Category: Ladies News

Ladies Match Preview (H) Cambridge Rangers

St Ives Town Ladies vs Cambridge Rangers

Date: Sunday 10th April 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Ground Address: California Rd, Saint Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 6SJ
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

This game has been awarded as a home walkover as Cambridge Rangers are unable to raise a side.

Ladies Result: Saints Ladies 11 Isleham United Ladies 0

The St Ives Town Lionesses claimed an impressive victory in a very one sided affair against a battling Isleham side.

Right from the off the Ives showed they were much quicker to the ball and were very capable of outpacing a rather sluggish Isleham defence. Sasha Smith had already wasted a good opportunity before putting the home side in front on eight minutes. Georgia Stancombe put through Hannah Seymour-Shove and she selflessly squared the ball to her strike partner Smith who steered in a low shot from the corner of the box that the Isleham keeper got a hand to, but could not keep out.

The home side continued to pour forward, but thanks to some wasteful finishing and a couple of good saves from the Isleham keeper it took until the 24th minute before the Ives doubled their advantage as Smith grabbed her second in spectacular style. Hannah Seymour-Shove fed Smith in a wide left position. The powerful striker fired in a dipping effort that flew over the keeper and nestled in the top corner of the net.

Three goals in three minutes just after the half hour mark settled the match as a contest. Stancombe turned provider again as she threaded a perfectly weighted through ball for Hannah Seymour-Shove to run clear onto on 33 minutes. Seymour-Shove calmly slotted the ball past the advancing keeper.

Seymour-Shove grabbed her second and Ives fourth less than 60 seconds later. This time she was put clear by her sister Amy and again showed a composed finish to give the keeper no chance. The fifth goal came only ninety seconds later as Stancombe was brought down by a struggling Isleham defender just as she was about to shoot deep inside the box. The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Smith stepped up to claim her hat trick. Although she was perhaps a little fortunate in this as her somewhat timid penalty was fumbled in by the keeper.

Substitute Megan Stowe grabbed her first goal for the Lionesses two minutes from half time as she ran on to a long free kick by Phoebe Webb that was missed by the Iselham back line. The struggling keeper got a hand to her well struck effort, but the ball still found the back of the net off the inside of the post.

There was still time for Amy Seymour-Shove to add a seventh right on the break as she again ran clear onto another ball over the top and fired home into the top right hand corner of the net from just inside the box to give the keeper no chance.

The goal fest looked like it was going to continue as an eighth arrived in emphatic fashion three minutes into the second half. Stancombe delivered an out swinging corner from the right that was met perfectly by centre back Mollie Berryman who powered in her header from eight yards.

The ninth arrived only four minutes later as leading scorer Georgia Rebane came off the bench to join in. She timed her run to perfection to get clear as yet another long ball found its way through the visitors back line. Rebane showed her composure as she drew the keeper and slotted the ball in the bottom corner from just inside the box.

The Lionesses had to wait until the 65th minute before that hit double figures and it was a well deserved goal for Stancombe as she got on the end of a good delivery from the left by Amy Seymour-Shove and side footed home from close range.

Another Ives substitute Jorgie Hall almost got in on the act one minute later as she ran on to a long punt from keeper Kira Markwell, but the battling Isleham keeper got down quickly to her right to turn Hall’s well struck effort round the post. The resulting corner lead to a scramble in the visitor’s goalmouth and efforts from Hall, Berryman and Rebane were all blocked before the ball was finally hacked clear.

Rebane claimed her second and the final goal of the afternoon on 70 minutes as she exchanged passes with Hall down the left before turning inside and beating the keeper on her near post with a fierce drive from just inside the box.

There were no more goals in the remaining 20 minutes thanks mainly to the gallant efforts of the Isleham no. 6 and her keeper who at times stood up alone against three, or four, Ives strikers. The closest we got to a round dozen came on 83 minutes when another Ives substitute Connie Liddiard cut out a poor goal kick from the tiring keeper and hammered in a shot from 25 yards that rattled the crossbar and bounced down and then out with such speed that only goal line technology could have told us how close it got to crossing the line.

So an emphatic win for the Lionesses who displayed their battling qualities and some excellent fast flowing football on occasions and showed once again they are very much a team who all work very hard for each other. All important qualities that will be needed in the vital games coming up over the next few weeks as the season reaches its business end.    

Ladies Preview: (A) Comberton Ladies FC

Comberton Ladies vs St Ives Town Ladies

Date: Sunday 13th March 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
Ground Address: Caldecote Recreation Ground, Furlong Way, Caldecote CB23 7ZH

Ladies Preview: Cambridge City Ladies

St Ives Town Ladies vs Cambridge City Ladies

Date: Sunday 21st February 2016
Kick Off: 1:45pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Invitation Cup Quarter Final
Ground Address: The Recreation Ground, Cambridge Road Girton Cambridge CB3 0FH

Please note this game will now be played at Cambridge City Ladies ground, address above.

