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First Team Preview (H) Kings Langley

St Ives Town vs Kings Langley

Date: Saturday 19th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: The Oliver Cromwell

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First Team Result St Ives Town 1 Biggleswade Town 2

St Ives Town vs Biggleswade Town

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: Dave Hook

It is impossible to say that a team are your bogey side after you have only played them four times. But in all three League meetings with the Waders Ives have played well, but just failed to get that little bit of luck needed to take the three points. That was particularly true in this fixture as having fallen behind to an early goal they fought their way back into the fixture and looked the only likely winners having grabbed an equaliser with twenty minutes to go. But fate threw them a nasty curve ball as teenage loanee keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle misjudged a hanging free kick delivered into the box from ten yards inside the Ives half and only succeeded in turning the ball into his own net five minutes from time.

Manager Ricky Marheineke made two enforced changes from the opening day win at Weymouth as Brett Longden had failed to recover from his groin injury and was replaced in the back four by Lee Chaffey with Lewis Ferrell moving across to right back. Jimmy Hartley was also still suffering from a knock and he was replaced by Danny Kelly who went in alongside James Hall up front.

Still on a high from their success at Weymouth the Ives started very positively and won a corner inside the first two minutes. But this came to nothing and it was the Waders who got in the first strike at goal in their first raid on four minutes as a long throw from the right fell to the feet of Connor Hall inside the box. He turned and shot in one motion and only just failed to hit the target as his effort ruffled the side netting.

The visitors silenced the home fans as they went in front in simple fashion only three minutes later. Graeme Montgomery delivered a free kick from wide right into the Ives box where Shane Hill rose unchallenged to power in a header from ten yards that beat McKenzie-Lyle and flew into the roof of the net.

This took the wind out of the host’s sails a little and the Waders enjoyed a good period without really creating a lot. They did manage to create a shooting opportunity in 22nd minute as Hall and Jack Bowen combined on the left with the latter being played into space on the edge of the box, but his driven effort was straight at McKenzie-Lyle who held on well.

Ives were beginning to get back into the game, but were unable to find a way through the solid Waders back line with the evergreen Gavin Hoyte still marshalling affairs as well as ever and keeper Liam Gooch very quick off his line to clear up anything over the top. Hall, Phil Draycott and Kelly combined well down the left on 36 minutes, but Kelly’s well hit shot from inside the box was bravely blocked by covering defender Tyler Walker.

The Waders twice came close to increasing their advantage as the half drew to a close. On 42 minutes skipper Craig Daniel delivered a pinpoint free kick to the near post from a wide right position. Hall got across his marker and deflected an effort on target that pulled a very good reaction save out of McKenzie-Lyle.

The big Guyanese keeper did even better in the last action of the first period. He raced off his line to hack away a ball over the top just ahead of the fast closing Bowen. But the ball deflected off the Waders striker and ricocheted to Montgomery 40 yards from goal. He took a touch and clipped an effort over the top of the out of position keeper. But McKenzie-Lyle is 6’ 7” tall and he needed every millimetre of that as he frantically back peddled and flung himself full length to miraculously finger tip the ball over the top.

Ives came out at the start of the second half determined to find a way back into the game. They won two corners in quick succession in 53rd minute, but both were well defended by the Waders. Hill picked up a yellow card three minutes later as he cynically brought down Lewis Hilliard as the tricky midfielder broke through the centre of the Waders line at pace having been played into space by Tom McGowan.

Manager Marheineke went for an early change to try and liven things up as Ben Seymour-Shove replaced Kelly in the 57th minute. Seymour-Shove went in on the right moving Hilliard up alongside Hall. This almost had the desired effect only four minutes later as Seymour-Shove threaded a ball through that played Hilliard into the box. The silky striker tried his luck first time from a narrow angle and almost caught out keeper Gooch who reacted well to tip the effort onto his crossbar.

The Waders crossbar was rattled again only two minutes later as Draycott and Hilliard combined on the left with the latter delivering an inviting cross that Clark challenged Reece Fielding for in the centre. The ball deflected off the head of defender Fielding and looped over the outstretched arms of the desperately diving Gooch, but hit the metalwork and bounced out with the keeper well beaten.

Hilliard was again involved in the equaliser when it finally came in 70th minute. Jordan Jarrold took a quick throw into the feet of Hilliard on the edge of the box. He unselfishly slid it sideways into the run of Clark who hit a crisp side footed effort from eighteen yards that flew past the grasping fingers of Gooch and into the top corner of the net.

The Waders reacted well to this setback and played their way into Ives box only two minutes later. Montgomery and Daniel interchanged passes before the latter played in substitute Tony Burnett cutting in from the left. Keeper McKenzie-Lyle did well plunging to his left to push Burnett’s low driven effort away.

But the most likely winners at this point were the Ives who were now well on top and pushing for another goal. They went agonisingly close ten minutes from time as Clark and Hilliard, who look a very creative combination, combined down the right in a move that ended with a cross that proved too deep for everyone in the centre. But Draycott kept it alive and delivered a ball back into the box that the Waders struggled to clear. The ball just would not drop for Seymour-Shove, or McGowan, to get shot away from inside the box. But it did come down for Clark on the edge of the D. He took a touch to create some space and fired in a low drive that Gooch did very well to tip around diving full length to his left.

Ives thought they had won it three minutes later as Hilliard was again involved in feeding the ball out to Hall on the left. His low cross was expertly turned home at the near post by Draycott to spark wild celebrations amongst players and fans alike. But the elation was cut short as the eagle-eyed assistant on the far side had noticed that Draycott had drifted marginally offside as he got ahead of his man.

To add insult to injury the Waders very fortunate winner arrived only ninety seconds later. The ever-willing Hall chasing back inside his own half was judged to have clipped Daniel fully forty yards from goal. Montgomery lifted his free kick high into the box and McKenzie-Lyle in his eagerness to claim the ball took one step to many and simply got to far under the ball. His valiant attempts to claim it only saw him succeed in knocking it down into his own net. The disbelieving Montgomery claimed the credit, but unfortunately it must go down as an own goal.

In the melee, it seems that the young keeper had also managed to clatter his own skipped as Charlie De’ath was down in a heap bleeding from a head wound. This sparked frantic work for physio James Smith who managed to get Vaseline and a bandage over the wound in record time, even if it did look like a very poorly fitted turban. This allowed De’ath to get back into the fray for the remaining few minutes to allow manager Marheineke to throw him up front and go three at the back.

Much to the chagrin of the Waders bench referee Alistair Wilson added a total of six minutes for the many stoppages in the second period. But in spite of the battered De’ath winning a number of headers in the opposition box, including heading a Ferrell cross over the top under heavy pressure from Hoyte, the Waders held on for an unlikely victory.

