Category: General Club News

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 11 Feb

2 out of 3 for our Sunday sides

In a late fixture change, the Ladies 1st team played (for the 4th time this season) March Town United Ladies in the 1/4 final of the Cambs FA Invitation Cup running out 2-0 winners to progress to the semi-final.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say –

A really good performance from the Ladies again in the 1/4 final of the Invitation Cup against a fast improving March side. Huge thanks to Gary and everyone at March Town for arranging this game at short notice when thee original games were postponed.

Both goals for were scored by Tierney Coulson. The first a well taken penalty after a foul on Sasha Smith and a simple finish for the second after superb work by Georgia Stancombe. Players of the match were the excellent Hannah Seymour-Shove and Stephanie Ransome.

The postponed game against ICA Sports will now be this coming Sunday 18 Feb.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 25 Feb – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game against Isleham United was postponed. Their next game is this coming Sunday against Wisbech from the Championship North Division in the Junior invitation cup

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Wisbech Town (H) – Cambs FA Women’s Junior Invitation Cup
  • Sun 4 March – Burwell Tigers (A)  – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won 4-0 at home to Leiston in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Great game today and 4 – 0 win for St Ives. Played some really good football in haìl & rain. Scorers Myles hamilton, Ben Smith, Jools Priest and Mitkov. Well done lads. Look forward to Bury Town at home next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 11.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Bury Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – Biggleswade Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s suffered a 1-2 defeat at Newmarket

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 11.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Walsham Le Willows (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – AFC Sudbury (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s have a 2 week break and resume on Sun 25 Feb.

Cambs & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 March – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Upcoming gigs at the ProEdge WWR

Wrong Stewart & The Farces – Saturday 10 March

Get your tartan ready to sing and dance the night away to Handbags & Gladrags, We are Sailing, Maggie May & many more.

Click Here for their website

Tickets are £10 in advance.

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The Small Fakers – Saturday 28 July

The UK’s No1 tribute act to the Small Faces

Click Here for their website

Tickets are £12 in advance.

To book tickets for either gig please contact Lillian on 07545 976778.

Ben Sawyer goes out on loan

We can today confirm that Ben Sawyer has transferred to Barton Rovers FC.

With Tom Knowles loan deal from Cambridge Utd FC being extended earlier this week, game time for Ben may be affected for the coming month. The decision has therefore been made for Ben to sign for Barton to gain some valuable minutes and be ready to return when needed in March.

We wish both Ben and Barton Rovers a successful month.

Loan extended for Cambridge Utd winger Tom Knowles

We are delighted to announce that the club have extended the loan signing of Tom Knowles for a further 28 days.

The young Cambridge United professional has made a big impact during the last month scoring two league goals in four starts and creating a number of others.

Let’s hope the next month is as successful as the first.

Ladies & Colts Round Up & Match Report – 4 Feb

The U13s are the sole winners for our Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st Team didn’t play this weekend and drop to 3rd in the table, but have games in hand over the 2 teams above them in the league table.

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 18 Feb – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs FA Women’s Invitation Cup

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It was a game of 2 halves for the Ladies Development team. They were 3-0 up at halftime against current table leaders Fulbourn Institute. The Bluebirds however rallied in the second half to come away 4-3 winners.

Cambs Women’s Champioship South. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Isleham United  (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 18 Feb – Wisbech Town (H) – Cambs FA Women’s Junior Invitation Cup

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The U15’s lost 4-1 at Haverhill Rovers with Ben Smith scoring the Ives goal.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Well done to Haverhill Rovers who were deserved winners today in the EJA League. Best of luck for the rest of your season. For the Ives we re-group and move on to Leiston FC at home next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Leiston (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 18 Feb – Bury Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s also lost 4-1 at home to Haverhill Rovers

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 18 Feb – Walsham Le Willows (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s were 2-0 winners at Littleport in the Cambs & District U13A division.

Manager Jay Annis has provided the below match report –

We started really fast today to try and catch Littleport cold but nothing materialized, five or six real chances to put the ball in the back of the net in the first ten minutes. So Littleport started  slowly retreating towards their box giving us more time to pick a pass.

Littleport  were defending  like lions and had a few chances on the break, but finally from play from the back we managed to get Gino in behind to score in the 34 minute. Thankfully half time came and we could re-organise and focus on what we could do in the second half. Again Littleport had everyone behind the ball and making it very hard for us to get the second that would kill the game. We carried on threading the ball through and making chances with no end product. And you could sense that Littleport  might get something on the break.

But with a minute to go the ball was threaded through to Harry who shot hit the keeper for it to rebound and Gino to stick the ball in the net.

This was a difficult game the boys had to be patient to today and had to stay  focused in their job role a great performance by the team and more pleasing having our goalkeeper (Luis) back after four weeks and a clean sheet made the result more pleasing. Also to Harvey D back in the squad after being away with illness gave us another dimension to the team .

