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

Match Preview

Tiverton Town v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives make their longest trip of the season after a 10 day lay off. Tiverton sit in 5th place. They won their last game 5-0 at Gosport Borough after losing 3 games on the spin.

Captain Charlie De’ath & winger Phil Draycott both return from injury and are available for selection. Dubi Ogbonna & Peter Clark still remain sidelined.

Click here for Tiverton Town’s Fixtures & Results

Address – Ladysmead – Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SG

Adults – £9, Concessions – £6.50, Under 16 – £1

There is a coach going to this game at only £12 per person leaving the ProEdge WWR at 7:30 am. Anyone wishing to book a seat, please contact Gareth Chapman on 07754 601146.

There will be precautionary pitch inspection tomorrow morning 7:45 am. According to the Tiverton Twitter feed the pitch is playable and looking good, however rain is forecast overnight.

Directions

  • Exit the M5 at Junction 27
  • Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles.
  • Ignore the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.
  • Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yds crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and our youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout.
    You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left.
  • Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right.
  • Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.
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Match Report – St Ives Town 1 St Neots Town 1

St Ives Town 1 St Neots Town 1 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 09/01/18

It ended honours even in this full blooded Huntingdonshire Derby as the ten man Saints came from behind to snatch a point off the Ives in the Pro-Edge Stadium mud.

Cambridge United loanee Tom Knowles provided the quality in his home debut and he took every opportunity to terrorise the Saints defensive line on their left side. It was two very poorly timed challenges from left back Johnny Herd, both obvious yellow cards, which took the visitors down to ten men as early as the 24th minute.

Having said that Knowles was the quality on view this was really an evening for artisans rather than artists and two men personified the work ethic necessary to be successful in such conditions. Both played with a smile on their face throughout as they ploughed the heaviest furrow through the centre of the park revelling in the challenge. Rogan McGeorge for the Ives and his counterpart for the Saints ex Ives skipper Luke Knight were matching each other tackle for tackle in the quagmire and ensured that not one person in the crowd could take their eyes off the action for long, even to check twitter!!. Amazingly neither of these protagonists picked up a yellow card and this was probably a very good reflection of the excellent referee Tom Hancock who managed such a competitive game very well fully taking into account the conditions.

The Ives came into the game full of confidence and on their best run of what had so far been a challenging season. They made the early inroads with Knowles, Ollie Snaith and Peter Clark all combining to set up a shooting opportunity for Danny Watson in only 5th minute. Watson’s curled effort from the corner of the box had Saints keeper Mike Emery scrambling across his goal, but ended up a couple of feet wide of his left hand post.

McGeorge was already relishing the battle and five minutes later he burrowed his way into the visitors back line bustling through a couple of challenges before being brought down on the edge of the D. He picked himself up and curled the free kick around the wall forcing a save out of Emery as he plunged low to his right to hold on well.

Only seconds later Herd picked up his first yellow card as he sent the speedy Knowles tumbling as the young winger went past him on the outside at pace. Not learning from his first mistake Herd repeated the trick only thirteen minutes later this time preventing the speedy Knowles getting clean away and giving referee Hancock probably one of his easiest decisions of the evening to take the visitors down to ten.

This blow for the Saints came just after their best period of the game up to then as they enjoyed a brief period camped in the Ives half whilst the hosts struggled to clear the ball from the sandy area resembling a muddy beach just outside their own penalty area.

With passions running high at this point Watson was probably fortunate to only make minimal contact as he flew in on Knight a few minutes later. Yellow card was the decision much to the disappointment of the Saints bench only a few yards away. But to his credit Knight reacted well to the challenge from his former team mate.

Even with ten men the Saints were still looking dangerous and it took a very well timed tackle to prevent the dangerous Nabil Shariff putting them ahead just before the half hour. Shariff looked like he had been put clear inside the box by Kyran Wiltshire before Moyes timely intervention just as he shaped to shoot.

Knowles was still looking a real threat at the other end and he went close to opening the Ives account in 36th minute as he wriggled between two Saints defenders inside the box he was clipped by Taylor Parr, but although knocked off balance he stayed on his feet and fired his effort across the face of goal towards the back post where Watson was just unable to divert it home.

Tim Trebes was called into impressive action five minutes before the break as another ex Ives man Liam McDevitt rose highest to a corner and powered a header on target that looked like it was going to creep inside the back post. But Trebes was equal to it plunging to his right to turn the goal bound effort away.

There was still time for Knowles to cause more panic in the Saints back line as the first period entered added time he robbed Steffan Broccoli just inside the visitor’s half and tore away down the right. His low driven cross was spilled by Emery, but Knight was on hand to scramble the loose ball away just before Watson could prod it home. The ball was only half cleared and arrived at the feet of McGeorge 25 yards out. He fired in a rising drive that Emery did well to parry away as he threw himself full length to his right.

So a pulsating first half ended goal less, but the Ives went in front in rather bizarre fashion only four minutes after the re-start. A Luke Warner-Eley throw on the left arrived at the feet of Declan Rogers just outside the left corner of the box. He tried his luck with a curling right footed effort that looked like it would be a comfortable save for Emery. But the keeper made the fatal mistake in the muddy conditions of going down early and the ball bounced in front of him, took a wicked deviation off a divot and entered the net over the flailing arm of the frustrated Saints custodian.

