Category: First Team News

Lewis Hilliard Signs for St Ives Town

The club and our friends at Free Super Tips are delighted to announce the signing of Lewis Hilliard.

Attacking midfielder Hilliard 26, has agreed terms and becomes Ricky Marheineke’s fourth signing of the summer. The versatile and exciting midfielder can play anywhere across midfield as well as in a more advanced role off the striker.

Lewis won’t be a stranger to supporters of the Ives as he spent many years at near neighbours St Neots Town FC during our days in the United Counties League as well as being part of their success through step 4 and into the Southern League Premier. Lewis then went on to have short spells at St Albans and Biggleswade Town before linking up with former St. Neots boss Dennis Green at Boston United in the Conference North.

The manager had this to say:

“Lewis is a fantastic player and one I have enjoyed watching over the years. I felt at times last season we lacked creativity in midfield and Lewis will certainly bring that to the team. Not only can he create goals but he can score them as well. I’m looking forward to working with Lewis as he is the sort of player we want to attract to the club in order for us to try and continue moving forward”

Please join us in welcoming Lewis to the club.

 

Welcome to James Smith

We are delighted to announce the appointment of James Smith as the clubs new physio.

James replaces Liam Peaks, who stepped down from his role at the end of last month. After a successful meeting on Wednesday afternoon, James has agreed to take up the position with immediate effect.

With previous experience of working at both Braintree and Haverhill as well as  Cambridge Utd Ladies, James is a great addition and will reinforce the strength of our coaching staff.

James will work with the first team as well as the youth team players on our full time education programme.

The manager was very happy to have secured James services and is looking forward to working with him next season and beyond.

“We had quite a bit of interest in the role once it had been advertised, however, James was the outstanding candidate. After meeting James I know we can develop a strong and trusting relationship and am confident he will excel in his new role”

We welcome James and wish him every success in his new position.

Player Update: One Signs Contract and One Departs

One Signs Contract and One Departs

We are delighted to announce that last night (Monday 5th June), Danny Kelly signed a one year contract with the Football Club.

Will lots of interest from other clubs at our level it is great news that Danny has decided to remain with the Ives and to be part of helping the club progress. After an impressive first season, we are looking forward to an even better second.

We do however say farewell to Liam McDevitt. Liam has made the decision to move on and everyone at the club would like to thank him for his efforts last season and wish him every success in the future.

Manager Ricky Marheineke had this to say:

“I’ve chuffed Danny has agreed to stay at the club. He’s a big player for us both on and off the pitch. Danny contributed brilliantly last year and I’m confident he will have an even bigger impact this year”

“I wish Liam all the very best for the future. I would like to thank him personally for his contribution and the part he played in our successful first season in the Southern Premier Division. Liam is a great lad and I have no doubt we will stay in contact”

 

Board of Directors Vacancies

Board of Director Vacancies

Job Description

St Ives Town FC is the leading non-league football club in Cambridgeshire and now an opportunity has arisen for two experienced people to join the board of this successful football club.

St Ives Town FC currently play at Step 3 of the football pyramid and play in the Southern Premier League. The club has a flourishing academy as well as youth teams and a Ladies team.

The ideal candidates will have exceptional organisation and man management skills plus a proven track record in business. You will be commercially aware and have the ability to communicate with colleagues at all levels. Knowledge of the game is advantageous but not essential.

The successful candidate will have a strong influence on business culture and a demonstrated ability to work on your own initiative and manage a significant and varied workload with competing demands. You will need to combine strategic thinking, strong leadership and organisational skills.

You will be a positive team player, clear thinker, excellent communicator and inspiring leader with a proven track record in helping ensure continuously improving quality and sustainability, you will need to have exceptional stakeholder management skills and the demonstrable ability to cost-effectively:

To apply for this role please submit a CV and a covering letter to the club Chairman at Brookland15@aol.com.

 

 

 

2017/18 Season Ticket Prices

2017/18 Season Ticket Prices & Application Form

For the 2017-18 season there is no increase in the cost of our Season Tickets.

The Season tickets this year will cover all league games plus all pre-season friendlies.
Season tickets do not cover Cup fixtures, play-off fixtures or any event where the gate is shared with the opposition.  Season Tickets also do not cover Youth Team matches.

Students – Please send a copy of your Student ID card along with your form.

Please return your forms to Marina Howlett (49 Coldhams Crescent, Huntingdon, Cambs. PE29 1UE) or to Terry Chisholm.

Adult – £180
Concessions – £100
Student – £30
Child – £25

How To Access The Application Form
Download the season ticket form by clicking on the PDF or Microsoft Word image below Forms can also be collected in person at the AGM or any club director.

We look forward to seeing you down at Westwood Road. Thanks for your support.

(Payment instructions can be found on the form)

 

St Ives Town Welcome Three New Additions

St Ives Town Announces 3 New Additions

The club and our sponsors at Bonuscode.co.uk are delighted to announce 3 new additions to the playing squad for the upcoming season. The manager has confirmed deals have been agreed in principle with Brett Longden, Jimmy Hartley and Phil Draycott.

Right back Longden is 23 years old and moves to us from Chesham Utd. The former Luton Town professional has had loan spells at Boreham Wood and Mainenhead Utd as well as being part of the St Neots Town side to reach the play off final during the 2014/15 season.

Attacker Hartley joins us from Southern Central Division side Barton Rovers where he helped the club reach the play off final last season. Jimmy is a young and exciting winger who is comfortable playing on either side of a 4 man midfield or in a front 3.

And finally, we welcome back to the club, Phil Draycott. Phil departed the Ives last summer following promotion to the Southern Premier division. He had an unsettled season last term but as we all know, will be a great addition to the squad for the coming season. The left sided player played a huge part in our successful promotion season.

Manager Ricky Marheineke had this to say on the signings:

“I’m delighted to have agreed deals for the 3 lads”.

