Category: First Team News

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

We make the relatively short journey to Bedfordshire for our last away game of the season on the back of 2 very contrasting mid-week results. On Tuesday we suffered a heavy 2-6 defeat at the hands of Stratford Town. Just 48 hours later we put in arguably the best team performance of the season with a 1-0 victory over Redditch United.

On the squad front Miles Smith is still missing through injury. Tom Knowles and Jamie Short have returned to Cambridge Utd and March Town respectively. All other players fit and available.

Dunstable currently sit in 23rd place in the table and are in a straight fight with Gosport Borough to avoid the drop.

Address: Creasey Park Stadium, Creasey Park Dr, Dunstable LU6 1BB

Admission prices – Adult £10, Concessions & Student £6, U18 £3, U16 Free

Dunstable Town print a free 4 page ‘mini’ programme available at the the ground and a full programme online. CLICK HERE to download the online programme.

CLICK HERE for Dunstable Town’s fixtures & results

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Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0

St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0 

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To badly plagiarise Dinah Washington’s hit “what a difference two days makes!”. Ives somehow lifted themselves from the depths of despair following Tuesday evenings tonking against Stratford to put in one of their best all around performances of the season and claim only their third home victory of the season with a clean sheet to boot.

Ollie Snaith’s contender for goal of the season was the clincher, but the real hero amongst this much changed side was a man who showed his true character as he went from the ignominy of a half time substitution on Tuesday to rightfully claim the man of the match award 48 hours later.  

Amid manager Ricky Marheineke’s six changes was a return to the back four for eighteen year old Jamie Short who found himself alongside veteran centre back Dan Moyes. Moyes return allowed Groves to move across to his more familiar left sided centre back position with the back line being completed by the solid Luke Warner-Eley. The vocal presence of Rogan McGeorge added steel to the midfield alongside the silky skills of Declan Rogers with the ever willing Snaith just behind a back to form Dubi Ogbonna who once again lead the line with passion.

After their poor starts in the last two games Ives were simply looking for a solid opening period and they achieved that well. As the confidence grew they started to nibble at the Reds back line. Warner-Eley roamed forward on the left side in tenth minute and his clip over the top picked out Ogbonna running into space. The big striker took the ball down well and fired in a shot from a narrow angle that ruffled the side netting.

Snaith’s persistence won Ives a corner in 20th minute as he harried Nathan Fox into an error. Rogers delivered the resulting flag kick into the mix where Groves got in front of his man to flick the ball on and it only just evaded the lunging Moyes at the far post.

Tom Knowles pulled the first save of the game out of Redditch keeper Ethan Ross two minutes later as he cut in from the right hand corner of the box and unleashed a rising left footer that the big Reds keeper comfortably palmed over the top.

The visitor’s best chance in the first half came only ninety seconds later as Stuart Fleetwood got between Short and Moyes and managed to get away at pace. He cut in on goal leaving Moyes in his wake. Keeper Tim Trebes came out to close him down and it looked like Fleetwood had done everything right as he clipped the ball past the advancing keeper, but the effort finished up bouncing inches wide of the far post.

Ives could have gone in front in 28th minute as Warner-Eley again probed forward down the left side. His pull back picked out Knowles who took a touch before firing in a low drive that beat Ross low to his right but cannoned to safety off his near post.

Ogbonna forced another good stop out of Ross in 35th minute as he ran onto a Short clip over the top. The Ives striker got on the end of it deep inside the box, but his powerful right footed effort was kept out by the well positioned keeper’s legs.

Ben Baker should have scored the opener less than sixty seconds later as Knowles outpaced Lewis Wright down the left. Ogbonna tried to flick home his low driven cross with a cheeky attempted back heel at the near post but completely missed the ball which rolled on to Baker arriving at pace at the back post. He appeared to go for the roof of the net to avoid the scrambling keeper as he tried to recover. But he got it all wrong and skied the effort from the edge of the six yard box.

Young Short showed his composure as came to Ives rescue five minutes before the break as he just managed to divert Fleetwood’s driven cross from the right away from the onrushing Jordan Mills at the back post..

Unlike Tuesday night we arrived at the break with the game still goalless, but Ives certainly edging it on points. The nervousness seemed to return to the supporters in the early stages of the second half and this was certainly not helped by the Reds picking a up a free kick inside the D only two minutes after the restart. Skipper James Mutton curled the ball expertly over Ives wall but Trebes was equal to the effort leaping high to his left to palm the ball away.