The ten man visitors were not deflated by this set back and continued to battle hard to get back on level terms. Manager Matty Clements made positive changes and switched to three at the back. Dion Sembie-Ferris continued to look a threat seizing every opportunity to skip over the mud and run at the Ives defence. He did just that in 62nd minute as he went down the left and delivered a cross that was deflected on to the feet of Shariff just beyond the far post. Shariff showed his quality as he turned in an instant and got his shot away, but fortunately it flashed inches wide of Trebes right hand upright.

Ives did have their chances to kill off the game with a second goal. The first of these arrived in 70th minute as Miles Smith and Knowles combined well down the right and Smith’s cross was deflected back to Snaith just inside the box. He showed good technique to keep down his volley which was deflected inches wide off the head of Rogers on the six yard line.

The best chance to finish off the Saints fell to Knowles in 74th minute. Rogers picked him out perfectly with a magnificent ball in from the left that arrived at his feet by the back post. The skilful winger instantly brought the ball under control and turned inside a covering defender. His left foot shot got just enough of a deflection off that covering player to take it inches past the far post with Emery beaten.

Having failed to kill the game Ives then found themselves pegged back eight minutes from time as Clements positive approach paid dividends. Danny Kelly lost possession just inside his own half and the ball was fed down the right to Sembie-Ferris who cut inside and slid the ball into the path of Shariff. His shot from the edge of the box took a deflection that deceived Trebes the ball finally crossing the line through the legs of the off balance keeper.

To their great credit neither side were willing to settle for a point with each carving out opportunities to win the game in the remaining time. The fresh legs of substitute Ben Sawyer were putting pressure on the Saints back line. He combined well with Warner-Eley on the left two minutes from the end of the ninety. His dangerous cross was sliced over his own crossbar by a struggling Saints defender. The resulting corner came to nothing, but Sawyer was again involved as the game entered added time this time combining well with Knowles on the right before clipping in a cross that the young winger met with a diving header by the penalty spot. Unfortunately his effort was straight at keeper Emery.

With time ticking down and only seconds of the added four minutes left Saints won themselves a corner. Reflecting on how may times this type of situation has cost us dear earlier in the season, the Ives fans must have all had their hearts in their mouths. The flag kick was half cleared to Parr just outside the box, he struck his effort well through the crowd, but much to the relief of all Trebes came to the rescue blocking the effort away with his body in what proved to be the last action of the night.

Overall verdict is that the draw was probably a fair result with Ives just edging it on chances, but the gallant ten man Saints earning worthy reward for the bravery of their manager. Weather permitting Ives face another tough challenge at the Pro-Edge this Saturday as they entertain the play-off chasing Rebels from Slough Town. It promises to be a cracker!

Score : St Ives Town  1  St Neots Town  1

Goals : Rogers 49

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, McGeorge, Moyes, Kelly, Knowles, Clark (Libertucci 17), Snaith, Watson, Rogers (Sawyer 80)

Unused subs : Jarrold, Groves

Supporters man of the match : Rogan McGeorge

Attendance  :  236

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

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

Tuesday 9 January 19:45 k.o.

Match Preview

St Ives Town v St Neots Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Sponsor – Mick George

Both sides have played a game each since this match was postponed on New Years day.

The Ives leap frogged Kings Langley in the table with a 3-0 victory over them last Saturday.

St Neots drew 2-2 at home to Stratford Town. They are currently in 10th place with 40 points.

Following the departure of Lewis Ferrell, Daniel Moyes will come into the squad as the only change from Saturday.

St Neots Town – Recent Results
6/1/18 – Stratford Town (H) – League – D 2-2
26/12/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – L 2-4
23/12/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 3-2
16/12/17 – Redditch United (A) – League – D 2-2
9/12/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 5-2
5/12/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 0-5
2/12/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 2-1
25/11/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 2-1
18/11/17 – Banbury United (A) – League – D 1-1
14/11/17 – Biggleswade Town (H) – League – D 0-0
11/11/17 – Stourbridge (H) – FA Trophy – L 2-3
4/11/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 1-0
28/10/17 – Corby Town (H) – FA Trophy – W 3-2
24/10/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 1-1
21/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 4-2
17/10/17 – Chesham United (A) – League – D 2-2
14/10/17  – Weymouth (H) – League – L 1-2

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Ben Baker loan extended to the end of the season

We are delighted to confirm the club have today extended the loan signing of Ben Baker from Kettering Town for the rest of the season.

Bens original 28 day loan deal finished this weekend and Manager Ricky Marheineke has moved quickly to secure the services of the young talented attacker until the end of the season.

Match Report – Kings Langley 0 St Ives Town 3

Kings Langley 0 St Ives Town 3

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 06/01/18

Loanee signing from Cambridge United Tom Knowles made an instant impact scoring the second and making the third goals all within seven minutes of entering the fray on the hour. But keeper Tim Trebes was the supporters man of the match for the second game in a row as he pulled off a string of excellent saves at vital times to preserve his second clean sheet in three games and ensure that the score line somewhat flattered the very happy visitors and moved them out of the bottom three above their gallant hosts.