Although the game ended in defeat Ives can take much from this game as they ruled it for long periods of the second half and certainly did not deserve to lose. Goal keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle must also take the positives from this game his save just before half time was amazing. All young goalkeepers make mistakes and he is with us to gain experience and learn. He must continue to work on these things and take that split second longer to time his movement when claiming high balls.

Man of the match went to Lewis Hilliard who was involved in everything once he moved inside alongside James Hall. He and Peter Clark make a mouth watering combination in the middle. Ricky Marheineke has some difficult decisions to make, but they are ones I am sure that he will take on with relish.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1 Biggleswade Town  2

Goals : Clark 70

Supporters man of the match : Lewis Hilliard

St Ives team : McKenzie-Lyle, Ferrell, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey,  McGowan (Hartley 86), Hilliard, Clark, Hall, Kelly (Seymour-Shove 57), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Moyes, Dias

Attendance  :  184

First Team Result Weymouth FC 0 St Ives Town 1

Weymouth FC 0 St Ives Town 1

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: Bob Lucas Stadium,, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XJ

If there was ever an example of how pre-season results mean nothing when it comes to the crunch and the competitive action begins this was it. The Terras had marched through pre-season in unbeaten style to lift the expectations of their large fan base. In contrast Ives had stuttered through their build up which was seriously interrupted with injuries and absence.

However when it came to the crux it was the visiting Ives who made the long journey back from the South coast with the three points in their back pockets following a dominant display which silenced the locals long before the end.

The goal, when it came, may have been a little fortunate as Lewis Hilliard’s in-swinging corner found its way through the crowded goalmouth directly into the back of the net seven minutes from time. But prior to the goal Ives had created a number of good chances and already rattled the host’s crossbar late in the first half. They also twice had the ball in the net after the goal with one effort disallowed for a slight infringement on a defender and the other for a very border line offside decision.

Whilst all this action was going on at the other end Ives imposing debutant Guyanese international goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle was very quietly and confidently dealing with the sporadic Terras raids.

The host’s youthful side made the first probing raid of the game after only three minutes. But McKenzie-Lyle made a comfortable save low to his right to keep out a header from Brandon Goodship who had got on the end of a deep Callum Buckley cross at the far post.

McKenzie-Lyle was forced into a better save in 23rd minute as a long free kick was headed down by Charlie Davis and Goodship fired in a snap shot from 25 yards that the athletic keeper finger tipped over the top.

Ives first meaningful attack arrived only two minutes later as Tom McGowan won the ball deep in Ives territory and played it into the feet of Peter Clark. His delicate clip over the top picked out the perfectly timed run of James Hall, but his shot from 20 yards was blocked by a covering defender and Jimmy Hartley following up dragged his effort from 25 yards well wide of the post.

McKenzie-Lyle made two more comfortable saves in the next three minutes first comfortably gathering a powerful drive from 25 yards by Goodship and then taking a Jake McCarthey free kick from a similar distance into his midriff a few minutes later.

From this point the game began to swing the way of the Ives as they started to pressurise their opponents into mistakes with home keeper Nick Thomas looking particularly vulnerable. Three minutes before the break he came for a hanging Draycott free kick deep into his box. But instead of claiming a comfortable catch he elected to punch under very little pressure and was very fortunate to get away with a poor punch that went straight up in the air. He just managed to redeem himself by clawing the dropping ball off of the head of Hall.

Another error from Thomas almost lead to the visitors going in front right on the half time whistle. He chose to roll the ball out to Buckley only just outside the box, seemingly he had taken no notice of Hilliard who was stalking the defender and pounced the instant he received the ball robbing him and forcing the Terras man to pull him back to prevent him breaking away. This action brought the young defender a yellow card and almost cost his team a goal. Phil Draycott spotted up the free kick and curled the ball over the wall beating Thomas’s despairing dive, but unluckily rebounding back into play off the underside of the crossbar. Clark pounced on the loose ball, but failed to hit the target as he was closed by a number of defenders.

Having taken control in the latter period of the first half Ives came out even more determined at the start of the second period and started to press their opposition even further up the pitch. Hall closed and robbed Tiago Sa on 48 minutes, he fed the ball into the feet of Hartley on the edge of the box and as Hartley’s shot was blocked he followed up and curled his effort from the right hand corner of the box just wide of the far post.

The host’s final meaningful attack of the afternoon arrived after only 52 minutes as Ben Thompson took on Lewis Ferrell on the outside and delivered a dangerous cross that Jarrold miscued at the back post. Goodship pounced on the loose ball and burst into the box only to go down under a strong challenge from McGowan and Ferrell. But referee Iain Parsons was right on the spot and waved away the Terras claims for a penalty.

Thomas continued to look edgy and he put one of his defenders under pressure again after 54 minutes as he took a quick goal kick to Ashley Wells on the edge of his own box. But again the keeper seemed to not see Hartley who was only feet away and instantly pounced to rob Wells who did well to recover and block the speedy striker’s effort.

Ives pressure continued to mount and Draycott was bundled over by Calvin Brooks just outside the host’s box in 64th minute. Hartley fired the free kick into the wall, but the ricocheted out to Hilliard on the right  and his low cross picked out Draycott who should probably have done better as he failed to hit the target with his side footed effort from 15 yards.

Clark went close again fifteen minutes from time as he picked up the ball on the left and ran at the home defence getting past two before unleashing a low drive that deflected inches wide of keeper Thomas’s left hand upright as the nervous custodian scrambled across his goal.

The persistence of Hall finally led to the only goal as he chased a long ball out of defence nine minutes from time. His presence forced Wells to misdirect his attempted header back to his keeper thus conceding a corner. This flag kick was delivered from the right by Draycott and tipped over his own crossbar at full stretch by Thomas. The next corner from the opposite side by Hilliard was also in-swinging and as goalkeeper and defenders all hesitated it was allowed to bounce inside the six yard box and travelled on into the back of the net by the far post without friend, or foe, getting a touch.

Two minutes later substitute Danny Kelly thought he had made it two as fellow sub Ben Seymour-Shove got down the left and delivered a low cross to the near post where Kelly out muscled Wells to toe poke the ball home through the legs of Thomas. However referee Parsons deemed that Kelly’s use of strength to outmanoeuvre Wells had involved the unfair use of an elbow.

Ives continued to control the game winding the clock down very effectively by preventing the Terras from getting the ball out of their own half. Seymour-Shove was again involved three minutes later as he threaded a pass through the home defence to put Kelly clear. But again the big striker was denied as he rifled the ball home, this time by the raised flag of an assistant.