Ladies Preview (A) Park Ladies

Park Ladies vs St Ives Town Ladies

Date: Sunday 7th February 2016
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
Ground Address: Parkfields Sports Centre, Chapel Lane, Wimblington

Sunday Results: Loss for the Youth Team & a Win for the Ladies

Sunday 24th January 2016 – Hunts Youth U18 Cup Semi-Final

St Ives Town Youth 0 Eynesbury Rovers U18’s 3


The young Ives battled well throughout the ninety minutes and could hold up their heads proudly as the frustrated a much bigger, stronger and older Eynesbury side who only clinched their place in the final with two goals in the last 15 minutes as the home side pushed forward in search of an equaliser.

Unfortunately the lads let themselves down badly after the final whistle as they reacted to provocation from some of the Rovers players at the hand shake that quickly degenerated into a large brawl by the dugouts that saw players from both sides trading punches and kicks. The match officials dealt with it as best they could and issued red cards to the two most blatant offenders Eynesbury’s Jake Smith and Reuben Eyles of St Ives.

Fully aware that Eynesbury had been scoring hat fulls of goals in the earlier rounds of this competition and their League games manager Jack Cassidy went for his favoured 4-1-4-1 formation and set out to restrict the visitor’s opportunities.

This formation worked well in the early stages as any attacks Eynesbury looked to formulate were quickly snuffed out by the rigid Ives back lines. Their only early opportunity came from a dead ball situation in the 13th minute as Jake Smith delivered a free kick into the centre of the box that saw both Eynesbury centre backs attack the ball in an excellent position. Fortunately they got in each other’s way and the chance was gone.

Ives were still capable of breaking out of defence at pace and created their best opportunity of the first period on the half hour as Sam Bedwell-Byatt won the ball on the left just inside his own half and played the ball into the feet of Charlie McManus who slid it forward to Sam Davidson. He played a perfectly weighted through ball that was going to put Mark Lloyd clear until he was cynically taken out by Eynesbury defender Tommy Fairbrass. He was only saved from a red card by the distance from goal. But a free kick thirty yards from goal and a yellow card for the offender was scant reward for the best move of the game to that point. Sam Land fired the free kick on target, but Lee Pickering was equal to it and plunged to his right to push the ball away.

The home side were unfortunate to fall behind on 38 minutes as they struggled to clear a ball played into the feet of centre forward Rhys Thorpe on the edge of the box. Callum Shepherd got his foot to the ball, but it bounced up and hit his hand. Thorpe carefully lined up the free kick and his powerful dipping drive over the wall gave Jordan Mitchell no chance.

The visitors came close to adding to their lead two minutes before the break as Cam Harris got on the end of a corner from the left. Mitchell did very well to block his close range header and Ewan Smith was on hand to acrobatically clear the follow up effort off the line. The ball was still bouncing dangerously around the goalmouth until Mitchell bravely smothered it.

The home keeper also did well to cling onto a fierce drive from Jake Smith as the half entered added time, Smith had battled through two tackles before unleashing his shot from just inside the box.

The early period of the second half continued in similar fashion with neither side able to create much until Thorpe went close on the hour. Mitchell also did very well to hang onto another well struck shot from Cam Harris after a corner had been half cleared to him 25 yards out.

Manager Cassidy decided that he needed a change of tactics to try and get the goal back on 64 minutes. He substituted the tiring Bedwell-Byatt and the strangely ineffective Lloyd for Matt Wright and Bailey Pillin to go three up front. This unsettled the visitors for a while and Wright almost got on the end of a precise clip over the top by George Reader, but covering defender Sean Haran just managed to nick the ball off his toe.

But Eynesbury were looking to exploit the gaps which were now opening up and Mitchell excelled himself again twice in a minute as he first clung onto a powerful dipping drive from Smith and then kept out a close range header from Harris as he got on the end of another corner.

The goal that settled the game came from yet another dead ball situation in 76th minute as Shepherd blocked Smith 30 yards out. Smith cleverly dinked in the free kick to the far post where substitute Sam Bloy forced it home from close range. This knocked the stuffing out of the tiring Ives who to their credit still battled to the end.

The final nail in the coffin was provided in the 84th minute as Thorpe headed home an excellent deep cross from Bloy at the far post to grab his second of the game.

