Category: Ladies News

Ladies & Colts Round Up & Match Reports – 3 Dec

2 wins for the Ladies. A loss and a draw for the Colts

St Ives Ladies continued their recent good form with an outstanding performance and 8-0 win over March Town in the League Cup quarter final on Sunday. Georgia Stancombe was one of the stars in an all round team performance, and got the game of to a good start for the hosts when she opened the scoring after beating her marker and slotting calmly past the March keeper. Not content with that, she went on to score her third hat trick of the season before half time, with a fantastic run and finish from Hannah Seymour-Shove in between those goals. March were no pushovers, and came out from half time with the desire to press the Saints quickly, but no matter what they tried the home side rose to the occasion and played around their opponents. Inevitably, St Ives continued to push forwards and added further goals in the second half from Georgia Stancombe, Hannah Seymour-Shove and Katherine Speed to end the game with a 8-0 victory and put themselves into the hat for the semi-finals. Such was the performance from every player, that the whole team was awarded Player of the Match to reflect the complete nature of the performance.

Darren Marjoram said

“This was a fantastic performance from the whole team, not just in terms of their skill and ability but also importantly in their work rate and approach to the game. The entire Ladies squad that we have at St Ives is an amazing group who really are like one big family, and I think that is reflected in the performances both teams have been putting in recently. Paul Swannell, who is the Club goalkeeping coach, has been working hard with our keepers over the last few weeks, and that has also seen us improve further. Probably most importantly of all, adding Lisa Trigg to the coaching staff has been a huge positive for us this season, and the future of St Ives Ladies looks very good indeed. “

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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Lisa Trigg’s St Ives Town’s Development side also recorded a cup victory with their hard fought 1-0 win at Cambridge Rangers in the Division 1 cup. The game was a tight affair, as the score line suggests, but the sides were separated by another goal for St Ives captain Georgia Rebane. The Saints managed to see off the Cambridge Rangers attacks through the game with some determined defending to record their third clean sheet of the season and maintain their excellent start to the campaign. The result means they extend their record to only 1 defeat in 7 games across all competitions. Georgina Astley was awarded the Player of the Match for her flawless performance at the back.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s had a tough day losing 4-0 at Histon in the EJA Yellow Division.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Tough game for under 15’s v Histon in the EJA Leaguetoday. Lost to the better team, but we can learn from our errors and mistakes and regroup after a tough run of games. Next week we make the short trip to Leiston in the Presidents Cup.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s didn’t have a game and resume next week in the County Cup.

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s played out an exciting 4-4 draw at Mildenhall.

The Ives goals came from Damien Boakye, Harvey Donaldson, Luke Dunn & Daniel Legg

The U13 management had the following to say via Twitter –

A brilliant game, great football played by both teams. Our attitude and desire was outstanding today. Man of the match – Daniel Legg, his attitude and desire shone through. Topped of with a goal.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 26 Nov

A Win and a draw for the Ladies. Disappointment for the Colts

The Ladies first team met Cambridge University Women’s again after handing them a heavy 15-0 defeat last week. To the University’s credit they gave the Ladies a much tougher test this time around which resulted in a 2-0 win for the Ives.
Amy Seymour-Shove & Georgia Stancombe got the goals. Ellie Brown & Mollie Flack were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’
They currently sit in 2nd position, 6 points behind Netherton, but with 2 games in hand
S-Tech Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – March Town United Ladies (H) – Women’s League Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development played out 2-2 draw with current leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds.

Molly Berryman & Connie Liddiard got the Ives goals. Leah Culpin was awarded ‘Player of the Match’

They are handily placed in 3rd spot, 3 points behind, but with 1 & 2 games in hand respectively over 2nd & 1st.

S-Tech Cambs Women’s Championship South – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Cambridge Rangers (A) – Women’s First Division Cup
  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s visited local rivals Godmanchester Town narrowly losing 2-1 in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

Manager Paul Everest described the game as “Great tough game today…. Some really good football from both teams.”