The final opportunity of the game, deep in added time, also came the way of the visitors as McGowan cut out an intended pass out of defence and fed the ball into the feet of Hall on the edge of the box. His clever flick put Hilliard in, the skilful midfield man had time to pick his spot, but unselfishly tried to square the ball to Seymour-Shove arriving late in the centre. This just gave Buckley the opportunity to get a toe in and knock the ball out for a corner allowing the Ives to kill the last few seconds of the game and claim this highly impressive three points.

Overall an excellent start to the season after a difficult five hour coach journey on roads packed with holiday makers and more than their fair share of caravans. The performance was excellent and everyone played their part. How good this result really is will only show as the season unfolds, but the Terras, although a good footballing side did look a little lightweight and they were out fought, out thought, and out played by a good looking Ives side.

Man of the match was a tough one with everyone putting in a real shift. There were two men that truly personified that never say die attitude Tom McGowan winning tackles and distributing the ball in the centre of the park and the man who won the vote on this occasion for his constant harrying of the hosts back line, James Hall. Bring on the Waders for what looks like another tough game on Tuesday night.

Final Score : Weymouth  0 St Ives Town  1

Goals : Hilliard 83

Supporters man of the match : James Hall

St Ives team : McKenzie-Lyle, Longden (Chaffey 87), Jarrold, Ferrell, De’ath (capt), McGowan, Hilliard, Clark, Hall, Hartley (Kelly 67), Draycott (Seymour-Shove 77)

Unused substitutes : none

Attendance  :  665

Match Report by Nigel Howlett

Pro Edge Group & St Ives Town FC Partnership

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce that ProEdge Group have very kindly agreed to continue with their partnership for the coming season encompassing naming rights to the stadium and the home kit (front and back).
Commenting, Mark Taylor, St Ives Town Commercial Director said ‘After a great first season in the Southern Premier League it was vitally important that we maintained our Partnership with ProEdge Group to carry on building for the future. With their help over many years now we have been able to develop the club and it’s success on a consistent basis with solid foundations. It is fantastic news therefore that Bob, Lesley, James, Jon and the team at Pro Edge are happy for our great relationship to carry on.’
Bob Sculthorpe, Managing Director of ProEdge Group commentated ‘Once again ProEdge Construction incorporating Krazy Koncrete are delighted to be part of a very successful winning formula at Westwood Road. Today’s football club holds all the values of a well-run family firm and the professionalism on and off the pitch is second to none. When the opportunity came along for another year to be associated with the club the ProEdge Board had no hesitation. Without doubt St Ives has the most ardent fans and we are delighted to join with them in their unwavering support for one of the most successful local clubs’
In the photo is James Sculthorpe from ProEdge and Gary Clarke, St Ives Town Chairman

First Team Friendly Result St Ives Town 1 Cambridge City 3

St Ives Town 1 Cambridge City 3

Date: Saturday 5th August 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT

An eight minute second half hat trick from Tom Knowles ensured that the tenants came out on top against their landlords and ensured that the Ives somewhat disjointed pre-season finished on a low as far as the result was concerned. But before people get to disheartened the statistics show that the hosts were on top for most of this game and sixteen shots from the Ives to the Lillywhites seven is a better reflection of the pattern of the game. But the old saying is that goals win games and to score those you must hit the target so a greater worry is that City hit the target with four out of seven, Ives only worked the keeper with three out of their sixteen.

Another big positive for manager Ricky Marheineke from this game is that Peter Clark and Dubi Ogbonna both returned to full fitness and they plus a number of the others recently missing managed to clock up some valuable pitch time.

The game started badly for trialist Ives keeper Conor Barton as he calamitously misjudged a long punt down the middle from Harry Norman after only four minutes. He miss timed his run from his line to gather the ball and allowed it to bounce over his head. Knowles was onto the loose ball in a flash, but fortunately for the red faced keeper the angle was just to narrow and the City wide man only succeeded in screwing his effort into the side netting.

Having survived that huge scare the hosts came within inches of taking the lead only five minutes later. Brett Longden pinged a cross field ball to pick out his fellow full back Jordan Jarrold wide on the left. Jarrold jinked past his marker and drove in a low cross which was deflected out for a corner.

Lewis Hilliard delivered the resulting flag kick from the left and it was knocked down to Lee Chaffey by the near post. His low driven effort was skilfully deflected onto the upright by Jimmy Hartley. The ball rebounded back into the centre of goal where it was knocked back into the feet of Hartley by Danny Kelly. Hartley spun on it in a flash and fired in another effort which rattled the crossbar. Again Hartley was first to react to the loose ball to knock it home only to be denied by an assistant’s flag as he had strayed offside before receiving Kelly’s knock through.

After this lightning start the game settled down with both sides moving the ball around well without creating any clear opportunities. Ives had a decent shout for a penalty waved away in 25th minute as Hartley bustled his way into the box and was clipped by Adam Capel just as he shaped to shoot. But referee Brian O’Sullivan was quick to wave away the appeals.

The hosts were hugely unlucky not to go in front only sixty seconds later as Longden delivered a hanging free kick into the box. It looked a routine catch for ex Ives keeper Niall Conroy in the Lillywhites goal. But he spilled the ball under very little pressure. The all action Hartley was again first to react to the loose ball and hooked it goal wards only for the effort to be deflected unwittingly over the top off the back of the head of team mate Danny Kelly.

City’s only other effort at goal in the first period came on the half hour as Longden was adjudged to have fouled Ollie Snaith 25 yards from goal in a central position. Another ex Ives man Salim Relizani curled the free kick around the wall, but a couple of yards wide of Barton’s right hand post.

A speculative effort from Phil Draycott almost caught out Conroy nine minutes before the break. The hard working winger picked up the ball fully thirty five yards from goal strode forward into space and unleashed a low drive which skipped off the wet turf and thudded into the boards inches to the left of the City keeper’s goal with the beaten custodian still struggling to get across.

The second half was only four minutes old when Longden put in Hilliard down the right and the silky midfielder worked his way into the box before driving in a low effort which rebounded to safety off the legs of keeper Conroy.

But three minutes later Ives had to thank their keeper for preventing them falling behind as substitute Richard Platt delivered an inviting cross from the right that Snaith attacked with his head ten yards from goal. Barton made an amazing reaction save sticking up his left hand to deflect the effort over as he was diving the other way.