“Brett is a fantastic signing. For someone his age, he has tremendous experience at our level of football and has been part of play off hopeful teams during the last few seasons. To have him on board is sign of where we want to take the club and am looking forward to having him involved”.

“Jimmy is another great signing. I watched him a few times last season for Barton including our game against them in the Challenge Cup. He was on every occasion the outstanding player. His is energetic and has the ability to create something from nothing. He’s comfortable in possession of the football and can play in a number of positions. I’m looking forward to working with Jimmy and helping him develop into the player i know he can be”.

“Finally, Phil. A lad I was disappointed to lose last summer following our promotion to the Premier Division. Last season didn’t go to plan for Phil, however he has an opportunity to come back to the club and get back on track. I know exactly what Phil has to offer and Phil returns knowing exactly what we expect of him”.

“All three boys will improve our already settled squad and I’m confident they will play a big part in helping us move the club forward in our challenging season ahead”.

Please join us in welcoming Brett, Jimmy and Phil to the club and we all hope your time at St Ives Town is both a successful and enjoyable experience

Brett Longden     Jimmy Hartley                 Phil Draycott

 

Liam Peaks leaves position as First Team Physio

Liam Peaks leaves position as First Team Physio
The club can confirm that after a meeting last night with Manager Ricky Marheineke and Assistant Manager Jack Cassidy, Liam Peaks has left his role as first team physio.
Liam has been an integral part of the staff since the 2014/2015 season and will be missed by everyone at the club. We would like to thank Liam for all his hard work and dedication over the past 3 seasons and wish him every success in the future.
The club will now be looking for an immediate replacement for the 2017/2018 season.  Please see below for more details

Exclusive: St Ives Town Announces Squad Update

EXCLUSIVE: St Ives Town FC Announces Squad Update

The manager has been very busy during the last couple of weeks. As with all clubs at this time of year, Ricky has not only been speaking with potential new players for the coming season but also the squad who currently finished our successful first season in The EvoStik Southern Premier Division.

We are pleased to bring you an update on the playing squad so far. We can confirm that all the players listed below have agreed in principle deals for next season, with the signings proudly revealed by our betting partners at bethut.co.uk.

Goalkeeper Tim Trebes along with defenders Jordan Jarrold, Lee Chaffey, Liam McDevitt, Jack Bradshaw and captain Charlie De’Ath will be joined by midfielders Ben Seymour Shove, Peter Clark, Eugene Libertucci and Tom McGowan and finally Danny Kelly and Dubi Ogbonna in returning to the club for the season ahead.

Charlie Day is the only missing player from last season to confirm for next year. This is due to Charlie leaving for a travelling adventure and the dates are not yet confirmed for his departure.

The manager had this to say: “it’s great to have spoken with all of last seasons squad and have them all on board again for next season. It’s always important when you are trying to improve as a team you retain the majority of your squad and are not making wholesale changes. It’s about progression not rebuilding. We have an excellent group of players and I’m looking forward to next season”.

Further news on the playing squad and the manager’s new signings will be released within the next few days.

Pre-Season Friendlies Confirmed

Tonight we can confirm our Pre-Season schedule:

Friday 14th July (HOME) Soham Town Rangers Kick Off 7:45pm

Tuesday 18th July (HOME) Peterborough United Kick Off 7:30pm

Saturday 22nd July (Away) AFC Rushden & Diamonds Kick Off 3pm

Tuesday 25th July (HOME) Bedford Town Kick Off 7:45pm

Saturday 29th July (Away) Peterborough Sports Kick Off 3pm

Tuesday 1st August (HOME) Eynesbury Rovers Kick Off 7:45pm

Saturday 5th August (HOME) Cambridge City Kick Off 3pm

Youth Team Result St Neots Town U18’s 2 St Ives Town Youth Team 1

St Neots Town U18’s 2 St Ives Town Youth Team 1

Date: Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League Play-Offs
Ground Address: St Neots Town Football Club, Kester Way, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire PE19 6SN

Three weeks ago the young Ives succumbed to a late Saints winner in the County Cup Final. History repeated itself in the Divisional winners play off at the Premier Plus Stadium and this time the hosts left it even later before grabbing their clincher two minutes into added time to break the hearts and shatter the dogged resistance from their visitors.

Having previously knocked their hosts out of the prestigious FA Youth Cup early in the season the County Cup Final win had levelled up the score between the best two Under 18 sides in the County so this game was the showdown.

Ives came out of the traps hard and fast rattling their visitors early on with some slick movement in their front line. Sam Davidson attacked the first corner of the game after only two minutes and was unlucky to get a little bit to much on the ball turning his near post flick into the side netting.

A little bit of magic on the left from Annoncio Anemou created the opening goal only three minutes later. The speedy winger tricked his way past two Saints defenders to get to the bye line and the pulled the ball back picking out the run of Tiago Dias at the near post. His well struck first time effort from ten yards crept under the body of Saints keeper Evan Jeckells to find the back of the net.

Ives were on top during this early period, but struggled to create any more clear cut chances against the rugged Saints back line well marshalled by Zak Rudman. The direction of the game changed after only sixteen minutes as Ives lost their midfield powerhouse Patrik Polhos to an injury. Kyrie Foster came on to replace him with Charlie McManus dropping back into central midfield.

Whilst the visitors were settling into their new arrangements the Saints began to wrestle control of the game from their visitors. Only four minutes later it took an excellent tackle from debutant left back Aaron Makeham to block a crossing opportunity for the dangerous Jack Eldridge on the St Neots right. Tom Smith in Ives goal made an excellent catch to Sam Piesse’s driven corner just ahead of Rudman arriving at the back post.

Smith was called into action again to deny Rudman in 25th minute. Ben Southwood took a quick free kick 35 yards from Ives goal and fed the ball into the feet of Erham Nurettin who hung up an inviting cross that Rudman attacked ten yards from goal. Fortunately his powerful header was straight at Smith who held on well.