They are still very handily placed in the league with over two thirds of the season still to play.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Histon (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s suffered a 4-0 reverse at leaders AFC Sudbury in the Eastern Junior Alliance, leaving them in 3rd place in the Green Division.

The U14 Twitter feed said of the performance “played poorly and gave our hosts too much time and respect…”

U14 Eastern Junior Alliance Green Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s met Waterbeach Colts for the 3rd time this season. Having won the previous encounters 14-4 & 3-0, the Ives were looking for a hat-trick. It was Waterbeach however, who landed the spoils on this occasion with a 4-1 victory.

The U13 Twitter feed said of the Ives display “An under whelming performance, beaten by a side who were more up for the game today.”

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Mildenhall Town (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Match Reports & Round Up – 19 Nov

A penalty shoot out away from a clean sweep

Above photo – Katie Stancombe. Main photo – 4 goal hero Katherine Speed

St Ives Town Ladies 1st team recorded their biggest ever win on Sunday when blowing away Cambridge University by a record 15-0 scoreline. It wasn’t so much the score that impressed those watching, it was the performance that every player contributed to. The scoring started early with Georgia Stancombe neatly slotting past the home keeper after just 2 minutes to get Ives off to a great start, and this was followed quickly by goals from Katherine Speed, Amy Seymour-Shove and Katie Stancombe, as well as Georgia completing her hat-trick before half time to contribute to a 7-0 half time advantage to the saints. Although the goal scorers rightly get plaudits for their efforts, the midfield and defensive lines were equally as impressive, with Anna Hicks and Ellie Brown particularly deserving of praise.

 

Georgia Stancombe. Photos by Angela Chapman.

The second half saw Sasha Smith and Megan Stow introduced to the action, and they also added to the goals tally along with further goals for Amy Seymour-Shove and Katie Stancombe to also complete their hat-tricks, plus Katherine Speed who ended the day with a total of 4 goals to complete the 15-0 score at the final whistle.

“This was by far the best performance we have seen from the Ladies team since we started, and on this form I don’t think anyone will want to play us! I can honestly say that every player played to an exceptional level today, and that is a reflection of the hard work they all put into training every week. I can not praise the players enough for their performance, and for their work rate and determination.
Report by Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram
S-Tech Womens Premiership. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Cambridge University Women (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development kept up their 100% league record with a 3-0 win at Cambridge Rangers.

Development Manager Lisa Trigg has provided the below report –

St Ives development squad make their league run 3 wins in 3 after defeating Cambridge Rangers today 3-0. After playing the same opponents in the previous week and striving to improve on the 2-1 win they went into this fixture with the mind set of working as a team to get the result. The first half was tough and the game at that stage could have gone either way. One of St Ives’ best chances was Connie Liddiard having a near miss after pulling the ball just wide of the goal. Sophie Marjoram managed to get her fingers to a fantastic 20 yard free kick from the Rangers striker , tipping it into the path of right back Megan Webb who managed to then comfortably clear the ball away from danger. Sophie also became under pressure shortly after but this impressive 16 year old committed to shutting down the opponents attack not once but twice after the Rangers player slipped a ball to an open player on the edge of the box. Fantastic reactions again for the second match in a row for a keeper with youth on her side, and brilliantly supported by her centre back pairing, Georgie Astley covering a runner into the box and Molly Berryman covering the goal line. New recruit Ebony Smith did a wonderful job at holding midfield to not only win the ball back out of possession but played beautiful through balls to her teammates finding feet and making plays in our favour. Down our right hand side play was diminished as the work rate of right back Megan and Right wing 16 year old Jess Stancombe was outstanding, shutting down any opportunities Rangers brought upon us with their pace.

