1st Team News – Rogers returns

The club are delighted to announce the return of Declan Rogers.

Declan, another member of the promotion winning team of 2015-16 was registered this morning ahead of today’s postponed game at Chesham Utd.

Since leaving the club Declan joined St. Neots, scoring an impressive fifteen goals before sustaining a couple of injuries which put a halt to his fantastic season. This season Declan has been playing for Eynesbury Rovers where he has hit double figures.

Please join me in welcoming Declan back to the club.

Chesham United v St Ives Town – Postponed Now Tues 19 Dec

Match Preview

Chesham United v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives remain 3rd bottom after a 4-1 reverse at Kettering on Tuesday.

The injury list is still quite long with Charlie De’ath (calf), Daniel Moyes (nose), Peter Clark (hamstring) and Dubi Ogbonna (knee) all sidelined. Tom McGowan is also a doubt after limping off at half time on Tuesday night with a knee problem. Jordan Jarrold will also miss the game due to personal commitments.

Chesham lie 8th in the table with 33 points from 22 games.

Click here for Chesham’s Fixtures & Results

Address – The Meadow, Amy Lane, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1NE

Adults – £10, Concessions (over 65s, students with ID) – £8, Under 18s – £3, U12s free when accompanied by an adult or concession otherwise £3.

Chesham United from M1 directly

When coming from the M1 North there are 2 different options to go through Hemel Hempstead or to join the M25 for 1 junction for the A41. The two routes vary dependant upon traffic. Take J8 off, you will go directly on to the A414 straight over the next 4 roundabouts until you get to the bottom of the hill, where you will arrive at the Magic Roundabout. Take the second exit to the left off the system which is the exit for the A41 to Aylesbury/Berkhamsted. Follow the road past the B&Q and over the next junction and get in to the right hand lane as you go up the hill, take the A41 to Aylesbury/Berkhamsted. Your turn off is for Berkhamsted/Chesham, after the Service Station. Take the right hand lane in the slip road to the A416 to Chesham. Follow this road through Ashley Green (being careful of the speed trap!) past the college on your left, when you get to the bottom of the hill take a left turn at the mini roundabout. Follow the road for about 1.5 miles, go straight over the next two roundabouts, then get in to the left lane to take the first exit from the next roundabout, you will pass a Pub called the Red Lion on your right shortly after this. Follow the road to a mini roundabout, take the right exit going past two petrol stations either side of the road. Chesham United is on the third exit off the next roundabout.

Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to & including 6/12/17

 

1st Team Squad News – Two Arrivals & One Departure

We are pleased to announce two new arrivals ahead of Saturdays league clash away at Chesham United FC.

The first signing is young winger Ben Baker who has signed on an initial 28 day loan from Kettering Town. Ben will be no stranger to those supporters who travelled on Tuesday night to Latimer Park when Ben performed really well as a second half substitute.

The second is Luke Warner-Eley. A left back who has signed from Uxbridge. Luke has also had spells at Royston Town and Barton Rovers in the past 12 months.

Please join me in welcoming both lads to the club and we all hope their time with us is a successful one.

Departing the club is Ben Seymour Shove. Ben has spent three and half successful years at the football club scoring some very important goals. None more so than that spectacular winner in extra time of the play off final. Ben has made the decision to move on as he feels the time has come for a new challenge. We all wish Ben every success for the future and thank him for all his efforts.

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Match Report – Kettering Town 4 St Ives Town 1

Kettering Town 4 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 05/12/17

A visit to Kettering is usually going to mean an uncomfortable evening and it is usually somewhere we venture to more with hope than expectation of a result. But in the very open first half of this game Ives matched their illustrious opponents for long periods and troubled them a number of times. They were perhaps a little unfortunate to go into the break a goal behind. However the second half was a completely different story as they found themselves completely blow away by a Poppies whirlwind as the promotion chasing hosts raised their game and tore open the visitor’s struggling back line almost at will and, but for a heroic display from keeper Tim Trebes the mauling could have been even worse.

In a very rare event in a disrupted season much troubled by injuries and unavailability there was the unusual site of an unchanged starting eleven for Ives following Saturday’s excellent point against Banbury. The confidence that the visitors had taken from that fixture could so easily have been lifted further in sixth minute as Ollie Snaith’s clip to the back post drifted over Liam Bateman and dropped to the feet of Phil Draycott ten yards out. He hit his shot well and had it been inches either side of keeper Paul White it would have gone in, but unfortunately it was straight at the Poppies stopper and rebounded to safety off his feet.

The hosts lifted themselves after that lucky escape and only two minutes later it took an excellent last ditch block from Miles Smith to prevent Lindon Meikle lashing home Ben Milne’s through ball.

Failure to effectively clear a free kick into their box cost the Ives dear as the Poppies went ahead in 17th minute. The ball was fed back into the box by Ben Toseland and Brett Solkhon cleverly laid it through into the run of Aaron O’Connor who hit a crisp right footed shot past the exposed Trebes from ten yards.

Ives were still very much in the game as it swung from end to end and they went close again from the second of two corners in quick succession in 22nd minute. The ball was fed back to Ben Seymour-Shove wide on the left and he returned an in-swinging cross back into the danger zone. Keeper White came to claim, but was deceived as the ball held up in the breeze and completely missed it. Fortunately for the red faced custodian Gary Mulligan had read the situation and was on hand to hack the ball off the line.

Play swung back to the other end and on the half hour O’Connor caused confusion as he ran at the defence from the left side before sliding the ball inside to tee up Gary Stohrer whose shot was blocked by Lewis Ferrell. But the ball fell to Milnes who carefully curled his shot inches wide of Trebes left hand post from the edge of the box.

Only seconds later a mix up between Smith and Draycott allowed Toselan to get away down the left. His driven cross was palmed away by Trebes at his near post. Rene Howe was first to the loose ball, but Lloyd Groves was on had to prevent him forcing it over the line.

There was a strong cross wind blowing across the ground and this was causing keeper White some real problems. Eight minutes before the break he again misjudged a curling cross into the box. This time it was Seymour-Shove’s free kick from the left. He dropped the ball into the pack of legs just outside the six yard box. But again he got lucky as Mulligan came to his rescue stabbing the ball away before an Ives leg could prod it home.

So the visitors went in for their cup of tea perhaps feeling the more contented of the two sides and thinking there were real possibilities that they could get something from this game. The hosts on the other hand, although in front probably got a roasting from their manager as they came out for the second half fully charged up and tore into the Ives from the off.

Straight from the kick off Howe put Stohrer away and although his initial shot was blocked O’Connor curled the loose ball inches over the top from just outside the box.

In what proved to be a rare venture into Poppies territory in the second period Seymour-Shove was played into a good shooting position only moments later following a flowing move involving Kelly and Snaith. But the speedy winger snatched at his effort and fired high and wide and the chance to rattle the hosts was gone.

The one way traffic then began, only four minutes later Miekle sped down the left flank before laying the ball back to Toseland who had roamed forward to support his attack. The young full back’s rising drive from 20 yards was excellently tipped over by the leaping Trebes.

But the stay of execution was only delayed, and the hosts doubled their advantage in the next attack in 54th minute as Stohrer and O’Connor combined well on the right before the latter’s cross was deflected into the path of Howe who swept the ball home from close range giving Trebes no chance.

Ives were not completely finished and reminded their hosts that they were still in the game two minutes later. An excellent cross field ball from Kelly picked out Seymour-Shove in space cutting in from the left. He got past Bateman before unleashing a powerful effort from a narrow angle which beat White at his near post, but cannoned away off the upright.