Saints pressure continued to mount and Ives continued to concede free kicks around their box. Another Nurettin free kick from 35 yards out on 34 minutes was curled invitingly into the gap between keeper Smith and the charging Saints hoard. Fortunately no one got a touch and the ball skipped inches wide of the far post.

Two minutes later Rudman missed Saints best chance of an equaliser in the first period. Piesse delivered another corner from the right and with lots of movement in the Ives box Rudman managed to lose his marker to get himself a free header two yards from goal. But somehow he failed to score when it looked easier to do so. His powerful header thumped the crossbar with Smith beaten and rebounded to safety.

Having survived this huge scare Ives began to look a little more comfortable in their defensive duties and seven minutes before the interval they carved out a golden opportunity to double their advantage. Sam Davidson battled to win the ball on the right and fed it into the feet of the skilful Foster who cleverly back heeled it into space to put Matt Wright away. As keeper Jackells came to face him the usually deadly striker took his shot on early from the edge of the box, but the Saints custodian had positioned himself well and blocked the effort with his feet.

The Saints lost their captain Shae Humphrey to injury at the break, but this made little difference as they came out fired up and set off in search of the equaliser straight from the off . Nurettin repeated his free kick from the first half with exactly the same result as the in-swinger flashed past the far post on 49 minutes.

Rudman was proving a huge handful from corners and free kicks into the box. Two minutes later he again rose highest to get on the end of a Piesse corner from the right. But his header was deflected off Callum Sheppeard and over the top.

Sheppeard was put under more pressure on 54 minutes as substitute Luke Taylor fed Piesse in down the left. His low driven cross from the left was sliced over his own crossbar by the Ives skipper under pressure from Southwood. The resulting corner was delivered from the left by Eldridge and again Rudman managed to find space at the back post to power in a free header that gave Smith no chance from six yards.

Having got level Saints did not ease off, but smelling blood they went in search of a winner. Nurettin delivered another clever free kick into the box three minutes later. This time picking out Southwood at the near post. He found space to turn and flash a low cross along the six yards line that just evaded everyone in the middle.

Harry Clark spurned an excellent opportunity to put the hosts in front on 65 minutes. A slick passing move down the right involving Eldridge and Mason Collins saw the ball fed into the feet of Southwood who cut into the box and drove in a low cross that arrived at the feet of the inrushing Clark by the back post. But with the goal at his mercy the Saints winger only succeeded in knocking the ball back in the direction it had come from.

With the clock ticking down and Ives began to create little sorties into home territory. The hard working Anemou almost managed to get Wright clear down the middle on 74 minutes. But keeper Jeckells was alert to the danger and raced from his line to knock the ball clear. McManus knocked it down to the feet of Dias fully 45 yards from goal. He tried his luck with an attempted chip over the keeper, but Jeckells was quickly back into position to make a comfortable save.

Even though Ives were enjoying a bit more possession and venturing into Saints territory a little more the hosts were still looking very dangerous coming forward. Substitute Kieran Waites spurned another golden opportunity to put them in front just one minute later. The direct running of Southwood again created the chance as he drove into the box on the right and played in a low cross that picked out the unmarked Waites inside the six yard box. Smith looked beaten but could not believe his luck as the Saints striker got the ball stuck between his feet giving the Ives keeper chance to tip it away from him before he could prod it home.

Southwood created an almost identical opportunity with seven minutes to go as he powered away from Sheppeard down the right and delivered an inviting low cross that Taylor arriving at the back post somehow managed to miss completely.

Ives did create one late chance of their own two minutes later as Ewan Smith threaded a ball down the right that Wright was onto in a flash. He drove on into the box, but the excellent Rudman ensured he was kept wide and when his shot came the angle was just to narrow and it flashed across the face of the goal to safety.

Just like in the County Cup Final when it looked like the game was going to end level and we could all enjoy/endure the delights of a penalty shoot out Saints stepped up and grabbed a late winner from a corner. Piesse played it back along the touchline to Nurettin who had hung back. He delivered the ball to the near post where Waites powered in a close range header that Smith did fantastically well to keep out. Unfortunately for him the first man to react to the loose ball was Southwood who rammed it home from close range to spark wild celebrations in the home camp.

With four more added minutes still to go Ives threw caution to the wind and committed more men forward. But this just gave Saints chance to break and Waites squandered a good opportunity to put the icing on the cake as he fired over from a good position having been put in by Piesse.

The final whistle on Ives season sounded seconds later. Sadly this is also the final game for the lads that were the first ever intake to the scholarship programme at St Ives Town. They are a good bunch of lads who have lifted the standard of Under 18 football at the Club to a whole different level. This is shown by the Western Division title coming to the Pro-Edge and a best ever run in the FA Youth Cup. It is a shame that they could not add the overall Thurlow Nunn title and the County Cup. But it has been a fantastic season and I hope the boys have all enjoyed their time at the Ives. Well done to Jack, Ben, and you all. We wish you well in your future careers, be they inside, or outside, football.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Ewan Smith, Makeham, Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos (Foster 16), Davidson (Delgado Vaz 81), Dias, Wright, McManus, Anemou,

Further substitution roll on/roll off : Davidson for Foster 88

Unused subs : Kwiatowski, King, Bond

Goals : Dias 5,

Attendance :  75

First Team Result St Ives Town 1 (2) Hayes and Yeading 1 (4)

St Ives Town 1 (2) Hayes and Yeading 1 (4)

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Challenge Cup Final
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT

Ives excellent first season at step 3 of the non-league football pyramid just failed to produce them a piece of silverware as they lost out in a shootout to fellow first time finalists Hayes & Yeading United.

For the first time in living memory the League had decided that the final should not be a two leg affair, but simply be one single game played at the venue of one of the finalists. Ives won the toss of a coin to bring the match to the Pro-Edge Stadium and hence start the game as favourites against the already relegated Handy United.