As might be expected from such a vital game between two teams at the wrong end of the table the early exchanges were very cagy with both sides determined to give nothing away. It took until 23rd minute for either side to carve out a chance and when the first opportunity finally arrived it took a brilliant stop from Trebes to prevent the first goal. Mitchell Wiess found a little bit of space on the left and fired a cross field ball which held up in the breeze and floated over the head of Jordan Jarrold dropping perfectly at the feet of Stevie West who was clean through on goal. Trebes was smartly off his line to shutdown the angle and did very well to block West’s attempt to flick the ball past him at point blank range. He did equally well to remain alert and drop on the loose ball to prevent the Kings forward nudging it home.

The hosts also had a debut making loanee in their line up in Matt Ball who had joined the Kings from Hendon on the morning of the match and he was involved in the majority of the good things that they were creating in the first period. In 39th minute he jinked his way to the edge of Ives box before being sent tumbling by Eugene Libertucci. The resulting free kick gave Trebes another opportunity to show his abilities as Sam Tring curled it over the wall looking for the far corner, but the Ives keeper hurled himself full length to tip the effort around the post. Trebes also came for the resulting corner, but ran into a pack of players and the ball was knocked down to Tring again on the edge of the box. He struck his effort well into the crowd and was left holding his head in his hands as Trebes, who had somehow managed to see the ball coming, hurled himself low to his left to palm the goal bound effort away.

Ives only on target effort of the first period was barely worthy of mention and it came two minutes before the break. Danny Watson spotted home keeper Martin Bennett way off his line as the ball fell to him in the centre circle. But he did not strike his effort as cleanly as team mate Rogan McGeorge had a few weeks earlier and on this occasion the ball was easily gathered by the fast retreating keeper.

The final opportunity of the first half was probably one of the best as a corner deep in added time was knocked back to Ball and Michael King got across his marker at the near post to get on the end of his clip back into the middle, but somehow directed his close range header wide of the target to take the teams in goalless at the break.

It had taken a while for Ives to get into their stride in the first half, but they started the second half very much in the ascendency and they went in front from their first corner after the re-start. Declan Rogers flag kick was knocked out to Peter Clark just outside the box. He darted across the face of the Kings back line and fed the ball into the feet of Ben Baker who in turn slid the ball into the feet of Danny Kelly deep inside the hosts box. A smart turn and left foot snap shot across the keeper was pushed away by Bennett low to his left, but the ball rolled on inside the six yard box where the ever alert Ollie Snaith was on hand for a tap in at the back post.

Tom Knowles entered the fray in place of Rogers on the hour, but almost immediately picked up a bang on the nose in a challenge with Tring and was off the pitch receiving treatment three minutes later when Trebes came up with another vital series of interventions to preserve Ives advantage. Ward drove into the visitors back line down the right and slid the ball out to the overlapping Gary Connolly his driven cross was deflected back to King on the edge of the box and his well struck effort was palmed around the post by a diving Trebes. This time the gallant keeper won the corner in the air with his punch under heavy pressure clearing the box. But he still had to be equally alert to bravely dive in and claim the ball just ahead of Josh Coldicott-Stevens as he threatened to run clear onto a pass threaded back into the box.

Trebes heroics proved to be even more vital less than ninety seconds later as a flowing Ives move was finished by an exquisite through ball from Clark which gave the now fully fit Knowles chance to outpace Callum Adebiyi. He still had a lot to do as keeper Bennett came out to close him down, but the youngster showed his class as he gave the keeper no chance flicking the ball over him and into the top corner of the net to double Ives advantage.

The two goal advantage turned into three only three minutes later as another flowing move this time down the left saw Watson hold the ball up well and feed it back to Jarrold his ball down the line picked out Baker his clip into the centre was flicked on perfectly by Knowles and there was Clark arriving at pace on the edge of the box. He was able to pick his spot and gleefully fired home past the exposed Bennett to spark wild celebrations amongst players, management team, and fans alike.

With the game now won manager Ricky Marheineke took the opportunity to shore things up and replaced the excellent Snaith with the combative abilities of McGeorge. But the visitors very pacey front line still continued to threaten when they had the chance to break out of defence and another flowing move down the right should have added a fourth goal in 80th minute. Clark, Baker and Miles Smith exchanged passes as they worked their way down the pitch. The move ended with Baker playing in full back Smith, unfortunately with goalkeeper Bennett well in his sights Smith went for power rather than precision and hammered the ball well over the top from an excellent position.

Trebes made what was probably his only mistake of the game in 85th minute as he came racing from his goal to try and hack away a trough ball ahead of Kings substitute Arjun Jung, but he miss-kicked his attempt and the ball fell to another sub Gareth Price who tried his luck from 25 yards, but was denied by a clearing header from the covering Libertucci.

The big keeper was back to his best two minutes from the end of the ninety minutes as he hurled himself to his left to push away a snap shot from Wiess after the big centre forward had turned inside Kelly and unleashed his effort from 20 yards. Trebes also denied Ball a debut consolation goal in 90th minute as the tricky winger cut inside from the right and fired in a dipping left foot effort from 25 yards that the leaping keeper spectacularly tipped over the top.