The visitors could so easily have fallen three behind in 59th minute. Smith picked up a yellow card for hauling down Meikle just outside the box on the left. Toseland fired the free kick over the wall forcing Trebes into a diving save to his left. The loose ball was fed back into the box and fell to substitute Matty Stevens who had only entered the fray a couple of minutes earlier. He looked like he only had to pick his spot, but somehow managed to hit the post with the goal at his mercy. It was beginning to look a little like a shooting gallery in and around the Ives box, but the defenders continued to bravely put their bodies on the line to try and keep the rampant Poppies at bay. In 65th minute shots from Milnes and Stevens were blocked by Ferrell and Groves respectively and Bateman following up blazed the loose ball high over the bar from a good position.

Full back Toseland again got forward to help out his attack in 73rd minute and his venture forward created the third Poppies goal as he got clear down the left and cut in on goal. Trebes blocked his initial shot at his near post, but the ball was fed back into the centre where Howe moved it on to Milnes who found just enough space to turn and slot it into the net off the inside of the keeper’s left hand post.

Trebes was again in action in 78th minute leaping high to his right to fingertip away a fierce drive from Ben Baker as he cut in from the right.

The gallant keeper was beaten for a fourth time in 82nd minute Stevens was put clean through one on one with the keeper. Trebes stayed big and blocked the striker’s initial effort with his legs. But none of his defenders could come to his aid as Rhys Hoenes was first to the loose ball and swept it into the empty net.

Ives grabbed a consolation goal in bizarre fashion three minutes from time. Michael Richens would have disappointed his manager as he picked up a completely needless yellow card for hauling down Ives substitute Eugene Libertucci 30 yards from goal. Draycott fired the resulting free kick high up into the breeze aiming for the far post. Keeper White watched it go up in the air and arc around, but seemed convinced it was going out. Much to his disgust it arced over his head and went in off the back post to ruin any clean sheet bonus that may have been heading the way of he and his defenders.

There was still time for Trebes to make yet another save as he held on well to Howe’s flicked header from Milnes free kick. White also had chance to redeem himself a little as he did well to tip away a rasping drive from Rogan McGeorge deep in added time.

Score : Kettering Town  4  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Draycott 87

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold, Ferrell, Groves, McGeorge, Seymour-Shove (Watson 62), McGowan (capt) (Libertucci 45), Kelly (Sawyer 79), Snaith, Draycott

Unused subs : Short

Sponsors man of the match : Tim Trebes

Attendance  :  499

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – St Ives Town U18 2 Peterborough Northern Star U 18 0

St Ives Town U18  2  Peterborough Northern Star U18  0

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 04/12/17

A goal in each half capped off a thoroughly professional performance from the developing young Ives side as they controlled this game throughout and but for a few missed chances could have won by a better margin. The side again contained predominantly first years but the experience was still there in the back line which was well marshalled throughout by captain Jamie Short, and performed well enough to ensure that keeper Tom Smith only had one real save to make in the entire 90 minutes. The young central midfield pairing of Owen King and George Cawte in spite of being out numbered in the middle of the park constantly took the game to their opposition. With the now experienced Billy Mobbs on one flank and the exciting prospect Louis Bald making his first start on the opposite side there was plenty of pace and trickery in the wide positions. All feeding a front two of Sam Bond and the ever willing Harry Sargent.

Considering that it was only the second Thurlow Nunn game that most of these players had started together Ives began the game well and were immediately in the ascendency. They went close in only 7th minute as a George Cawte free kick from just inside the Star half was only half cleared to Sargent 25 yards from goal. He took on the dropping ball and hit a dipping volley that pulled an excellent save from Star keeper Fabio D’Agnano who leapt high to his left to tip the ball onto the crossbar. Mobbs was following up and latched onto the loose ball, but hammered his effort well wide with the goal at his mercy.

The hosts continued to press forward and Mobbs went close again seven minutes later as he got onto the end of a ball threaded through the right channel by Owen King. Rather than go for power Mobbs decided to go for precision this time and tried lobbing D’Agnano from just inside the box, but his effort crept inches over the crossbar.

It continued to be all Ives, but they were struggling to find away through the resilient Star back line. Jordan Locke ventured up field for the next free kick delivered into the visitor’s box in 29th minute. He got on the end of a ball which was knocked down to him, but miskicked his effort allowing a Star defender to hack the ball away. But Bald was onto the loose ball in a flash and teed himself up for a volley from 25 yards that skimmed the crossbar with D’Agnano beaten.

The goal which had been threatening finally arrived seven minutes before the break from yet another Cawte free kick delivered into the danger zone. Two defenders got in each others way and only succeeded in knocking the ball down to the lurking Locke six yards from goal and this time he made no mistake slamming home the loose ball past the exposed keeper.

Star’s only threatening effort in the first period came three minutes later as Joe Carr curled a free kick from 30 yards just over the top. But Smith watched the effort confident in the knowledge that if needed he had it covered.

Ives should have doubled their advantage right on the break as Cawte slid a ball through into the perfectly timed run of Bond to put him through one on one with the keeper. But a slightly heavy first touch from the striker allowed D’Agnano to bravely slide in and block Bond’s effort with his body at point blank range.

Smith’s only real save of the night came in 58th minute as Segun Okunrinboye curled a 25 yard free kick around the Ives wall forcing Smith to plunge full length to his left and turn the effort around the post.

But the previous flow of the game soon resumed as Sargent got free on the right and tested D’Agnano again with a first time effort from the corner of the box that forced the keeper into another save low to his left.

Sargent was denied on that occasion, but his persistence paid off seven minutes later as he harried Ban Gale into a mistake robbing the defender just outside his own box. Sargent cut across the edge of the face of goal and as other defenders came to close him down he unleashed a low left foot drive that beat D’Agnano low to his right and went in the bottom corner of the net.

Sargent was giving Gale a tough time and again he robbed him in 71st minute and looked like he was clean through on goal. But to his credit the Star defender recovered on this occasion and came in with a perfectly timed tackle to take the ball off the Ives striker’s toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives continued to dominate and yet another Cawte free kick set up an opportunity in 75th minute. This time Short got on the end of it at the near post and got the perfect flick to the back post where the ball just evaded the late arriving Sargent.

Keeper Smith did get a bit more action twelve minutes from time as he sprinted from his line to just beat Star debutant Mamsaliu Cande to a ball over the top well outside his box. But he mishit his attempted clearance straight at Harry Catanach fully 30 yards from goal. Left with the dilemma of trying to retreat, or keeping going Smith went for the positive and was proved right as he successfully blocked Catanach’s effort with his body a long way from goal and his team mates came to his aid by hacking the loose ball to safety.

The referee had handed out some odd yellow cards during the evening, Liam Harper for Star, and Cawte for Ives, were both unfortunate recipients. However Adam Kelly earned himself an unlikely accolade as he picked up a deserved caution before he had even kicked a ball as he came on to replace the tiring Bald in 79th minute and picked up his card for clattering Catanach less than 30 seconds later.

Not surprisingly the final chance of the evening fell to the Ives with ten minutes to go as yet another Cawte free kick was flicked on by King and fell to the feet of Short at the back post. He struck his effort from eight yards well, but was denied by the legs of the well positioned D’Agnano.

Overall a good three points, but more importantly more game time together for these lads as the quest to build for next season continues by blooding more of the youngsters. Next up for the lads is a County Cup Quarter Final at St Neots and the way that these lads have performed will make it a very difficult decision for manager Jack Cassidy deciding the team that he puts out.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke, King, Bald (Kelly 79), Cawte, Bond, Mobbs, Sargent

Unused subs : Oldale, Harvey

Goals : Locke 38, Sargent 67

Attendance :  27

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Preview & Squad Details – Kettering Town v St Ives Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Preview

Kettering Town v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives head to Latimer Park looking to build on the 2-2 against Banbury last Saturday.