The visitors who had seemed to spend long periods of the first half thinking that they simply had to turn up to win suddenly began to realise that they were in a genuine contest. The tricky Mills flashed a 25 yarder inches wide of Trebes left hand post two minutes later.

However the visitors were rocked as Ives took the lead in spectacular fashion in 52nd minute. Jamie Short cut out a pass intended for Mills on the half way line and slid the ball into the feet of Baker he turned it inside to Snaith who was being closely marshalled by a defender. At least 25 yards out the young midfielder took a touch and went for goal with a right footed effort that screamed past Ross and dipped in off the underside of the crossbar.

Ives should have doubled their lead five minutes later as Ogbonna managed to get on the end of a long cross field ball. His low ball into the centre was wildly sliced by Fox straight to the feet of Baker ten yards out in a central position. Unfortunately he scuffed his shot giving Ross chance to get down to his right to make a save. But the big keeper spilled the ball. Baker reacted quickest nipping the ball away from the scrambling Ross, but he was forced wide and only succeeded in firing his effort against the outside of the post from a very narrow angle. 

Knowles forced another save out of Ross in 63rd minute as he curled a free kick over the wall forcing the keeper to plunge low to his right to push the ball out for a corner.

Urged on by their manager the visitors started to show a little bit more fight but with the very vocal leadership of McGeorge backed up by the awareness and communicative skills of Moyes the Ives back line dealt very well with the Reds direct approach. Groves was at the heart of this resistance winning header after header as crosses and corners continued to be delivered into the box. 

The usually reliable Knowles should have sewn the game up thirteen minutes from time as he got on the end of a flowing Ives break away. Rogers delivered a low cross field ball into the centre looking for Danny Kelly who had just entered the fray. But everyone missed the ball and it rolled on perfectly into the run of the late arriving Knowles. The cheer was rising as he opened his body to clip the ball over the exposed Ross, but he got it horribly wrong and the cheer had to swallowed as although he clipped the ball over the keeper he got to much on it and also cleared the crossbar.

To show how effective the Ives back line was on this evening Trebes was barely forced into a save of note in the remaining time. In fact the best chance in the latter stages came from an Ives raid at the other end as Fox made a hash of trying to clear a Knowles cross from the left and presented Kelly with a shooting opportunity inside the box. But the Ives substitute fired his effort inches wide of the target with Ross looking on.

Let us hope that Ives can keep the nucleus of this side together for the remaining four games as it would be great to go into next season with a bit of momentum after such a poor 2018 to date.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Redditch United  0  

Goals : Snaith 52

St Ives team : Trebes, Short, Warner-Eley, Groves, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) (Leslie 76), Knowles, Rogers, Ogbonna (Kelly 70), Snaith (Clark 76), Baker   

Unused subs : De’ath, Draycott

Supporters man of the match : Lloyd Groves

Attendance  :  74

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Tom Knowles recalled by Cambridge United

Young winger Tom Knowles has been recalled by his parent club Cambridge United and will spend the rest of the season in their first team squad.

Tom made his Ives debut on 6 January at Kings Langley, coming off the bench and scoring a goal in a 3-0 victory. He made 16 appearances and scored 4 goals along with several ‘Player of the Match’ performances.

We wish Tom all the best for the future in what looks to be a very promising and fruitful career in the world of football.

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

Just 48 hours after our heavy 2-6 defeat at the hands of Stratford Town, we welcome another Midlands club to the ProEdge Westwood Road in the shape of Redditch United

On the squad front Miles Smith is still missing through injury. Daniel Moyes returns and Youth Team captain Jamie Short will start. 

Redditch sit in 16th place on 51 points. They’ve won 2 out of their last 7 fixtures.

Redditch United’s recent results
14/4/18 – St Neots Town (A) – League – L 1-2
7/4/18 – Weymouth (H) – League – L 1-2
4/4/18 – Royston Town (H) – League – W 1-0
2/4/18 – Hereford (H) – League – L 0-2
31/3/18 – Chesham United (A) – League – L 0-2
24/3/18 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 0-1
20/3/18 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – W 4-2

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Tonight’s programme cover features the late Roger Knowles who sadly passed away a few days before the original fixture date of 10 Feb. There’s also an up to date insert to accompany it.

