Category: General Club News

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.

2018/19 Season Tickets Early Bird offer – Ends 31 May

Save up to £65 on a 2018/19 Season Ticket!!

St Ives Town FC are pleased to announce their season ticket prices for next season.

There are reduced rate Early Bird prices on Adult and Concession season tickets if they are purchased by 31 May.

Adult – £145* / £165 
Concessions – £80* / £90
Student – £40
Child 12-16 – £20

*Early bird price applications before 31 May 2018

Season tickets are valid for all League games and Friendlies. Season Tickets are not valid for any Cup or Play off games.

There will be 21 home League games next year which means an Adult can save £65 on admission costs, plus free entry for Friendlies, U18s and Ladies games on top.

Click Here to download an application form.

We look forward to welcoming you at Westwood Road again next season

Thank you for your continued support

UP THE IVES!!

 

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.

 

St Ives Town Ladies looking for players for the upcoming 2018/19 season

Following on from a successful 2017/18 season in which the Ladies first team won the Cambs Premiership, we are looking for Ladies interested in joining our teams for next season (2018/19).

If you are 16+ and you’re looking to progress / get into senior football, a change or wanting to get back into football after a time out we would love to hear from you.

Our first open training session is on Friday 25 May 7-8pm at the St Ives Outdoor Centre on the 3G pitch and every Friday through to the end of June. The first session is free.

You can contact us by either emailing Ladies manager Darren Marjoram – darren.marjoram@ntlworld.com or by using our online form – Click Here

We currently have 2 Ladies teams under the St Ives Town umbrella -:

The First team managed by Darren Marjoram will be playing in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League Division 1. They will also be entered into the Women’s FA Cup.

The Development team managed by Lisa Trigg will be in the Cambridgeshire Women’s County Football League Championship South Division.

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

Ladies complete Premiership winning campaign with a 3-0 victory

The Ladies completed their league campaign last night at the ProEdge WWR with a fine 3-0 win over runners-up Newmarket Town Ladies to finish a fantastic league winning season.

The Ladies only dropped 5 points in total during the campaign. 3 of those were from the first game of the season. They then went on a 20 game unbeaten run to finish on 58 points.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram said –

What an unbelievable season! And what a group of players! To go out tonight and win 3-0 sums this lot up! Talented, hardworking and truly the nicest people you will ever meet. Never ever been so proud! The memories from tonight will last forever.

Thank you to everyone St Ives Town for allowing us to represent the club we love. Thank you to all those who came along tonight to support and make it such a special night, and the biggest thank you of all to Lisa Trigg. None of this success would be possible without her.

I also want to say a huge thank you to our main sponsor Move With Us for sponsoring the kit for the last 2 years, to City Security Services for sponsoring the tracksuits and Blue Box Solutions for sponsoring the polo tops.

The League trophy and winners medals were presented to the players after the game.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 9.5.18

Click Here for Darren Gilham’s match report via the Women’s Football East website.

Click Here for the match photos courtesy of Gary Reed Photography.

Click Here for the presentation photos courtesy of Gary Reed Photography.

Ladies Final Match to be Played at the ProEdge Westwood Road Wed 9 May

The Ladies 1st team complete their league campaign this coming Wednesday against runners up Newmarket Town Ladies.

The venue has been changed and it will now take place at Westwood Road 6:45pm k.o. with free entry.

The Ladies will also be lifting the League Trophy and collecting their winners medals after the game.

It would great to get as many people down as possible to join in celebrating this momentous occasion with manager Darren Marjoram and his squad.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership – Table up to & including 6.5.18

St Ives Town Ladies Crowned Premiership Champions

The Ladies 1st team found out today that they have won the Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership Division for 2017/18.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram was informed by Netherton United, of whom they were scheduled to play this coming Sunday, that they are unable to raise a team and thus the 3 points are being awarded to the Ives, giving them an unassailable lead on 55 points with one game left to play.

This is a marvellous achievement by Darren, his assistants and of course the players. It’s only their third season in existence and their second promotion as they will take their place in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League next season. A step up of which eveyone will be looking forward to.

Congratulations to Darren, the Ladies and everyone else involved.

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 3.5.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 29 April

THE U14 SUFFER PENALTY LOSS HEARTACHE IN HUNTS CUP FINAL

The Ladies 1st team need just 2 points to win the title from their final 2 games, after a slim, but vital 1-0 win at Netherton United.

