Category: First Team News

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

For the first in a very long time, possibly ever, the Ives head east for a league fixture.

After the fantastic victory over Tamworth on Saturday, the Ives will be looking to build on that result on a Tuesday night visit to the Trawler Boys in the Evo-Stik South Premier Central Division.

On the squad front there are no injury concerns from Saturday plus Joe Hood and Danny Kelly are both available for selection after missing the weekend victory over Tamworth.

There is a coach available for tonight’s game leaving Westwood Road at 15:30. £10 per person.

Lowestoft Town FC
Crown Meadow (Amber Dew Events Stadium)
Love Road
NR32 2PA

Admission – £11 Adults, £8 Concessions, £2 U16

Peterborough United defender Cartwright joins on loan

We are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Cartwright from Peterborough United FC.

Defender Cartwright who signed a three year professional contract in October of last year has signed on loan until January 1st 2019.

The young centre back who can also play as a right back has been a regular feature in the first team squad during pre season. With all paperwork now completed, he will go straight into the squad for tomorrow’s season opener at home to Tamworth.

Please join me in welcoming Sam to the club and we hope your stay with us is successful one.

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Tamworth


Evo-Stik League South Premier Central
Saturday 11 August 3pm

We welcome Tamworth to WWR tomorrow for the start the league campaign. It probably couldn’t be a tougher start as Tamworth were in the National Conference until 2014. However, another relegation sees The Ives meet The Lambs for the very first time.

Ives manager Ricky has been busy recruiting this summer and along with several new players, he has also recruited Craig ‘Bully’ Adams as his assistant from Biggleswade Town.

On the squad front. Jordan Patrick is ruled out through injury. Dylan Wilson faces a fitness test but hopeful he will be able to feature in the squad as he recovers from a groin injury.

The club has made the decision that the match day programme will be online only this season. (Click here to view / download it). There will however be a 4 page ‘mini programme’ available within the ground on the day of the game for 30p.

Admission Prices

Adults – £10
Concessions (Over 65) – £6
Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5
Students (With ID Card) – £4
U16’s – £2

Match day sponsor – Cambridge Sensotec


Cambridge Sensotec become the First Team Home Kit Sponsor

‘St Ives Town FC are very proud and delighted to announce a new Partnership deal with Cambridge Sensotec Ltd as the club’s new flagship First Team Home Kit Sponsor. This is for at least the next two seasons and is massively important as the club looks to consolidate and build as an established Step Three Side.

Mark Taylor the Club’s Commercial Director commented ‘This is fantastic news for the club and is so important to its continued growth, development and success. It helps massively to give financial certainty. Cambridge Sensotec have supported the club brilliantly since 2011 and are a hugely successful local business. To have them now take over the home kit deal is a testament to the great relationship we have developed with them and the support they give to the local community’

Mark Swetnam Cambridge Sensotec’s Managing Director added ‘I have been supporting St Ives Town for a number of years, following them as they progressed through the leagues. During this time my Company has had a fruitful sponsorship relationship with the club and we are now delighted to be able to sponsor the First Team Squad’s shirts for the first time. There is no denying Step Three Football is incredibly challenging but we wouldn’t want it any other way. To be connected with a team of high achievers is exactly what our high achieving business wants to do. We wish the club every success in the forthcoming season.’

1st Team Player Sponsorship Opportunities

You or your company can sponsor a player or one of the management team for just £100 for the upcoming 2018/19 season, with the benefit of having your sponsorship advertised on our website and through our social media outlets (Twitter & Facebook).

Please contact Gary / Maureen Clarke – for more information or see one of the club officials on a match day.

George Bailey signs

We are pleased to announce the signing of George Bailey.

The young exciting attacker can operate as a centre forward or in an advanced midfield position. George, 20, spent last season at Biggleswade Town FC, scoring a hatrick on his debut against Farnborough back in October. George went on to average just under 1 goal in 2 games for the remainder of the season.

We would like to thank Biggleswade Town manager Lee Allison in helping with the smooth transition of the signing.

Please join me in welcoming George to the club and we look forward to a successful season ahead.

Midfielder Munashe signs

The club are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Munashe Sundire.

After impressing during the first month of pre season, Sundire, 21 has now put pen to paper for the coming season.

The energetic hard working midfielder has previously had spells at Kempston Rovers, Chesham and Kettering Town.

Please join me in welcoming Munashe to the Ives.

Striker puts pen to paper

We are delighted to announce that Dylan Wilson has signed for the club.

18 year old Wilson who spent last season with Rushden and Higham United in the United Counties League hit over 35 goals in less than 40 games in his first season of men’s football.

Dylan has impressed during pre season hitting both goals in our first two pre season fixtures against Soham Town and Peterborough Sports in 45 minute appearances.

The youngster has a bright future ahead of him and both manager Ricky Marheineke and assistant manager Bully Adams are delighted to have him on board.

Welcome to the club Dylan and we wish you a successful season ahead.

2018/19 Southern League Central fixtures released

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

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

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

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

Click here for the full fixture list.

Two return to the Ives

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

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

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

Welcome back to both and good luck for the season.

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

Jordan Patrick signs

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

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

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

Defensive duo put pen to paper

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

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

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

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

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

Robbie Parker – The first summer signing for the Ives

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

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

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

Pre-season Friendlies – 2018/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please check on here or social media for regular updates.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


Ricky appoints Craig Adams as his new Assistant Manager

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by kind permission of Martyn Haworth – MH Sports Photo