However to balance that up the hosts were without leading scorer Josh Dawkin and much as the whole Club wanted to win the trophy for him his creativity was going to be sorely missed and worst still the psychological effects of the serious injury suffered by Dawkin at Chippenham last week were going to still be lodged in the minds of some of the players.

In the early exchanges the psychological sway seemed to be with the Ives as they set off at a cracking pace taking the game to their visitors. Danny Kelly forced an early save from United keeper Danny Boness in only 5th minute as he rose highest to Charlie Day’s corner from the right and powered in a header which keeper Boness did well to parry away.

The host’s early pressure continued and they took a deserved lead only ten minutes later. Another corner was delivered from the left by Ben Seymour-Shove, Kelly again rose highest at the back post to power in a header that this time beat Boness and rattled the upright. The ball rebounded into the six yard box where skipper Charlie De’ath reacted first to ram home a close range header.

But falling behind seemed to spark the Handy United into action and they suddenly seemed to wrestle control of the centre of the park from their hosts. Three chances of an equaliser were carved out in the next four minutes. On 17 minutes Anthony Edgar was allowed space on the right to cut inside and unleash a fierce dipping drive from 25 yards that bounced just in front of keeper Tim Trebes forcing him into an unorthodox save with his knees. The resulting corner was delivered to the back post by Ritchie Whittingham where Mitchell Weiss rose highest and powered a header towards the top corner that Trebes did very well to palm away.

Quick thinking by Whittingham two minutes later saw him spot a free kick in the centre of the park and play the ball through a large gap in a disorganised Ives back line to put Sahr Kabba completely clear. Trebes was quickly off his line to close down the striker blocking his first effort. But the ball rebounded to Kabba who unselfishly teed up Whittingham on the edge of the box, the tricky winger seemed to pick his spot, but only succeeded in curling the ball wide with only a covering De’ath to beat on the line.

Trebes was called into action again on 23 minutes as he hurled himself full length to his right to turn away a powerful drive from 25 yards by Josh Chamberlain. However the pressure was building on the Ives who were struggling to keep the mobile Handy United front line at bay. An equaliser was beginning to look likely and it arrived only two minutes later. Kabba picked up a ball just outside the box and took on Jordan Jarrold on his outside forcing the Ives full back into a rash challenge that forced the flying winger to the ground giving referee Paul Johnson little option but to point to the spot. Edgar placed the ball and calmly sent Trebes the wrong way to level up the score.

Ives raised their game briefly to try and get back in front and only ninety seconds  later Tom McGowan picked out the fired up Dubi Ogbonna wide on the left. The speedy striker outpaced Frankie Jones and got to the bye line before pulling back a ball that dissected three Ives players coming into the box and ran to safety.

However that Ives raid was sporadic as the visitors continued to dominate and twice went close to going in front before the break. The lively Edgar was involved in both moves. On 34 minutes he fed a ball from the right into the feet of Kabba who hit a first time effort from 20 yards that flew inches past Trebes right hand post. Eight minutes before the interval Weiss managed to get in front of his marker to get on the end of a corner from the right by Edgar, but he failed to hit the target with his first time effort from ten yards.

It was hoped that manager Ricky Marheineke may manage to get a little more from his tired charges with a rousing half time team talk. But in spite of his best efforts the flow of play continued in the same vein at the start of the second period. The half was only three minutes old when Edgar again managed to get past Jarrold on the right. This time he drove on into the box before unleashing a powerful low drive that Trebes did well to tip around.

The closest Ives came to regaining the lead was on 51 minutes as Day picked out Seymour-Shove to perfection with a clip into the box. The skilful winger took the ball down well and unleashed a left foot effort from just inside the box that required an excellent diving stop from Boness high to his right.

The hosts almost gifted their visitors the lead on the hour as a square pass by McGowan in the centre circle was cut out by Chamberlain who went on to get past Liam McDevitt, but fortunately De’ath was alert to the danger and sprinted across to hack the ball away just ahead of the United man.

Even without any help from their opponents Handy United continued to create, and squander opportunities. Two minutes later an Edgar corner from the left was knocked down to the feet of skipper Tom Broadbent. But he was slow to react and only succeeded in prodding the ball wide from close range as he was closed down.

Hayes last good effort on goal of the afternoon arrived 20 minutes from time as Chamberlain strode onto a bouncing ball in the centre of the park and unleashed a wickedly dipping effort from fully 30 yards that required a push over the top by the ever alert Trebes.

As often happens in these games the pendulum slowly begins to swing and having survived a long period of the game with their opposition looking the better side Ives slowly began to get a foothold back into the game and started to enjoy some better possession in good areas of the park. They won a corner on 73 minutes that Seymour-Shove delivered from the left. The ball was cleared straight back to him by a United defender giving him time and space to set up a shot on goal from a narrow angle that he curled millimetres wide.

Ives should have picked up a free kick just inches outside the box on 75 minutes as Kelly was brought down by a clumsy challenge as he tried to put Seymour-Shove clear on the left. But referee Johnson deemed that challenging defender Broadbent won the ball cleanly and he waved away the Ives protests.

The final opportunity to decide the game before the dreaded shootout fell to a centre back eight minutes from time as McDevitt flicked on a Bradshaw long throw. Ogbonna got a foot to the ball inside the box, but it would not come down for him. He cleverly tried teeing up the turning McDevitt and the big defender managed to get a dipping volley away that flew well over the top of keeper Boness’s goal.

There was little more action in the ninety minutes and so, under the rules of the competition the game moved straight to a penalty shoot out. Hayes won the toss of the coin and chose to take the kicks at the Green Leys end.

Danny Kelly stepped up first for the hosts and placed his kick to the left of keeper Boness, but the ball was not struck with real conviction and was at a nice saving height. Boness guessed right and pushed the ball away. Kabba was first for the visitors and emphatically beat Trebes with a well placed spot kick low to his right as the keeper went left.