However City did not have to wait much longer to go in front as the resulting corner was knocked out to Norman 25 yards from goal and he was clattered into by an Ives defender to win the visitors a free kick. Knowles lined the ball up and rifled a right footed effort into the wall. But as the ball rebounded to him he took a touch and fired in a low drive with his “weaker foot” that beat Barton low to his left and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

The same player doubled the Lillywhites advantage in 59th minute as he chased a ball into the left hand corner and tried to win a flag kick off covering defender Longden, but was fortunate to get a ricochet off the defenders legs to put him clear into the box. He fired in a powerful effort from a narrow angle that Barton will probably be disappointed that he did not keep out as he got both hands to the ball which eventually entered the net off both posts.

Only three minutes later Knowles completed his hat trick as he latched onto a loose ball which Ives were struggling to clear and smashed in a dipping volley from 25 yards which swerved past Barton’s outstretched right hand and billowed the roof of the net.

The scoring was completed in 65th minute as Ives pulled one back. The battling Hartley robbed Norman deep inside his own half and drove into the City back line. As the ball was knocked off his toe substitute Ben Seymour-Shove, who had only been on the pitch two minutes, followed up and rapped the loose ball home through the legs of the exposed Conroy.

The hosts huffed and puffed to try and blow City’s house down in the remaining 25 minutes, but their clear chances were few and far between. The best came on 70 minutes as Seymour-Shove got on the end of a long ball over the top and just beat keeper Conroy to the ball, but only succeeded in clipping his effort against the body of the onrushing stopper.

The only other efforts worthy of note are a couple of excellent probing runs from Clark. On 72 minutes he was played through the middle following a slick interchange of passes between Kelly and Hilliard, but Capel read the move well and came across with a perfectly time covering tackle.  Six minutes from time Clark again scampered through the middle and fed the ball out wide to substitute Matt Wright who picked out Seymour-Shove in space in the centre, but his free header from ten yards flew well wide.

So a disappointing end to a very average pre-season for the Ives. There are two good training sessions to come ahead of the very tough looking Evo-Stik Premier League opener at Weymouth next Saturday. Yours truly is in absolutely no doubt that we have a much better squad than last season with some real quality players and lots more creativity in the side. Manager Marheineke’s challenge is to get them all fit and firing ready for that curtain raiser and the exciting season to come.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1  Cambridge City  3

Goals : Seymour-Shove 65

St Ives team : Barton, Longden (De’ath 68), Jarrold (Ogbonna 68), Chaffey, Ferrell (capt) (Moyes 79), McGowan, Hilliard, Clark, Kelly (Wright 79), Draycott (Seymour-Shove 63)

Attendance  :  130 approx

First Team Friendly Result St Ives Town 2 Eynesbury Rovers 2

St Ives Town vs Eynesbury Rovers

Date: Tuesday 01st August 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT

Ives manager Ricky Marheineke must be hopeful that his luck will change for the season proper as once again he found himself short of at least five players from his likely first choice line up as again injuries and unavailability made his job difficult..

Eugene Libertucci also earned himself the title of unluckiest player around. Injured in the first pre-season training session he had just worked his way back to close to full fitness and was named in the starting line up for his seasonal debut only to break down in the warm up with a recurrence of his injury to give 17 year old Tiago Dias a start.

The many changes in the line ups for these friendly fixtures has meant that Ives have suffered a very disjointed pre-season and for the third game in a row they found themselves two goals down at the break to lower level opposition.

The start could have been explosive for the hosts when after only three minutes Danny Kelly skilfully brought down a long ball on the edge of Rovers box and turned inside giving himself a sight of goal. Unselfishly he fed the ball into the path of James Hall who chose to take a touch only to be crowded out by a pack of recovering Rovers defenders.

Having let this opportunity slip by the game settled down with the Rovers defence well marshalled by ex Ives promotion hero Steve Gentle looking fairly comfortable as Ives either played across the front of them, or delivered long balls which were always going to be gobbled up by a wise old 6’ 5” centre half and his colleagues.

The visiting Rovers sparked the game to life by grabbing the lead half way through the first period. Dom Lawless and Craig Smith combined well down the right working their way into the host’s box before Smith unleashed a rasping drive from a narrow angle that flashed past Conor Barton and entered the net via the far upright.

Ives tried to react to falling behind and Phil Draycott wriggled his way into the left hand side of Rovers box on 29 minutes. Although he managed to get his shot on target it lacked power and provided visitors keeper Dan George with a comfortable save. Shots from distance by Dias and Brett Longden which rattled the boards either side of the goal were the hosts only other efforts worthy of note in an uninspiring first half.

Rovers continued to look dangerous on the break and went close to a second five minutes before the interval. Declan Rogers threaded a careful through ball that pierced the Ives back line and put Lawless clear. His powerful effort from the edge of the box was well blocked by the legs of Barton. The keeper had to do even better to deny the same player only seconds later as Tom Coles kept the ball alive to tee up Lawless for a second effort that Barton had to dive full length to his right to palm around the post.

The second goal arrived in very simple fashion from the resulting corner as Rogers lofted the ball to the centre of the box where Gentle rose majestically above the crowd and powered his header into the top corner of the net.

The hosts had their keeper to thank again seconds before the break as he tipped over an effort from just outside the box by Smith after he had been played into space following good work from Lawless and another ex Ives man Jack Warwick.

Ives continued to enjoy the lion’s share of possession in the early stages of the second half, but still struggled to create any real opportunities. Their closest efforts were a shot from Tom McGowan that flew inches wide of George’s near post on 52 minutes. The chance had been carved out by the combined efforts of Dias and Kelly. Jordan Jarrold  then ended an overlapping run with a shot that similarly thudded the boards on 66 minutes.

As in the first half Rovers looked incisive every time they broke away and Barton was called into action to keep the hosts in the game in 70th minute. A break through the centre saw Rogers feed the ball into the feet of Lawless who cut inside Dan Moyes from the left and fired in a shot from the edge of the box that Barton did well to tip away diving full length to his left.

With time ticking away and only 14 minutes left on the clock most of us were beginning to resign ourselves to a second 2-0 defeat in four days, but up stepped the ebullient Jimmy Hartley to lift our spirits. Draycott tried to jink his way past Eynesbury’s substitute right back and was brought down just outside the box. Hartley carefully placed the ball and curled it precisely over the wall to beat keeper George low down at his right hand post.

The goal lifted the Ives and captain Lewis Ferrell set off on a storming run through the middle only seconds later which ended in a corner being won off a Rovers defender. Draycott hung up the flag kick and Hall timed his leap to perfection at the far post, but unfortunately he failed to hit the target from eight yards.

However an equaliser did arrive from an unexpected source ten minutes from time. Ives won another corner this time on the right and in what looked like a pre-rehearsed move Draycott delivered it low to the near post where McGowan flicked it on and substitute David Femiola cheekily back heeled it home past the unsighted George from close range.