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

We welcome Stratford Town to the ProEdge Westwood Road this evening for a rearranged fixture for the start of playing 6 games in 12 days which is commonly referred to as the ‘Silly Season’!

On the squad front Miles Smith is missing through injury and Daniel Moyes remains absent. Lewis Leslie returns to the squad following his suspension.

Since the original fixture date both sides have only won 1 game a piece and will be looking to improve on that this evening.

Stratford Town’s recent results
14/4/18 – Biggleswade Town (A) – League – L 1-3
12/4/18 – Banbury United (A) – League – L 0-4
7/4/18 – Slough Town (H) – League – L 0-1
31/3/18 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 1-5
27/3/18 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – L 1-2
24/3/18 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 4-1
20/3/18 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – L 1-2
17/3/18 – Kettering Town (H) – League – L 0-4

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Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Dorchester Town 2

St Ives Town 1 Dorchester Town 2

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The warm spring sunshine was the only real positive that Ives could take from their twelfth home defeat of the season. This one was made all the more galling as it was only the second win on their travels for the Magpies all season. Their only previous maximum return on the road had come at struggling Dunstable way back in September.

Ives got off to the worst possible start as the visitors got their noses in front in their first venture into home territory in only the third minute. A ball into the box was only half cleared to full back Kyle Egan fully thirty yards from goal. But he was not closed down and used the time that he had to thread a slide rule pass through the left channel to pick out the run of Ashley Pope and the Magpies striker made no mistake firing his first time effort past the exposed Tim Trebes and into the back of the net from fifteen yards.

Egan was again involved in 20th minute as he cut out an attempted cross field ball from Rogan McGeorge on the half way line. Once more his pass picked out a team mate as he found Antonio Diaz in space on the right. The tricky Diaz hung up a cross into the box where Pope forced his way between the Ives centre backs to steer his header into the top corner past the statuesque Trebes from ten yards.

Ives grabbed a foothold back into the game only three minutes later as the speedy Tom Knowles got around the outside of Egan down the left and delivered a driven cross into the six yard box where Danny Kelly was on hand to prod the ball home from close range.

The first half continued in open end to end fashion with both sides trading blows without really managing to force a save from either keeper. The closest Ives came to testing Chris Weale in the Magpies goal was in 38th minute as they broke at pace from a Dorchester corner. Kelly picked out Knowles with an excellent ball from deep inside his own half. Knowles outpaced Chris Clarke on the outside and again delivered a telling cross into the danger zone. Unfortunately none of his team mates could match his pace and the ball flashed harmlessly across the face of Weale’s goal.

The visitors did better with their next corner three minutes later as Ollie Griggs got across his marker at the near post. Fortunately for Ives his glancing header was straight at Trebes who held on well.

Knowles had a good shout for a penalty turned down right on the break. Declan Rogers picked out Ben Baker in space on the right. He sped down the line before delivering a hanging cross to the back post where Knowles looked favourite to win the header until he was bundled in the back by covering defender Diaz. The ball was cleared to the half way line where Miles Smith picked up a booking for clattering into Tom Blair. The Ives full back also managed to injure himself in making the challenge and had to be replaced by utility man Phil Draycott at half time.

The game slowed as the heavy pitch began to take its toll in the second half. In spite of a lot of toil and endeavour both sides were struggling to create clear cut opportunities. The visitors carved out the first shooting opportunity in 53rd minute as Pope and Diaz combined on the right to set up a chance for Aaron Rodriguez. He ran across the face of the Ives back line before finding a bit of space, but only succeeded in hammering his left footed effort into the boards a couple of feet wide of Trebes right hand post.

The hosts then began to enjoy a period in the ascendency. In 57th minute Knowles created a chance for himself by running at the Magpies defence on the right hand corner of the box. He managed to side step a defender before unleashing a rising effort from fifteen yards that deflected off Griggs and went over the bar. This was the first of four Ives corners in quick succession. But keeper Weale claimed two of these confidently inside his six yard box and the nearest they came to troubling the big keeper during this period was a Knowles free kick from 25 yards on the hour. Unfortunately the free kick from Ives danger man struck the edge of the Magpies wall which took all of the power out of it allowing Weale to make the save low to his right.