On the squad front, there’s no new injury concerns following the Banbury game and all will be available to travel across the A14 tonight. Subject to paperwork, Danny Watson could join the team for his second spell with the club.

Kettering are currently fourth in the table with 41 points from 19 games, however they have games in hand over those ahead of them in the table.

Click here for Kettering’s Fixtures & Results

Address – Latimer Park, Polwell Lane, Burton Latimer,Kettering, NN15 5PS

Admission Prices – Adult – £10, Concession – £6, 16-18 year old – £6, U16 – £1

BY ROAD:

The stadium is located on Polwell Lane and is one mile south of the A14 (J10).

Then second exit at roundabout towards the Morrison’s Warehouse, and second exit at the Morrision’s roundabout onto Polwell Lane.

PARKING:

Latimer Park has matchday parking on site but does hold a limited number of spaces.

There are regulations for on-street parking which are covered by the 31st March 2008, Traffic Management (TMA) Act for all non-residents, and please be aware that Penalty Charge Notices could be issued to all drivers who ignore the regulations.

 

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 4/12/17

Ladies & Colts Round Up & Match Reports – 3 Dec

2 wins for the Ladies. A loss and a draw for the Colts

St Ives Ladies continued their recent good form with an outstanding performance and 8-0 win over March Town in the League Cup quarter final on Sunday. Georgia Stancombe was one of the stars in an all round team performance, and got the game of to a good start for the hosts when she opened the scoring after beating her marker and slotting calmly past the March keeper. Not content with that, she went on to score her third hat trick of the season before half time, with a fantastic run and finish from Hannah Seymour-Shove in between those goals. March were no pushovers, and came out from half time with the desire to press the Saints quickly, but no matter what they tried the home side rose to the occasion and played around their opponents. Inevitably, St Ives continued to push forwards and added further goals in the second half from Georgia Stancombe, Hannah Seymour-Shove and Katherine Speed to end the game with a 8-0 victory and put themselves into the hat for the semi-finals. Such was the performance from every player, that the whole team was awarded Player of the Match to reflect the complete nature of the performance.

Darren Marjoram said

“This was a fantastic performance from the whole team, not just in terms of their skill and ability but also importantly in their work rate and approach to the game. The entire Ladies squad that we have at St Ives is an amazing group who really are like one big family, and I think that is reflected in the performances both teams have been putting in recently. Paul Swannell, who is the Club goalkeeping coach, has been working hard with our keepers over the last few weeks, and that has also seen us improve further. Probably most importantly of all, adding Lisa Trigg to the coaching staff has been a huge positive for us this season, and the future of St Ives Ladies looks very good indeed. “

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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Lisa Trigg’s St Ives Town’s Development side also recorded a cup victory with their hard fought 1-0 win at Cambridge Rangers in the Division 1 cup. The game was a tight affair, as the score line suggests, but the sides were separated by another goal for St Ives captain Georgia Rebane. The Saints managed to see off the Cambridge Rangers attacks through the game with some determined defending to record their third clean sheet of the season and maintain their excellent start to the campaign. The result means they extend their record to only 1 defeat in 7 games across all competitions. Georgina Astley was awarded the Player of the Match for her flawless performance at the back.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s had a tough day losing 4-0 at Histon in the EJA Yellow Division.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Tough game for under 15’s v Histon in the EJA Leaguetoday. Lost to the better team, but we can learn from our errors and mistakes and regroup after a tough run of games. Next week we make the short trip to Leiston in the Presidents Cup.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s didn’t have a game and resume next week in the County Cup.

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s played out an exciting 4-4 draw at Mildenhall.

The Ives goals came from Damien Boakye, Harvey Donaldson, Luke Dunn & Daniel Legg

The U13 management had the following to say via Twitter –

A brilliant game, great football played by both teams. Our attitude and desire was outstanding today. Man of the match – Daniel Legg, his attitude and desire shone through. Topped of with a goal.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Squad News – Another Promotion Hero Returns

The club are delighted to announce that centre forward Danny Watson has agreed to rejoin the club.

Manager Ricky Marheineke has acted quickly in strengthening the squad following the news that Dubi Ogbonna could be facing some time on the sidelines due to a reoccurrence of the knee problem that kept him out for six weeks of last season.

Danny is no stranger to the Ives fans following his outstanding contribution during our famous promotion season of 2015/16. Danny finished top goal scorer that season netting an impressive 19 goals including that wonderful volley against AFC Rushden & Diamonds in the last few minutes of the play off final.

Following his departure in the summer of 15/16, Danny joined Bedford Town before moving to Barton Rovers mid way through that season. His goals for Barton helped them to reach the play off final before they were beaten in that game by Farnborough.

This season Danny signed for St. Neots Town before returning to Barton Rovers.

We would like to thank Barton for their help with the transfer and subject to completion of the paperwork, Danny will be available for tomorrow evenings fixture away at Kettering Town.

Please join me in welcoming Danny back to the club and we all hope your second spell is as successful as your first.

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Banbury United 2

St Ives Town 2 Banbury United 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 02/12/17

The Puritans came to the Pro-Edge Stadium boasting an away record bettered only by League leaders King’s Lynn with an impressive six wins on the road already under their belts and were probably expecting another full points return from their second from bottom hosts. They certainly did not expect the early battering which they received that saw them two behind in 25 minutes. All in the ground except referee Paul Forrester would have also awarded a penalty to the hosts for a blatant handball during this early pressure. 

With James Goff returning to Northampton Town Ives supporters were pleased to welcome a familiar face back between the sticks as fans favourite Tim Trebes made his seasonal debut. Another debutant who looks likely to quickly become a fans favourite is Ollie Snaith who has made the short move across from tenants Cambridge City.

Snaith was instantly in the action as the game was only in the second minute when he closed down an under hit back pass to Jack Harding forcing the visitor’s keeper into a hurried clearance that went straight to Rogan McGeorge inside the centre circle. McGeorge’s first time effort turned into a goal as good as the one we have all seen recently by Wayne Rooney on television as the ball sailed over the stranded Harding and into the gaping net.

McGeorge was at the heart of the action again only four minutes later as he ran onto a Phil Draycott pass on the left edge of the box. His attempted clip into the danger zone to pick out Danny Kelly was cut out by the raised arm of defender Jack Self. All present on both occasions would suggest a much more blatant handball than Dan Moyes which gave Hitchin a route back into last Tuesdays game. But referee Forrester was right on the spot and deemed the contact accidental.

The resulting corner was almost turned home for an own goal at the near post by Tom Bradbury as he struggled to stop Phil Draycott getting in front of him. Ben Seymour-Shove’s follow up corner was then pawed away at full stretch by Harding as Ives continued to pile on the pressure.

The Puritans first opportunity in this pulsating early period arrived in 10th minute as the tricky Tom Winters found some space on the left and delivered a low cross which veteran striker Jefferson Louis got on the end of, but only succeeded in deflecting his effort wide from a good position.

Ives doubled their advantage in 25th minute as Seymour-Shove robbed a dallying Ricky Johnson just inside the visitor’s half. He broke away down the right with the ball and delivered a cross which was only half cleared to McGeorge just outside the box. His well struck shot was blocked, but the ball ricocheted back to Seymour-Shove who hung up a teasing cross that Snaith attacked in the centre. He did not get clean contact, but his close range header still deceived the efforts of two defenders and keeper Harding and crept over the line.

Ives were now purring and a flowing move down the left involving Seymour-Shove, Snaith and Kelly ended with the latter firing his effort straight at the keeper from the edge of the box.

Having enjoyed the lion’s share of the first period, and been good value for their two goal advantage, Ives were perhaps a little unlucky to see that lead halved nine minutes before the break. Self picked out Winters on the left with an excellent cross field ball. The winger delivered a cross that looked a little to deep but Louis did well to keep the ball alive. He got past Jordan Jarrold before delivering a powerful cross shot that Trebes did well to stop, but could not hold. Self had continued his run and was first to react firing home the loose ball.