McDevitt was next for the Ives and powerfully fired the ball past Boness high to his left giving the keeper no chance. Leo Donnellan took an identical penalty to Kabba with exactly the same result to put Handy United 2-1 in front.

Full back Bradshaw levelled things up firing his effort high to the right of keeper Boness who did well to get a hand to it, but could not keep the ball out. Substitute Dylan Kearney brought on five minutes from time with just this moment in mind kept his cool to send Trebes the wrong way and put United back in front at 3-2.

The pressure was now on Day as he stepped up. His left footed effort was well struck, but again at a nice saving height and Boness did well to keep it out diving to his left to push the ball away. So the chance to finish things off fell to Edgar and he took the cup back to Hayes with a calm finish in identical fashion to his spot kick in the first half as he sent Trebes the wrong way and found the opposite bottom corner of the net.

Overall a disappointing finish to an very successful season. But just missing out after going so close to adding the name of St Ives Town onto this magnificent historical trophy was gutting. However looking at the bigger picture consolidation at step three was the stated aim at the start of the season and this was achieved with a few weeks of the season still to go. The Cup run was a bonus it could so easily have ended in the first round when we scraped past King’s Lynn in a shoot out.

Our aim next season must be to continue to push on and look to move up the Southern League Premier Division with a top half finish a laudable goal. A bucket collection for the unfortunate Josh Dawkin held at the game raised a fantastic £ 528 and we all wish him a speedy return to full fitness as he starts on the long road to recovery from his horrific injury.

However we must end by congratulating the deserved victors on the day. Well done to Hayes & Yeading, we wish you a speedy return to the Premier Division.

St Ives team : Trebes, Bradshaw, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), McDevitt, McGowan (Libertucci 65), Seymour-Shove, Clark, Kelly, Ogbonna, Day

Unused subs : Chaffey, Short, Dias, Wright

Goals :  De’ath 15,

Supporters Man of the Match : Liam McDevitt

Final Score :  St Ives Town 1 Hayes & Yeading United 1 (Hayes & Yeading won 4-2 on penalties)

Attendance  :  385

 

First Team Preview (H) Hayes and Yeading

St Ives Town vs Hayes and Yeading

Date: Saturday 29th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Challenge Cup Final
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT

Saturday see the Saints face Hayes and Yeading in the Southern Legue Challenge Cup Final.

Season tickets are not valid for this match so prices are as folows: Adults £10, Concessions £6, U16’s £2.

There will be forms handed out to vote for the Supporters player of the year, so make sure you vote for your favourite.

There will also be donation buckets for anyone who would like to add to the money raised for Josh Dawkin.

Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

First Team Pre-Season Friendlies Announced

We can today confirm our first few Pre-Season Fixtures as follows:

 

Peterborough United Youth XI

Bedford Town

Eynesbury Rovers

Confirmation of dates, venues and times will be announced shortly.

First Team Result Chippenham Town 2 First Team 0

Chippenham Town 2 St Ives Town 0

Date: Saturday 22th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier Division
Ground Address: Hardenhuish Park, Bristol Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LR

The Ives came to the home of League Champions Chippenham for their final League game of the season with two aims in mind. Firstly to be the fly in the ointment at the Bluebirds championship party and second to keep a clean bill of health ahead of next week’s cup final.

Sadly they failed on both counts falling behind to an early David Pratt strike and then conceding a second on 25 minutes. But both goals and unfortunately the entire occasion was completely overshadowed in the worst possible sense by a horrendous injury to Josh Dawkin three minutes before half time. The double leg fracture received by Dawkin occurred in a reckless challenge from Chippenham’s skipper Greg Tinkle that the referee somehow did not even deem a foul.

Ives medical team of Liam Peaks and Gemma Smith, ably assisted by Marina Howlett and Jack Bradshaw made things as comfortable as possible for the unfortunate Dawkin during the 50 minute wait for an appropriate ambulance to arrive. When the game eventually restarted the heart had gone out of both sides and the remaining 48 minutes were little more than a training game with a number of players understandably looking like they did not want to be on the pitch.

The day had started on a much more upbeat note as the Ives formed a guard of honour for their hosts to acknowledge their status as champions. The home side then set off at a high tempo in their quest to achieve a record points haul for the Division. Pratt was quick to close down an attempted clearance from keeper Tim Trebes after only three minutes and the rebound off the speedy Bluebirds striker went only inches wide of the post with a much relieved Trebes looking on.

However the lively Pratt was not to be denied for long and he scored a spectacular opener only five minutes later as a Jake Andrews long throw was flicked on at the near post and acrobatically knocked past Trebes by Pratt’s overhead kick.

To their credit Ives responded well taking the game to their lofty opponents. An in-swinging Ben Seymour-Shove free kick on 12 minutes caused concern as it curled across the host’s goalmouth. But unfortunately the ball evaded all three Ives players arriving at the back post and floated to safety.

Home keeper Darren Chitty was called into his first action of the day four minutes later. Danny Kelly was clattered by Will Richards 25 yards from goal. The big striker picked himself up and fired the free kick over the wall. But Chitty was alive to the effort and held the stinging drive at the second attempt.

The Bluebirds are the divisions leading scorers and a lot of their goals have come from good dead ball delivery into the opposition box. Ives were undone for the second time in the afternoon in just such a fashion on 25 minutes. Ives defence failed to deal with a long free kick from just inside the home half. The ball fell on the edge of the box. Matt Smith was onto it in a flash worked himself a little space and fired a low left foot drive into the bottom corner of the net past an unsighted Trebes.

Once again Ives tried to find a route back into the game and a slip on the half way line by Richards allowed Kelly to rob him and get clear with Peter Clark alongside him. Unfortunately the final ball to try and put Kelly in for a shot on goal was a little too heavy and keeper Chitty was smartly off his line to claim the ball.

