Category: General Club 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




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 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


Working Parties – Tuesday 30th May and Saturday 3rd June

Working Parties at Westwood Road

The club is holding two working parties this week to get the ground ready for the new season.

The first is Tuesday 30th May from 7pm-9pm.

The second is being held on Saturday 3rd June from 9am onwards.

If anyone can lend a hand on either Tuesday, Saturday or both, your help will be greatly appreciated.  For more details please, contact Gareth Chapman.

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

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

Football Education Coaching Announcement

Jack Cassidy has added Gary Marheineke to the Football Education Programme Coaching Staff on a part time basis. Gary’s job will be to oversee the U18’s Match Days in the Midweek Thurlow Nunn West Division.

Jack Cassidy & Ben Seymour Shove will continue their current roles in overseeing all player development, head of coaching and education on a full time basis. Gary adds a wealth of coaching and playing experience including working for the FA full time as a Skills Coach and representing England Amputee’s as a goalkeeper in the European Championships later this year.

Everybody at St Ives would like to wish Gary a warm welcome to the club.

Presentation Evening – Saturday 13th May

St Ives Town FC Presentation Evening

Saturday 13th May 2017

A roundup of our awards given at our annual Presentation Evening on Saturday:

Our U13’s awards for tonight were:
Supporters Players Tom Smith and Dom Fairholm. Players player went to Jack Taylor

Our U14s awards tonight were:
Most Improved Isaac Everest. Supporters Player Mitkov. Players Player Leon Quincey. Managers Player Kai Bradley

Our Youth Team awards went to:
Jamie Short for 1st year Players and Supporters Player and Matt Wright for 2nd year Supporters and Players Player

Tonights Ladies awards were:
Managers players Kira Markwell and Amy Seymour-Shove. Most improved Amy Seymour-Shove and Players Player Kira Markwell

Tonights First Team awards went to:
Liam McDevitt for Supporters Player Jordan Jarrold for Managers Player and Josh Dawkin for Players Player

Special thanks also went to Michelle Thompson, Zoe Makeham, Lillian Chapman, Marina and Nigel Howlett, Charlotte and Sasha and Dave Claridge

The Chairmans award tonight went to Dave Hook

Ladies Team Announcement

Ladies Team Announcement

Ladies Team Announcement: We are today launching a new St Ives Town Ladies Development Team.

Following the success of St Ives Town FC Ladies since its launch, and after continued demand from players in the area, the Club are delighted to announce that we are creating a second Ladies team for season 2017/18.

The new team will be St Ives Town FC Ladies Development and has been created to allow more players to play competitively at the Club, and to also provide young and talented players in the area an opportunity to develop in the senior game. Having a second team will also allow a progression route for players into the Ladies first team. As part of the launch of our Development team we are also looking for players to further improve the First Team squad and help us achieve aim of promotion to the next level.

We are looking to recruit players 16+ for both teams for next season, and are inviting all interested players to contact the Club through Ladies First Team manager Darren Marjoram. Open training will take place every Friday, 7-8pm from 12/05/2017 right through the summer on the 3G pitch at St Ives One Leisure Outdoor Centre, California Road, St Ives. PE27 6SJ. If you are interested in joining St Ives Town FC Ladies, please contact Darren on

With the expansion of the Ladies teams at St Ives Town FC, we are also inviting applications for an assistant coach to join the First team, and a head coach for the Development team. All applicants should be minimum FA Level 2 qualified, or working towards FA Level 2, with current Emergency Aid, Safeguarding and DBS. If you are interested in any of these positions, or if you have any questions, please contact Darren on

If you are interested in being a part of this exciting development and want the opportunity to be involved at St Ives Town FC, please get in touch.

Presentation Evening – Saturday 13th May

St Ives Town FC Presentation Evening

Saturday 13th May 2017

To celebrate this very successful season the club is hosting it’s annual presentation evening on the 13th May.

The bar will be open from 6:30pm with the presentation of awards to begin at 7:00pm.

Find out if the player you chose has won Supporter’s player of the year and who the Player’s and Management have chosen themselves.

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.