Goal scorer – Gino Giove 2

Man of the match  – Luke Dunn. Great work rate and determination to help the team.

Cambs & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 March – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

New Club of the Month sponsor announced

Mid season reinforcements: New Club of the Month sponsor announced

The Southern Football League has confirmed that their Club of the Month Awards will be sponsored by GamblingKingz.co.uk, an independent online gambling news service and industry commentator that seeks to provide concise and accurate information about the online gambling industry to its rapidly expanding readership.

Proceeds from the GamblingKingz.co.uk Club of the Month Awards sponsorship will contribute to supporting the league and every club within the three divisions.

Warren Aronson, Director of Gambling Kingz, said:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring the club of the month awards and providing funding to develop this historic league even further. There are some fantastic clubs in the Southern League and through these awards will shine a light on the clubs that are putting in stellar performances week in, week out.”

The Southern League Chairman thanked Gambling Kingz for their agreement to sponsor the awards.

League Chairman Terry Barratt said, I am pleased that Gambling Kingz have agreed to Sponsor our Club of the Month Award. It is always pleasing when you welcome a new Sponsor and particularly as it gives our Clubs the opportunity of Winning a Cut Glass Salver and a Voucher for every Month of the Season. This will apply to each of our 3 Divisions in the League and as agreed with the Board we will be back dating the Awards to the start of the Season in August”.

Gambling Kingz wishes all clubs the best of luck for the remainder of the season.

 

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 28 Jan

Hunts County Cup Final beckons for the U14s

The Ladies 1st Team move in to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a 3-0 win over March Town Ladies

Hannah Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe & Tierney Coulson got on the scoresheet. Ellie Brown was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say after the game

A good second half for the Ladies and a 3-0 win against a very good March side today. A good game to watch. Fantastic free kick from Hannah Seymour-Shove to open the scoring, with Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson adding second half goals.

The second half was a good display of passing from all the Ladies, but none more so than from player of the match Ellie Brown – a truly amazing performance from a 16 year old. So much composure, and didn’t put a foot wrong all game.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 28.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 18 Feb – Netherton United (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game was postponed for the second week running due to a waterlogged pitch.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 14/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Fulborn Institute Bluebirds (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 11 Feb – Isleham United  (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s went out in the 1/4 final of the Presidents Cup when they lost 4-2 at Witham.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Leiston (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s made it through to the Final of the Hunts County Cup with a 3-0 win over St Ives Rangers.

They will meet St Neots in the Final

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s game against Saffron Walden was postponed due to the opponents being unable to raise a team.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A. Table up to & including 28.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Littleport Town Colts (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

St Ives Town v Royston Town – New Date Tuesday 6 March 19:45 k.o.

Match Preview

St Ives Town V Royston Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives head in to this game unbeaten in 5, having picked up 11 points from a possible 15.

Royston are having an excellent debut season at step 3 and currently sit just outside of the play off places.

On the squad front, Peter Clark has recovered from his hamstring injury and is available for selection. The only player still unavailable is Dubi Ogbonna, although the striker did participate in Thursday’s training session. His rehab is going well and isn’t too far away from full fitness.

Royston Town – Recent Results
23/1/18 – St Neots Town (H) – League – W 2-1
20/1/18 – Chesham United (H) – League – L 0-2
16/1/18 – Hertford Town (A) – Herts Senior Cup – W 3-0
13/1/18 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 5-0
9/1/18 – Berkhamsted (A) – Herts Senior Cup – W 3-1
6/1/18 – Gosport Borough (H) – League – W 5-0
1/1/18 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 3-0
30/12/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – W 3-0
26/12/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – W 2-1
23/12/17 – Basingstoke Town (A) – League – D 0-0
9/12/17 – Banbury United (A) – League – L 0-3
2/12/17 – Dorchester Town (H) – League – W 3-1

The game is subject to a pitch inspection (Sat 10:00 am) and we will advise the outcome ASAP.

Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to & including 23.1.18

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 21 Jan

A Hat Trick of Victories

The Ladies 1st Team progressed in the Cambridgeshire FA Invitation Cup with a 4-1 victory over Cambridge Rangers on the 3G at the St Ivo Complex.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram said the following via Twitter –

Awful conditions today for the Ladies first round tie against Cambridge Rangers in the Invitation Cup, but glad the game went ahead! Goals from Georgia Stancombe, Amy Seymour-Shove, Hannah Seymour-Shove and a screamer from Stephanie Ransome. Megan Stowe was player of the match.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Park Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 4 Feb – March Town Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 14/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Burwell Tigers Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 4 Feb – Fulborn Institute Bluebirds (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s league game at Stowmarket was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Witham Town (A) – EJA Presidents Cup
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won 4-2 at home to Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA League

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

Tricky conditions today for both teams, even on 3G, St Ives coming out on top in the end 4-2 with goals from Toby 2, Tom and Kieran.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s won 5-1 against West Wratting in the Cambs & District League

Manager Jay Annis has provided the below match report –

Today we were matched for fitness and passion to do well in the match the difference was In finishing in front of goal, and  very hard working midfield. The conditions were not great but the passing and movement we had today stretched the game and made it difficult for Wratting. The team are playing with great confidence and amazing commitment to one another.