Ives did hit the woodwork in 72nd minute, but it was an effort Weale had covered. Knowles delivered a corner from the left and Kelly challenged the keeper in the box forcing Weale into a punch. The ball fell inside the box, but just would not come down to let Charlie De’ath get a shot away. Neil Martin poked it clear to the right hand edge of the box where McGeorge picked it up and battled his way through two tackles to get to the bye line before hanging up a cross into the centre that bounced to safety off the top of the crossbar with the alert Weale looking on.

Ives continued to huff and puff but did not come close to blowing the Magpies house down. The introduction of Dubi Ogbonna and Ben Sawyer to give more striking options made little difference. As the Ives confidence drained out of them the visitor’s confidence started to grow as they sensed the opportunity of a very rare win bonus on the road. They went close to increasing their lead in 78th minute as Diaz and substitute Alex Stafi combined to tee up Dom Panesar-Dower inside the D. He carefully picked his spot, but by going for placement rather than power he gave Trebes chance to get across and grasp his side footed effort at the base of his left hand post.

The final opportunity of the afternoon fell to the Magpies Billy Lowes who battled his way past De’ath leaving the Ives skipper claiming he had been fouled, but the referee deciding he had simply been outmuscled by the Dorchester man. With De’ath now on the deck Lowes had time to pick his spot from the edge of the box, but unlike his colleague he went for power and it took a smart save from Trebes low to his right to keep out his well struck effort.

So ended another sad day for the Ives, but a very joyous one for the Magpies who departed from the still sunny Pro-Edge Stadium trying to remember out how to celebrate on the four hour journey back to the South coast.

Ives now have the challenge of six games in the next fourteen days. With most of these players now playing for their places for next season we can hope to see full commitment from the whole squad in those games which will mean nothing to their league finishing position which is now determined but will certainly let us see those that want to feature in manager Ricky Marheineke’s squad come next August.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Dorchester Town  2  

Goals : Kelly 23

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith (Draycott 45), Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Groves, McGeorge, Knowles, Snaith (Ogbonna 73), Kelly, Rogers, Baker (Sawyer 86)  

Unused subs : Libertucci, Clark

Supporters man of the match : Tom Knowles

Attendance  :  192

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

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

Today’s game at the ProEdge Westwood Road is definitely on. Many thanks to everyone who came down this morning to help make the pitch playable.

The Ives will be looking to improve on the 0-0 draw at Gosport last Saturday which secured our step 3 status for next season.

On the squad front Daniel Moyes is unavailable and Lewis Leslie is suspended. Luke warner-Eley returns after missing the Gosport game and Ben Sawyer joins the squad for the first time since returning from his loan spell at Barton Rovers.

Dorchester sit in 20th place on 45 points. They comprehensively won 6-0 against us at their place back in December.

Dorchester Town’s recent results
9/4/18 – St Neots Town (H) – League – L 0-4
7/4/18 – Bishop’s Stortford (H) – League – W 1-0
27/3/18 – Kettering Town (A) – League – L 3-4
24/3/18 – Royston Town (H) – League – W 1-0
10/3/18 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – L 1-2
24/2/18 – Dunstable Town (H) – League – D 1-1
17/2/18 – Startford Town (A) – League – L 0-2
10/2/18 – Chesham United (A) – League –  D 2-2
3/2/18 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 1-0
27/1/18 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – D 2-2
20/1/18 – Hereford (H) – League – L 0-1
16/1/18 – Slough Town (A) – League – L 0-2
13/1/18 – Redditch United (H) – League – W 1-0
6/1/18 – King’s Lynn Town (A) – League – L 0-3
1/1/18 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – W 3-0
26/12/17 – Weymouth (A) – League – D 2-2
23/12/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – L 0-1

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Match Report – St Neots Town 3 St Ives Town 1

St Neots Town 3 St Ives Town 1 

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This hastily rearranged local derby went in favour of the hosts who started well and ruled the roost throughout comfortably beating the ten man Ives who fell behind in fifth minute, lost Lewis Leslie to two silly yellow cards in four minutes around the half hour mark and shipped a second goal three minutes before the break. This saw the game finished as a contest and although the gallant ten men continued to battle throughout the second period Danny Kelly’s well taken goal two minutes from the end was only a consolation as an uncharacteristic error from keeper Tim Trebes had allowed Jordan Norville-Williams’s speculative effort to increase the Saints lead eight minutes after the restart.