Second half is where St Ives Town dug in and showed what they were made of. Creating the majority of the chances on display. Chances coming from Captain Georgia Rebane, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter, Charlene Martin and Kelly Holliday. However Connie was the first to find the back of the net making up for her near miss in the first half, beating several Rangers players before sending the ball across the box and the face of the keeper to hit the opposite top corner.
Not long after Georgia Rebane hit a cracking shot but found the woodwork before Emilee Steel was able to finish making this two goals in two games for the new 18 year old St Ives Town signing.
The Captain who had worked hard all match not only with her work rate but keeping moral high within her squad bagged her first goal this season. Receiving the ball on the outside of the box with her back to goal, she volleyed it on the turn into the top left corner. It was so perfectly placed the keeper could do nothing but watch.
These superb attacking scenes were matched by the defensive display the squad had put on throughout to ensure the ladies kept a clean sheet. Chloe Fagen Webb and Kaitlyn Petch new signings this season effected the second half of this game with fresh legs closing down players at any opportunity to ensure the lead was retained. As well as a tactical move of Jade to deeper in the field later on in the match saw her wipe out players with the desire to retain possession and secure the win.
Two players were named as player of the match this week. Chloe Stefanelli for her consistently affective defending, getting her job done, playing simple football and making it look easy as left back. Kelly Holliday also got the recognition she deserved playing out of position today with determination, desire and pace. Not forgetting her phenomenal free kicks that unfortunately on this occasion we could not get on the end of, and her well timed tackles throughout the match one of which cleared the ball out of the path of an unmarked Rangers player who had found the ball at her feet in our box.
Great performance all round from this new squad, long may in continue #uptheives
S-Tech Championship South. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s bowed out in the Quarter Final of the U15 Hunts County Cup at Park Farm Pumas. it was 1-1 after 90 minutes and the Pumas went through 3-1 in a penalty shoot out

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Godmanchester Town (A) – EJA U15 – Yellow Division

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The U14’s progressed in the League Challenge Cup with a 3-1 win at Redbridge

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – AFC Sudbury (A) – EJA U14 – Green Division

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The U13’s won at home 3-1 against Ely City Crusaders.

The below is from the U13 Twitter feed –

Goals – Keates 6mins, Baker 10mins, Suttie 40mins

A good comfortable win today! All played a part in today’s win. Jay, Ross and Steve want to thank all players for there hard work up to this point!

Men of the Match Oliver Coatsworth & Harvey Donaldson

Cambridge & District Colts League – U13A Division. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Waterbeach Colts (A) – U13A Cambridge & District Colts League

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 29 Oct

3 out of 3 for our Sunday Teams

The Ladies Development side won their inaugural game in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South with an away 4-1 victory at Isleham United Ladies.

Sasha Smith returning from 7 weeks out injured got on the scoresheet with a brace. Katherine Speed on her Ives debut also scored 2.

Three 16 year olds made debuts today, Jessica Stancombe & Sophie Marjoram being two of them.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – March Town United Ladies (A) – League Cup

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The U15’s moved to the top of the U15 EJA Yellow division with a 4-1 home win over Newmarket Town.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – Cambridge City (H) – EJA League

Up to & Including 29/10/17

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The U13’s had a convincing 11-0 win at Exning United Blues in the Cambs & District U13A division.

The goals came from Carlo Giove, Ben Hunter, Harvey Keates x3, Alfie Baker, Damien Boakye, Billy Chambers x2 & Lois Rowsell x2

‘Players of the Match’ were Harvey Donaldson, Luke Dunn & Harvey Keates.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – Waterbeach Colts (A) – U13 League Cup

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Up to & including 29/10/17

 

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 8 Oct

Another good weekend for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team moved up to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a superb 7-0 win over March Town United Ladies.

The goals came from Tierney Coulson x 2, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x 2, Connie Liddiard & 1 own goal.

Katie Stancombe was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The U15s won their 3rd league game on the spin win a 8-1 over Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest has provided the below match report

The Saints Under 15’s continued to shine in their first season at the new Eastern Junior Alliance league. After two successive wins against Newport Pagnell and Biggleswade, they welcomed Felixstowe and Walton to St.Ives for their 3rd league game.