Neither side created a decent chance to win the game in the remaining time with the only noteworthy event being a visitor’s shout for a penalty two minutes from time as Rogers went down under challenge from Femiola inside the box. But referee Brian O’Sullivan was right on the spot and waved away the hopeful claims.

Hartley limped out of the game four minutes from time and we must hope that the knock is only minor as he was one of the few bright sparks from this game. But we must hope that the return to fitness of the injured and the return from sunny climes of those on holiday will lift the whole camp to a better performance in our final friendly against Cambridge City to give us a little momentum to take into the season proper. Eynesbury are widely tipped to challenge for the UCL title this season and on the evidence of this they will certainly not be far away.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Eynesbury Rovers  2

Goals : Hartley 76, Femiola 80

St Ives team : Barton, Longden, Jarrold (Wright 73), Chaffey (Femiola 73), Ferrell (capt), McGowan, Hartley (Torkornoo 86), Dias (Moyes 55), Hall, Kelly, Draycott (Robins 87)

Attendance  :  70 approx

First Team Kit Manager Vacancy

Job Title: Kit Manager

Location: St Ives Town FC, PE27 6DT

Hours of work: Fixture list dependant, Matches on Tuesday’s & Saturday’s

Salary: Voluntary 

The chosen applicant will be responsible for all kit and equipment relating to the first team.

Key Tasks:

  • Travel and be part of the first team staff
  • Organisation and preparation of players match day kit
  • Logistics of kit for all games
  • Responsible for organising all training & warm up equipment for fixtures
  • Responsible for preparing all match and warm up balls.
  • Using the laundry facilities at the club to wash the kit for in preparation for match days.

Person Specification:

  • Interest in football.
  • Must be trustworthy and reliable.

Anyone interested should contact Assistant Manager Jack Cassidy  jack.stivestownfc@gmail.com

First Team Friendly Result Peterborough Sports 2 St Ives Town 0

Peterborough Sports 2 St Ives Town 0

Date: Saturday 29th July 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: 651 Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 3HA

A very lacklustre Ives ended their unbeaten pre-season run as they stumbled to a toothless defeat against a Turbines side managed by ex Ives legend Jimmy Dean and containing ten ex Ives men in their squad.

With probably five of the first choice starting line up missing manager Ricky Marheineke took the opportunity to try a few things, although this offers little excuse for the lack of energy and spark in the squad on the day.

The hosts showed they were very much up for this one taking the game to their visitors right from the off. A quick free kick after only four minutes by Dan Lawlor in the centre circle picked out Josh Moreman wide on the left. As Brett Longden tied to close on the skilful winger he showed his ability by touching the ball past the Ives full back who was forced to bring him down. Lawlor delivered the in-swinging free kick to the back post where trialist centre back David Femiola managed to get up highest and power the ball away.

Ives first, and only on target, attempt of the first half came on seven minutes James Hall fired in a low drive from 25 yards that home keeper Lewis Moat got down to save comfortably. The chance had been created by good work on the left from Phil Draycott.

The Turbines were pinging the ball out to Moreman at every opportunity and he was sticking close to the left touchline giving himself space to bring the ball down before facing up to his marker. He received another inch perfect ball from Lewis Webb on 14 minutes and again Longden was sucked in and forced to clumsily bring down the winger as he pushed the ball past him. Longden received the Ives first yellow card of the season and worst still followed as Lawlor delivered another in-swinger to the far post where Mark Jones found enough space to power in an effort that keeper Conor Barton got a hand to, but could not keep out.

Falling behind did not lift Ives from their slumbers and they were almost two down ten minutes later. Ex Ives striker Avi Viera got past Dan Moyes on the right and delivered a cross into the centre that picked out Jones again at the far post, but this time he was stretching and only succeeded in directing his header from ten yards over the top.

Another Viera cross from the right pulled the best out of Ives keeper Conor Barton. Jones got a flick in the centre and the ball fell to Moreman coming in at the far post. He hit the ball on the volley and Barton reacted instantly to push the screamer away high to his left. Lawlor drove across the resulting corner in a pre-rehearsed move that saw Josh Sanders get across his marker at the near post and rattle the crossbar with his powerful header.

A second Turbines goal had looked on the cards for some time and it duly arrived three minutes before the break. When it came it was simply executed and smartly taken. Jones cleverly pulled his marker Lewis Ferrell forward as he received a ball in from Webb. He flicked it on to Lawlor and turned off the shoulder of Ferrell into space where his fellow defenders had failed to cover. Lawlor fed a precise ball into his run and Jones did the rest slamming a low shot into the far corner past the diving Barton.

For the second time in as many games Ives found themselves two down at the break, but this time they would be up against a full contingent of opposition players in the second half. On Tuesday night manager Marheineke had managed to lift his charges with some wise words in the interval and we were hoping for a repeat performance. However it was not to be and it took sixteen minutes of the second period before home keeper Moat was called into meaningful action as he had to gather a Draycott free kick from twenty yards low to his right.

Barton was called upon to make a much better save to keep the score line respectable two minutes later plunging to his left to push a Jones drive from 25 yards around the post as the big striker went in search of his hat trick.

Manager Marheineke rung the changes bringing on Jordan Jarrold, Lee Chaffey, and Gordon Torkornoo and the introduction of these three around the hour did liven things up for the Ives although they were still struggling to make inroads into the Turbines defence well marshalled by ex Ives centre forward Stuart Eason.

To many attempts to drift the ball over the home defence to get Hall away were either being gobbled up by the centre backs, or simply ran through to the alert Moat. The only time that one of these came close to success was twelve minutes from time as Hall was only just beaten to the ball by Moat and his attempted clearance was deflected to Hartley, but his effort from the edge of the box was blocked by a covering home defender.

The closest Ives came to a goal was only sixty seconds later as Hall drifted to the left where he found a little space and managed to get to the bye line before hanging up a cross to the far post where Hartley bravely attacked the ball and was unlucky to see his powerful, close range, header instinctively pushed away by Moat.

Seventeen year old Matt Wright was also introduced for the tiring Draycott 15 minutes from time and his pace and persistence created an opportunity with three minutes to go as he harried and robbed Jamie Graham before driving into the box and laying the ball into the feet of Hall who in turn teed up Hartley. The young winger struck his low drive well and it was heading for the bottom corner until the foot of Sanders deflected it wide.

One final Ives effort at a consolation came as the game entered added time. Substitute Grant Robins got down the left and delivered a cross to the near post where Hall got in front of the tiring Eason, but could only direct his header from eight yards over the top.