The final noteworthy effort of the day was another smart Ives breakaway four minutes into added time as Watson and Clark combined to set up a shooting opportunity for Baker that the youngster rather snatched at and fired wide from the edge of the box.

Overall an entertaining game, at least the second half was, and an excellent result for the Ives that sees them move above their opponents in the table on goal difference. There is a long way to go to reach the next team up, but the moral has now very definitely lifted in the camp and the future is looking bright for this young squad which seems to be moulding together well.

To end on a final sad note and that is to say a huge thank you to our departing assistant manager Jack Cassidy, this was his last game before he moves on to take up a similar role nearer home at Bedford Town. Jack has been a major player in the success at the Club in the last few years. His input to our promotion campaign was massive with the many hours put into “defensive formations” and how to play without the ball proving critical on some many occasions. All of those one nil wins that season did not come without a lot of hard work on the training ground. Jack is also the scholarship manager, a programme he put together himself, and has earned the respect of a host of youngster that have successfully completed the programme. We wish Jack all the best for the future and I will be amazed if the Eagles defensive record does not improve in the near future.

Score : Kings Langley  0  St Ives Town  3

Goals : Snaith 54, Knowles 64, Clark 67

St Ives team : Trebes (capt), Smith, Jarrold (Warner-Eley 82), Libertucci, Groves, Kelly, Clark, Snaith (McGeorge 70), Baker, Watson, Rogers (Knowles 60)

Unused subs : Ferrell, Sawyer

Supporters man of the match : Tim Trebes

Attendance  :  173

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Tom Knowles arrives on loan

The club are tonight delighted to announce the loan signing of Tom Knowles from Cambridge United FC. The young professional has joined on an initial 28 day loan.

The young exciting winger has spent a very successful first half to the season playing at Cambridge City FC.

Subject to paperwork, Tom will be available for tomorrow’s game away at Kings Langley.

Please join me in welcoming Tom to the club and we wish you an enjoyable and successful stay with us.

Match Preview & Squad Details – Kings Langley v St Ives Town

Match Preview

Kings Langley v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

Another important game for the Ives as they head to Kings Langley who sit just above us with 3 points more in 20th place but having played an extra game.

The squad remains unchanged from the Xmas period with Daniel Moyes also available for this game.

This will also be the last game for assistant manager Jack Cassidy in the Ives dugout as he heads off to pastures new to take up the assistant managers role at Bedford Town.

Click here for Kings Langley’s Fixtures & Results

Address – Hempstead Rd, Kings Langley WD4 8BS

Adults – £11, Concessions – £7, Under 16 – £2

Directions
From Hemel Hempstead, take A4251 through Apsley. Continue under railway bridge and ground is approx. a quarter of a mile on LEFT, immediately before lay-bye.

For those unable to attend, there will be commentary available via the KLFC internet radio. Click here to connect

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Re-arranged Date – Tues 9 Jan – St Ives Town v St Neots Town

Re-arranged Date

Tuesday 9 January 19:45 k.o.

Match Preview

St Ives Town v St Neots Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Sponsor – Mick George

The Ives head in to this game having gained 4 points from the last 2 games and will no doubt be buoyed from what was an excellent performance in the 1-1 draw at top of the table King’s Lynn on Boxing Day.

St Neots lost their Boxing Day fixture 2-4 at 2nd place Kettering, however they sit in a comfortable 8th place in the table on 39 points.

Ricky will be naming an unchanged squad that drew at King’s Lynn.

There’s a 10:30am pitch inspection on the day of the game. We will keep you updated via Twitter & Facebook.

St Neots Town – Recent Results
26/12/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – L 2-4
23/12/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 3-2
16/12/17 – Redditch United (A) – League – D 2-2
9/12/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 5-2
5/12/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 0-5
2/12/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 2-1
25/11/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 2-1
18/11/17 – Banbury United (A) – League – D 1-1
14/11/17 – Biggleswade Town (H) – League – D 0-0
11/11/17 – Stourbridge (H) – FA Trophy – L 2-3
4/11/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 1-0
28/10/17 – Corby Town (H) – FA Trophy – W 3-2
24/10/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 1-1
21/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 4-2
17/10/17 – Chesham United (A) – League – D 2-2
14/10/17  – Weymouth (H) – League – L 1-2

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

King’s Lynn Town 1 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik South Premier Division – 26/12/17

Could it be that finally our season is turning?. Following our hard fought victory over fellow strugglers Gosport three days earlier very few gave us a prayer of getting anything from a Boxing Day visit to the League leading Linnets who had dropped only five points from their previous eleven home games. The hosts were also roared on by their bumper Bank Holiday crowd who clearly expected us to be nothing more than cannon fodder in their promotion push.

But Manager Ricky Marheineke had other ideas and made the bold move of replacing both centre backs as Lloyd Groves returned in place of Dan Moyes and Danny Kelly made another return into defence in place of Lewis Ferrell. Other changes also saw Eugene Libertucci and Peter Clark back in the middle of the park and Danny Watson also returning to lead the attack. Even at Southern League level football is very much a squad game as the matches come thick and fast at this time of year.