Felixstowe started the game well and strong, making it very difficult for St.Ives to get into any real flow or rhythm, Felixstowe got their reward and took the lead. St.Ives got straight back at them and through some good football, got themselves back in the game. One goal lead to two, three and four with a half time score at 4 – 1. The second half carried on very well for the Ives, with a further four goals. The game finished 8 – 1. Goals were 3 Julian Priest, 2 Ben Smith, 2 Josh Williams and 1 for Mihayl Mitkov.    

Well done to all the lads for their hard work.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Priory Parkside Colts White (A) – Hunts County Youth U15 Cup

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Needham Market 5-1 which moves them to 2nd in the table.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Barkingside (H) – EJA League Challenge Cup U14 Round 2

Many thanks to PSS Hire for providing the tracksuits for the season. (See main photo)

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Yaxley Juniors in the Hunts County Youth U13 Cup

Alfie Baker scored the St Ives goals.

‘Player of the Match’ – Daniel Legg

Next game – Sun 29 Oct – Exning United (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 1 Oct

4 out 5 for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team progressed into the 2nd round of the Women’s League Cup at the expense of Newmarket Ladies Reserves with a 7-0 win

Hanah & Amy Seymour-Shove got 2 goals a piece. The others came from Katie Stancombe, Tierney Coulson & Connie Liddiard.

The whole team were awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development won their first ever competitive game with a fantastic 8-0  win over Milton Ladies in the Women’s League Cup 1st round.

Goalscorers – Georgina Astley x2, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter x2, Drew Jenkins, Chloe Stefanelli & Megan Stowe.

Georgina Astley was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’

Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report –

Sunday saw the first game for St Ives Town Ladies Development side in the League Cup and they did not disappoint. The game was played at away at Milton Ladies. St Ives captain Drew Jenkins lead by example from the warm up until the final whistle with superb leadership on and off the pitch, and used her experience well to support and encourage all the players from start to finish. Left back Chloe Stefanelli opened the game with a fantastic 30 yard strike to give St Ives the lead they deserved. This was closely followed by number 10 Georgie Astley finding the back of the net before the half time whistle. With a comfortable 2-0 lead the girls did not sit back and started the second half determined to increase the score line. Player of the match Astley started the second half how she finished the first and bagged her second goal of the day with an outstanding volley from the edge of the box. It was then the turn of St Ives striker Jade Carpenter to show what she was capable of, finding the net not once but twice within ten minutes; finishing with a fantastic strike into the top left hand that could not have been more perfectly placed. The next two goals came from captain Jenkins and Megan Stow returning from injury in the best way possible. Finally Centre back Kelly Holliday took the ball from her own 18 yard line to the opposition box, easily passing any of the opposition that got in her way. Milton keeper did well to save her powerful strike but new signing Olivia Baker was there to finish the impressive goal feast with a left foot finish. So the final score was 8-0.
Manager Lisa Trigg speaks with nothing but admiration for the effort and drive the ladies played with.
A fantastic overall squad performance and hopefully the start of a very successful season for this newly formed side.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Milton Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15s continued their winning streak win a 4-2 over Biggleswade Town in the EJA league.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Whitton United 5-1.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Needham Market (A) – EJA League U14 Green Division

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Bluntisham Blasters in the Cambs & District U13A Colts League

The goals came from Ben Hunter

‘Players of the Match’ – Oliver Coatsworth & Luis Sarchet

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Yaxley Juniors (H) – Hunts U13 Cup

Ladies Team Result – Roade Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 1

Match Report

Roade Ladies 0 St ives Town Ladies 1

The SSE Women’s FA Cup First Qualifying Round – 3rd September 2017

The history making Ives Lionesses took their remarkable journey on another step as they triumphed in their first ever game in the Women’s FA Cup. But they made heavy weather of doing so missing a penalty in each half and only being saved from extra time by an excellent late strike by skipper Sasha Smith.

On paper this was always going to a tough ask as the Ladies going into only their third season in existence ventured into Northamptonshire to face a well established Northants Women’s League top division side in Roade FC.