Kelly was proving a handful for Richards and the Bluebirds defender again bundled him over to concede a free kick 35 yards from goal ten minutes before the break. Bradshaw carefully lined up the free kick, but only succeeded in blasting it into the host’s four man wall.

The home side had a shout for a penalty on 40 minutes as Smith robbed Jordan Jarrold in the middle of the park and sprayed the ball out to Pratt who had drifted into space on the right. Andrews was attacking his low driven cross into the box when he appeared to run into Charlie De’ath by the penalty spot and the pair went down in a heap with the Bluebirds fans screaming foul. The ball ran on to James Guthrie who fired well over the top from a good position.

Two minutes later the unfortunate injury to Dawkin occurred as he tried to wriggle his way into the home box in a central position. The challenge was heavy and it was instantly clear from the reaction of players close to the incident that the injury was serious. The medical team’s reaction was brilliant with all three physios present on the scene in seconds and Bradshaw equally quick to comfort his colleague. Senior medical cover Howlett was also very quickly present and an ambulance summoned within minutes.

Unfortunately the ambulance service reaction was not as good and it was an hour before the unfortunate player was transferred to hospital and the game resumed. We then had the very odd situation of playing three minutes before the half time whistle.

However this break did give both sides a little longer to reflect on what had occurred and although both sets of players returned to the field for the second half it was clear that the game had understandably almost become a non contact sport.

Ives were not really switched on at the restart and had an assistant’s flag to thank for saving them from conceding a penalty only thirty seconds after the kick off. Andrews went down under a tackle from De’ath and referee Simon Wales blew for the spot kick before realising that his assistant had his flag up against the Bluebird’s striker.

As previously stated there was little incident in the entire second half with only few items worthy of note. The first was an Andrews strike from 25 yards on the hour that deflected off Bradshaw and needed a good catch high to his left from Trebes.

Ives responded with a break down the right eight minutes later that saw Seymour-Shove deliver a teasing cross into the box which was only half cleared to Jarrold who hit a rasping drive from just outside the box that was unfortunately straight at Chitty who held on well.

Trebes had to pull off another save to keep out a low drive from Pratt on 75 minutes.

Substitute Jamie Short did very well to bravely put in a blocking tackle on Pratt as he got on the end of a low Smith cross from the right nine minutes from time.

Charlie Day went close to grabbing a late consolation goal as the game entered added time. He picked up the ball in the centre of the park and sprayed a well weighted pass out to Seymour-Shove on the right. His cross into the centre was knocked down by young Tiago Dias and Day who had continued his run got in a snap shot which was blocked by Jon Beeden.

The Bluebirds went on to collect the impressive League Champions trophy on the pitch after the final whistle. But I am afraid that none of the Ives contingent felt like celebrating with them as our thoughts were very much with Dawkin in his hospital bed. News came through during the return journey that the break may be even worse than was hoped and will require pinning and plating. Josh is looking forward to a long period on the sidelines and the Club will I am sure be looking to put on a number of events to help him out. Watch out for these and please give generously.

St Ives team: Trebes, Bradshaw (Short 78), Jarrold, De’ath (capt), McDevitt, McGowan, Seymour-Shove, Day, Kelly (Dias 65), Clark, Dawkin (Ogbonna 42),

Unused subs: none

Goals:  none

Supporters Man of the Match: Whole team for just getting through the day

Final Score:  Chippenham Town 2 St Ives Town 0

Attendance:  711

 

First Team Preview (A) Chippenham Town

Chippenham Town vs St Ives Town

Date: Saturday 22th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier Division
Ground Address: Hardenhuish Park, Bristol Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN14 6LR

This is our last league game of the season.  The club would like to thank fans for all their support throughout the season.

Forms will be available to vote for the Supporters Player of the Season both at this match and the League Cup Final next Saturday.

There is a coach running for this match.  It will be leaving Westwood Road at 9:30.  Please contact Gareth Chapman or Gary Clarke to book your place.

First Team Result St Ives Town 2 Kings Lynn Town 0

St Ives Town 2 Kings Lynn Town 0

Date: Monday 17th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier Division
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT

A commanding second half performance saw the Ives conclude their first ever home League campaign at step three in the non league football pyramid with a two nil victory against opponents they last beat in ninety minutes in 2013 UCL Cup Final two tiers lower down.

In spite of the Ives domination it took goals from two players who had not scored since before Christmas to decide the issue. Liam McDevitt finding space in the visitor’s box to take a number of touches before tucking away the opener on 67 minutes and Danny Kelly sealing the win with a classical diving header to give him a hugely deserved goal ten minutes from time.

Prior to Ives lifting their game the first forty five minutes had been fairly much end of season fair with each side only producing one decent chance to test the opposition keeper. The home side’s opportunity arrived early as with the game only nine minutes old Kelly got completely clear as Linnet’s defender Sam Cartwright misjudged a long ball out of defence. Kelly ran on to the edge of the box and then took on his shot early as keeper Alex Street came to meet him. He hit the target with his well placed shot low to the keeper’s right and was unlucky to be denied by the outstretched boot of the Linnets custodian.

The visitor’s best chance of the first period came eight minutes later as McDevitt and keeper Tim Trebes combined to make a hash of a quick throw and gift their opponents a corner. Linnet’s skipper Michael Clunan delivered his flag kick to the back post where Ryan Harnwell had somehow managed to lose his marker. But the Linnet’s striker fortunately failed to hit the target with his free header from the back of the six yard box.

The only other noteworthy moments of the subdued first period were a dangerous low cross from the right by Harnwell which was spilled by Trebes after only five minutes. Fortunately for the Ives custodian his captain Charlie De’ath was first to react to the loose ball and hacked it clear.

Fifteen minutes before the break Josh Dawkin skilfully brought down a long ball out of defence by Jack Bradshaw deep in Linnets territory. His pass inside almost put Peter Clark clear only for the ball to be taken off his toe just as he entered the box by covering defender Sam Gaughran.

