Category: Match Previews

Match Preview – Ives at Nuneaton

The curtain comes down on another league season for St Ives Town as they make the trip to Nuneaton on Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a long season that has seen plenty of highs and lows and no more than a fortnight ago it looked a real possibility that the Ives could be relegated.  However, they make the trip on the back of three straight wins that will see them finish well clear of the drop zone.  Easter victories against Tamworth and Royston all but secured their safety and it was rubber stamped courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Bedford last Saturday.

The Ives will be looking to finish the season on a high, and boss Ricky Marheineke will be looking for his players to put in a strong performance against a Nuneaton side who lost 3-0 to Tamworth on Thursday night.  Both Tamworth and Coalville will be going for the title on the last day of the season.


Nuneaton secured a place in the play-offs a few weeks ago and currently sit fourth in the table but there are question marks over whether they go into the game with the all important momentum.  Aside from the defeat against Tamworth on Thursday, Mickleover and Kings Langley have taken points off them in the last four league games.  They do have a fantastic home record though, and have only lost once at their Liberty Way ground all season.


It was November 5th when the two teams met at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.  The visitors stormed to a two goal lead inside the first 20 minutes.  But the Ives put in a much more spirited display in the second half and Jonny Edwards set-up a grandstand finish with a goal five minutes from time, but Nuneaton held on to secure the points.

If you are not making the trip, then a reminder that you can keep up to date with all the action from Liberty Way throughout the afternoon via social media with a post match report and highlights available on the website and club youtube channel during the weekend.

Kick-off at Liberty Way is at 3:00pm.


Nuneaton Borough FC
The First Class Safety Stadium
Liberty Way
CV11 6RR

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Around the club – Fixtures 15th/16th April

Below are the upcoming matches this weekend for all St Ives Town teams.


St Ives Town vs Bedford town

Sawston Rovers vs St Ives Town Reserves


St Ives Ladies U18s – No game

Biggleswade United vs St Ives Ladies Firsts

Isleham United vs St Ives Town Ladies Seconds


St Ives Town U8s – No game

St Ives Town U12s vs Holme White

St Ives Town U13 Black vs Godmanchester Town White

St Ives Town U14 Black vs Histon

St Ives Town U14 White vs Potton United

St Ives Town U15 – No game

St Ives Town U16 vs Arlesey Town

Match Preview – Ives v Bedford

It’s the final home game of the season on Saturday as St Ives Town welcome Bedford to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

The visitors arrive having been relegated over the Easter weekend but will still be looking to finish the season on a high.  For the Ives, they mathematically still require a point to secure their status in the PitchingIN Southern League Premier Division Central for another season, so will be going all out to achieve that.

What a difference a couple of games can make.  Going into the Easter weekend, the Ives looked in real danger of relegation but back to back wins over Tamworth and Royston mean they have taken a giant leap towards safety.  Ives boss Ricky Marheineke certainly has plenty of strength in depth going into the last two games of the campaign.  Nabil Shariff, who scored the third goal at Royston on Monday could be in line for a start whilst Kieron Higgs who missed out may be named in the squad.  Jonny Edwards scored twice over the Easter weekend and looks set to start as he eyes scoring more goals from the final two league games.


This season has been one to forget for Bedford.  The Eagles were back in step three after their promotion last year.  However, they have only won eight times in the league this season and have conceded 86 goals which is the most of any club in the division.  They arrive at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road having not scored a goal in the league since 18 February which was a 2-1 defeat at Stourbridge.  The last time they actually won in the league was on Boxing Day when they beat AFC Rushden & Diamonds 6-2 at their New Eyrie ground.



Hednesford Town v KINGS LANGLEY




The two clubs met earlier this season on 12 November.  The Ives got off to the worst possble start when Kane Lewis was credited with an own goal.  However, Jonny Edwards and Kieran Higgs gave the Ives a 2-1 cushion at the break before Enoch Andoh netted the third three minutes from time to make the game safe.


Once again the club will be offering a drinks promotion in the clubhouse before the game.  All beers and pints are priced at just £2.50 between 1:00pm and 2:15pm so make sure you arrive early to take advantage of this offer.


As this is the last home game of the season, a big thank you to all our supporters who have attended matches this season.  We hope you have enjoyed what you have seen and we look forward to seeing you for on the field action when pre-season begins in July.  However, there is plenty of off the field fundraising taking place during the closed season so keep a look out for details of the various events coming up.

If you are not attending the final home game of the season, then a reminder that there will be updates on social media throughout the afternoon with a match report, highlights and post-match reaction available over the weekend on the club YouTube Channel.


Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Match Preview – Ives v Tamworth

It’s the penultimate home game of the season on Saturday for St Ives Town as they welcome Tamworth to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

It promises to be some game as the match has huge importance for both sides.  Tamworth arrive in second place having lost out on top spot to Coalville Town last week.  Coalville, who beat St Ives last Saturday are now five points clear at the top having played the same amount of games as Tamworth.  So, the Lambs will be desperately looking to win to keep in touch.  St Ives meanwhile are desperately looking for a win to pull away from trouble.  Only three points now separate them from Kings Langley, who occupy the final relegation berth.  Two of the bottom four places have already been decided with Hednesford and AFC Rushden & Diamonds already relegated.  Bedford, Kings Langley, Ives, Stratford, Basford, Needham Market and Bromsgrove are all still in the dog fight to stay up.

The Ives go into the game looking to replicate the same level of performance as last Saturday.  Despite being beaten 3-1 by Coalville, the Ives put in a fine performance that on another day would have yielded at least a point.  Manager Ricky Marheineke has an injury concern over Jordan Williams.  If he doesn’t make it, then Ben Toseland could come in and partner Michael Richens at the heart of the defence.  Elsewhere, midfielder Myles Cowling could be available again after missing recent games with injury.


On paper, it looks like an away victory for Tamworth.  But, recent results for the Lambs have pointed to a bit of a wobble as the season enters the final straight.  Their last three league games have seen a home defeat against Needham Market, a win at Royston and a 2-2 draw last week at bottom side AFC Rushden & Diamonds.  Results that point to a drop in form at the crucial business end of the season.  They have Stratford, Leiston and Redditch still to play in a season that has seen them lose on only six occasions.


11 September 2021: St Ives Town 1 Tamworth 2

The Ives were on the wrong end of an early season 2-1 defeat.  Goals from Aaron Forde and James Kellerman set-up the victory for the Lambs.  Nabil Shariff pulled one back in the last minute to set-up a grandstand finish, but it was the visitors who secured all three points.


BEDFORD v Redditch (Friday)

Alvechurch v NEEDHAM MARKET (Friday)

Coalville v BROMSGROVE


Rushall Olympic v BASFORD

STRATFORD v Mickleover


Don’t forget that tomorrow there will be a special pre-match offer on all pints and beers in the clubhouse.  They will be priced at £2.50 between 1:00pm and 2:15pm so make sure you arrive early and take advantage of this offer.


As with the Colville game last Saturday, another big crowd is expected to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.  So make you sure you are there to give the boys that extra lift and cheer them onto a crucial three points.  The admission prices are:

Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

If you cannot make it to the game, then there will be updates on social media throughout the afternoon with a match report available on the website and highlights and post-match on the club YouTube channel over the weekend.  Kick-off at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.