The belief in the Ives squad came through early on and but for a fantastic double save by home keeper Alex Street the visitors would have gone in front after only three minutes. A break at pace through the centre of the park saw Ollie Snaith sliding a ball through to Watson cutting in from the right hand side of the box. Street quickly closed him down and did very well to throw himself to his right to block Watson’s attempt to clip the ball past him. He did even better to similarly keep out the follow up effort from Ben Baker at close range. The ball bobbled on to the back post where a stretching Snaith was inches away from turning it home.

The pace and movement of the Ives front line continued to unsettle the Linnets back four and only two minutes later Watson played Tom McGowan into the box on the left hand side. His attempted pull back to pick out Peter Clark was just scrambled away from the midfielder at the near post.

The visitors continued to push forward in these early stages and Snaith was brought down on the left edge of the box by Frazer Blake-Tracy in 14th minute. Baker’s free kick was headed down in the box by Kelly and Groves attempted spin and shot from twelve yards was deflected wide.

Having survived the early pressure the Linnets slowly started to work their way back into the game. The classy Simon Lappin cut inside Miles Smith in 21st minute and unleashed a dipping strike from 25 yards that brought a flying save from Tim Trebes as he hurled himself high to his left and fingertipped the effort onto the crossbar.

Ryan Hawkins was also beginning to look a danger for the hosts as he started to make inroads down the right combining well on occasions with wing back Cameron Norman. Hawkins cut in from the right in 29th minute and went down inches outside the box under challenge from Groves. The tricky winger’s momentum took him down inside the area, but referee Alistair Wilson was right on the spot and deemed the initial contact inches outside in spite of the protests from Linnets players and supporters alike. Ultimately it made little difference as Lappin carefully positioned the ball and then fired it around the four man Ives wall, beyond the despairing dive of Trebes and just inside the far post to put the hosts in front.

Falling behind did not knock the Ives out of their stride for long and they twice went close to grabbing an equaliser before the break. In 39th minute Watson held up the ball well on the left and laid it into the feet of the over lapping Luke Warner-Eley his cross to the back post was knocked away but fell to Miles Smith who fed the ball down the line into the run of Clark and his driven cross was only inches away from Snaith sliding in at the back post.

Street was brought into action again in added time. The speedy Baker was brought down by Tom Ward on the left corner of the box. Libertucci went for goal with his free kick that dipped and kicked up wickedly off the surface just in front of the keeper forcing him to push the ball away. He was fortunate that it fell to the feet of friend and not foe in the crowded box and was scrambled to safety.

Having played well in the first half, but gleaned no reward, it was going to be interesting to see how Ives responded after the break. We did not have to wait long to find out as only three minutes after the re-start the scorers were levelled up. An excellent break at speed from their own half was ended as Snaith threaded a ball through the left channel for Clark to run onto. He drew keeper Street to him, but rather than go for goal himself he unselfishly squared the ball to Watson in acres of space at the back post and he gleefully slammed the ball home to stun the home crowd to silence.

Those same home fans were soon trying to roar their heroes on as they began to show a little more of why they are top of the table as they slowly started to turn the screw and rack up some pressure on the Ives. In 49th minute Michael Clunan dropped a volleyed effort from 25 yards onto the roof of the net after a corner had been cleared to him.

Trebes came to the rescue of his comrades in 57th minute as Lappin hung up a cross to the back post where Michael Gash climbed high above his marker to power down a goal bound header that Trebes did very well to claw away low to his right. He did equally well to get down to his right again to turn away the follow up effort from the edge of the box by Clunan.

In spite of the building pressure Ives back line were coping well and it was not until 71st minute before Trebes was called upon to make another real save this time blocking a Hawkins effort with his feet after the tricky winger had powered his way through the left channel, his route to goal eventually being restricted by a covering Kelly.

The Linnets thought that they had finally pierced the resilient Ives back line with fifteen minutes to go only to be denied by an assistant’s raised flag. Norman drove into the heart of the Ives back line before releasing the ball inside to Hawkins 25 yards from goal. His precise curler beat the diving Trebes, but rattled the crossbar and went up into the air. Substitute Leon Mettam was first to react and headed home the dropping ball, but his celebration was cut short as he had wandered into an offside position prior to the shot being struck.

Trebes continued to show his qualities claiming long throws and high crosses into the box to relieve the pressure on his side at every opportunity. He did well to punch an in-swinging Hawkins free kick off the head of Gash at the far post in 78th minute. He also clung on well to a Sam Gaughran header only ninety seconds later. This chance had come as Ward had rose highest to a Clunan free kick from the left and headed it back into the centre.

The time continued to slowly tick away and the Linnets seemed to be running out of ideas to breach the Ives solid orange line. Both Hawkins and Lappin were replaced and with them seemed to go most of the better creative ideas from the home side. Even an added six minutes did not see any real scares until the final one when Norman was brought down in an almost identical position to that where the opening goal had been scored from. Fortunately Lappin had already been sat on the bench for ten minutes by this point and the free kick was only fired straight into the wall. One more corner followed, but that was also comfortably dealt with to enable Ives to claim a memorable point that could prove vital at both ends of the table come the end of the season.