A late Georgia Stancombe goal was enough to take all 3 points with the whole team being awarded ‘Players of the Match’

Click Here to view Gary Reed’s photos from the game

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Wed 9 May – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side had the weekend off and play their penultimate game of the season this coming Sunday.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won their last game of the season at Leiston in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We made the long trek to Leiston for the last game of the season in the EJA League this morning. Came away with a 4 – 2 win to finish on a high. Well done to all the lads, they’ve worked hard all season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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The U14’s lost in a penalty shoot out 2-4 to St Neots Town in the Hunts County Cup Final at Yaxley. After taking an early lead, they conceded a penalty for the game to finish 1-1 at full time before succumbing to penalties

The management had the following to say –

We sadly lost the Hunts Cup Final today on penalties to a St Neots. Great game, shame about the penalty!!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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After beating the Bluntisham Blasters in the space of 4 days on Wednesday, the U13 had the weekend off and take on Mildenhall at home this Thursday 18:30 k.o.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 13 May – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Volunteers required Saturday 8:00 am

Pitch update – There is standing water in several places. However the pitch is very firm underneath. It’s being left tonight to drain. We’re asking for volunteers to come down to WWR at  8:00 am in the morning to help remove the standing water.

Match Report – Bluntisham Blasters Red U13 3 St Ives Town U13 6

Bluntisham Blasters Red 3 St Ives Town 6

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 25 April 18

After a thrilling Cup final against Bluntisham at the weekend, we were back to business in the league to try and keep winning the title a possibility. 

The first half came alive as soon as Daniel Legg swept a twenty yard shot in to the goal. It seemed to wake up Bluntisham. If it wasn’t for Luis in goal they would have been on equal terms straight away.

We let them back in with a couple of minutes to go to half time and we where at 1-1. 

It seemed difficult to get motivated so we swapped some players and freshened up the team. This for once did us no favours and Bluntisham got in behind again for their second. This brought us back to life and we seemed to move the ball better. A great through ball by Luke Dunn and Damien Boakye smashed it past the keeper. Then in a cruel turn of events from a corner, Billy headed the ball past our own keeper. It then clicked. We went straight down their end and Alfie helped himself to a goal and we running hot. The next goal by Damien was spectacular from out side the box. He hit it sweetly with his left foot in to the top right corner.

Ben Hunter the floated the ball out to the right and Luke Dunn then crossed the ball to be parried by the keeper, then Harry stole it in the box and put the ball in the net.

The next goal was incredible. The Bluntisham defence cleared the ball to the half way line and Billy just smashed the ball back. It looped over everyone and dropped in the goal. We were a little lacking in enthusiasm tonight, but we played our way back into a game when it looked like going all horribly wrong.

Goalscorers
Alfie  Baker  1
Daniel Legg 1
Damien Boakye 2
Harry Suttie 1
Billy Chambers  1

Man of the match – Luis Gill.
Our goalkeeper had a great game and made eight or nine great saves. He showed us all again today what an incredible talent he is.

A very satisfying result today. As a team we had to work hard for the result. All the best to Bluntisham for the rest of the season .

Report by Jay Annis

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 25.4.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 22 April

THE U13 WIN LEAGUE CUP FINAL THRILLER

The Ladies 1st team head the Cambs Premiership table by 5 points with 3 games to play after picking up 4 points in a double header against Peterborough ICA Sports.

The Ives won the first game 1-0 courtesy of an Amy Seymour-Shove goal with Georgia Stancombe ‘Player of the Match’.

The second game ended in a 2-2 draw with Katherine Speed scoring both the Ives goals as well as being ‘Player of the Match’

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side won 3-1 at home to Isleham United and remain in third position in the Cambs Championship South

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 0-3 at home to Histon in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We had a tough encounter against Histon today. Histon won 3 – 0 and were deserved winners. 3 games to play, playing for pride and enjoyment to see out our 1st season in the fantastic EJA League. Thanks to everyone for making it a geat season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 24 April – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 29 April – Leiston (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost 1-2 at Woodbridge Town.

The management had the following to say –

We took the long journey to Woodbridge this morning and lost a great encounter 2-1. As they say, it really is a game of two 1/2s!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – St Neots Town (N) – Hunts Cup Final – At Yaxley

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The U13’s won the League Cup final in a thrilling encounter at the Cambridge Stadium to beat Bluntisham Blasters 1-0

In an end to end game which could’ve gone either way, it was eventually settled in the second half with a long range effort by Harvey Donaldson. It was a superb goal, fit for a final.

The whole team were awarded ‘Players of the Match’ who brought home the first trophy of the season for St Ives Town FC family.

 

Upcoming fixtures

  • Wed 25 April – Bluntisham Blasters (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 21/04/18

The regular Ives travelling contingent saw their numbers bolstered by the usual drinking crew determined to enjoy themselves in the traditional manner to celebrate the last away game of the season. This group and the noisy home following behind one goal lifted the atmosphere in what was otherwise a poor affair between two fairly poor sides.

