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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.

Ladies Confirmed for Promotion

The club has received confirmation that following our second place finish in the Cambs FA Women’s Championship South last season, we have been promoted to the Cambs FA Women’s Premiership for the upcoming 2016/17 season.

Congratulations once again to the whole team and coaching staff, and we look forward to another successful season.

Ladies Result: Saints Ladies 1 Milton Ladies 0

St Ives Lionesses kept alive their hopes of claiming top spot in the Championship South with a very hard fought win over one of their rivals for the crown at a very sunny Pro-Edge Stadium.

The game was decided by a well taken early goal from Ives skipper Sasha Smith, but the result was achieved by an impressive all round team performance and a very solid defensive display in which keeper Kira Markwell and centre back Mollie Flack were outstanding.

The speedy Milton no. 10 had the ball in the Ives net as early as 3rd minute, but fortunately the eagle eyed match official had spotted her pull back on Megan Stowe as she powered through and disallowed the effort.

Hannah Seymour-Shove was winning a lot of the ball in the centre of the park and she almost put Smith clear in the 12th minute. It took a foul on the edge of the box by the Milton centre back to deny Smith a clear run on goal. The free kick came to nothing.

Two minutes later the same two players combined again and this time Smith battled her way clear to get on the end of Seymour-Shove’s through ball. The keeper bravely closed her down and blocked Smith’s effort at close range. But the tough centre forward battled on and just managed to turn the loose ball home from a narrow angle in spite of the efforts of a covering defender to clear.

Hannah Seymour-Shove continued to enjoy a lot of possession in the centre of the park and she combined well with Georgia Rebane to set up a shooting opportunity for Tierney Poore on 23 minutes. Poore’s effort from 20 yards was well struck, but straight at the keeper who held on well.

Milton slowly began to work their way into the game and started to create a few opportunities of their own as the half wore on. The two central strikers combined well to try and work their way through on 27 minutes. But when the shot finally came in it was blocked by an Ives defender. The ensuing scramble in the box ended with a follow up shot fired well over from a good position.

Keeper Markwell showed her alertness and bravery just after the half hour as the Milton centre forward broke clear onto a clip over the top. Markwell was quick off her line and bravely threw herself across the shot on the edge of the box. The ball ran loose to another Milton player following up, but Markwell showed her speed of recovery by again hurling herself in to the feet of the attacker. But this time she mistimed her challenge just outside the box and took out the opposition player instead of the ball. She picked up a yellow card for her troubles, but certainly took one for the team as she prevented a clear shot on a vacant goal. The free kick was hammered over the top so Ives preserved their lead.

Ives were somewhat under the cosh during the latter period of the first half, but did create one opportunity from a very direct move. A long punt from Markwell was skilfully brought down by Rebane 25 yards from the Milton goal. She instantly spotted Amy Seymour-Shove in space on the left and sprayed a long diagonal ball into her run. The young winger took the ball in her stride, took a touch, and fired in a powerful drive from the corner of the box that the Milton keeper did well to hang onto.

Markwell was again the Ives saviour two minutes from the break as the dangerous Milton no. 10 again managed to break clear to run onto a through ball from her fellow striker. But she got a slightly heavy touch on the ball which was just sufficient to give the ever alert Markwell time to sprint from her line and just win the race to the ball.

Ives had one chance to double their advantage right on the break as they won a corner which was delivered from the right by Hannah Seymour-Shove. Substitute Connie Liddiard managed to get in front of her marker and got in a clean strike at the near post but Milton’s keeper was again well positioned to make the save.

The home side started the second half in positive fashion and created three good opportunities in the first ten minutes. On 51 minutes Amy Seymour-Shove won the ball in midfield and played it into the feet of Rebane. She teed up Poore for a first time volley from the edge of the box that just cleared the crossbar.

Less than sixty seconds later a handball 25 yards from goal set up a free kick opportunity for the returning Smith. She struck her free kick well over the wall, but again the Milton keeper was equal to the effort. The third opportunity two minutes later fell to Rebane as she got on the end of a long ball from Liddiard, but the Milton keeper was on hand to make another routine save.

The next major incident of the game came just before the hour as the speedy Milton no.10 escaped her marker and raced onto another ball through the channel. Once again Markwell came off her line at speed and again she beat the striker to the ball hacking it away from the edge of the box. But the momentum of the two players took them both on into a sickening clash of heads. Both players fell to the deck and both were helped from the field after a lengthy stoppage for treatment. The versatile Liddiard donned the yellow jersey and play resumed after a ten minute stop.

This incident and the heat of the day seemed to be taking a little of the pace out of the game and the next 15 minutes passed without either side creating a decent opportunity, although Ives did win three corners in quick succession around the 70 minute mark.

Amy Seymour-Shove was brought down by a clumsy tackle 30 yards from goal on 75 minutes. Smith delivered a well struck free kick to the far post where Leigh Chatten who had only just come on bravely challenged the keeper for the ball. Chatten was deemed to have fouled the keeper, by jumping into her, but she was the one who came off worse as she took a blow from the keeper’s attempted punch clear. She became the third player of the afternoon to leave the field looking a little groggy.

Milton had one chance to pinch a draw and it came with eleven minutes of normal time remaining as a long punt from the keeper was allowed to bounce and the Milton substitute got between Ives defenders and stand in keeper Liddiard to get a toe on the ball. But much to the relief of all it rolled inches wide of the post.

The superior stamina of the Ives team began to tell as the game wore on into the added eleven minutes and they probably should have sewed the game up in this added time. Two minutes in Molly Berryman delivered an excellent ball into the box that eluded everyone in the middle. Georgia Stancombe had ghosted into the far post un-noticed and looked certain to score, but she took a touch and the excellent Milton keeper quickly closed her down forcing her to shoot into the side netting.

We had played eight added minutes when Georgia Stancombe got away down the right running onto an excellent through ball from Chloe Stefanelli. Stancombe got past a covering defender and cut in on goal. But a slightly heavy touch gave the Milton keeper chance to show her bravery as she plunged in at the feet of Stancombe to claim the ball.

Smith was only denied her second by the final whistle as she was put through the middle by Poore and was bearing down on goal as the referee brought proceeding to an end.

Overall a very competitive game watched by an appreciative crowd of over 100 people on a beautiful sunny afternoon. The result means the Ives have now guaranteed themselves at least second place with one game to go and a chance to overhaul Park Ladies on the final day of the season. A fantastic performance from a brand new side expertly moulded together by Darren, Neil and Simon.

Player of the match was jointly won by the excellent Kira Markwell and Mollie Flack who did an equally good job keeping the very dangerous Milton no. 10 in her pocket for most of the game.

For anyone who did not manage to get along to see them this season, look out for their games next year as this side, like the whole Club, are going places.

St Ives team : Markwell, Stefanelli, Berryman, P. Webb, Stowe, Flack, Stancombe, H. Seymour-Shove, Smith (capt), Rebane, A. Seymour-Shove.

Subs : all used roll on/roll off : Liddiard, Chatten, Jenkins, Poore, Ford

Goal : Smith 14

Players of the match : Mollie Flack & Kira Marwell

Attendance : 102

Ladies Preview (H) Milton Ladies

St Ives Town Ladies vs Milton Ladies

Date: Sunday 8th May 2015
Kick Off: 2:00pm
Competition: Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South
Ground Address :ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT

For their last home game of the season the Ladies will be playing at Westwood Road on Sunday, the same venue to see the First Team’s Play Off Final Winless Monday.  The main bar will be open as well as the tea bar for hot drinks.   Come on down and support the Ladies as they go for promotion in their first ever season.