The final mention before the break goes to a twenty five yard effort from Sam Warburton that thudded the boards just to the right of Trebes goal. This snap shot arrived after he had picked up Jordan Jarrold’s header clear from Kegan Everington’s dangerous ball into the box from the left.

The Ives faithful were in good Bank Holiday voice and spurring on their heroes from the off. The sound level was raised for the start of the second period and the players responded moving the ball around well and taking the game to their visitors.

The first strike on goal arrived only six minutes after the re-start as Kelly expertly took in a ball from Tom McGowan and turned his man before pinging a ball across the park to pick out Ben Seymour-Shove beyond the far post. Ives winger took a touch before almost surprising Street by going for goal from a narrow angle. The Linnet’s stopper got down to block the shot, but only at the expense of a corner.

The resulting corner came to nothing. But only two minutes later another Seymour-Shove corner from the left was spilled under heavy pressure by keeper Street. The ball was smuggled out to the right where Bradshaw did well to keep it alive before delivering a cross to the near post that allowed Dawkin to tee up Charlie Day for a powerful strike that was spectacularly palmed away by a recovered Street.

The Linnets sorties into home territory were sporadic. But they did pick up a free kick 25 yards from goal on the hour. Ryan Hawkins carefully lined up the kick, and curled his effort over the four man wall, but inches wide of Trebes right hand post as the static keeper looked on.

The flow towards the visitor’s goal soon resumed and Kelly was extremely unlucky not to put the home side in front on 63 minutes. A flowing move through midfield involving Clark, Kelly and Dawkin put Jarrold clear down the left. He delivered the perfect inviting low cross just in front of the inrushing Ives striker who met the ball well ten yards from goal. His powerful strike hit the body of keeper Street rather than him saving it, and rebounded to safety.

The visitor’s had clearly worked hard on a number of corner routines on the training ground and one of these almost brought reward in 66th minute as Clunan and Warburton worked a short routine that saw the latter loop around to get a run on goal from the corner of the box. Jarrold did well to block his goal bound effort. But the ball fell to Chris Ward who hammered it just wide from 20 yards.

Having survived that scare the hosts went straight down the other end to open the scoring less than sixty seconds later. Bradshaw delivered a long throw into the box from the right. McDevitt jumped above the defence to flick the ball on and it arrived at the feet of Kelly just outside the six yard box. He held the ball up and laid it back into the path of McDevitt as the big centre back turned in the box. He amazingly found space and time to take a couple of touches before screwing the ball just inside the post past the diving left hand of keeper Street.

Ives continued to push forward looking for the all important second goal but in spite of enjoying good spells of possession did not trouble keeper Street again until ten minutes from time when Kelly grabbed his much deserved first goal since Christmas. The move started with a long punt out of defence by Trebes that Kelly brought down expertly. He sprayed the ball out to Seymour-Shove on the right who saw his attempted cross blocked by Ward. But Bradshaw was following up and Kelly had continued his run into the box. Bradshaw curled in the perfect inviting cross that the big Ives striker hurled himself at making powerful contact with his head ten yards from goal. His precise header beat Street low to his left sparking wild celebrations in spectators and players alike.

The hosts now had their tails up and continued to push forward in search of another. Dawkin cut out a poor cross field pass from Ward and should have put Kelly clear only two minutes later. Unfortunately his pass into the space behind the Linnet’s back line was just to heavy and the ball ran through to Street.

Dawkin was enjoying himself now and he teased his way past Jacek Zielonka on the left turning the full back inside and out on 84 minutes. But having worked the space for his cross well he over hit his attempt to pick out a team mate in the centre and the ball sailed to safety.

With time ticking down the visitors did manage to create a couple of half chances, but failed to trouble Trebes with either of them. Two minutes from time a quick free kick by Warburton picked out Zielonka on the right. His inviting cross into the box picked out Hawkins at the far post. But having risen above his marker he failed to hit the target from eight yards.

The final chance for a Linnet’s consolation goal arrived deep in added time. But substitute Tom Ward did no better than his team mate blazing high and wide from a good position after Clunan’s free kick had arrived at his feet at the back of the box.

Overall a good performance and a good result to end the regular League season at home. This display should give the side confidence going into their final League appearance at champions Chippenham next week and then onward into the Cup Final at the Pro-Edge seven days later. A hand in both goals won Jack Bradshaw the man of the match accolade just edging out Danny Kelly and an ebullient Charlie Day who seemed to relish his unusual role in the centre of the park giving manager Ricky Marheineke good food for thought when picking his cup final side.

St Ives team : Trebes, Bradshaw, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), McDevitt, McGowan (Higgs 64), Seymour-Shove, Day, Kelly, Clark (Dias 90), Dawkin,

Unused subs : Chaffey, Moyes, Short

Goals :  McDevitt 67, Kelly 80

Supporters Man of the Match : Jack Bradshaw

Final Score :  St Ives Town  2  King’s Lynn Town  0

Attendance  :  265

First Team Result Merthyr Town 2 St Ives Town 0

Merthyr TOwn 2 St Ives Town 0

Date: Saturday 15th April 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier Division
Ground Address: Merthyr Town Football Club, Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, CF47 8RF

A threadbare Ives side decimated by injuries, suspension and unavailability made the long trip to South Wales and not unsurprisingly came away with nothing from a tough game against the play-off chasing Martyrs.

But that bare statistic belies the level of commitment and effort put in by the gallant thirteen man squad that made the trip. The side arrived with a game plan to contain and frustrate their illustrious hosts and executed this plan to perfection until they were undone by a slip up by Club legend Dan Moyes which lead to the hosts being awarded a somewhat soft penalty in the 52nd minute. From that point on it was going to be tougher than climbing one of those very steep Welsh hillsides for Ives to get back into the game and they were killed off by a second 17 minutes later. But to their credit the thin orange line did not capitulate, but continued to battle all the way to the end.