We also welcomed back from injury today Ben and Gino also Billy who gained valuable minutes after several weeks out. Thanks go to Ollie for stepping up in goal today as we still have few on the injury list.

Goalscorers
Alfie  Baker 3
Harry Suttie 1
Daniel Legg 1

Man of the match – Alfie Baker. Great finishing and enthusiasm for the game.

A very satisfying result today for the team. They all played well in hard conditions and deserve praise for their performance.

Cambridge & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Littleport Town Colts (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

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

Match Preview

Tiverton Town v St Ives Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

The Ives make their longest trip of the season after a 10 day lay off. Tiverton sit in 5th place. They won their last game 5-0 at Gosport Borough after losing 3 games on the spin.

Captain Charlie De’ath & winger Phil Draycott both return from injury and are available for selection. Dubi Ogbonna & Peter Clark still remain sidelined.

Click here for Tiverton Town’s Fixtures & Results

Address – Ladysmead – Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SG

Adults – £9, Concessions – £6.50, Under 16 – £1

There is a coach going to this game at only £12 per person leaving the ProEdge WWR at 7:30 am. Anyone wishing to book a seat, please contact Gareth Chapman on 07754 601146.

There will be precautionary pitch inspection tomorrow morning 7:45 am. According to the Tiverton Twitter feed the pitch is playable and looking good, however rain is forecast overnight.

Directions

  • Exit the M5 at Junction 27
  • Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles.
  • Ignore the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.
  • Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yds crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and our youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout.
    You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left.
  • Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right.
  • Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.
Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to & including 16/1/18

Match Report – St Neots Town U18 2 St Ives Town U18 1

St Neots Town U18  2  St Ives Town U18  1  

Huntingdonshire FA County Under 18 Cup Quarter Final  – 14/01/18

Ives went into this game seeking revenge for a very close defeat in last year’s final, and came out of it feeling robbed of at least the chance of a penalty shoot out against their fierce local rivals who now remain on course to retain their crown.

A slow start to the second half cost the visitors dear as they conceded two goals in a three minute spell immediately after the break. Substitute Sam Bond pulled a goal back with eighteen minutes to go, the same player then had a huge appeal for a penalty turned down as he was scythed down deep inside the box in added time. The only person in the ground who did not think that it was a spot kick was the referee. But by such fine margins are games decided and cups won.

Confident from their League win earlier in the week the Ives started the game on the front foot taking the game to their opposition and creating a couple of half chances in the first ten minutes without testing the home keeper.

The hosts first foray into visitor’s territory came in 9th minute as George Holman went a rampaging run straight into the heart of the Ives back line. He unleashed a fierce effort on goal from 25 yards that a well positioned Tom Smith made look a much more comfortable save than it might have been.

This seemed to boost the home sides confidence and Saints began to enjoy their best period of the game as they pushed Ives back. But in spite of enjoying the lion’s share of possession for the next twenty minutes they were unable to work Smith again as the visitor’s back line well marshalled by skipper Jamie Short held firm. Even losing powerful centre back Jordan Locke to an injury did not knock them as Matt Harvey slotted in well alongside Short.

The closest Saints came to breaching the Ives back line during this spell were in 24th minute when Aaron Hiscock managed to wriggle past Dawid Kwiatowski on the right and was taken down right on the edge of the box by the covering Billy Mobbs. Referee Chris Martin waved away Saints appeals for a penalty and surprisingly did not even give the hosts a free kick. Saints also carved out a half chance in 30th minute as the speedy Andre Williams got away down the right and hung up a deep cross to beyond the back post where Hiscock kept the ball alive knocking it back into the centre for Holman to head wide from a good position.

But as half time approached the flow of the game seemed to change again and the battling Kyrie Foster carved out two chances for himself as he battled his way through tackles to get to the edge of the box. But on both occasions he failed to test keeper Shaami Ahmed as he screwed his shots wide.

Foster also got on the end of Ives best opportunity of the first half which came just seconds before the break as Tiago Dias and Harry Sargent exchanged passes before the former slid the ball into the feet of Foster just inside the box. He had time to take a touch, but snatched at the chance blazing well over the top from a good position.

The game was won, and lost, in the first five minutes of the second half as the Ives started slowly, and the Saints seized the opportunity taring at them and grabbing what proved to be an unassailable two goal advantage.