Tim Trebes won the supporters vote for the man of the match for his outstanding saves and very solid all round performance, but this was another day when everyone who set foot on the pitch in an orange shirt was a hero. Equally important are the management team who plotted this result and the rest of the squad who are all ready to slot in given the opportunity and know that their chance will come. The confidence is growing let’s hope we can take it on another step against our local rivals St Neots on New Years Day.

Score : King’s Lynn Town  1  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Watson 48

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Libertucci (Rogers 69), Groves, Kelly, Clark, McGowan (capt), Watson (Sawyer 81), Snaith, Baker

Unused subs : Jarrold, Ferrell, McGeorge

Supporters man of the match : Tim Trebes

Attendance  :  801

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Gosport Borough 0

St Ives Town 1 Gosport Borough 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 23/12/17

The bible says cometh the hour cometh the man! After last weeks hammering at Dorchester manager Ricky Marheineke knew he needed to find just that man for this vital six pointer against fellow relegation contenders Gosport. He also knew just where to look, inside his own squad, where he knew that the vital player existed. Unfortunately the fellow concerned was still nursing a broken nose picked up against Hitchin at the end of November. But when the call came Dan Moyes bravely responded and stepped up to the plate and not only was he a vital cog in the hosts first clean sheet in ten games he also popped up with the only goal of the game on the hour.

Moyes reintroduction into the back line was in place of Danny Kelly, who moved back into his more favoured centre forward role. Recent signing from Uxbridge Luke Warner-Eley also came into the back line for his debut in place of Jordan Jarrold who dropped to the bench. The other changes from the previous week were a return to fitness for skipper Tom McGowan and a first start for an Ives returnee Declan Rogers who replaced Danny Watson and Phil Draycott respectively.

As might be expected from such an important game the early exchanges were fairly even with neither side able to create an early chance. Warner-Eley showed his speed and anticipation to cover behind his centre backs and prevent Conor Davis getting a clear run on goal in 14th minute.

Ives first half chance arrived two minutes later as Miles Smith got the bye line on an overlapping run down the right. His attempted pull back deflected off a defender and fell to Ollie Snaith 20 yards from goal. But the young striker fired his first time volley well over the top.

The visitor’s best opportunity of the first period came in 19th minute as Pat Sucari found a little bit of space just outside the box, but miss-hit his effort looked to be travelling well wide only for Matt Mayes to come sliding in at the far post. Fortunately he was always stretching to reach the ball and only succeeded in knocking his effort wide of the post.

Rogan McGeorge scored a forty yard effort a few weeks back and he had another go as a poorly hit clearance from keeper Tom Price fell to him wide right in 35th minute. His effort went high and was swirling on the breeze, but it was on target. It looked like an easy catch for Price, but he began to look like a fielder making up the number in a village cricket team who was dreading being under that skier that everyone expected him to catch. Sure enough he spilled the ball and was very lucky to recover himself just enough to pounce on the loose ball inches ahead of the inrushing Snaith.

The closest either side came to scoring, from a conventional attack, in the first half came less than two minutes before the break. A Rogers corner from the left was tipped away by a stretching Price. Moyes volleyed the loose ball back into the mix and it ricocheted away to Ben Baker just inside the box. He had the presence of mind to side step a defender before firing a shot through the crowd that Price kept out with his feet. The save from Lewis Ferrell’s follow up header was a little more routine for the Borough stopper.

Ives came out in positive mood at the start of the second period and took the game to their visitors. Smith was looking for every opportunity to venture forward down the right and he was upended just outside the box by Frankie Paige in 48th minute. Rogers carefully lined up the free kick and curled his effort around the four man wall, but inches the wrong side of Price’s right hand post as the keeper looked on.

Snaith was stretching the Borough back line with his pace and trickery and he caught Harry Medway napping just outside his own box in 54th minute. The Borough centre back unceremoniously upended the young striker to give Ives another free kick in a dangerous position. This time Rogers tried to pick out the run of Kelly, but he was just beaten to the in-swinger by Adam Brice.

The visitors showed that they were still very dangerous on the break and it took the save of the game from Tim Trebes to keep the scores level only two minutes later as a flowing move from their own half was finished with Mayes feeding the ball through to Suraci cutting in from the right. He unleashed a fierce rising drive that was arrowing for the top corner only for the keeper to hurl himself high to his left to palm the ball away with his flying right hand.

That save was made all the more vital just before the hour as Ives went in front. Rogers delivered an in-swinging corner from the right and Snaith managed to get in front of keeper Price unsettling the Borough stopper. He took his eye off the ball which allowed it to bounce inside the six yard box. Veteran centre back Moyes reacted like a seasoned striker getting to the ball first to force his header over the line from point blank range. Price protested long and hard that he had been fouled, but the only reward his protestations brought him was a yellow card.

The hosts came close to doubling their advantage in 65th minute as Kelly capitalised on a mistake by Paige to get a run into the box. His shot was bravely blocked by the body of Brice and Medway did equally well to get in the way of the follow up effort from Snaith.

Having survived that scare Borough slowly began to press for an equaliser. Breed, Eddie Wakley and Mayes all fired long range efforts well wide of Trebes goal and as the clock ticked down those of us who have seen so many points go west to late goals this season began to feel our nerves jangling. The last thing we wanted to see was an added five minutes, but there had been a number of stoppages in the second period so it was to be predicted. Ives survived one Borough corner three minutes in with keeper Price up in the box. Fortunately it was hit a little to deep and although Brice won it at the far post he was always stretching and failed to hit the target.