The hosts came out at the start of the second half determined to restore their two goal cushion. The period was only 45 second old when a flowing move involving Snaith and Draycott saw the former roll the ball into the run of Seymour-Shove on the right hand edge of the box. But his rising drive did not trouble Harding as it flew high and wide.

Seven minutes later Tom McGowan fed Kelly who in turn slid a ball into the feet of Snaith. His first time effort from the edge of the box took a deflection off Johnson to make it a comfortable save for Harding.

The Puritans enjoyed a good spell around the hour with Winters continuing to be at the centre of most of their good work going forward. It took an excellent bloc at the back post to keep out a Louis drive as he got on the end of a deflected driven cross from the tricky winger that had got through the crowd in the centre of goal. Winters also fired a free kick from just outside the box inches wide in 62nd minute. The winger again teed up Louis two minutes later and this time the big striker’s powerful effort from the edge of the box was turned around the post by a diving Trebes.

But it was not all one way traffic and the battling McGeorge forced his way through the centre before rolling the ball into Snaith just inside the box in 67th minute. But the busy striker was denied the chance by an assistant’ flag.

Snaith had another shot on goal three minutes later after Kelly had held the ball up well and played it into him 25 yards out. He struck the shot cleanly, but straight at keeper Harding who held on well. The big chance for Ives to kill the game off arrived ten minutes from the end of the ninety. Seymour-Shove threaded a perfect ball into the well timed run of Snaith to put him clear into the box. But the young striker’s first touch was just a little bit heavy which gave Harding the chance to plunge in at his feet and bravely block his effort at point blank range.

By this stage in the game the Ives were beginning to tire as the fitness on some of the players who have recently returned from injury began to tell. But they were still willing to put their bodies on the line to preserve their slender advantage. Both Lewis Ferrell and Lloyd Groves did well to block efforts from Conor McDonagh and Louis respectively as the clock ticked down.

In spite of their gallant efforts, as has happened so often this season, Ives conceded late on in the simplest fashion. Louis won a long ball down the middle in the air and a tiring Jarrold failed to go with his man allowing substitute McDonagh to run onto the ball unchallenged and slot it past the exposed Trebes to grab a point for his side.

It could have got worse for the Ives as Louis skilfully turned inside his man deep into the fifth minute of added time and curled an effort from 20 yards that beat Trebes and rattled his left hand post. Fortunately Jarrold found enough energy to just beat McDonagh to the loose ball to preserve the valuable point.

Overall an excellent point given the visitor’s away form which we would have probably taken before the start. But having lead for so long it felt like two points dropped at the end. However it is beginning to look like manager Ricky Marheineke’s rebuilding plans are starting to bear fruit as the lads coming in are all battlers. After going close to getting the honour on Tuesday night Rogan McGeorge won his first man of the match award something his all action style is going to put him in the frame for every week. His closest challengers were also newcomers as Lloyd Groves and particularly the livewire Ollie Snaith were also well in contention. A big challenge awaits at Kettering on Tuesday evening, but anything is possible.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Banbury United  2

Goals : McGeorge 2, Snaith 25

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold, Ferrell, Groves, McGeorge, Seymour-Shove (Sawyer 84), McGowan (capt), Kelly (Libertucci 72), Snaith, Draycott

Unused subs : Short

Sponsors man of the match : Rogan McGeorge

Attendance  :  201

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to match day sponsor Mayiclaim and match ball sponsor R.Costings

Squad News – Two depart and two arrive including a fans favourite.

There has been more player movement within the squad this week with two departures and two arrivals.

Firstly, goalkeeper James Goff has been recalled by his club Northampton Town following a two month loan with the Ives. We wish James all the very best for the future and thank him for all his efforts during his time with us.

Secondly, striker James Hall moves to Cambridge City. Again we thank James for his efforts since the start of the season and wish him and Cambridge City all the best of luck in their quest for promotion.

The first arrival and moving in the opposite direction from Cambridge City is Ollie Snaith. The young exciting attacking midfielder has been a long term target for manager Ricky Marheineke and we are delighted to finally have him on board.

Tim Trebes

Finally, we welcome back fans favourite Tim Trebes. Tim left the club earlier this month to join Untied Counties League premier division side Eynesbury Rovers following the birth of his second child. The experienced stopper has since shown a desire to return to Westwood Road prompting the manager to act quickly in bringing him back to the Ives.

Both players will be available for tomorrow’s clash at home to Banbury.

 

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Banbury United – Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Preview

St Ives Town v Banbury United

Evo-Stik South Premier
Saturday 2 December 3:00 pm
ProEdge Westwood Road

After the late defeat against Hitchin Town on Tuesday the Ives stay in 22nd position 6 points behind Kings Langley both having played 21 games.

Banbury are currently in 12th position on 28 points. Their away form is far superior than their home having won 6 out of 8 in the league.

Banbury United – Recent Results
28/11/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – D 1-1
25/11/17 – Farnborough (H) – FA Trophy Replay – L 2-3
21/11/17 – Slough Town (H) – League – D 2-2
18/11/17 – St Neots Town (H) – League – D 1-1
11/11/17 – Farnborough (A) – FA Trophy – D 3-3
7/11/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 1-2
4/11/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – L 1-2
31/10/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – FA Trophy Replay – W 3-2
28/10/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – FA Trophy – D 2-2
24/10/17 – Chesham United (H) – League – D 1-1
21/10/17 – Dorchester Town (A) – League – W 2-0
17/10/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 4-0
10/10/17 – Hereford (H) – League – L 0-1
7/10/17 – Basingstoke Town (A) – League – L 1-3
3/10/17 – Didcot Town (A) – League Cup – L 2-2 (4-5 pens)

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 28/11/17

Match day sponsor – Mayiclaim Ltd

Match ball sponsor – R Costings Ltd

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Hitchin Town 3

St Ives Town 1 Hitchin Town 3 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 28/11/17

This was another in the long line of heartbreakers this year for the Ives as two late goals saw them deprived of the least they deserved from the game of a point. The hosts more than matched the Canaries for long periods of the first half and were in front at the interval courtesy of a James Hall penalty.

But the game ultimately hinged a moment of huge controversy in the 53rd minute. Keeper James Goff fluffed an attempted clearance against Jonny McNamara who ran onto the loose ball, but stumbled as he hit it at goal. Veteran defender Dan Moyes had got around behind his keeper and blocked the bobbling effort. Unfortunately the match officials deemed that the ball had struck his arm awarding the visitors a spot kick to even things up and even more dramatically waving a red card to Moyes dismissing this gentleman of the game for the first time in his long and illustrious career.

In spite of being down to ten men Ives still continued to go in search of another goal going close on a number of occasions before falling behind to a poorly defended corner in the 89th minute then having insult added to injury as the Canaries killed them off with a break-away goal deep in added time to compound their misery.

Much earlier on the chilly late November evening the game had started in a workman like style as both sides probed the others defence’s without really creating much, although Ives probably edged this opening period in terms of possession. The game lived up just before the half hour as Phil Draycott managed to cut in past his marker and slide an inviting pass in behind the visitor’s back line. Dubi Ogbonna bravely went in with keeper Michael Johnson and just managed to win the race gleaning a corner off the body of the Canary’s custodian as he spread himself to keep the ball out.

Ben Seymour-Shove swung in the resulting flag kick from the left to the back post where the late arriving Tom McGowan looked like he was going to get a free header from eight yards. But as he leapt for the ball he was wrestled down by Lewis Rolfe. Referee Robert Evans was right on the spot and had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Hall did the rest sending keeper Herbert the wrong way with his well struck effort.