The first goal arrived two minutes after the restart as Hiscock got to the bye line wide on the left and delivered a teasing cross that a stretching Smith just managed to claw away from the head of Kieran Waites. But the ball dropped to Williams who drove it back into the centre where Short did amazingly well to bravely hurl himself in front of a point blank shot from Waites. Unfortunately for Ives the ball fell to Sam Routs who fired it home from six yards.

The second arrived only three minutes later and again Hiscock was the provider as he broke away down the left outpacing Kwiatkowski and delivered a low cross to the near post where Holman managed to get in front of his marker and opened his body perfectly to side foot the ball past the exposed Smith from close range.

Having fallen two behind it was always going to be an uphill task to get back into the game. But to their credit Ives lifted the pace and began to push their hosts back with Gordan Torkornoo and Dias battling hard to wrest control in the centre of the park. The introduction of Sam Bond in 66th minute also provided a new spark to their front line.

It took Bond only six minutes to halve the arrears as he got on the end of a threaded through ball from Dias after the silky midfielder had exchanged passes with Foster in the centre of the park. Bond still had work to do, but he was brave as he just beat keeper Ahmed to the ball to slide it home from ten yards.

Ives had an opportunity to level things up whilst their opponents were still rocking as only three minutes later Sargent lost his marker to get on the end of Foster’s in-swinging free kick, but when it needed a flick, he got it all wrong and got to much on the ball knocking it away from goal.

With ten minutes to go manager Ben Seymour-Shove made the bold move of going three at the back and pushing an extra man forward as Mobbs returned to the fray replacing full back Kwiatkowski. Ives continued to press, but they were now leaving gaps at the back and Williams came within inches of sewing the game up three minutes from the end of the ninety. Saints substitute Ben Southwood fed the ball down the line into the run of Williams who was clear and clipped the ball past the exposed Smith only to be denied by a covering Short who did well to knock the ball off the goal line and past the post.

With time fast running out, Ives players, and almost everyone else in the ground, except the one that mattered, were convinced that they should have had a penalty. Martin Saunders battled down the left and clipped a cross into the box. Bond robbed Alfie Donkin as he tried to clear just inside the box, turned onto the loose ball and was just about to shoot as Jack Baker unceremoniously upended him. In spite of all of the protestations which continued well after the final whistle that swiftly followed the incident, referee Martin remained unmoved.

The Ives can continue to voice their complaints and a draw would probably had been a fair result from a very competitive and even game. However the match was really lost in those vital first five minutes after the re-start and anything that could have been gleaned from added time would have been considered a very lucky escape. But it was not to be and it is the holders that march on into the semi-finals and Ives wait to win the competition that they last won in 2004 goes on a little longer.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 26), Torkornoo, Mobbs (Bond 66), Dias, Sargent, Foster, Mobbs, Saunders

Additional roll on roll off subs : Locke for Harvey 79, Mobbs for Kwiatkowsi 86

Unused subs : Oldale

Goals : Bond 72

Attendance :  approx. 45

Report by Nigel Howlett

Youth, Ladies & Colts Round Up – 14 Jan

3 Wins, 1 Loss & 1 Abandonment

In an unusual Sunday fixture for the Youth Team, they went out at the quarter final stage of the Hunts Cup losing 2-1 at St Neots. A repeat scoreline of last years final between the two sides.

A full match report by Nigel Howlett to follow.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Mon 29 Jan – Wisbech St Mary U18 (H) – Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division
  • Wed 7 Feb – King’s Lynn Town U18 (A) – Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division

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The Ladies 1st Team had a game free weekend.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Cambridge Rangers (H) – Cambs Women’s Invitational Cup
  • Sun 28 Jan – Park Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development league match at Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves was abandoned in the 80th minute with the score at 1-1 due to a serious injury suffered by a Newmarket player.

Newmarket Ladies made the following statement via Twitter –

Game Abandoned after 80 Min due to a serious injury.

Thank you to Darren Marjoram and all at St Ives Town Ladies for their help and support in dealing with our injured player. #FootballFamily

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Histon Ladies Res (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 28 Jan – Burwell Tigers Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s progressed to the 3rd Round of the Presidents Cup with a 1-0 win over Leiston courtesy of a Ben Smith goal.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

The 15’s travelled to Leiston in the EJA Presidents Cup today. A good game that saw St Ives come away with the win after a hard fought game. Look forward to the draw for the next round.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won through to the semi finals of the Hunts U14 Cup with a 7-2 victory over Godmanchester Town.

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

Tidy display in the Hunts Cup this morning 7-2 win over Godmanchester. On to the semis!!!

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s made it through to the Final of the League Cup with an excellent 2-1 victory over top of the table Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues

Baker & Keates got the Ives goals. Damien Boakye was awarded ‘Player of the Match’

The U13 management reported the following via Twitter –

What a performance today!!! We had 12 men after a few late drop outs through illness. We asked our team to show desire, passion, patience and commitment. That’s exactly what happened!

Oli & Dan thanks for doing your stints in goal!!!