The final minute of the added five arrived and sure enough the visitors carved out a clear cut chance to take a point from the game and deprive Ives of the vital win. But for once lady luck smiled on the hosts as Breed who somehow found himself in acres of space and with only Trebes to beat at the far post snatched at the opportunity and screwed the ball wildly back across the face of goal. It bobbled agonisingly through the goalmouth just out of reach of Mayes as he slid in and was carefully policed to safety just past the far post by Moyes.

The resulting goal kick proved to be the last kick of the game and the euphoria at the final whistle was as much from the relief of seeing out a victory as it was for the huge value of this result which lifts the Ives nine points clear of their opponents and even more importantly ten points above rock bottom Dunstable.

The sponsors picked Ollie Snaith as their man of the match for his hard running and constant probing and harrying of the visitors back line. Pushing Snaith close must have been Danny Kelly who lead the line well and of course that man Moyes.

So we go into Christmas on a high point in a very up and down season. Our next game is a very tough trip to League leaders King’s Lynn on Boxing Day which will be followed by the visit of local rivals and play-off chasers St Neots Town. But for now we wish all our readers a very happy Ives Christmas and lets hope we can look forward to a more prosperous 2018.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Gosport Borough  0

Goals : Moyes 59

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Ferrell, Moyes, McGeorge (Clark 86), Baker, McGowan (capt), Kelly, Snaith, Rogers (Sawyer 83)

Unused subs : Jarrold, Libertucci, Watson

Sponsors man of the match : Ollie Snaith

Attendance  :  231

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Preview & Squad Details – St Ives Town v Gosport Borough

Match Preview

St Ives Town v Gosport Borough

Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Sponsor – Miracle Clinic

Match Ball Sponsor – Laser S.O.S

In what is a massive game for both teams with the Ives in 22nd place and 13 points and Gosport in 23rd place with 7 points but with 3 games in hand over the Ives. Both sides will be eager for the 3 points on offer.

Charlie De’Ath and Dubi Ogbonna remain sidelined. Phil Draycott is also set to miss the game due to a groin injury. Daniel Moyes will be available for selection following his facial injury sustained in the Hitchin game.

Gosport Borough – Recent Results
20/12/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – L 0-2
6/12/17- Farnborough (A) – League – W 2-1
28/11/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – L 1-2
25/11/17 – Kettering Town (A) – League – L 0-2
21/11/17 – Fareham Town (A) – Russell Coates Cup – L 1-4
18/11/17 – Dunstable Town (H) – League – W 1-0
11/11/17 – Hartney Wintney (A) – FA Trophy – L 0-3
4/11/17 – St Neots Town (H) – League – L 0-1
28/10/17 – Bristol Manor Farm (H) – FA Trophy – W 1-0
24/10/17 – Slough Town (A) – League – L 1-5
17/10/17 – Banbury United (H) – League – L 0-4
14/10/17 – Merthyr Town (A) – League – L 0-5
9/10/17 – Dorchester Town (A) – League – L 2-7
7/10/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (H) – League – L 1-3
3/10/17 – Moneyfields (H) – League Cup – L 2-2 (3-4 pens)

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Match Report – Dorchester Town 6 St Ives Town 0

Dorchester Town 6 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 16/12/17

There have been some unlucky defeats and some gallant battling defeats in Ives season of toil to date, unfortunately this was neither of those as a very poor display saw them taken apart by a Magpies side that worryingly sit only two places above them in the table. It could not even be said that their hosts are on a great run of form either as they went into this game with only one win in their last six.

Perhaps the preparation was not perfect with a four hour journey through Christmas traffic meaning that at least four players arrived later than the intended 1.30 arrival time. But I fear that is simply clutching at straws.

The early part of the game gave no indication of the one way traffic that was to follow. Tim Trebes was the first keeper called into action as he had to make a smart diving save to his left to keep out a well struck effort from the left corner of the box by Antonio Diaz in 9th minute.

Trebes opposite number Chris Weale was called upon to make what proved to be his most difficult save of the afternoon ten minutes later. A flowing Ives move down the left involving Eugene Libertucci, Jordan Jarrold and Danny Watson saw Phil Draycott get to the bye line and Weale did very well to plunge in at the feet of Ollie Snaith to claim Draycott’s low cross just ahead of the Ives striker.

Play swiftly moved to the other end where Jarrold got a back header to his keeper all wrong and needlessly conceded a corner. He redeemed himself somewhat by getting the resulting in-swinging flag kick away at the near post. But the clearance only got to the edge of the box where Luke Winsper struck a fierce first time effort that deflected inches wide. Ed Bastick’s corner from the opposite side fell to Ross Carmichael on the six yard line Trebes did remarkably well to somehow block his effort at point blank range and was mightily relieve when the flag went up before Phil Ormrod could force home the loose ball.

The pressure from the hosts was slowly starting to build and they went close again in 23rd minute. Neil Martin delivered a long free kick into the box from the left. Carmichael challenged Trebes for the ball in the air and succeeded in knocking the ball down into the goalmouth where Ormrod prodded it goal wards only to be denied by Miles Smith’s block and clearance off the line.