The Blues problem all season has been scoring goals and with Cambridge United recalling Tom Knowles from his loan spell and Dubi Ogbonna going down with a sickness bug on the morning of the match Ives scoring options were also severely restricted so it should be no surprise that goal scoring opportunities were limited throughout and the game ended goal less.

The hosts had a lot more riding on this game than the Ives and they can count themselves extremely unlucky not to take all three points as they hit the woodwork twice in added time and ultimately found themselves dropping to the bottom of the table as their rivals for the one relegation spot on offer Gosport thumped seven past Frome.

With the confidence from their excellent win less than 48 hours earlier it was the Ives that started the best taking the game to their perhaps nervous opposition in the opening stages. Luke Warner-Eley probed forward down the left in only the fourth minute. He fed the ball inside to Ollie Snaith who teed up Phil Draycott on the corner of the box. Rather than go for goal Draycott cleverly flighted the ball to the back post where Declan Rogers was lurking. He was only denied a clear effort on goal by a stretching Gedeon Okito who just got enough on the ball to knock it out for a corner.

The game then settled down into a tight midfield battle and the next chance for either side did not arrive until 17th minute. Ben Baker collected a ball out of defence on the half way line and outpaced Okito before picking out Danny Kelly in the centre with his pull back. Kelly unleashed a well struck low drive from 15 yards that brought a smart save out of keeper Nathan Harness who got down low to his right to block the effort but could not hold it. The ball rebounded high into the air off the rock hard pitch Snaith looked likely to force it home but Blues skipper John Sonuga saved his side bravely hurling himself in the head the ball away.

The remainder of the first half was a fairly tepid affair with Draycott forcing a routine save out of Harness in 34th minute. His 25 yard effort had all of the sting taken out of it by a deflection off Peter Kioso. The hosts first real attempt on goal arrived five minutes before the break as Ryan Young robbed Warner-Eley on the half way line. The young winger fed the ball inside to Andrew Osei-Bonsu and sprinted away down the right. Osei-Bonsu picked him out again with an excellent ball threaded inside the recovering full back. Fortunately for Ives keeper Tim Trebes was alert to the danger and sprinted off his line to block Young’s effort at point blank range.

Both sides had shouts for penalties turned down in the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Ollie Snaith had the early claim only three minutes after the restart as he went down under challenge from Okito as the two went for a clip over the top just inside the Blues box. Referee Paul Johnson waved away the claims as he did on the hour when Erin Amu went down holding his back as he came off worse when challenging Trebes for a high bouncing ball. His challenge forced Trebes into dropping the ball, but Ben Sawyer was on hand to hack it clear.

With the news getting through to the home players that Gosport were well in front in their game it became clear that they were going to want more than a point from this game. With their management crew urging them forward and their noisy group of supporters hammering out a rhythm on the back of the stand behind Trebes goal to urge their men to greater effort the hosts lifted themselves.

Osei-Bonsu went close for them in 73rd minute as he found some space 30 yards from goal and strode forward before unleashing a shot that skimmed across the turf and thudded the fence inches outside Trebes right hand post with the Ives custodian scrambling to get across.

Some of the Ives team were visibly flagging in the heat as the energy exerted in four games in eight days began to take its toll. Manager Ricky Marheineke decided to send on some fresh legs replacing Snaith and Draycott with Peter Clark and Lewis Leslie. The change almost conjured up a goal as both were involved in the move only a couple of minutes later that saw Kelly unleash a curling effort from the edge of the box that forced Harness into a full length diving save low to his right.

Osei-Bonsu was at the heart of most of the Blues best effort and he charged down McGeorge’s attempted clearance to win his side a corner in 80th minute. He also got on the end of Okito’s in-swinger but directed his header straight at Trebes presenting the keeper with a comfortable save.

With time running out the hosts began to get more urgent in their efforts to grab that all important goal. Three minutes from the end of the ninety Kieran Ogden got on the end of another Okito corner but failed to hit the target from a good position.

The game really heated up as it went into added time. In the first added minute Osei-Bonsu cut inside Sawyer and clipped a ball to the far post where a stretching Charlie De’ath just did enough to deflect the ball away from a late arriving Kioso. The resulting corner was cleared allowing Ives to break away Warner-Eley fed the ball onto Clark in space on the left. He delivered a low cross that was only inches away from Baker arriving in the centre.

Leslie saved his side in fourth minute of added time as he just did enough to deflect a Osei-Bonsu shot from 25 yards onto the base of Trebes left hand post and out for yet another corner. The referee blew up for a foul on Trebes from the resulting corner which seemed to be the signal for the Blues frustration to come out and a small fracas followed that seemed to involve all 22 players on the pitch with goalkeeper Harkness running fully 80 yards to arrive just as things were settling down. The ultimate result was three yellow cards two for Blues players and one for the old warrior Dan Moyes.