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – West Wratting Youth (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 28 Jan – Sun 14 Jan – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 St Neots Town 1

St Ives Town 1 St Neots Town 1 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 09/01/18

It ended honours even in this full blooded Huntingdonshire Derby as the ten man Saints came from behind to snatch a point off the Ives in the Pro-Edge Stadium mud.

Cambridge United loanee Tom Knowles provided the quality in his home debut and he took every opportunity to terrorise the Saints defensive line on their left side. It was two very poorly timed challenges from left back Johnny Herd, both obvious yellow cards, which took the visitors down to ten men as early as the 24th minute.

Having said that Knowles was the quality on view this was really an evening for artisans rather than artists and two men personified the work ethic necessary to be successful in such conditions. Both played with a smile on their face throughout as they ploughed the heaviest furrow through the centre of the park revelling in the challenge. Rogan McGeorge for the Ives and his counterpart for the Saints ex Ives skipper Luke Knight were matching each other tackle for tackle in the quagmire and ensured that not one person in the crowd could take their eyes off the action for long, even to check twitter!!. Amazingly neither of these protagonists picked up a yellow card and this was probably a very good reflection of the excellent referee Tom Hancock who managed such a competitive game very well fully taking into account the conditions.

The Ives came into the game full of confidence and on their best run of what had so far been a challenging season. They made the early inroads with Knowles, Ollie Snaith and Peter Clark all combining to set up a shooting opportunity for Danny Watson in only 5th minute. Watson’s curled effort from the corner of the box had Saints keeper Mike Emery scrambling across his goal, but ended up a couple of feet wide of his left hand post.

McGeorge was already relishing the battle and five minutes later he burrowed his way into the visitors back line bustling through a couple of challenges before being brought down on the edge of the D. He picked himself up and curled the free kick around the wall forcing a save out of Emery as he plunged low to his right to hold on well.

Only seconds later Herd picked up his first yellow card as he sent the speedy Knowles tumbling as the young winger went past him on the outside at pace. Not learning from his first mistake Herd repeated the trick only thirteen minutes later this time preventing the speedy Knowles getting clean away and giving referee Hancock probably one of his easiest decisions of the evening to take the visitors down to ten.

This blow for the Saints came just after their best period of the game up to then as they enjoyed a brief period camped in the Ives half whilst the hosts struggled to clear the ball from the sandy area resembling a muddy beach just outside their own penalty area.

With passions running high at this point Watson was probably fortunate to only make minimal contact as he flew in on Knight a few minutes later. Yellow card was the decision much to the disappointment of the Saints bench only a few yards away. But to his credit Knight reacted well to the challenge from his former team mate.

Even with ten men the Saints were still looking dangerous and it took a very well timed tackle to prevent the dangerous Nabil Shariff putting them ahead just before the half hour. Shariff looked like he had been put clear inside the box by Kyran Wiltshire before Moyes timely intervention just as he shaped to shoot.

Knowles was still looking a real threat at the other end and he went close to opening the Ives account in 36th minute as he wriggled between two Saints defenders inside the box he was clipped by Taylor Parr, but although knocked off balance he stayed on his feet and fired his effort across the face of goal towards the back post where Watson was just unable to divert it home.

Tim Trebes was called into impressive action five minutes before the break as another ex Ives man Liam McDevitt rose highest to a corner and powered a header on target that looked like it was going to creep inside the back post. But Trebes was equal to it plunging to his right to turn the goal bound effort away.

There was still time for Knowles to cause more panic in the Saints back line as the first period entered added time he robbed Steffan Broccoli just inside the visitor’s half and tore away down the right. His low driven cross was spilled by Emery, but Knight was on hand to scramble the loose ball away just before Watson could prod it home. The ball was only half cleared and arrived at the feet of McGeorge 25 yards out. He fired in a rising drive that Emery did well to parry away as he threw himself full length to his right.

So a pulsating first half ended goal less, but the Ives went in front in rather bizarre fashion only four minutes after the re-start. A Luke Warner-Eley throw on the left arrived at the feet of Declan Rogers just outside the left corner of the box. He tried his luck with a curling right footed effort that looked like it would be a comfortable save for Emery. But the keeper made the fatal mistake in the muddy conditions of going down early and the ball bounced in front of him, took a wicked deviation off a divot and entered the net over the flailing arm of the frustrated Saints custodian.

The ten man visitors were not deflated by this set back and continued to battle hard to get back on level terms. Manager Matty Clements made positive changes and switched to three at the back. Dion Sembie-Ferris continued to look a threat seizing every opportunity to skip over the mud and run at the Ives defence. He did just that in 62nd minute as he went down the left and delivered a cross that was deflected on to the feet of Shariff just beyond the far post. Shariff showed his quality as he turned in an instant and got his shot away, but fortunately it flashed inches wide of Trebes right hand upright.