Overall verdict on the day was a disappointing Ives performance and probably one to get out of their systems. Hopefully a few of those missing from this game will be fit and available for the next couple of games and a return to the previously seen flowing football will be very welcome to build towards competitive action starting in 14 days time. The Turbines on the other hand look like they will be capable of holding their own in the very tough Northern Premier League Southern Division where they find themselves for the coming season, we wish them well.

Final Score : Peterborough Sports 2 St Ives Town 0

Goals : none

St Ives team : Barton, Longden, Moyes (Jarrold 59), Femiola (Chaffey 56), Ferrell(capt), McGowan (Robins 81), Hartley, Hilliard, Hall, Kelly (Torkornoo 65), Draycott (Wright 74)

Attendance  :  120 approx

Lewis Ferrell Signs for St Ives Town

The club and our proud sponsors at PlayCosmo.com are delighted to announce the signing of Lewis Ferrell.

After three impressive performances against Peterborough Utd, AFC Rushden & Diamonds and Bedford Town, manager Ricky Marheineke has moved quickly to sign the 26 year old centre back.

Lewis started his career at Stevenage FC before moving to Brentford. He has since spent 5 season playing in the Conference South for Hayes & Yeading, Farnborough, Staines Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough.

After suffering a serious knee injury, Lewis spent last season sidelined but has worked hard to get himself fit and has shown during the past couple of weeks what a tremendous player he is.

The manager had this to say:

“I’m delighted with the signing of Lewis. He is honest and hard working. His knowledge and experience is second to none. Some players lead by the way they organise and communicate and some with how they perform. Lewis does both. He’s a winner and wants to sign for the club to help move us move forward. I felt we needed a right sided centre back and I’m delighted Lewis has agreed to join.”

Please join us in welcoming Lewis to the club and we wish him an enjoyable and successful season.

First Team Friendly Result St Ives Town 2 Bedford Town 2

St Ives Town 2 Bedford Town 2

Date: Tuesday 25th July 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT

Ives pre-season preparations stepped up a gear in a competitive friendly that boiled over five minutes before the break. At this point the visiting Eagles were two goals to the good and looking value for that lead as the hosts had their first dip in form this season.

The talking point that changed the entire course of the game came out of nothing when Bedford wide man Kyjuon Marsh-Brown decided to display his angry young man attitude on the half way line. Not satisfied with flying in on full back Brett Longden with probably the worst tackle of the night he then delivered a full blown head but into the face of the Ives man as he leapt to his feet to remonstrate with his assailant.

To his great credit referee Josh Few, who was probably expecting a fairly quite night, was instantly on the spot to defuse the situation and pull the deserved red card from his pocket. Longden required a period of treatment before returning to the fray with fortunately only a cut lip to show for the unprovoked assault.

Prior to this unexpected incident it had been the visitors who had looked the sharper side right from the off and taken an early lead with piercing move through the left side of the Ives defence after only seven minutes. Bradley Woods-Garness seized an opportunity to run at the Ives back line before slipping the ball out to Lee Roache wide right and then continuing his run into the box getting on end of a perfectly weighted pass from Roache and rattling an unstoppable shot past trialist Ives keeper Conor Barton and into the net off the far post.

The hosts had a golden opportunity to level things up only five minutes later as Ben Seymour-Shove played a perfectly weighted clip over the head of centre back Gradi Milenge. James Hall timed his run to perfection to beat the offside trap and found himself with only keeper Adam Harpur to beat. The Eagles stopper closed him down and stayed upright, but Hall should probably have done better as he only succeeded in firing his effort against the legs of the exposed custodian. Seymour-Shove latched onto the rebound, but Harpur recovered well and made a comfortable save to the winger’s low drive from the edge of the box.

The visitors continued to take the game to the Ives and Barton was forced into a smart save on 14 minutes as Marsh-Brown found time and space in midfield and fired in a 25 yard effort that Barton had to tip over.

The young keeper did not perform so admirably in 23rd minute as he spilled a long free kick into the box by Ryan Auger presenting Jemale McKenzie-Lowe a clear opportunity to double the visitor’s advantage. But the big centre back was slow to react to the loose ball inside the six yard box and only succeeded in turning his close range effort into the side netting.

Ives only other noteworthy effort of a very low key first half for them was a low drive from the edge of the box by Lewis Hilliard after 25 minutes. The chance was created by good work down the left by Jimmy Hartley and Hall. But Harpur was smartly down to his left to save.

Bedford continued to press forward in search of a second and should have gone two in front on 35 minutes as McKenzie-Lowe sprayed a ball out to Marsh-Brown on the left and his teasing cross picked out Auger unmarked in the centre. He carefully placed his looping header over the exposed Barton, but the ball drifted just the wrong side of the post.

However the visitor’s did manage to double their lead only two minutes later as Ives skipper Charlie De’ath was caught out. He allowed a ball to drift over his shoulder and the lively Woods-Garness was onto in a flash out-muscling the Ives man and playing the ball on to Devante Stanley who in turn drilled it low across the six yard box where ex Ives man James Peters slid in to slam the ball home.

With the Eagles now apparently heading comfortably towards a well deserved half time cuppa Marsh-Brown must have somehow decided he wanted to make it more difficult for his team mates as he inexplicably executed the manoeuvres described above to earn himself an early bath.

Ives manager Ricky Marheineke probably had to deliver his first difficult half time talk of the season at the break and that plus the opportunity to put right the wrong delivered by the hopefully now more reticent Marsh-Brown saw the Ives suddenly up their game and tear into their ten man opponents.

The first five minutes of the second half saw as many efforts on goal as the entire first period with two shots from Seymour-Shove rattling the boards and a Hartley effort pushed away at full stretch by Harpur.

A goal looked on the cards for the rampant Ives and it duly arrived on 52 minutes thanks to a howler from keeper Harpur. He called and came for a deep Hartley cross to the far post, but seemed to misjudge the flight and got under the ball only succeeding in getting enough of a touch to knock the ball down to the feet of the lurking Hilliard who rolled it home.

The Ives onslaught continued and Hall went within inches of an equaliser on the hour. He picked up a long ball down the right from Longden and turned inside his marker before curling a carefully placed effort inches wide of the far post with keeper Harpur beaten.

The leveller did arrive two minutes later thanks to what is becoming one of Ives trademark moves this season as Hilliard, Hartley and Seymour-Shove exchanged a quick interchange of passes down the right. Seymour-Shove’s final ball into the feet of Hilliard on the corner of the box saw the silky midfielder turn past Milenge and fire in a powerful drive that Harpur managed to parry, but Hall was on hand to show his poacher instinct and slam home the loose ball from ten yards.