The hosts came out of the blocks quickly and took the game to Ives straight from the off. Their first effort on goal arrived in only the third minute as Tom Meechan and Nabil Shariff combined to set up a shooting opportunity for Dion Sembie-Ferris. His crisp drive from the right corner of the box flashed across the face of Trebes goal.

The opening goal arrived only two minutes later as Ives back line struggled to deal with a long throw from Saints skipper Luke Knight the ball was allowed to drop inside the box and Dylan Williams reacted first to turn it back into the mix where David Bridges was on hand to prod the ball home from close range.

The pressure on Ives continued to grow as Bridges again found space to run at the Ives back line and delivered a low driven cross from the right that Phil Draycott did well to turn over his own crossbar under heavy pressure from Shariff. The resulting corner arrived at the back post where fortunately for the visitors two Saints players got in each other’s way and only succeeded in knocking the ball into the hands of the grateful Trebes.

The Saints continued to move the ball around and their pace and movement continued to trouble the Ives defensive line. But they continued to hold their shape although frustrations were beginning to bubble under the surface with Leslie and Bridges the two main protagonists. Leslie picked up his first yellow card in 28th minute as he slid into a needless challenge on Williams in a wide left position. The Ives midfielder had already had a talking to after his reaction to an early midfield challenge from Knight so the booking came as no real surprise. The resulting free kick was swung in by Williams and Bridges rose unmarked in the centre of goal ten yards out but failed to hit the target with his free header.

Bridges and Leslie continued their midfield battle and the Saints man joined his Ives colleague in referee Oliver Mackey’s notebook less than sixty seconds later as he pulled back Draycott as the Ives wingback tried to instigate a counter attack.

Referee Mackey was busy again in 32nd minute as Leslie, seemingly not having learnt from his previous caution recklessly flew into another poorly timed midfield tackle where he got more of his opponent than he did the ball. The second yellow card instantly followed and Leslie was condemned to the lonely walk of shame.

Ives won their first corner of the game three minutes before the break and it proved their own undoing as the ball was cleared out to the left where Norville-Williams broke at pace carrying the ball deep into Ives territory before releasing it inside into the run of Shariff who gleefully swept the ball home left footed past the exposed Trebes from just inside the box.

There was still time before half time for Ives full back Luke Warner-Eley to save his side from further embarrassment as he pulled off a remarkable recovery tackle to deny Sembie-Ferris the chance to increase the hosts lead. The marauding Knight pinged a perfect crossfield pass out to Sembie-Ferris on the right and he immediately showed his pace as he raced away from Warner-Eley and cut in on goal. But somehow the Ives man found an extra gear and recovered to not only catch the Saints man, but cleanly take the ball off his toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives had struggled to get a foothold in this game with eleven players on the pitch so the likelihood of them claiming anything with ten was nothing more than a small glimmer in the mind of the most hopeful of their faithful fans. Even that glimmer was extinguished in 53rd minute as a scrappy period of play eventually saw the ball knocked out to Norville-Williams fully thirty yards from goal. The young full back was not closed down and took a touch before trying his luck with a low drive that seemed to catch Trebes off guard as it kicked off the turf and beat him low to his left with the startled keeper a little slow to get across his goal.

This looked like it might be the signal for the flood gates to open, but to their credit Ives did not put up the white flag but continued to battle and stay in the game. The ever willing Tom Knowles had got very little service in the first half. But he found a little space on the hour as he skipped past Taylor Parr on the right before delivering a sharp cross to the near post where ex Ives man Liam McDevitt just managed to divert it past his own post under pressure from Danny Kelly.

That raid proved to be a brief diversion to just lift the Ives supporters a little. Knight maintained his grip on the centre of the park and he continued to create opportunities for his colleagues that they either squandered or were denied by the hard working Ives back line. Meechan found just enough space in the visitor’s box to turn and fire wide in 69th minute. Five minutes later the same player was denied by the evergreen Dan Moyes as the Ives veteran threw himself at a teasing cross from Shariff to just take the ball away ahead of the Saints centre forward.