Ives did have their chances to kill off the game with a second goal. The first of these arrived in 70th minute as Miles Smith and Knowles combined well down the right and Smith’s cross was deflected back to Snaith just inside the box. He showed good technique to keep down his volley which was deflected inches wide off the head of Rogers on the six yard line.

The best chance to finish off the Saints fell to Knowles in 74th minute. Rogers picked him out perfectly with a magnificent ball in from the left that arrived at his feet by the back post. The skilful winger instantly brought the ball under control and turned inside a covering defender. His left foot shot got just enough of a deflection off that covering player to take it inches past the far post with Emery beaten.

Having failed to kill the game Ives then found themselves pegged back eight minutes from time as Clements positive approach paid dividends. Danny Kelly lost possession just inside his own half and the ball was fed down the right to Sembie-Ferris who cut inside and slid the ball into the path of Shariff. His shot from the edge of the box took a deflection that deceived Trebes the ball finally crossing the line through the legs of the off balance keeper.

To their great credit neither side were willing to settle for a point with each carving out opportunities to win the game in the remaining time. The fresh legs of substitute Ben Sawyer were putting pressure on the Saints back line. He combined well with Warner-Eley on the left two minutes from the end of the ninety. His dangerous cross was sliced over his own crossbar by a struggling Saints defender. The resulting corner came to nothing, but Sawyer was again involved as the game entered added time this time combining well with Knowles on the right before clipping in a cross that the young winger met with a diving header by the penalty spot. Unfortunately his effort was straight at keeper Emery.

With time ticking down and only seconds of the added four minutes left Saints won themselves a corner. Reflecting on how may times this type of situation has cost us dear earlier in the season, the Ives fans must have all had their hearts in their mouths. The flag kick was half cleared to Parr just outside the box, he struck his effort well through the crowd, but much to the relief of all Trebes came to the rescue blocking the effort away with his body in what proved to be the last action of the night.

Overall verdict is that the draw was probably a fair result with Ives just edging it on chances, but the gallant ten man Saints earning worthy reward for the bravery of their manager. Weather permitting Ives face another tough challenge at the Pro-Edge this Saturday as they entertain the play-off chasing Rebels from Slough Town. It promises to be a cracker!

Score : St Ives Town  1  St Neots Town  1

Goals : Rogers 49

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, McGeorge, Moyes, Kelly, Knowles, Clark (Libertucci 17), Snaith, Watson, Rogers (Sawyer 80)

Unused subs : Jarrold, Groves

Supporters man of the match : Rogan McGeorge

Attendance  :  236

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Report – St Ives U18 5 Downham Town U18 0

St Ives Town U18  5  Downham Town U18  0

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 08/01/18

This game proved to be the perfect opportunity for the young Ives to work off any Christmas excess ahead of their County Cup Quarter Final against St Neots on Sunday. It took them a while to break down their visitor’s resilient defensive formation and they only went in one up at the break, but their superior fitness and technique showed through in the second period as the played some excellent flowing football in spite of the heavy conditions and blew away Town scoring four further goals without reply. The score line could have been even more emphatic but for an excellent goal keeping display from the visitor’s stopper Dan Clark.

Clark started his heroics as early as 4th minute when he sprinted from his line to quickly close down Martin Saunders after the Ives winger had been put through on goal by an excellent threaded pass from Billy Mobbs. The young keeper bravely blocked Saunders shot at point blank range.

The elegant George Cawte played a well flighted ball over the top only sixty seconds later. Mobbs chased it down collecting the ball as it came off a defender, but his effort from just inside the box was deflected wide of the post.

Four minutes later the ever willing Harry Sargent chased a hopeful ball through the left channel and just beat Clark to it, but was forced wide by the keeper. He unselfishly laid the ball back to the fast arriving Saunders who struck his shot well from just outside the box, but the gallant Clark had recovered his ground and plunged to his left to cling on to the effort.

Ives continued to knock on the Town door, but it remained firmly shut until 26th minute when Mobbs threaded a perfect ball between centre back and full back to pick out the run of Cobi Thomas cutting in from the right. Thomas finished well clipping the ball over the body of the exposed Clark as the keeper tried to close him down.

Home keeper Tom Smith had been a virtual spectator up to this point. But the battling Jesse Tierney who had been ploughing a lone furrow for the visitors was brought down by Mitchell Pillin on the right. Richard Mills curled in the free kick to the near post where Tierney managed to lose his marker and get across in front of Smith. But the keeper stayed alert and still managed to cling onto the ball in spite of being unsighted.

This sortie into home territory seemed to lift the visitors and they enjoyed their best spell of the game in next fifteen minutes. On the half hour Tierney exchanged passes with Sam Gosling the move ending with the latter being put clear in the box. But the young winger snatched at his chance and sliced his effort wide from a good position.