On arrival the players found themselves on a compact ground with a pitch boasting a considerable slope from one end to the other. But to counteract the pitch contours there was a considerable breeze blowing up the slope. The Ives chose to go up the hill with the breeze first half and showed lots of early endeavour. The first shot arrived after only five minutes as Georgia Stancome cut in from the right and fired in a low drive that presented the Roade keeper with a comfortable save.

The home keeper was called into much more dramatic action six minutes later as a Kira Markwell punt carried on the breeze and skimmed off a defenders head putting Hannah Seymour-Shove clear. She ran on into the box and tried to clip the ball past the advancing custodian, but the Roade stopper made a good one handed save.

The first spot kick arrived in 26th minute. Smith went down the left turning her full back inside out before knocking over a low cross that the home keeper spilled. Seymour-Shove was about to pounce on the loose ball and knock it home when she was taken down from behind giving referee Trevor Martin little option but to point to the spot. Seymour-Shove picked herself up and took the responsibility. But although she struck her effort well she did not take into account the rising ground which gave her shot enough extra elevation to clear the crossbar.

This did not knock the visitors out of their stride, but seemed to spur them on to greater efforts and they again went close to that all important first goal in 36th minute. Smith delivered the perfect in-swinging free kick from the right that Connie Liddiard looked certain to get her head onto six yards from goal. But she failed to make contact and Seymour-Shove arriving at the back post could only get sufficient contact on the stretch to knock the ball into the side netting.

The Ives back line well marshalled by Anna Hicks and Mollie Flack looked solid throughout the first period and their only lapse came just seconds before the break as they struggled to clear a ball into their box from the right and gave a Roade striker chance to fire just wide from an excellent position ten yards from goal.

The only corner of the game went the way of the hosts eight minutes after the break. But it almost cost them a goal as Markwell made an excellent clean catch and a quick throw released Smith breaking into the opposition half. She just failed to get her pass away to put Seymour-Shove clean through.

Seymour-Shove was proving a real handful for the Roade defence and her persistence won the second penalty in 65th minute as she harried a home defender into a mistake in her own box and was then brought down from behind as she tried to turn on the ball. This time Stancombe took the spot kick, but her two pace run up meant that she got little power in her strike which was to close to the keeper giving her the chance to stop the ball with her legs. Her colleagues reacted first to help her out and hack the ball away.

In spite of this further set back the Ives continued to push forward in search of that vital goal. Another good positive move involving Seymour-Shove and substitute Cherish Sibanda set up a shooting opportunity for Tierney Coulson in 72nd minute. But her shot from the edge of the box was again straight at the home keeper who held on well.

With players now tiring and extra time looming the break through finally arrived ten minutes from time. Liddiard charged into the heart of the home defence and although she looked like she had lost possession she bravely blocked the attempted clearance. The ball fell to Smith on the edge of the box, she took a touch before slamming in an unstoppable shot that dipped into the roof of the net over the top of the well beaten keeper.

However just when it looked like they had it won Ives were almost caught out with five minutes to go as a ball over the top put the Roade no. 6 clear. But Markwell did everything right closing her down and staying upright then making a very good save low to her left when the shot came in from the edge of the box.

After that brief scare Ives successfully ran down the clock including three added minutes. The celebrations in the visitor’s camp on the final whistle prompted one despondent home supporter to remark “blimey you would think that they had won the cup”. But in truth they just showed what a fantastic group of ladies they are and how much they are all willing to put in for each other.

A trip to Wymondham in deepest Norfolk awaits in the next round, we wish them well.

St Ives team : Markwell, Megan Webb, Ransome, Phoebe Webb (Sibanda 69), Hicks, Flack, Stancombe, Liddiard, Smith (capt) (Jenkins 90 + 1), Hannah Seymour-Shove, Coulson (Ford 77).