The Ives battled well throughout this game as they once again came up against a very tough opponent. But the real difference between the two sides was a man I have not mentioned once in this report, Eynesbury skipper Reuben White who ran this game in the middle of the park. He was one of those players that it is a pleasure to watch, never hurried, always time to bring the ball down and play it in to space, or into the feet of a team mate. He conducted himself well throughout this niggly affair and some of the other players on both sides would do well to follow his example.

St Ives Team: Mitchell, Land, Smith, Eyles, Shepherd, Reader, Lloyd (capt), Morgan-McDaid, Davidson, McManus, Bedwell-Byatt

Subs (used roll on/roll off): Pillin, Thompson, Wright

Subs not used: Parr, Short

Sunday 15th December 2015 – Cambs Women’s Invitation Cup

Comberton Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 5

The Ladies progressed to the next round of the Women’s Invitation cup with a convincing 5-0 win.  Two goals a piece from Georgia Rebane & Sasha Smith and one from Jorgie Hall were enough to book a place in the next round at home to Cambridge City Ladies on February 21st.


Ladies Result: Saints Ladies 6 Little Paxton 1

Sunday 29th November 2015 – Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

St Ives Town Ladies 6 Little Paxton Ladies 1

The St Ives Town Lionesses maintained their exciting start to the season and went three points clear at the top of the table with an impressive win in very windy conditions against a battling Little Paxton side.

Kicking off with the strong wind at their backs the Ives pinned the visitors in their own penalty area for the first ten minutes and deservedly went in front in the eleventh minute as a long throw from skipper Sasha Smith was allowed to drop in the box and was powerfully fired home from close range by Georgia Rebane.

Four minutes later centre back Molly Berryman doubled the advantage as she met a corner from the left by Georgia Stancombe with her knee ten yards out and looked as surprised as anyone as the ball flew into the top corner past the startled visitors keeper.

Little Paxton went close with their first sortie into Ives territory on 22 minutes as Berryman pulled back a Paxton striker 25 yards from goal to concede a free kick. The same player lined up the kick and curled a perfect effort over the wall that looked to be heading into the bottom corner of the net, but home keeper Kira Markwell pulled off an excellent save plunging full length to her left to turn the ball around the post.

The Lionesses came close to adding a third on 34 minutes as a free kick from wide on the left was delivered into the danger area by Stancombe and turned onto her own bar by a Little Paxton defender. The ball bounced down almost on the goal line and was just scrambled clear before Rebane could force it home.

But the home side did not have to wait long for a third as only two minutes later an excellent cross from the right by Stancombe was punched down by the Paxton keeper and Rebane was on hand to grab her second sliding home the loose ball from by the penalty spot.

Markwell was called into action again almost straight from the kick off as her colleagues switched off for a moment and let the dangerous Paxton number ten into the box. She hit a well struck low shot across the keeper, but once again Markwell was equal to it pulling off an excellent one handed stop low to her left.

Rebane claimed her hat trick and Ives fourth three minutes before half time as she coolly slotted home after being put clear by a well weighted through ball from skilful newcomer Jorgie Hall.

Stancombe claimed a well deserved goal of her own one minute into added time to put Ives five up at half time. Her finish was almost identical to the previous goal and this time the perfect through ball was provided by the all action Hannah Seymour-Shove.

The second half was never going to be easy against the strengthening breeze, but the Ives still continued in very positive mood with Rebane still to the fore, but she was denied four times by good saves from the visiting keeper in the first ten minutes of the second period.

After that the visitors began to enjoy a bit more possession keeping the ball in the home sides half for long periods without ever really threatening the Ives defence which was well marshalled by the ever dependable Connie Liddiard. On the few occasions they did find a way through Markwell’s handling was immaculate.

The visitor’s surprise consolation goal came three minutes from time and was an excellent strike from the edge of the box by their impressive centre forward that gave Markwell no chance.

This goal stung the Ives into action again and there was still time for Rebane to grab her forth, and Ives sixth of the game as she clipped a perfect effort over the keeper from just inside the box after a smart interchange of passes with Stancombe down the right.

Overall a very impressive all round display in awful conditions which should take the Ladies on a high into their top of the table clash at Milton next Sunday.


Ladies Result: Saints Ladies 4 Comberton Ladies 0

Sunday 15th November 2015 – Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South

St Ives Town Ladies 4 Comberton Ladies 0

Two goals apiece from Tierney Poore and Connie Liddiard saw the Saints Ladies rise to the top of the League Table yesterday.


Line Up: Markell, Liddiard, Berryman, Flack, Ford, Rebane, Stefanelli, Seymour-Shove, Stancombe, Smith (capt) Poore

Substitutes: Chatten, Martin

Goals: Liddiard (2), Poore (2)