Town went close to grabbing an equaliser twice more before half time. Gosling was again involved in 42nd minute as he got on the end of a through ball from Fraser McManus. This time he struck his effort from just inside the box cleanly, but straight at Smith who held on well.

The last action of the half saw Joe Causton pick out the hard working Tierney in space on the right. But whether through tiredness, or a desire to catch Smith out of position, the striker took his shot on very early from fully 35 yards and Smith was happy to watch it float over the top.

It was not long after the break before Ives superior fitness began to tell in the heavy conditions. A probing run through the centre by Thomas created space for Sargent who was well picked out by the young winger. Sargent’s fierce left footed effort from the corner of the box was stopped by Clark, but he spilled the ball. Mobbs was on hand to knock it home only to be denied by an assistant’s flag as he had strayed into an offside position.

The visitors did carve out a chance just before the hour as McManus pounced on Dawid Kwiatkowsi’s attempted clearing header from Josh Ford’s cross. But the Town striker skied his effort well over from twelve yards.

Having failed to grab a leveller the visitors soon found themselves two behind. In 62nd minute Tiago Dias threaded a ball down the left to pick out Saunders who cut in and unleashed a low skimming drive from 20 yards that Clark did well to palm away low to his right. Saunders delivered the resulting corner into the mix where Jordan Locke knocked it on for Sargent to force the ball home at close range.

Kyrie Foster was introduced for Sargent immediately after the goal and he had an almost instant impact as only three minutes later Saunders and Mobbs combined well on the left. Mobbs cross was well taken down by Foster with his first touch inside the box, his second touch slotted the ball past the exposed Clark.

Smith was called upon to make his best save of the evening in 74th minute as he plunged to his left to push away a well struck 25 yarder from Gosling after the winger had cut inside and tried his luck.

Clark was still doing his best to keep the score down at the other end and he did well to hang onto a stinging drive from the edge of the box by Saunders as he got on the end of a threaded pass from the dangerous Foster only sixty seconds later.

Foster’s strength and speed continued to trouble the Town back line and it was no surprise when he added his second and Ives fourth in 78th minute. He timed his run perfectly to get on the end of Thomas’s clip over the top and finished well past the exposed Clark from just inside the box.

The final goal of the night was a second for Sargent as he received a pass from substitute Brandon Oldale on the edge of the box, stepped inside, looked up and picked his spot with a curling effort around two defenders that crept in the bottom corner past the unsighted Clark.

Overall verdict was another very good all round display that will have blown the cobwebs away and prepared the boys well for Sunday’s challenging encounter with their local rivals. The game, a repeat of last year’s final, will take place on St Neots Town Astro with a 10.30 kick off

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 69), Cawte, Thomas, Dias, Sargent (Foster 63), Mobbs, Saunders (Oldale 78)

Additional roll on roll off subs : Sargent for Mobbs 83

Goals : Thomas 26, Sargent 62 & 85, Foster 65 & 78

Attendance :  21

Report by Nigel Howlett

Ladies Match Reports – Sunday 7 January

St Ives Town Ladies 4 Netherton United Ladies 2

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

St Ives Town Ladies met Netherton United Ladies in a top of the table clash in the Cambridgeshire Premiership on Sunday. After all the recent rain, the pitch was heavy and this was always likely to be a factor as the game went on. The Ives Ladies started the day in second place, 12 points behind Netherton but with 4 games in hand and both teams had been in excellent form going into this fixture, with each team only losing once so far in the league. St Ives started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead in the 6th minute of the game when Katherine Speed slotted the ball past the visiting keeper after running onto a perfect defence splitting pass. The second goal arrived soon after when Hannah Seymour-Shove got on the score sheet to register her fifth goal of the season with a excellent finish past the Netherton keeper. St Ives continued to break up the Netherton attacks successfully and to create their own attacks, and it was Georgia Stancombe who turned a continued spell of pressure into another goal when scoring in the 33rd minute. The excitement of the first half continued when the Saints were awarded a penalty with minutes of the first half to go, but unfortunately Georgia Stancombe put her spot kick straight at the Netherton keeper to mean the half time score was 3-0 to St Ives. The second half was always going to see Netherton make a renewed effort to attack the Ives back line as much as possible, but it was St Ives who scored the next goal with Georgia Stancombe scoring after fine work from Katherine Speed. Netherton did not let up with their attacking instincts and pulled a goal back on 60 minutes when Georgina Parrett bravely scored from an acute angle, making contact with the post in the process. Thankfully she was able to continue after treatment. The visitors got their second on 75 minutes when Parrett scored her second of the game after Ives failed to clear their lines as legs began to tire. Netherton had another chance to score and set up a nervy finish for the hosts with a shot aimed at the near post, which was only prevented by an amazing sliding clearance from the recovering Ellie Brown. St Ives managed to see out the remainder of the game without further scare to make the final score 4-2. Player of the Match went to three players in amongst a host of stand out performances – Ellie Brown, Katherine Speed and Hannah Seymour-Shove.