Unused subs :  Astley, Berryman

Goal : Smith 80

Player of the match : Hannah Seymour-Shove

Attendance : approx 45

Report by Nigel Howlett

F.A Cup Weekend – 2nd & 3rd September

The Emirates F.A Cup – 1st Round Qualifying

Saturday 2 September 3pm k.o. – The ProEdge Westwood Road

St Ives Town v Coalville Town

Match Day Sponsor – ProEdge

Match Ball Sponsor  – Instant Pot

On Saturday we welcome ‘The Ravens’ to the ProEdge. Coalville are a fellow step 3 side, plying their trade in the Northern Premier League. They lost their opening 3 games of the season, but won 2 out of the next 3 in the space of a week and head to Cambridgeshire in a good run of current form.

Coalville have reached the 2nd qualifying round in the last 4 seasons and reached the 1st round proper in 2004-05.

St Ives have reached the 2nd qualifying round twice. In 2015-16 & 2013-14

 

Our tenants Cambridge City also play in the FA Cup this weekend.  They face St Neots Town in a local derby at ProEdge Westwood Road on Friday night (1st September).  Kick Off 7:45pm

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The SSE Women’s F.A Cup – 1st Round Qualifying

Sunday 3 September 2pm k.o. – Hyde Road, Roade

Roade Ladies v St Ives Town Ladies

The Ladies will be creating history this Sunday when they compete in the Women’s F.A Cup for the very first time.

Roade Ladies play in Division 1 of the Northants Women’s League and were runners-up last season.

Address – (Connolly Way) Hyde Road, Roade, Northampton. NN7 2LX

 

Ladies Preview St Ives Town 0 Park Ladies 0

St Ives Town Ladies 0 Netherton United Ladies 2

Date: Sunday 11th December 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

A strong and powerful Netherton side claimed a League double over the St Ives Lionesses, but the result was claimed in controversial circumstances as the home side were denied a perfectly good opening goal only eighteen minutes in. Had the “goal” which came during a period when Ives were on top been given then things may well have turned out differently.
After an opening period when both sides were testing each other out on a heavy pitch the first really noteworthy incident was the “goal” that never was. Hannah Seymour-Shove was enjoying some success down the right in these early stages and she managed to get away from her marker before delivering a low cross into the centre to pick out her sister. Amy Seymour-Shove took an excellent touch, side stepped a defender and fired in a low shot from just inside the box. The visitor’s keeper did well to dive across and get a hand on the ball, but it rolled on over the line before rebounding into play off the block which holds the wheel in place on the mobile goal. The keeper’s reaction told you this had happened as she initially made no effort to pounce on the stationary ball two yards from her line. Ives players wheeled away to celebrate, but to everyone’s surprise the otherwise excellent referee waved play on and the keeper was first to react to dive on the loose ball. Time for video technology in the lower Leagues!
This setback seemed to rattle the Ives a little and the visitors started to come more into the game. Home keeper Kira Markwell was twice called upon to make good saves in 25th and 32nd minutes as the Netherton strikers moved the ball around well and got shots away.
As the half wore on Ives began to get on top once more, but they were unable to test the Netherton keeper with a shot again although she twice reacted quickly to come off her line and claim through balls bravely at the feet of 16 year old debutant Ives striker Chloe Smith.
The second half started evenly with both sides trying to get the ball down and play, but both defences generally coming out on top. The half was only four minutes old when Markwell was called into action again holding on well to a crisp shot from the edge of the box by Netherton’s no. 23.
Play immediately swung to the opposite end where the hard working Chloe Smith managed to find some space down the right and picked out Amy Seymour-Shove in the centre. But she was again denied the opportunity to shoot by a well timed challenge from a covering defender.
Ives won a free kick in a dangerous position on the right as Hannah Seymour-Shove was taken out clumsily by a defender as she skilfully tried to take the ball around her to get to the bye line on 56 minutes. The kick was floated into the centre by Sophie Marheineke, but yet again a taller Netherton defender headed it clear. Molly Berryman pounced on the loose ball just outside the box, but fired her first time effort a couple of yards wide.
The opening goal arrived just after the hour as Netherton’s speedy winger broke at pace down the right and delivered a low cross into the centre that picked out an unmarked team mate ghosting in at the far post. She showed composure to slot the ball past the advancing Markwell giving the keeper no chance.
The visitors almost repeated the feat in identical fashion only two minutes later as the same player broke clear and tried to slot the ball past Markwell in identical fashion. But the Ives keeper was wise to it this time and spread herself to make an excellent block.
By this stage of the game Netherton were well on top as the home side seemed to be tiring on the heavy pitch. Markwell made another excellent save to keep them in the game on 70 minutes as she dived full length to her left to tip a low drive from Netherton’s no. 14 onto the post. She also reacted quickly to bravely pounce on the loose ball ahead of closing attackers.
In spite of her heroic efforts to keep her side in the game keeper Markwell was eventually beaten for a second time twelve minutes from time as the powerful visitor’s no. 7 out muscled Mollie Flack on the right and delivered a cross that was turned past the valiant keeper from close range. Flack’s complaints to the referee that she was fouled fell on deaf ears and eventually ended up earning her a yellow card.
The their credit Ives kept battling to the end and skipper Sasha Smith did create one opportunity for Hannah Seymour-Shove to get a shot in ten minutes from time. But again the very good Netherton keeper held onto the well struck effort comfortably at her near post.
Overall verdict that this was a good entertaining game and the outcome may have been different if the Ives early “goal” had stood. But on overall play the visitors just about edged it. Promotion in their first season has propelled the Ives into a very competitive Premiership Division where they are beginning to find their feet and picking up some very good results. To put things into context today’s opponents are enjoying their third season at this level and the Lionesses matched them for long periods, but just could not find that crucial goal.
St Ives team : Markwell, Ransome, Webb, Stowe, Berryman, Flack, Hannah Seymour-Shove, Liddiard, Sasha Smith (capt), Chloe Smith, Amy Seymour-Shove.
Subs : all used roll on/roll off : Marheineke, Stefanelli, Astley, Rebane
Goal : none
Player of the match : Chloe Smith
Attendance : approx 30