In spite of all their effort Ives had not managed to get a single shot on target before 84th minute. But all that changed in the closing stages as first Knowles tested Finlay Iron in the host’s goal with a dipping shot from 25 yards that had the Saints custodian struggling to keep it out low to his right.

Knowles was also involved in the consolation goal that arrived four minutes from time as he picked up the ball deep in his own half and strode forward before feeding the ball into the feet of substitute Dubi Ogbonna who in turn ran at the fast retreating Saints back line before unselfishly feeding the ball on to Kelly who had found space on the left edge of the box and expertly curled the ball past the static Iron into the corner of the net to grab his first goal since his hat trick in a losing cause against Kettering way back in September.

Some of the Saints faithful must feel that the four points that they have gleaned from two League clashes and a County Cup semi-final win will go a little way towards redressing the balance between the two Huntingdonshire rivals as Ives have ruled the roost in these fixtures in recent seasons. Whilst Saints are already assured of a comfortable mid table position Ives need to ensure their mathematical safety with a result at struggling Gosport on Saturday. This bruising encounter played with only ten men for an hour, less than 48 hours before the trip to the South coast was not ideal preparation. But I am sure that manager Ricky Marheineke will shuffle his cards and some of those rested from this game will have a big part to play on Saturday and in the tough run of games to follow.  

Score : St Neots Town  3  St Ives Town  1    

Goals : Kelly 88

St Ives team : Trebes, Draycott (Moyes 38), Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Kelly, Smith, Knowles, Leslie, Libertucci (Rogers 63), Clark, Baker (Ogbonna 73)  

Unused subs : McGeorge, Snaith

Supporters man of the match : Danny Kelly

Attendance  :  238

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson 

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

Having suffered three successive 1-3 defeats with the latest being at the hands of local rivals St Neots last night, we will be looking for a positive result against Gosport Borough. Given the current placings of the two sides in the division, this game has all the markings of being a competitive fixture.

Defender Lloyd Groves will be returning to the squad.

The two sides met back in December with the Ives scraping a narrow 1-0 victory courtesy of a Danny Moyes header.

If we avoid defeat, step 3 status will be confirmed for next season.

Admission Prices – Adults: £12, Concessions: £8, Under 12s are free of charge with a full paying adult.

Address – Privett Park, Privett Road, Gosport, PO12 3SX

There is a coach for this game (£12 pp). Leaving WWR 9:30 am. Please contact Gareth Chapman 07754 601146 to book a seat.

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

Having played the joint least amount of games in the division, we will be keeping our fingers crossed that the weather has started to turn for the better.

Manager Ricky has a full squad to choose from.

The two sides have already met this year both at WWR. The first was a full bloodied mud bath reminiscent of a game from the 70s’ which resulted in a 1-1 draw. A month later St Neots won 2-0 in the Hunts Senior Cup.

Address – Rowley Park Stadium, Kester Way, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SL

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Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Royston Town 3

St Ives Town 1 Royston Town  3 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 27/03/18

A presentation took place before the game to celebrate manager Ricky Marheineke’s 200th game in charge of the Ives, a milestone that he reached at Banbury on the previous Saturday. He decided to celebrate entering his third century in charge by freshening up the side with four changes to the starting eleven and a bold new formation. Recent signing from Rushden & Diamonds Lewis Leslie made his first start in the centre of a midfield five.

With both sides eager to get the game on due to their fixture backlog there was general delight when referee Tom Hancock gave the thumbs up in spite of small puddles in places caused by a brief shower after the earlier sponging efforts had removed more substantial areas of water. His decision was fully vindicated as both sides went into the game with the intention of playing football despite the conditions and to his further credit the excellent referee managed the game well without the need to issue a single yellow card throughout.

Unfortunately for Ives in spite of the new formation and general all round positivity it proved groundhog day again as an excellent first half display created a number of good chances, but with only one taken they found themselves vulnerable again. As has happened so often this season the opposition have a quality striker who punishes them by showing them how to finish. Adam Marriott must love playing against the Ives as he capitalised on three defensive errors and his hat trick on the night took his tally to five goals in his two games against the Ives this season.