This delay ensured that there were a few more minutes to be added and in the seventh and final added minute The Blues managed to force their eight corner of the half. Okito delivered it perfectly into the centre Sonuga rose like a salmon above the crowd, including Trebes who had come to try and claim it, and powered in a header that beat everyone but slammed into the underside of the crossbar bounced down and was hacked away. The final whistle that sounded only seconds later was a signal for the Blues players to slump to the pitch ala a cup final losing side.

Although they dropped to the bottom of the table the good thing for them is that their fate is still entirely in their own hands with three winnable games to come including hosting Gosport in a crunch game on Thursday evening.

Ives on the other hand can celebrate their second clean sheet in a row for the first time this season. The presence of Dan Moyes in the back line for those two games is no coincidence his reading of the game, battling qualities and communication skills bring the best out of those around him. Freed of the pressures of captaincy Charlie De’ath had one of his best games in a while alongside Moyes and deservedly won the supporters man of the match accolade.

As for the happy travelling crew they had settled down to enjoy the FA Cup semi-final on television as we departed Creasey Park and may still be sharing a friendly glass or two with their opposing supporters as this report is being written. Just what non-League football is all about.

Score : Dunstable Town  0  St Ives Town  0  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Sawyer, Warner-Eley, De’ath, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) Baker, Rogers, Kelly, Snaith (Leslie 76), Draycott (Clark 76)  

Unused subs : Groves

Supporters man of the match : Charlie De’ath

Attendance  :  164

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0

St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0 

Evo-Stik League Southern – Premier Division 19/04/18

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.

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 15 April

LADIES 1ST TEAM MAINTAIN 6 POINT LEAD AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

The Ladies 1st team maintained their 6 point lead at the top of the Cambs Premier with a 7-2 win at Cambridge University Women.

Goalscorers  – Tierney Coulson, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x3 & Katherine Speed x2
‘Players of the Match’ – Georgia Stancombe & Katherine Speed

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership – Double Header
  • Sun 29 April – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side won 4-1 at home to Burwell Tigers and remain in third position in the Cambs Championship South

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 0-3 away at Bury Town in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Was a game of 2 halves but Bury deserved the win.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Thurs 19 April – Godmanchester Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 22 April – Histon (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won 4-1 at Whitton United.

The management had the following to say –

3rd game in 5 days, coming back from Suffolk again with a 1-4 win against a very strong Whitton side. Up to 2nd in the league, let’s see if we can stay there!!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Woodbridge Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 29 April – St Neots Town (N) – Hunts Cup Final – At Yaxley

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The U13’s won 5-0 at home to the Panthers. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Bluntisham Blasters (N) – League Cup Final – At Cambridge Stadium Pitch A
  • Thurs 26 April – Bluntisham Blasters (A) Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – St Ives Town U13 5 Panthers U13 0

St Ives Town 5 Panthers 0

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 15 April 18

After two weeks off for Easter, we really needed to get up and going today against a Panthers side that have been getting results of late. In the first fifteen minutes we put them under pressure and some really good chances passed us by from great goalkeeping and poor finishing. However, we stuck at it and kept switching the ball. Daniel Legg moved down the left and floated the ball across the box to see Luke Annis smash the ball on the half volley at the keeper who parried it back to him and he smashed the ball in the back of the net. That seemed to settle us down. We had a few more chances, however the Panthers had some as well and our Goalkeeper Luis made two world class saves at point blank range. With five minutes left before half time Alfie Baker smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give us the 2 goal advantage we really deserved for all the work we had put in. 

In the second half with a couple of changes and different tactics we really went out to take the Panthers to task. We started very brightly, began to move the ball quicker and once again Alfie Baker clipped the ball from 20 yards out and the ball was in the back of the net. Within 5 minutes Carlo Giove got in behind and slotted the ball past the keeper. Just make the day complete, his brother Gino courtesy of a cross from Luke Dunn put the ball in the bottom left hand corner to seal a 5-0 victory. It was a great performance from the lads today.

Goalscorers

Alfie  Baker 2
Gino Giove
Carlo Giove
Luke Annis

Player of the match – The whole team. 
All 15 players played their part and performed very well.

We go to the Cambs League Cup Final in good form. If you would like to come and support the lads the details are below -:

Cambs U13 League Cup Final
St Ives Town v Bluntisham Blasters
Kick off 10:30am
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Cambridge Stadium
Trumpington Road, Cambridge 
CB2 8AJ 

Report by Jay Annis