Ladies Result St Ives Town Ladies 4 Isleham United Ladies 0

St Ives Town Ladies 4 Isleham United Ladies 0

Date: Sunday 2nd October 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s League Cup
Ground Address: One Leisure, California Road, St Ives, PE27 6SJ

St Ives Ladies opened up their League Cup campaign, and played their first home game of the season, with the visit of Isleham United Ladies. Isleham arrived in good form, having scored a total of 13 goals in their 3 games this season, but were no match for the impressive Saints who came into this game off the back of a 3-0 defeat at Netherton. The game started in a somewhat scrappy fashion, both sides giving away possession too easily, but the pattern soon became one of more sustained pressure from the home side as the game progressed. The pressure finally resulted in a goal for St Ives when Hannah Seymour-Shove opened her account for the season, slotting coolly past the advancing Isleham keeper. St Ives now settled into their passing rhythm and shortly after her first, Hannah Seymour-Shove doubled her tally and that of the home side with another very well taken goal. St Ives were now looking confident in possession, and the excellent Amy Seymour-Shove was proving a constant danger every time she was on the ball, with Phoebe Webb providing the cover for her in midfield. Ives extended their lead further just before half time when a pinpoint pass from Sasha Smith found Jade Carpenter, who timed her run to perfection before giving the visiting keeper no chance with her powerful shot. A good first half from St Ives.

Second half didn’t see the goals of the first half, but it did see St Ives take complete control of the game. They kept possession well, and found themselves in the opposition half for most of the second 45 minutes. Amy Seymour-Shove was once again involved in a lot of the good work from the home side, both in and out of possession. The only thing lacking was better finishing as the chances continued to be squandered. Indeed it seemed at one point that St Ives would fail to convert all their pressure in the second half into a goal, but that changed when Sasha Smith was reintroduced and within minutes scored direct from a corner. Ives had more chances before the end of the game, which they failed to convert, but can be more than happy with their performance.

Joint Player of the Match went to Amy Seymour-Shove and Phoebe Webb.