The Ives new formation and sheer pace and movement of their front two caused the Crows real problems early on. Leslie’s first telling contribution came in only the seventh minute as he threaded a ball through the left channel to pick out the run of Ben Baker. The Ives youngster managed to get around keeper Josh Tibbetts but he was pushed very wide and needed to find a colleague in the centre. Unfortunately he failed to pick out a team mate and the ball was cleared by a covering defender.

Josh Castiglione was already looking a threat for the visitors down their right and he combined well with overlapping full back Ed Asafu-Adjaye only ninety seconds later. The move completed with the full back delivering a deep cross to the far post where John Frendo rose highest, but he was always stretching and was unable to direct his header on target.

Another man returned to the starting line up for Ives was Eugene Libertucci and he slid another excellent ball through the Crows back line to pick out a well timed run from Tom Knowles in 15th minute. Knowles took the shot on first time from the edge of the box and beat keeper Tibbetts with his powerful drive which flashed the wrong side of the post and into the side netting.

The Crows keeper was called into action again three minutes later as Knowles found a little space thirty yards from goal and drove forward before unleashing a stinging drive that was to hot for the young keeper to handle, but he was alert enough to parry it into the air and grab the dropping ball just ahead of Baker.

But as has happened so often this season having started well Ives failed to deal with a dead ball situation and fell behind in the 24th minute. A corner delivered from the right looked like a poor one that should be dealt with by the first man, but somehow it was allowed to bobble on through the box before being delivered back into the melee from the left and eventually prodded home from close range by the ever alert Marriott.

The hosts reacted well to falling behind and went close to an equaliser on the half hour as Baker continued to terrorise the Crows back line with his powerful running. He went past two defenders on the left before delivering a cross into the centre that beat everyone, but was kept alive by Phil Draycott beyond the far post. His in-swinging cross back into the centre caused panic and Dan Brathwaite’s attempted clearance was wildly sliced directly at his own goal, but the big defender was saved from further embarrassment by his keeper as Tibbetts showed amazing reactions to leap to his right and parry the ball away.

Baker carved out an opportunity for his fellow striker Knowles in 32nd minute as his curling ball over the Crows back line picked out the youngsters well time run. Knowles just beat the onrushing keeper to the ball and flicked it past him, but again he had been forced very wide. In spite of this and with no real support he went for goal and almost achieved the impossible as the ball cannoned off the face of the post and rebounded across the six yard box with no one able to force it home.

Having almost pulled level Ives were perhaps fortunate not to go two down as the ball was cleared to the other end where Castiglione found himself with a clear run on goal. Keeper Trebes did well though to narrow the angle but stay upright and managed to turn the wingers attempt from the edge of the box around the post.

Castiglione almost turned provider in 40th minute as he again found space on the right and hung up a teasing cross to the back post where Marriott had managed to lose his marker. Fortunately for Ives he directed his free header straight at Trebes.

This time it was the Crows who were punished for not taking their chances as Knowles persistence created an equaliser four minutes before the break. He harried a dallying Romelle Alomenu into a mistake and robbed him thirty yards from goal. Knowles set off for goal leaving the struggling defender in his wake. As keeper Tibbetts came to meet him he unselfishly squared the ball to Baker who had joined him at the back post for a simple tap in.

Having got level there was still time for Ives to almost gift the visitors their lead back before the break. Dan Moyes attempted clearance rebounded off Frendo and fell to Castiglione inside the penalty area fortunately Trebes was well placed to parry away his first time effort.

Having all been fully entertained by a pulsating first half we were all hoping for more of the same in the second period. But Ives were knocked out of their stride only four minutes after the re-start. The Crows moved the ball around well before feeding it into Marriott fully thirty yards from goal. He was not closed down and took his chance to stride into the space before releasing a speculative effort that beat Trebes low to his left for a goal that the keeper will be a little disappointed to concede.

With the hosts struggling to come to terms with falling behind again they were not really able to create any of the opportunities they had carved out in the first period and although Baker and Knowles continued to make the runs no one was finding them with the passes. The Crows enjoyed their best period of the game and the Ives had to thank their keeper for keeping them in the game on a number of occasions.

In 66th minute a Gus Scott-Morriss corner from the right was won cleanly in the air by Marriott at the far post, but his header flashed inches wide. Two minutes later the tricky Castiglione went close to grabbing the goal his overall performance probably deserved as he picked up a loose ball and fired in a dipping 25 yarder that Trebes did well to tip over. The keeper did even better as he showed fantastic reactions to acrobatically tip over Marriott’s close range header from the resulting corner.

