Category: Ladies News

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.

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.