It was beginning to look like Ives might keep on level terms until the break, but that hope was soon expelled in 37th minute. Ormrod pinged a wonderful cross field ball to pick out Mohammad Baghdadi in space just outside the right corner of the box. The Bristol Rovers loanee showed that extra little bit of class that can make a difference as he took in the ball, dropped his shoulder, cut inside Draycott and rifled in a low left foot drive that flashed past the diving Trebes and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

The hosts carved out one more good opportunity just before the break as Bastick got to the bye line on the left and delivered a dangerous cross into the box that Trebes did well to tip away from Ormrod. But Diaz was arriving at the back post, fortunately Jarrold did just enough to hassle him into knocking the ball wide.

We went into the half time break hopeful that Ives could find a way back into this game and they started the second half quite brightly. Watson was within inches of finding debutant Ben Baker in space inside the hosts box.

However it all started to unravel in 51st minute as Magpies full back Kyle Egan was inexplicably allowed to run fully sixty yards unchallenged down the right deep into Ives box before unselfishly turning the ball inside to Billy Lowes who gratefully accepted the gift and slotted home past the exposed Trebes from ten yards.

Ives had an appeal for a penalty turned away two minutes later. Draycott drilled a free kick from 25 yards into the Magpies wall and as the ball rebounded to him he rifled it back into the mix in the box. The ball ricochet off a defender and appeared to hit the arm of Martin before it was hacked clear. But the referee quickly waved away the appeals.

After this it quickly started become the Baghdadi show as the 21 year old German winger and full back Egan started to enjoy themselves down the right. The two combined in 55th minute with Egan providing the telling pass that put Diaz into space on the edge of the box. Trebes did well to parry his fierce drive, and Ormrod following up fired the loose ball well over.

Egan and Baghdadi seemed to be mesmerising the left side of Ives defence and they carved their way through again three minutes later. Baghdadi again picked up the pass from Egan on the right hand corner of the visitors box. This time he drifted inside Jarrold and the attempted cover of Draycott before firing into the bottom corner of the net to grab his second and the Magpies third.

Manager Ricky Marheineke instantly made a double substitution replacing Jarrold and the strangely ineffective Rogan McGeorge with Tom McGowan and Peter Clark. But the damage was done and as any remaining confidence ebbed out of the Ives, the hosts were now in ebullient mood and the next goal followed in 64th minute. Ormrod rose highest to a corner from the left and Trebes did very well to block his near post header. Unfortunately for him, although perhaps not surprisingly on the day, Baghdadi was the first man to react to the loose ball and fired it home through the crowd to claim his hat trick.

Things went from bad to worse for the Ives as the young winger claimed his fourth in 75th minute. This time it was Martin who was allowed to roam deep into Ives territory unchallenged. He fed the ball into the feet of Baghdadi just outside the box and a smart one, two, with substitute David Jerrard saw the winger clean through with only Trebes to beat and a clever finish under the body of the spreading keeper did the rest.

The final nail in Ives coffin on this dismal day in the South West arrived deep in added time and unsurprisingly Baghdadi was at the heart of it again as he returned the compliment to Jerrard sliding a ball through the right channel to put the substitute clear and he in turn slotted the ball past the exposed Trebes to conclude the proceedings.

The only good news on the day was that Chesham’s FA Trophy tie had been called off and re-scheduled for Tuesday hence we do not now have to visit them until the end of January. At least that gives manager Marheineke an opportunity to get two training sessions in before what has now become a massive fixture against fellow strugglers Gosport Borough next Saturday. The principles of basic defending look like they need to be on the menu.

The final word however must be a well done to young Baghdadi who left the ground with a big smile on his face and the match ball under his arm. Today he looked like a real potential star of the future, but without stealing his thunder a little I have to say that we just did not learn against him giving him way to much space and allowing him to come inside onto his left foot every time. If he has not gone on up the football pyramid by the time the Magpies visit us in April I shall be amazed, but if he is still with them we must learn from today.

Score : Dorchester Town  6  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold (Clark 59), Ferrell, Kelly (capt), McGeorge (Mc Gowan 59), Baker, Libertucci, Watson (Rogers 78), Snaith, Draycott

Unused subs : Groves, Warner-Eley

Supporters man of the match : Danny Watson

Attendance  :  360

Report by Nigel Howlett

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

Match Preview

Dorchester Town v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

After a 10 day break the Ives make the 400 mile round trip to Dorset in what promises to be a tight encounter with both sides at the wrong end of the table.

New signings Luke Warner-Eley, Ben Baker and Declan Rogers will all travel and feature. Peter Clark and Tom McGowan return from injury. Still on the injured list are Charlie De’ath, Daniel Moyes and Dubi Ogbonna.

Dorchester lie 20th in the table with 20 points from 22 games.

Click here for Dorchester’s Fixtures & Results

Address – The Avenue, Weymouth Avenue, Dorchester, Dorset. DT1 2RY

Adults – £10, Concessions (over 65s, students with ID) – £6, Under 16s – £1.

Please note that there will not be a coach going to the game.

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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.

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.

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 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.

 

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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.