Ives pressed forward in search of a second and Draycott and McGowan combined well down the left in 35th minute with the former playing in the latter to run along the bye line. His driven cross could have gone anywhere off friend, or foe, but it ricocheted to safety off Rolfe.

With half time approaching the hosts took their foot of the gas a little and the visitor’s created a couple of chances in quick succession. In 39th minute with Ives struggling to clear their lines Elliot Bailey fed a ball into the feet of Trey Charles and he found just enough space on the corner of the box to curl in an effort that went just inches wide of the far post.

Goff was Ives saviour one minute later as he plunged low to his right to fingertip away a well struck effort from just inside the box by Bailey after he had cleverly run into space to receive a Rolfe free kick in a pre-rehearsed move that almost caught the hosts napping.

The final effort on goal of the first period came in similar pre-rehearsed fashion for the Ives as Draycott got ahead of his marker to get on the end of Seymour-Shove’s in-swinging free kick from the left. He got to the ball first, but did not quite get enough contact and the ball flew across the face of goal to safety.

Ives could so easily have doubled their lead only three minutes after the re-start as Draycott again found space on the left and picked out Hall at the near post with his cross. Hall struck his effort well on the volley and had the shot been inches to the left, or right, of keeper Johnson it would have gone in. Amazingly it was straight at him and the ball cannoned off his body and out for a corner with the custodian admitting “he did not see it”.Having come with millimetres of increasing their lead the hosts were then hit with the double hammer blow of conceding the penalty and going down to ten men only five minutes later. Lucas Kirkpatrick despatched his spot kick in the same emphatic style as Hall to level up the scores.

Ogbonna was the unlikely choice to fill in at centre back for the unfortunate Moyes, but Ives still had ideas of winning this game and continued to push forward at every opportunity. They should have gone back in front only two minutes later as another Seymour-Shove corner resulted in a scramble in the visitor’s goalmouth. The ball fell to Draycott ten yards out and he hit his shot well, but somehow managed to hit Hall with the goal bound effort and the ball rebounded away.In spite of regular centre back Lewis Ferrell coming on to replace the sacrificed Ogbonna and Ives players running their socks off for the cause the extra player began to tell and the Canaries slowly took control of the game. Goff had to be very quick off his line to bravely plunge in and take the ball off the toes of Bailey after he had been put through by Connor Vincent in 76th minute.

The Canaries thought they had gone in front only ninety seconds later as Charlie Smith rattled in a shot from just inside the box that Goff did remarkably well to turn onto the post. But Vincent was lurking to knock home the loose ball only to have his celebration cut short by the assistant’s flag as he had strayed into an offside position.

With time running out we were just hoping against hope that Ives would manage to find a way to hold on for a point. But this has not been a season when we have achieved that well and the cynics amongst us were expecting the worst as Josh Bickerstaff and Charles combined to win a corner with two minutes of the ninety remaining. That initial corner was repelled, but only at the expense of another. This one was delivered from the right by Smith and somehow Bickerstaff found space to rise unchallenged six yards out at the back post his downward header delivered the decisive blow.To their credit the gallant ten men squeezed one last gasp of energy from their tired bodies and drove forward in search of an equaliser. But it was like the charge of the gallant few into the enemy fire as Hitchin caught them on the break and a swift move down the middle was finished from just inside the box by Bailey to delivery the coupe de grace on the sadly wounded Ives.

So many gave so much to the cause it was hard to pick the man of the match award. Home debutant Rogan McGeorge was in the running until picking up a senseless booking for tangling with Johnson twenty minutes from time. The man who won the award was the man who stood out throughout the game and covered every blade of grass, more than once, leading from the front skipper Tom McGowan.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1  Hitchin Town  3

Goals : Hall 29 (pen)

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, Moyes, Goves, McGeorge, Seymour-Shove (Kelly 68), McGowan (capt), Hall, Ogbonna (Ferrell 64), Draycott (Wright 78)

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Tom McGowan

Attendance  :  175

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – St Ives Town U18 1 King’s Lynn Town U18 1

St Ives Town U18  1  King’s Lynn Town U18  1          

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 27/11/17

A very young Ives squad containing nine first years in the fourteen were perhaps a little fortunate to take a point from a game where they struggled to create many clear cut chances. But to their credit every one of them battled all the way and an equaliser three minutes from time by George Cawte gleaned them a hard earned point against the young Linnets who had lead from mid-way through the first half thanks to a well taken goal by Charlie Rudland.

With so many changes to the line up it was always going to take Ives a while to get into their stride and it was the Linnets who were creating the early chances. Rudland combined well with Josh Walker on the left after six minutes. The move finishing with Walker playing in Rudland on the left hand side of the box. The skilful wide man took a touch, but fired over from a good position.

Less than a minute later the visitors were probing the Ives back line again, this time Jack Cropley and Connor Young exchanged passes before the latter fired in an effort from the edge of the box that was fortunately straight at Tom Smith who held on well.

Ives first opportunity arrived in 15th minute as a pass went astray in the Linnets back line. Tiago Dias pounced on the loose ball 25 yards from goal. He took a touch before curling in a well directed effort that forced Lewis Herbert in the visitor’s goal into a diving save low to his left. Billy Mobbs was following up and kept the ball alive, but was unable to pick out Harry Sargent with his ball back into the middle.

In spite of this escape it was still the visitors on top and they went close again in 20th minute as Rudland delivered a long free kick into the box that arrived at the feet of Callum South at the back post. Fortunately Smith was down quickly to keep out his prodded effort by his right hand post.

Ives had a massive escape three minutes later as a Rudland corner from the right was met powerfully in the air by Young eight yards out. His header beat Smith comprehensively, but rattled the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down into the goalmouth. Smith made two remarkable saves to keep the ball out in the ensuing scramble. The second of these certainly looked like he had pulled the ball back from behind the goal line, but the well positioned assistant referee waved play on and the ball was eventually hacked clear.

Having got away with that one Ives were probably looking for time to settle. But it was not forthcoming as the skilful Walker played a peach of a ball over their back line to pick out a perfectly timed run from Rudland. He took the ball in his stride and went around the exposed Smith before netting well from a narrow angle to put the Linnets in front in 24th minute.

Ives had an instant chance to respond as straight from the restart Dias went down the left and delivered a teasing ball into the middle that dropped onto the foot of Mobbs arriving at the back post. Unfortunately the young striker snatched at his chance and volleyed well over the top.

The game evened out for the remainder of the first period with most of the exchanges in midfield and neither side able to create a real opportunity.

The second period started in similar fashion to that which the first ended with both sides struggling to wrestle control in the centre of the park. The first chance of the second half arrived in the 54th minute in unexpected style as the classy Walker made probably his only mistake of the evening misplacing a pass by the half way line that Mobbs pounced on. He slotted a through ball into the channel for Sargent to run onto and the striker out muscled South as he ran onto the ball. However he was pulled back by the referee’s whistle as he bore down on goal with the match official deciding that he had fouled the big Linnets centre back as they tussled for the ball.

Nine minutes later referee Laurie Parnham played an excellent advantage as Mitchell Pillin brought down Cropley by the half way line. The ball was taken on by Young who played a one two with Walker before blazing over from a good position.

Ives substitute Louis Bald was looking very lively and he had the confidence to go for goal from 40 yards in 71st minute as a hurried clearance from keeper Herbert arrived at his feet. Although he got the direction right the attempted lob just lacked sufficient power to clear the fast retreating keeper who made a good catch.

As the game wore on Ives came more and more into it and continued to push forward in search of an equaliser. But it looked like the Linnets defence well marshalled by skipper South was going to hold them at bay. Until three minutes from time when Freddie Collison was deemed to have fouled Mobbs by the left hand corner flag. Mobbs delivered the resulting free kick to the back post where Cawte had crept in undetected and was able to steer his free header between Herbert and the post to level things up.