Ives best opportunity of the second period arrived in 78th minute as Danny Kelly pushed forward in search of the equaliser wriggled his way past two defenders on the left and got to the bye line. But he failed to pick out a team mate with his pull back and the chance was gone.

Marriott put the icing on his own, and the Crows, cake as he completed his hat trick in added time. He set off on a jinking run at the Ives back line getting past a couple of tiring defenders before Moyes got a foot in. As was the Ives luck on the night though the ball rebounded off a fellow defender back into the path of Marriott who again showed his class by lashing the ball past the exposed Trebes from close range.

As has been the case so often this season Ives matched a top half team for long periods, but again came away from the match with no reward. Positives from the game were the new formation which worked very well in the first period and a very promising home debut for Lewis Leslie. As has been said many times if we can iron out the mistakes and find a way to shore up the back line we will continue to score goals and a positive finish to a very frustrating season is still possible.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Royston Town  3

Goals : Baker 41

St Ives team : Trebes (capt), Draycott (Groves 74), Warner-Eley, Smith, Kelly, Moyes, Knowles, Leslie (Clark 66), Baker, Rogers (Ogbonna 84), Libertucci

Unused subs : McGeorge, Snaith

Supporters man of the match : Ben Baker

Attendance  :  178

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

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

The Ives head in to this rearranged Tuesday fixture on the back of a battling 1-3 defeat at the hands of Banbury United.

On the squad front it will be an unchanged 16 that featured in the game on Saturday against Banbury. Lewis Leslie will start and make his home debut.

Royston are currently in 9th place with 61 points. They still have an outside chance of making the playoffs with games in hand over their rivals.

Click here for Royston’s fixtures & results

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Pitch inspection has been cancelled as it’s playable. Game on.

200 Up for Ricky

Tomorrow’s trip to Banbury will be Ricky Marheineke’s 200th game in charge of the Ives.

Ricky took over the reins at the start of the 2014/15 season leading the club to a 9th place finish in the Southern League Central division.

In 2015/16 Ricky led the club to promotion via the playoffs beating Rushden & Diamonds 2-1 in the final infront of a record crowd of 1523 at WWR. We also won the Hunts Senior Cup beating Eynesbury 2-0 in the final.

2016/17 saw the club playing at step 3 for the very first time in it’s history and finished the season in a very commendable 15th place.

2017/18 is looking increasing likely that we will retain step 3 status for season 2018/19 and take our place in the new Central division.

Please join us in congratulating Ricky on this achievement and here’s to his next 200 games in charge and beyond.

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

With the games coming thick and fast, the Ives head to Oxfordshire on the back of a battling defeat against Slough on Tuesday.

On the squad front, we welcome back no 1 Tim Trebes after he has recovered from illness which forced him to miss Tuesday nights fixture at home to Slough. Tom Knowles also rejoins the squad after being absent Tuesday following his participation with the Cambridge Utd Development team on Monday evening. Lewis Leslie will join the match day squad for the first time after training with the squad last night and signing earlier in the week.

Captain Charlie De’Ath and returning wide man Ben Sawyer are doubtful for tomorrow’s game due to injuries sustained in midweek.

Banbury are currently in 9th place with 58 points. It’s still mathematically possible for them to qualify for the playoffs.

This will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs. The previous 3 games have produced two draws and one win for Banbury.

Click here for Banbury United’s fixtures & results

Address – The Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium, Station Approach, Banbury, Oxfordshire. OX16 5AB

Admission prices – Adult £10, Concessions (Over 60s and Full Time Students) £6, U16 £1.

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Lewis Leslie signs for the Ives

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

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

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

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

Photo courtesy and copyright of Malcolm Swinden Photography

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Slough Town 4

St Ives Town 1 Slough Town  4 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Score : St Ives Town  1  Slough Town  4

Goals : Clark 27

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

Unused subs : Watson, Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Tom Smith

Attendance  :  179

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

St Ives Town v Chesham United – POSTPONED

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

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

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

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

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

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

Match Report – Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Score : Frome Town 0  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Ogbonna 7 (pen)

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

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Luke Warner-Eley

Attendance  :  91

Report by Nigel Howlett