With their tails now well and truly up the hosts went in search of a winner as their front line continued to stretch the Eagles defence. Hall had a shot block after good work by Hartley on 71 minutes. Seymour-Shove and the all action Hartley were also involved two minutes later as Hilliard swept another chance wide from just inside the box.

Ives best chance to grab a winner came in a goalmouth scramble 13 minutes from time as a ball into the box from substitute Tiago Dias on the right was deflected into the path of Hall, he fired in a low drive the Harpur did well to block with his feet. Hartley followed up and fired the rebound on target, but again the gallant Harpur managed to get his legs in the way. This time the ball ricochet to Hall again who looked certain to turn it home only to be denied by an assistants flag as he had wandered into an offside position.

Each side had one more go at winning the game Peters hammering a free kick from a good position well over the top for the Eagles on 81 minutes and Hilliard firing over having worked some space for himself 25 yards out two minutes from time.

Overall verdict on this very entertaining game was that when they switch on and get the ball down and play Ives will be a match for anyone this season, but the longer ball tactic of the first period did not seem to suit this group of players. The Eagles also look like they will be very competitive in the Central Division provided that they can keep eleven players on the pitch.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Bedford Town  2

Goals : Hilliard 52, Hall 62

St Ives team : Barton, Longden, De’ath (capt), Femiola, Chaffey (Ferrell 45), McGowan (Dias 73), Seymour-Shove, Clark, Hall, Hilliard, Hartley

Attendance  :  86

Match Report by Nigel Howlett

First Team Friendly Result AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 St Ives Town 2

AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 St Ives Town 2

Date: Saturday 22nd July 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: Hayden Road, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 0HX

Ives excellent pre-season form continued as they met, and conquered, their toughest opposition yet as they visited Hayden Road to play the powerful Diamonds. The hosts had showed their form only four days earlier as the turned over a very strong Northampton Town side 2-0. But well taken goals by Jimmy Hartley and Peter Clark ensure that the visitors made the short trek back into Cambridgeshire with a well deserved victory.

On paper this always looked like a very tough test for the Ives and manager Ricky Marheineke must have been hoping to get a full side out for the game. Unfortunately injury and unavailability combined to ensure that he was short of five players a number of who would have probably featured in the starting eleven. But the new look Ives have strength in depth and a belief throughout the entire squad this season.

Each side went close around the ten minute mark first the livewire Hartley robbed Richard Bunting inside his own half and strode forward before releasing a well timed pass into the path of James Hall cutting in from the left. Hall took the shot on first time, but his effort from 20 yards was always rising and just cleared home keeper Matt Finlay’s crossbar.

Almost directly from the goal kick Diamonds worked their way down the left and although Brett Longden prevented Ollie Brown-Hill getting in a cross the ball was laid back to full back Sam Brown who picked out Nabil Shariff in the centre of the Ives box. Shariff should probably have done better, but only succeeded in directing his header from eight yards just over the top.

The visitors had a let off two minutes later as the Diamonds thought they had gone in front. Shariff worked his way down the right and delivered a cross to the back post where Brown-Hill had found some space. His shot from close range was scrambled away off his line by young goalkeeper Conor Barton with Diamonds players claiming the ball had crossed the line. Fortunately goal line technology was not required as the assistant on the clubhouse side of the ground had spotted that Brown-Hill had wandered into an offside position when the cross was delivered.

Shariff pulled another save out of Barton on 15 minutes as he was allowed to run at the Ives defence before unleashing a low skimming drive across the wet turf from 25 yards. But young Barton was equal to the effort plunging low to his left to smother the shot.

Prior to this point Ives had been looking to absorb the hosts pressure and break quickly at every opportunity. But by half way through the first half they were beginning to get on top and seizing their opportunities to harry the opposition all over the park. Tom McGowan won the ball in the middle of the park on 25 minutes and set loose a fast flowing move down the left which saw James Hall and Phil Draycott exchange passes before the latter laid the ball back into the path of McGowan just outside the box. He curled his effort inches over the top.

Hall and Draycott combined again down the left two minutes later and this time the latter’s effort from 25 yards was deflected forcing a very good save low to his right from keeper Finlay. The resulting corner came to nothing, but Ives took a deserved lead only seconds later, thanks to the persistence of Hall. He hassled and robbed Blaze Punter (who should have probably gone for the type of clearance his name suggested) deep inside his own half. The Ives front man unselfishly fed the ball into the feet of strike partner Hartley on the edge of the Diamonds box. The skilful Hartley took a touch before lashing the ball high into the roof of the net past the exposed Finlay.

The visitors continued to play impressive football for the remainder of the first period moving the ball around at pace with everyone looking comfortable on the ball and the pace, and movement of Hartley and Hall giving the Diamonds centre backs a very tough time. In spite of their domination during this period they failed to carve out any further clear cut chances before the break.

Clear evidence of how seriously manager Marheineke was taking this game came at the break as in previous games wholesale substitutions have arrived at this point. But on this occasion the second half resumed with the same eleven on the pitch. The hosts did change their keeper and two outfield players and it was they who pushed forward early in the second half, but an attempted cross shot from Shariff was bravely headed away at full stretch by the impressive Lewis Ferrell.

A comedy of errors in the Diamonds defence presented Clark with a tap in to double Ives lead on 51 minutes. Draycott went down the left and delivered a low cross which Adam Pyke should have dealt with at the near post, but his touch completely deceived two of his colleagues who completely missed the ball as it rolled along the six yard line before arriving at the far post where Clark executed the coup de grass by side footing it home giving substitute keeper Ben Heath no chance.

The hosts immediately made two further changes in a desperate attempt to force their way back into the game. Ives also made their first change five minutes later replacing young Barton with regular first choice keeper Tim Trebes. Two of these substitutes were involved just after the hour as Diamonds had a shout for penalty turned down. Rushden sub Joel Gyasi battled his way into Ives box before colliding with the combined might of Trebes and skipper Charlie De’ath. But the excellent referee Matt Law was right on the spot to wave away the hosts claims for a spot kick which really only came from their supporters.

Three minutes later Ives came close to killing the game off as another flowing move almost put Hartley in. The ball was scrambled away from him as he tried to get a shot away inside the box. But it was only half cleared to Hall on the right corner of the box. His curled left foot effort was heading for the far corner of the net before it was spectacularly pushed away by a full stretch Heath.

The direct running style of Gyasi was the only thing causing Ives back line any real concerns and he went close again on 73 minutes as he picked up ball in central midfield before running at the Ives back line and unleashing a rising drive from 25 yards that Trebes was pleased to see clear his crossbar.