With their tails now up the hosts went in pursuit of a very unlikely winner. But even though they managed to win a corner deep in added time which gave them chance to crowd the box, including throwing keeper Smith forward for the third game in a row this time a second goal did not arrive and it finished with honours even on an entertaining game.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 81), Cawte, King (Bald 57), Sargent (Oldale 75), Mobbs, Dias

Unused subs : none

Goals : Cawte 87

Attendance :  32

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Hitchin Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Preview

St Ives Town v Hitchin Town

Evo-Stik South Premier
Tuesday 28 November 7:45 pm
ProEdge Westwood Road

The Ives will be looking to bounce back after two away defeats on the spin at Hereford and Stratford.

Hitchin sit in 11th place and come into this game on the back of an exciting 4-3 victory at Frome last Saturday.

Hitchin Town – Recent Results
25/11/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – W 4-3
18/11/17 – Hereford (A) – League – L 0-5
11/11/17 – Chesham United (A) – FA Trophy – L 1-3
7/11/17 – Kings Langley (A) – League Cup – W 4-2
4/11/17 – Weymouth (H) – League – W 3-1
28/10/17 – Cheshunt (H) – FA Trophy – W 5-0
24/10/17 – St Neots Town (A) – League – D 1-1
21/10/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 2-0
16/10/17 – Redditch United (H) – League – W 1-0
14/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – L 1-4
10/10/17 – King’s Lynn Town (A) – League – L 0-2
7/10/17 – Stratford Town (H) – League – W 4-0
2/10/17 – Bishops Stortford (H) – League Cup – W 4-2
30/9/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 3-0

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 25/11/17

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 26 Nov

A Win and a draw for the Ladies. Disappointment for the Colts

The Ladies first team met Cambridge University Women’s again after handing them a heavy 15-0 defeat last week. To the University’s credit they gave the Ladies a much tougher test this time around which resulted in a 2-0 win for the Ives.
Amy Seymour-Shove & Georgia Stancombe got the goals. Ellie Brown & Mollie Flack were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’
They currently sit in 2nd position, 6 points behind Netherton, but with 2 games in hand
S-Tech Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – March Town United Ladies (H) – Women’s League Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development played out 2-2 draw with current leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds.

Molly Berryman & Connie Liddiard got the Ives goals. Leah Culpin was awarded ‘Player of the Match’

They are handily placed in 3rd spot, 3 points behind, but with 1 & 2 games in hand respectively over 2nd & 1st.

S-Tech Cambs Women’s Championship South – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Cambridge Rangers (A) – Women’s First Division Cup
  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s visited local rivals Godmanchester Town narrowly losing 2-1 in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

Manager Paul Everest described the game as “Great tough game today…. Some really good football from both teams.”

They are still very handily placed in the league with over two thirds of the season still to play.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Histon (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s suffered a 4-0 reverse at leaders AFC Sudbury in the Eastern Junior Alliance, leaving them in 3rd place in the Green Division.

The U14 Twitter feed said of the performance “played poorly and gave our hosts too much time and respect…”

U14 Eastern Junior Alliance Green Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s met Waterbeach Colts for the 3rd time this season. Having won the previous encounters 14-4 & 3-0, the Ives were looking for a hat-trick. It was Waterbeach however, who landed the spoils on this occasion with a 4-1 victory.

The U13 Twitter feed said of the Ives display “An under whelming performance, beaten by a side who were more up for the game today.”

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Mildenhall Town (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – Stratford Town 3 St Ives Town 0

Stratford Town 3 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 25/11/17

After Tuesday nights demolition at Hereford this looked a more winnable game with the Town sitting only four places above the Ives in the table. To balance against the hosts position in the table their record at the strangely named MoodChimp Stadium is impressive as they still remain unbeaten in the League at home this season so getting a result was never going to be easy.

However those that watched the game will be acutely aware that Ives performance on the day was worthy of getting a point particularly in the second half when they ran the game for long periods. Unfortunately football is all about what happens in the two penalty areas and on a day when the hosts managed to score three from their seven efforts at goal Ives failed to register a single goal from thirteen attempts. The days of the rock-solid Ives defence appear to be a distant memory and defensive errors at one end are presently being compounded by an attack which seems to lack confidence to find the net at the other.

Ives have been badly hampered by injuries to key players throughout this season and the injury hoodoo struck again after only five minutes as the influential Peter Clark pulled his hamstring and limped out of the action to give new signing Rogan McGeorge an earlier than anticipated debut.

The early exchanges were fairly even and the first real effort on goal did not arrive until 18th minute when Lee Thomas combined well with Will Grocott on the left before the latter teed up Justin Marsden 20 yards out. His first-time effort struck an Ives defender and ricocheted away. Loud appeals for handball were swiftly turned down by the well positioned referee Robbie Dadley.

Ives went close at the other end only seconds later as Phil Draycott combined with James Hall down the left. Draycott’s return ball allowing Hall to get the bye line. His low cross to the near post was wildly sliced away off the outside of defender James Fry’s boot. The Town skipper was very fortunate that the ball flew just wide of the far post and out for a corner.

Town went close to going in front in their next attack in 23rd minute as Ben Stephens got on the end of a flick over the top of the Ives back line. As the ball dropped Stephens tried to cleverly lift it over keeper James Goff on the volley. He got the lift over Goff perfectly, but slightly overhit the effort and the ball dropped onto the roof of the net.

The tricky Town winger was not to be denied for long though as he was the man that put the hosts in front less than a minute later. Yet another move on the left hand side saw Thomas and Marsden exchange passes before the latter played the ball into the run of Stephens who was allowed to roam forward with the ball and unleashed a powerful drive from 25 yards that beat the diving Goff and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

Going behind seemed to knock the wind out of the visitor’s sails and the hosts enjoyed a purple patch for the next few minutes. Goff had to be very sharp off his line to bravely take the ball off the toes of Jazz Luckie after the big centre forward had been put clear by Stephens in 26th minute.

Town doubled their advantage in 29th minute with a goal that will disappoint the Ives management team. Jordan Jarrold lost possession deep in home territory. Loyiso Recci delivered a long ball down the centre of the park which seemed to catch Lewis Ferrell off balance and the ball drifted over his head. Luckie lived up to his name as he was left completely free to run onto the loose ball and hammer it left footed past the exposed Goff.

To their credit Ives responded instantly and straight from the kick off Draycott drove down the left and worked his way to the bye line past Daniel Summerfield. He looked up and pulled the ball back to the far post where both Hall and Ben Seymour-Shove were waiting. But with Seymour-Shove calling for the ball, the stretching Hall took it away from him, but only succeeded in prodding his effort wide and the chance was gone.

Ives went even closer six minutes before the break as Seymour-Shove worked his way down the left and picked out Ogbonna at the near post. The Ives striker took the ball down brilliantly and hit a fierce effort on the turn that beat home keeper Louis Connor but clipped the top of the crossbar and went over.

The final opportunity of the first period in added time also fell to the busy Ogbonna as he found space at the back post to get on the end of Draycott’s corner from the right. But he was left beating the ground in frustration as he failed to hit the target with his free header.

The second half opened at break neck pace with both sides going close in the first two minutes. Seymour-Shove and Ogbonna combined to feed in Tom McGowan cutting in from the right. His low drive from just inside the box deflected off Fry and curled inches over the top with keeper Connor beaten. The resulting corner was cleared and Marsden fed through for a clear run on goal. He got his body shape all right and clipped the ball past the advancing Goff, but just past the far post much to Ives relief.