With Jack Bradshaw suspended, Lee Chaffey, Jack Higgs, Danny Kelly and Matt Wright all unavailable and Kasey Douglas still injured manager Ricky Marheineke was forced into a last minute recall for veteran Moyes from his loan spell at Eynesbury and had only scholars Jamie Short and Tiago Dias to form a substitutes bench with an average age below seventeen. This lead to an unusual five, four, one formation with a far from fully fit Dubi Ogbonna leading the line on his own.

Ives set up was so effective in annulling the Martyr’s attack in the first half that keeper Tim Trebes did not have a single shot to save from the divisions second highest scorers who have averaged above two goals a game all season at home. The only items of note in the first period are recorded below.

In the tenth minute overlapping full back Scott Barrow got down the left and clipped in a cross directed at man mountain centre forward Ryan Prosser. But Liam McDevitt was equal to the task just cutting the ball out as Prosser rose to head home.

Thirteen minutes later the Martyrs had a shout for handball right on the edge of the box against Moyes turned down as the ball bounced up off the 3G surface and appeared to hit his arm. Fortunately both the referee and his assistant had their view obscured by the many players around the edge of the Ives box and that small scare was survived.

The tricky Corey Jenkins was causing a few problems down the left and two minutes later he got past stand in right back Charlie Day and delivered a low cross to the near post that McDevitt again did well to deflect away from the late arriving Keyon Reffell.

The home side’s first menacing strike at goal took until 32nd minute to arrive when Elliot Richards struck a 25 yard drive that deflected wide off Tom McGowan as the Ives man closed him down. Again the corner was well defended with McDevitt once more getting above the menacing figure of Prosser.

The Martyrs tried to build up the pressure as half time approached and Trebes was called into his first real action of the afternoon as he dived full length to spectacularly punch away a cross from the right by Reffell on 42 minutes and did very well to get through the crowded goalmouth to punch a corner away from the head of Prosser a minute later.

Martyr’s captain Ashley Evans was dropping deep to find space in centre of midfield and his pin point pass picked out Adam Davies overlapping down the right just seconds before the half time whistle. Once again the evergreen Moyes was in the right spot to stretch and head away Davies’s near post cross.

So stage one of Marheineke’s plan had been achieved as Ives had arrived at the break with a clean sheet and not only had they prevented the home side getting on the score sheet they had been so effective in their tactics that their hosts had not managed to build up a head of steam and the big home crowd on a sunny Easter Saturday had been kept quiet.

Stage two of the plan was to keep things just as quiet for the first twenty minutes of the second period to ensure that the pressure built up on the hosts who needed nothing less than a win to ensure their place in the end of season promotion play offs. Unfortunately this plan came unstuck only seven minutes into the second period as Moyes was robbed by Reffell inside the box before he could complete a clearance and in a desperate bid to get the ball back he stuck out a leg that the Martyr’s striker fell over. Referee Ollie Williams was right on the spot and his instant decision was penalty. Prosser took the responsibility and although keeper Trebes went the right way he was beaten by the power of the big man’s strike low to his right.

Falling behind suddenly sparked a response from the visitors and less than sixty seconds later a flowing move through the middle of the park involving McGowan and Josh Dawkin saw Peter Clark thread a pass out to Ben Seymour-Shove on the right. His low cross to the near post was won by Jarrad Wright. But the centre back’s attempted clearance cannoned off Ogbonna and rebounded just past the post.

The hosts should have gone two in front on the hour as substitute Kyle McLaggon combined well with Richards down the right before the latter got to the bye line and teed up a golden opportunity for Prosser who with the home fans already rising to celebrate a well worked goal, inexplicably blazed wide from ten yards with the goal at his mercy.

However the home faithful did not have to wait long to celebrate their second goal which effectively killed the game. The overlapping Barrow had been a thorn in Ives side throughout the afternoon with his direct running down the left. On this occasion he got past Day and cut in on goal before cleverly looking up and clipping a perfect cross between the Ives three central defenders to pick out Prosser who had the simple task of directing his header from eight yards past the exposed Trebes. To his credit Ives keeper reacted well and got a good right hand to the goal bound effort, but unfortunately for him the deflection did not stop the ball finishing up in the bottom corner of the net.

Even though the game was now effectively over as a contest Ives continued to probe for a consolation goal and Ogbonna did well to twist in the air to try and direct a Seymour-Shove cross from the right on target thirteen minutes from time. But with the ball just behind him the chance was never easy and the effort failed to trouble home keeper Oliver Davies.

As the clock ticked down Ives took the opportunity to give pitch time to both of the young lads on the bench and 17 year old debutant Jamie Short showed his promise by sticking with his man and putting in a noteworthy block to prevent Reffell putting the icing on the Martyrs cake two minutes from time after Jenkins had got down the right and set him up.

The final item of note in the game was Jordan Jarrold winning Ives first corner of the game three minutes into added time. Charlie De’ath won the flag kick in the air, but still could not force keeper Davies into a save as the ball flew wide of his left hand post for the final action of the day.

This was definitely a game for the tactical connoisseurs of football rather than a performance of passion. It was good to see the whole Ives squad give their all for the cause and battle all of the way to the finish. Club captain Charlie De’ath won the man of the match vote from the group of travelling faithful consulted and I would not disagree with that. His closest challengers were probably Tom McGowan who ran his heart out in the centre of the park and Liam McDevitt who, as ever, gave a heart on the sleeve performance.

Best of luck to the Martyrs in their quest for the play offs. Ives must refocus for the next two games and try and build some momentum into the impending League Cup Final.

St Ives team : Trebes, Day, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), McDevitt, Moyes, Seymour-Shove, McGowan (Short 86), Ogbonna (Dias 84), Clark, Dawkin

Unused subs : none

Goals :  none

Supporters Man of the Match : Charlie De’ath

Final Score :  Merthyr Town 2 St Ives Town 0

Attendance  :  608