Fifteen minutes from time the expected mass change came as Ives made five substitutions. However even with this large number of changes to the personnel Ives still looked fairly comfortable and it was something of a surprise when Gyasi grabbed a consolation goal three minutes from time. Again he picked up the ball deep and drove at the defence, but this time his effort from 25 yards crept past an unsighted Trebes and found its way into the bottom corner of the net.

As we all expected this game was played in a competitive fashion from the off and was a very good pre-season test for both sides. It was good to see that a less than full strength Ives side were still able to play their new quick passing, high tempo, game under more pressure from a quality opposition. The optimism for the new season remains high and the new playing style will undoubtedly attract new supporters along to the Pro-Edge

Final Score : AFC Rushden & Diamonds 1 St Ives Town 2

Goals : Hartley 28, Clark 51

St Ives team : Barton (Trebes 56), Longden (Short 75), De’ath (capt), Femiola (Chaffey 72), Ferrell, McGowan (Torkornoo 75), Seymour-Shove (Robins 75), Clark, Hall (Wright 75), Hartley, Draycott (Seymour-Shove rolled on 80)

Attendance  :  300 approx

Match Report by Nigel Howlett

First Team Friendly Result St Ives Town 5 Peterborough United XI 0

St Ives Town 5 Peterborough United XI

Date: Tuesday 18th July 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Pre-Season Friendly
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT

Last season this similar pre-season fixture was a competitive affair with the Posh bringing a mixture of Under 21’s, Under 18’s and first team fringe players. Unfortunately this year it coincided with a first team fixture and the majority of those players were selected for the first team squad.

This meant that the visitors although boasting a number of very talented players in their ranks turned out an almost exclusively Under 18 squad. Ives went about the game in the professional manner we would expect them to and it was quickly obvious that their superior strength and ability would hold sway in this men against boys contest.

The first opportunity came after only seven minutes when Danny Kelly was fouled wide on the right. Ben Seymour-Shove swung in the free kick to the back post where the keeper and his defenders just managed to scramble the ball away before a prowling Ives striker was able to prod it home.

Two minutes later the elusive Peter Clark skipped through the middle and played the ball into the feet of Lewis Hilliard just outside the box. He curled an inviting pass into the run of Seymour-Shove whose first time effort from ten yards was palmed away at his near post by keeper Lewis Elsom.

But Elsom’s efforts only kept back the tide for a few seconds as Hilliard delivered a perfect hanging corner just beyond the far post where Kelly rose majestically above the crowd and cleverly directed his header down into the six yard box where James Hall reacted first to nod the ball home from close range.

The young keeper was unfortunately at fault as he presented Kelly with a gift to double the lead on 16 minutes. He received a back pass deep in his own area and tried to thread a pass to one of his colleagues in the centre of the park. Somehow he seemed to fail to spot Kelly lurking on the edge of the box and hit the ball straight into his feet. The big striker had time and space to pick his spot and did so in spite of the keeper’s gallant effort to redeem his error.

The one way traffic continued and Hall squandered a golden opportunity to make it three on 21 minutes. Aaron Hart misjudged a clip down the middle and the ball skimmed off his head leaving the Ives striker clean through on goal. But he did not seem to realise the time and space that he had and blazed his effort wide from the edge of the box.

A brief sortie down the other end did see the Posh youngsters create an opportunity as Josh Davison was brought down just outside the box. Jack Gurney curled the free kick over the wall, but straight into the waiting arms of keeper Tim Trebes.

With Clark and Hilliard combining well in the centre of the park Ives were moving the ball around almost at will and using both flanks to good effect. It was no surprise when a third goal arrived seven minutes before the break. Hilliard fed the ball into the feet of Jordan Jarrold who quickly moved it on to the feet of Kelly inside the box. He in turn flicked it on to Hall who skilfully side stepped his marker and curled the ball into the top corner from 12 yards giving Elsom no chance.

Kelly was within inches of making it four two minutes later as he again powerfully won a Hilliard corner at the back post and directed his header back into the six yard box. Amazingly no one got a touch and the ball bounced inches past the post.

Ives made four changes at the break, but this did not interrupt their control of the game and Hilliard was unlucky not to increase their lead four minutes after the restart. Phil Draycott played a clever curling ball into space for Hilliard to run onto cutting in from the left. He took the shot on first time from just inside the box and beat Elsom at his near post. Unfortunately the ball rattled the upright and rebounded to safety.

The woodwork of Elsom’s goal took another battering four minutes later as Kelly played in Hilliard again down the left. The silky midfielder showed his class as he cut into the box, looked up and picked out Jimmy Hartley with a perfectly weighted clip to the back post. Hartley took the ball down sidestepped a covering defender and fired in a left foot effort from ten yards the screamed past Elsom, but rattled the crossbar and bounced back into play.

The inevitable fifth goal arrived in simple fashion on 55 minutes. Jarrold delivered a long ball in from the left that neither the goal keeper, nor his defenders dealt with leaving Draycott the simple task of ghosting in at the back post and heading the ball home from the edge of the six yard box.

Manager Ricky Marheineke made another five changes just after the hour and one of those introduced made it five with an exquisite first touch less than sixty seconds later. Seventeen year old Tiago Dias who had replaced Hilliard scored a goal the midfield maestro would have been equally proud of. Receiving the ball in a central position 25 yards out he deceived his marker with a swivel of the hips and curled in a right foot effort beyond the despairing dive of Elsom.

Hall rolled back on as a replacement for Kelly 20 minutes from time and instantly came within inches of his hat trick as he drove into the left side of the box and unleashed a shot that deflected off Hart and became the third Ives effort to rattle the Posh woodwork on the evening as it hit Elsom’s right hand post and bounced away.

The game was well and truly over by this point and as Ives began to ease off we saw flashes of the ability of these Posh youngsters as they were given a little time to play the ball around. The closest they came to a consolation was on 76 minutes when substitute Harry Brookes drove at the heart of the Ives defence and got to the edge of the box before releasing a shot which flashed across the face of the hosts goal to safety.

Overall verdict was another excellent all round performance, but the competitiveness of the opposition must temper the level of excitement at watching the latest Ives recruits. A much sterner test awaits on Saturday at Rushden & Diamonds, one we look forward to with enthusiasm.

Final Score : St Ives Town  5  Peterborough United XI  0

Goals : Hall 10, 38, Kelly 16, Draycott 55, Dias 62

St Ives team : Trebes (Barton 45), Longden (Short 60), Jarrold (Torkornoo 61), Ferrell (Moyes 45), De’ath (capt), Clark (Bevan 61), Seymour-Shove (Hartley 45), Hilliard (Dias 61), Hall (Mc Gowan 45), Kelly (Hall rolling on 70), Draycott (Robins 61)

Attendance  :  151

Match Report by Nigel Howlett