With McGeorge and McGowan snapping away in the centre of the park Ives began to win the midfield battle and push their opponents back as they went in search of a route back into the game. They went close again in 62nd minute as Seymour-Shove curled a free kick into the Town box. The ball was headed up into the air by a stretching James Hancocks. Ogbonna bravely won the challenge to get to the dropping ball and knocked it goalwards, but it was blocked and scrambled away.

Four minutes later a deep Seymour-Shove corner was headed back into the mix by Miles Smith. The ball fell to Draycott inside the box and his shot was turned towards goal by Hall. But keeper Connor was equal to the effort plunging to his right to turn the effort around the post.

The Ives onslaught continued as they went close twice in two minutes with twenty minutes to go. Seymour-Shove got on the end of Draycott’s in-swinging free kick from the right. But his contact was clean when he needed a skimming header, and the ball thudded the boards to the left of Connor’s upright. Two minutes later Ogbonna skilfully brought down a long ball out of defence and fed the ball into the run of Draycott cutting in from the right. Again the athletic Connor was equal to the effort diving to his right to fingertip the shot away.

The keeper was again in action in 78th minute as he palmed a fierce McGowan cross shot up into the air. Hall got onto the dropping ball, but his effort from twelve yards was blocked by Fry and scrambled away from danger.

Having gone close on so many occasions in the second half and failing to find the vital goal that would have rocked the hosts, Ives were finally killed off by another Town break away ten minutes from time. Thomas broke at pace down the left and got past Smith before feeding the ball into Grocott arriving at pace his first-time effort from the edge of the box struck the arm of Ferrell. Referee Dadley instantly pointed to the spot and the token protests from Ives players suggests his decision was correct. Substitute Edwin Ahenkorah fired home the penalty emphatically off the underside of the crossbar.

In the remaining few minutes there was still time for McGeorge to fire an effort wide. Smith to pull a comfortable save from Connor with a header and young substitute Matt Wright to come within inches of opening his Ives account. Fellow sub Danny Kelly took down a long ball and fed it into the path of Wright through the left channel. He outpaced Charlie Evans and fired in a left foot effort that needed another full length dive and fingertip save from the Town keeper low to his left. Even more gallingly the rolling ball just evaded Hall who was following up to deny Ives the least they deserved, a consolation goal.

In conclusion it looks like another heavy defeat on the road. However only the few that made the trip will know how well Ives played for long periods of this game and how unfortunate they were to come away with nothing again. But if’s, but’s and maybe’s do not win games, they can only be won by eliminating the mistakes at one end of the pitch and taking our chances at the other. Peter Clark’s likely absence for a while is a big blow. But the positives we can take from this game are that a few of the injury returnees look like they are beginning to return to form. Phil Draycott looked close to his best and took the supporters man of the match award. Dubi Ogbonna pushed him close with one of his best displays in a while that just lacked a goal. Rogan McGeorge also made a very promising debut in the centre of the park and looks like a good capture. The games continue to come thick and fast and a visit from Hitchin on Tuesday evening will give Ives another opportunity to get their season back on track.

Final Score : Stratford Town  3  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, Ferrell, Groves, McGowan (capt), Seymour-Shove (Kelly 73), Clark (McGeorge 5), Hall, Ogbonna (Wright 85), Draycott

Unused subs : Moyes

Supporters man of the match : Phil Draycott

Attendance  :  201

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Granty – Stratford Town FC

Match Preview & Squad Details – Stratford Town v St Ives Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Preview

Stratford Town v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives go in to their second successive away game looking to bounce back from the 4-0 defeat at Hereford on Tuesday.

Jimmy Hartley has left the club for personal reasons and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Charlie De’ath and Ben Sawyer will miss the next couple games after picking up impact injuries on Tuesday night. Eugene Libertucci is still absent with a thigh injury although it’s not as bad as first thought.

Lloyd Groves and Jordan Jarrold return after missing Tuesday and Danny Kelly came through training Thursday and will be available to play some part in the game.

Stratford are currently in 18th place with 20 points with an excellent home record having only lost 1 game at home in the league.

Click here for Stratford’s Fixtures & Results

Admission Prices – Adults – £10, Concessions – £6 (OAP’S & Students), Under 18’s – £2.00, Under 12’s Free

Address – MoodChimp Stadium, Knights Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, CV37 7BZ

CAR PARKING

There are plenty of FREE parking spaces within the ground but please allow plenty of time before kick off to park and enter the ground.
There are a number of allocated disabled parking spaces for Blue Badge holders. If you wish to reserve a place please email in advance to info@stratfordtownfc.org

DIRECTIONS

From junction 15 M40 take the A46 towards Stratford. At the first roundabout, bear left onto the A439 towards Stratford, Keep to the left hand lane on the one way system and turn left over Clopton Bridge. At the end of the bridge turn left onto B4086 Tiddington Road towards Wellesbourne and continue for approximately 1 mile. After passing the NFU Building on your right, take the next right into Knights Lane. The entrance to the ground is approximately 800 metres on the right, 100 metres after the school.

From the west go through Town centre follow signs for Banbury (A422) and Oxford (A3400). Cross Clopton Bridge and turn immediately left onto the B4086 towards Wellesbourne. Follow remaining directions as above.

From Banbury (A422) go across the Shell petrol station roundabout towards town and turn right immediately before Clopton Bridge onto the B4086 Tiddington Road. Follow remaining directions as above.

From Oxford (A3400) turn left at the Shell petrol station roundabout and turn right immediately before Clopton Bridge onto the B4086 Tiddington Road. Follow remaining directions as above.

 

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 21/11/17

 

Match Report – Hereford 4 St Ives Town 0

Hereford 4 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League Southern – Premier Division 21/11/17

Make no mistake getting anything out of this game was always going to be a huge ask for Ives as they visited the historic, and if somewhat crumbling, still impressive home of one of the League’s big boys who also just happen to be on a cracking run of form. Things were made even more difficult as defenders Lloyd Groves and Jordan Jarrold were both unavailable to make the Tuesday night trip due to work commitments. With Eugene Libertucci and Danny Kelly also missing injured it meant a change of formation to a back five with Club captain Charlie De’ath returning from injury into that back line that also included the evergreen Dan Moyes for a very tough first start of the season and Phil Draycott also just back from injury filling in at left wingback.

Add to the problems above a four hour coach journey following delays behind an accident on the M42. All of this was not the ideal preparation to face on of the most potent strike forces in the League and it was no surprise that Ives were a little slow out of the blocks. The Bulls first effort on goal came in only fourth minute as an early corner was channelled back to Garyn Preen who fired in a first time effort from the right corner of the box that keeper James Goff held well at his near post.

The hosts were moving the ball around at pace with Preen at the heart of a lot of their moves. Jimmy Oates fed Preen down the right in 12th minute and his cross field ball picked out Keyon Reffell in space at the far post. But Reffell snatched at his shot and screwed his effort wide.

Preen had changed flanks only a minute later and cleverly fed in overlapping Bristol City loanee full back Cameron Pring who hung up a teasing cross to the edge of the six yard box that De’ath did remarkably well to head away from between John Mills and Reffell.

But the unrelenting early Bulls pressure continued and Ives cracked in 17th minute as another loanee from a Championship club Tyrone Duffus, from Cardiff City, was allowed a free run inside the box to get on the end of Preen’s corner from the right and he made no mistake powering his header home from eight yards.

Stand in full back Draycott was having a tough time against the pacey Lance Smith and in 25th minute Smith outstripped him before picking out Pring at the far post. The marauding full back had time to take a touch and turn inside the covering Lewis Ferrell, but then fired his shot wide from a good position.

Another flowing move down the Bulls left flank lead to the second goal in 33rd minute as again Preen and Pring combined. This time the latter laid the ball into Mills inside the box. The powerful striker looked like he had got the ball stuck in his feet, but he managed to release it just in time to fire a left foot shot across keeper Goff and inside the far post.

