish.”

Click here to visit the Move with Us website

Two return to the Ives

Manager Ricky Marheineke has confirmed we will have a couple of familiar faces returning to the club for next season.

Firstly we welcome back Tom McGowan. Tom was one of our stand out players in our first season at step 3 and had a big impact at the start of last season before having to take a break to focus on his business. I have no doubt Tom will be another big player for the team going forward.

Secondly, returning to the club is Mark Coulson. Left back Coulson spent a few months with the club the season before last. The vastly experienced former professional will again bring valuable experience to the team and defensive line.

Welcome back to both and good luck for the season.

Above photos – Mark Coulson (left) & Tom McGowan (right).

Jordan Patrick signs

We are delighted to announce that Jordan Patrick has joined the club.

Former Cambridge United professional Patrick who can operate as a wide player or full back has a wealth of knowledge at our level and will bring valuable experience both on and off the pitch as we approach the coming season.

Please join me in welcoming Jordan to the club and as always we hope your time with us is a successful one.

Defensive duo put pen to paper

We are pleased to announce that Joe Hood and Jarvis Wilson have put pen to paper for the coming season.

Joe is a right back who completed a two year scholar at Peterborough United FC before moving to America for a year. He then spent last season at Mildenhall Town, impressing in their first season at step 4.

Jarvis is a centre back that can also operate as a defensive midfielder. He has spent the last two years as a scholar at Northampton Town FC and joins the Ives as he starts a new chapter in his career in the non league game.

Welcome to the club to both Joe and Jarvis and we look forward to supporting you in this exciting new adventure for the team.

Above photos – Joe Hood (left) & Jarvis Wilson (right).

Robbie Parker – The first summer signing for the Ives

Following the first week of pre season we are delighted to bring you some information regarding the playing squad for the season ahead.

First to commit is Robbie Parker. Robbie joins from fellow Southern League club Biggleswade Town. The hard working and energetic midfield player has been an ever present figure during the last two seasons with Waders and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and understanding of step 3 football.

Please join me in welcoming Robbie to the club and we hope your time with us is a happy and successful one.

St Ives Town FC Beer & Music Festival – Sat 4 & Sun 5 August

The weekend of 4th & 5th of August sees the inaugural St Ives Town FC beer & music festival at Westwood Road.

There will be numerous barrels of different ales and ciders on offer (along with the standard bar for all you fizzy drinkers), accompanied with a BBQ and live music.

It’s sure to be a great occasion and it’s free entry. 12 midday till late on both days. Saturday will also feature St Ives Town v Cambridge City, (3pm k.o.) in a pre-season friendly. Footy, beer and music! What could be better!!!

if anyone or a company would like to sponsor a barrel at the festival (£100 a barrel) please contact Gareth Chapman – garethchaps@icloud.com / 07754 601146 for more details

St Ives Town win the Evo-Stik Digital Challenge 2017/18

At the Southern League AGM last Saturday we received the exciting news that the club has won Evo-Stik South Digital Challenge 2017/18 and the £5000 prize money.

We were awarded this prize as we demonstrated the best improvement on our website and social media engagement between 1st August 2017 & 1st May 2018.

A massive thank you to all our followers for your unwavering support and long may it continue.

Above photo – St Ives Gary & Maureen Clarke being presented the cheque by Clive Timmins of Evo-Stik.

Pre-season Friendlies – 2018/19

Soham Town Rangers (H)  – Tues 10 July 7:45 pm

Peterborough Sports (H) – Sat 14 July 3:00 pm

Kempston Rovers (A) – Tues 17 July 7:45 pm

Hartley Wintney (H) – Sat 21 July 3:00 pm

Wisbech Town (A) – Tues 24 July 7:45 pm

Bedford Town (H) – Sat 28 July 3:00 pm

Cambridge City (H) – Sat 4 August 3:00 pm – Beer Festival Day

Friendlies can be subject to date / time change or cancellation at short notice.

Please check on here or social media for regular updates.

2018/19 Season Tickets Early Bird offer – Ends 31 May

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, U18s and Ladies games 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

UP THE IVES!!

 

High placings in the Southern Premier Respect Table and the Annual Programme Awards

Although we weren’t as successful on the pitch as we have been in recent seasons, the club did very well in other areas.

We finished in 3rd place in the Respect table in the Southern Premier division on 852 points.

Points are awarded against the referee’s report for all sections, except for the pitch.

Teams receive 10 points if they receive an excellent report, seven for good, five for satisfactory and two for poor.

Sections included involve officials and bences, match officials’ dressing room and hospitality.

Home clubs can achieve a maximum score of 30 points per game, while away teams can get 10.

Marks are deducted as follows: Four points if a player receives a booking for dissent, and 12 points if they are sent off for foul and abusive language, which included bench personnel.

 

The club also did very well with it’s 2017/18 match day programme in the Annual Soccer Club Swap Shop Programme Awards placing 26th nationally out of over 640 entries

Programme editor Dave Hook would like to thank Nigel Howlett for his match reports, Louise Thompson for her match photos, Ricky Marheineke for his ‘Managers notes’ and regular guest contributors Brian Buck, Mat Guy & Mike Hodson. Without any of their valuable input, we would not have placed anywhere near as high.

 

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