St Ives Town Ladies Development 3 Histon Ladies Res 3

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Division One Cup – Group B

St Ives Town Ladies Development hosted Histon Res in group stages of the League 1 cup on another heavy pitch. Histon took the lead after Ives had withstood their early pressure, but the hosts got themselves back on level terms when Leah Culpin’s run was ended by what looked to be a robust challenge in the box only for Georgia Rebane to cleverly score when the referee played an excellent advantage. The game was played at a furious tempo with both teams battling away to try to win control, but it was Ives who scored next when Molly Berryman scored with a perfectly placed header from a corner. Histon then got the game back level within a matter of minutes, and then went on to score their third and take a 3-2 lead. But this pulsating game was not over yet! Ives got their deserved equaliser when Connie Liddiard scored with a neat finish late in the game to give St Ives a well deserved draw. Players of the Match were Chloe Fegan-Webb for a superb performance in goal, and Kelly Holliday for her tireless work rate.

Reports by Darren Marjoram

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

Tuesday 9 January 19:45 k.o.

Match Preview

St Ives Town v St Neots Town

Evo-Stik South Premier

Match Sponsor – Mick George

Both sides have played a game each since this match was postponed on New Years day.

The Ives leap frogged Kings Langley in the table with a 3-0 victory over them last Saturday.

St Neots drew 2-2 at home to Stratford Town. They are currently in 10th place with 40 points.

Following the departure of Lewis Ferrell, Daniel Moyes will come into the squad as the only change from Saturday.

St Neots Town – Recent Results
6/1/18 – Stratford Town (H) – League – D 2-2
26/12/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – L 2-4
23/12/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 3-2
16/12/17 – Redditch United (A) – League – D 2-2
9/12/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 5-2
5/12/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 0-5
2/12/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 2-1
25/11/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 2-1
18/11/17 – Banbury United (A) – League – D 1-1
14/11/17 – Biggleswade Town (H) – League – D 0-0
11/11/17 – Stourbridge (H) – FA Trophy – L 2-3
4/11/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 1-0
28/10/17 – Corby Town (H) – FA Trophy – W 3-2
24/10/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 1-1
21/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 4-2
17/10/17 – Chesham United (A) – League – D 2-2
14/10/17  – Weymouth (H) – League – L 1-2

Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to & including 6/1/18

Ben Baker loan extended to the end of the season

We are delighted to confirm the club have today extended the loan signing of Ben Baker from Kettering Town for the rest of the season.

Bens original 28 day loan deal finished this weekend and Manager Ricky Marheineke has moved quickly to secure the services of the young talented attacker until the end of the season.

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 7 Jan

A mixed bag of results for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team did their championship claims no harm at all with an excellent 4-2 win over current leaders Netherton United Ladies.

Georgia Stancombe grabbed a brace with Hannah Seymour-Shove & Katherine Speed collecting a goal a piece.

Ellie Brown, Hannah Seymour-Shove & Katherine Speed were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say –

Fantastic performance from St Ives Town Ladies today on a difficult pitch to beat the league leaders 4-2. Most pleasing was the desire they had to see the game out at the end when legs were tired. Netherton are a good side. Not many teams will get anything from them!

This result leaves the Ladies in 2nd place, 9 points behind Netherton, but with 4 games in hand.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 7/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – March Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 21 Jan – Cambridge Rangers (H) – Cambs Women’s Invitational Cup

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The Ladies Development side drew 3-3 with Histon Ladies Reserves in Group B of the Division One Cup which was good enough to send them through to the Quarter Finals knockout stage.

Molly Berryman, Connie Liddiard & Georgia Rebane scored a goal each.

Chloe Fegan-Webb & Kelly Holiday were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Division One Cup – Group B. Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Newmarket Town Ladies Res (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 21 Jan – Histon Ladies Res (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won an exciting encounter 4-3 against Haverhill Rovers in the EJA League Yellow Divison

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Showed good character and strength to come from behind to get the 3 points – Well done lads. Looking forward to Leiston away in the Presidents cup next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round
  • Sun 21 Jan – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup going down 2-1 at Stotfold. This, however, was overshadowed by the injury to George Hiller.

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

A bad day as knocked out of the cup losing 2-1. Played most of the 2nd half with 9 players, losing 1 with a long term injury….but very proud of the boys and the heart and fight they showed. Hurry back George.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 21 Jan – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s drew 1-1 at home to Littleport in the Cambs & District Colts League.

Alfie Baker scored the Ives goal, taking his tally this season to 12. This puts him in 2nd place in the division.

Luke Annis & Harvey Donaldson were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

The U13 management reported the following via Twitter –

Today’s game was a good performance with the majority of the possession. Plenty of chances, we just need to be clinical. But take nothing away from a resilient Littleport side.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 21 Jan – West Wratting Youth (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division