To their credit Ives to a man continued to battle, but they were chasing shadows as the hosts harried them mercilessly forcing mistakes and then moving the ball around at pace to build up pressure on the embattled back line. Jimmy Hartley had a lucky escape in 36th minute as he misplaced a pass into the feet of Reffell in midfield, he in turn released Mills through the left channel. As moments earlier the big striker beat keeper Goff with a low drive from just inside the box. But this time he was unlucky as the ball cannoned off the inside of the post to safety.

But the respite was only brief as two minutes later a poor clearance fell to Oates 25 yards out. He unleashed a powerful snap shot that Goff managed to parry low to his right. But the ever alert Mills was onto the loose ball in a flash and gleefully smashed the home from ten yards to finish the game as a contest before the break.

The final opportunity before the break also fell to the hosts as Duffus showed his undoubted ability in expertly taking down a long ball out of defence before turning inside Draycott and teeing up Preen who fired a rising drive over the top from 20 yards.

The half time whistle must have been a relief to the beleaguered visitors as all had put in a massive shift to just try and stay with their visitors. To the credit of Ives they came out for the second period and matched their visitors well in the early stages so much so that a number of the home fans seemed to forget the score line and amazingly started to get on the backs of their own players.

However Ives were almost caught out in 63rd minute by a quick free kick as Rob Purdie tapped the ball sideways to Preen who seized the opportunity to run at the heart of the visitor’s defence before unleashing a low drive from 30 yards that beat Goff low to his right and cannoned off the post before hitting the back of the prone Goff and dropping in the six yard box. Fortunately Moyes was on hand to hack the ball away just ahead of Mills.

The big centre forward went close again two minutes later as he got on the end of a Preen free kick at the near post. But his flicked effort evaded everyone as it flashed across the face of goal to safety.

With fifteen minutes to go the Bulls replaced the classy Duffus with the much more powerful Mike Symons and it did not take long before he to got in on the action as he chased a long ball down the park in the company of Moyes. Unfortunately for the Ives man he simply could not lever the big man off the ball and found himself out muscled as Symons powered on and lashed the ball past the exposed Goff to finally kill off any lingering hopes that Ives had of finding a slither of hope of getting back into the game.

Once more to their huge credit the Ives players all continued to battle to the end. In the centre of the park Peter Clark and Tom McGowan between them must have run half marathons each, and both were still going strong at the end. Miles Smith and Ben Seymour-Shove similarly got through a tremendous amount of work in a losing cause. Some of the others, particularly those recently returning from injury were almost running on empty some time before the end but all kept going and earnt their applause from the 20, or so, travelling supporters who had made the long journey to the Welsh border.

To put the whole occasion into some context the Bulls committee were disappointed with their attendance of 1705, a figure which exceeds Ives record crowd. It was inspiring to visit a Club and a ground with the history of Hereford. Those of us that are old enough to remember that famous Ronnie Radford goal which knocked mighty Newcastle out of the 1972 FA Cup have to perhaps pinch ourselves to think that tiny St Ives who in those days were playing in 3rd Division of Peterborough League are now on a level playing field with these guys.

We get chance of a second tilt at them to as the Bulls visit Cambridgeshire for the last game of the season. An opportunity when we can hopefully exceed that record crowd and put out a fully fit team to push them much closer than today.

Final Score : Hereford  4  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Draycott, Ferrell, De’ath (capt) (Sawyer 79), Moyes, Seymour-Shove (Wright 83), McGowan, Hall (Ogbonna 79), Clark, Hartley

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  1705

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo – www.herefordfc.co.uk

Match Report – St Ives Town U18 0 Deeping Rangers U18 0

St Ives Town U18  0  Deeping Rangers U18  0          

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 20/11/17

Having taken a six goal pasting at the hands of the Rangers only a month before it was going to take real character from the Ives boys to get something from this early return fixture and that was exactly what we got in abundance in this game.

Manager Jack Cassidy tried a change of formation with what he referred to as a rolling back four which at times when it needed to be became a back five with wide men Vitor Vaz and Martin Saunders acting as very effective wing backs. With the three centre backs very effectively keeping the shackles on their arch tormentor from the first game Rob Conyard. With Patrik Polhos and Gordan Torkornoo constantly disrupting the Rangers midfield this was a game for the purist with chances very much at a premium throughout.

The first chance of the game after twelve minutes actually proved to be the closest that either side came to breaking the deadlock. Conyard managed to find half a yard of space to get his head onto a long free kick into the box by Scott Walmsley and the ball beat keeper Sam Carter before rebounding off the inside of the upright and back into play. Mitchell Pillin was first to react hacking the loose ball to safety.

Ives first effort on goal arrived from a very well pre-rehearsed corner routine six minutes later. Billy Mobbs delivered a low corner to the edge of the box. Sam Bond cleverly stepped over the ball and Tiago Dias following up hammered in a low right foot drive that cannoned off a defender.

The hosts continued to look the more likely to score in the first period and it took an excellent block from keeper Max Fisher to keep out Mobbs well struck shot from just inside the box after Bond had battled his way down the left and seen his low cross to the near post deflected into the run of Mobbs.

The final opportunities before the break also came the way of Ives. Two minutes from the interval an attempt to break through the centre by Polhos saw the ball blocked into the feet of Dias 25 yards from goal. He cleverly turned inside onto his right foot and curled an effort that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner until Fisher hurled himself across his goal to palm the ball around the post. The resulting corner was kept alive at the back post by Saunders whose header back into the danger zone was knocked down the feet of Vaz by the opposite post. But he was quickly crowded out and fired his effort well over the top from a good position.

The visitors started to come more into the game in the second period and a speedy break out of defence almost caught Ives napping in 56th minute. The classy Harrison Dee had just entered the fray as a substitute but it was his pass that picked out Walmsley in space down the left. His teasing low cross into the centre looked like it was going to be turned home by Conyard, but Pillin was alert to the danger and just beat the big man to the ball at the expense of a corner.

Dee again showed his quality in 73rd minute as he went for goal with a viciously dipping free kick from 25 yards. But Carter was equal to the effort hurling himself across his goal to fingertip the ball over the top.

Rangers were enjoying a purple patch during this middle period of the second half but even though they won a series of free kicks and corners they were still struggling to penetrate the solid shape of the Ives well organised back line. The closest they came was nine minutes from time when substitute Alex Muroz delivered an inch perfect cross to the near post that Conyard just beat Carter to. But although his flick beat the keeper it also went over the top.

The final half chance came the way of Ives two minutes later as a through ball down the centre was missed by Jack Fryatt in the Rangers defence. Mobbs looked like he was going to get onto the ball for a clear run on goal, but Fisher was alert to the danger and sprinted from his goal line to hack the ball clear.

The final action of the game saw Ives win a corner deep in added time. As in the recent Sports game everyone including keeper Carter was pushed up into the opposition box. But this time there was no heroics as the ball was hacked away and the final whistle blew on an enthralling encounter that certainly did not lack effort and endeavour, but just that little bit of quality for either side to unlock the others solid formations.

Overall the result did neither side a favour, but it is certainly a score line that will have pleased League leaders Peterborough Sports as it makes things very difficult for either of these two sides to now overhaul the runaway leaders. For Ives it looks like their hopes of retaining the title are all but gone. However they must continue to show this level of commitment and go all out to win their remaining games in the hope that the other two will slip up.

St Ives Team : Carter, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Polhos, Short (capt), Torkornoo, Vaz, Dias, Bond, Mobbs (Foster 67), Saunders

Additional sub roll on roll off : Mobbs for Kwiatkowski 81

Unused subs : Oldale, Makeham, Morris, Cawte

Goals : none

Attendance :  54

Report by Nigel Howlett