Category: Match Previews

Match Preview – BigFreeBet.Com Southern League Challenge Cup – 2 Oct

BigFreeBet.Com Southern League Challenge Cup – 1st Round

Cambridge City FC v St Ives Town FC – Monday 2 Oct 7:45pm k.o

Tonight we travel (so to speak) to Westwood Rd where we meet our tenants Cambridge City in the 1st Round of the Southern League Challenge Cup.

Last Season City lost in the 1st round to Histon that went to a penalty shoot out. The Ives reached the final, but also lost on a penalty shoot out to Hayes & Yeading.

Cambridge City are currently in 7th place with 15 points in the Evo-Stik South League East Division.

Click here for Cambridge City’s website

Adult – £10, Concession – £5, 12-16 year olds – £3, U12 – Free

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Merthyr Town – Evo-Stik South Premier – Sat 30 Sept 3pm

Evo-Stik South Premier

Merthyr Town FC – Sat 30 Sept 3:00 pm

Match Day Sponsor – Xreme Events Ltd

Match Day Team Mascots – Priory Parkside U9

The ground will be open from 12:30 and there is a happy hour at the club bar from 1-2 pm when all beers will be £2 pint / bottle.

Merthyr head to WWR with 2 wins in 4 days under their belts. They currently sit in 8th place, just 3 points off a playoff place.

Merthyr Town – Recent Results

26/9/17 – Tiverton Town (H) – League – W 2-1
23/9/17 – Royston Town (H) – League – W 2-1
16/9/17 – Havant & Waterlooville (A) – FA Cup – L 1-2
12/9/16 – Basingstoke Town (A) – League – L 0-2
9/9/17 – Bishops Stortford (H) – League – D 0-0
2/9/17 – Wiland Rovers (H) – FA Cup – W 6-1
28/8/17 – Hereford (A) – League – D 1-1
26/8/17 – Farnborough (H) – League – W 3-0
19/8/17 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 6-0
15/8/17 – Stratford Town (A) – League – D 2-2
12/8/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – League – D 0-0

Evo-Stik Premier Table as of 27 Sept 2017




Match Preview – Mon 25 Sept – Hitchin Town v St Ives Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Hitchin Town FC v St Ives Town FC – Monday 25 Sept 7:45pm k.o

We make the first of two consecutive Monday night games with a trip down the A1 and a visit to the Top Field

Hitchin are currently in 18th place with 8 points. They picked up 3 points on Saturday with a 2-1 victory at home to Basingstoke

Click here for Hitchin Town’s fixtures & results.

Top Field, Fishponds Road, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1NU

Adult – £10, Concession – £6, U16 – Free


By road via the A1

Make your way up or down the A1(M) and exit at junction 8 (Stevenage North and Hitchin). Take the A602 towards Hitchin, go over two roundabouts and through lights on the one-way system following the signs for Bedford (A600).You will see a large open green to your right, at the next roundabout turn right into Fishponds Road and entrance to the ground is approx 100 yards on your left.

By train

Hitchin is on the King’s Cross to Cambridge and Peterborough line, trains are frequent. From Hitchin station the ground is about one mile away. Come out the station, go over the Pelican crossing and turn right, follow the road around into Nightingale Road. At the bottom of this road ,at the roundabout, bear right and continue past the church on your right and recreation ground on your left. At the next roundabout take the road that bears slightly right, 2nd junction, past the Victoria pub on your right. Continue up this road ,past two schools and the swimming pool, HTFC is at the top of the road just before the roundabout.


Match Preview – Sat 23 Sept – Farnborough v St Ives Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Farnborough FC v St Ives Town FC – Saturday 23 Sept 3:00pm k.o

We make our maiden trip to Cherrywood Road on Saturday looking for our first league win since the opening day of the season.

Farnborough have 9 points on the board and have won their last two league games.

Click here for Farnborough’s results & fixtures.

Address – Cherrywood Rd, Farnborough, Hants, GU14 8UD

Adult – £12, Concession – £10, 16-21 year old – £6 , U16 – Free. Parking – £2

Coach – £12 From Westwood Road (Departure time 10:30am). Contact Gareth Chapman (07754 601146) for bookings.


From the M3 motorway. Leave the motorway at Junction 4 and take the A331 signed to Farnham. After a few hundred yards exit at the second slip road – signed A325 Farnborough – turn right at the roundabout and cross over the dual carriageway and a small roundabout.

Pass the Farnborough Gate shopping centre on your left and at the next roundabout turn left onto the A325. Go over a pelican crossing and at the next set of lights take the right filter into Prospect Avenue. At the end of this road turn right at the roundabout into Cherrywood Road. The ground is half a mile on the right.



Match Preview – FA Youth Cup – Kettering Town U18 v St Ives Town U18 – Thurs 21 Sept 7:45pm

Kettering Town U18 v St Ives Town U18

FA Youth Cup 1st Qualifying Round – Thurs 21 Sept 7:45 pm

Tonight the Youth team travel to Latimer Park to face Kettering Town U18 in the FA Youth Cup.

Last season the Youth squad made it to the 2QR beating St Neots and Corby before bowing out to Biggleswade Town.

The Youth side have an unbeaten start to the season winning their 3 league games. They were also 2-0 at Downham last week, however the match was abandoned due to a Downham player suffering a bad injury.

Kettering’s last game was at Huntingdon on Monday which saw them slip to a 2-1 defeat.

The lads would really appreciate your support tonight for this relatively short journey along the A14

Address –
Latimer Park
Polwell Lane
Burton Latimer
NN15 5PS


Match Preview – Stourbridge v St Ives Town – The Emirates F.A Cup 2nd Qualifying Round – Sunday 17 Sept 3pm

For only the 3rd time in the Ives history we compete in the 2nd qualifying round of the FA Cup at Stourbridge’s War Memorial Athletic Ground this Sunday.

For Stourbridge, however, they have reached the 1st round proper more often than not in recent seasons.

Click Here for Stourbridge’s history including FA Cup results

Stourbridge play in the Northern Premier League (step 3) and currently lie in fifth place having taken 17 points from 9 games.

Click Here for Stourbridge’s 2017/18 fixtures & results

Should the tie be level after 90 minutes there will be a replay at Westwood Road on Tuesday 19 Sept 7:45pm k.o.


Admission Prices

Adults – £10
Concessions – £7
13-18 yrs – £5
Under 13s – FREE
(with paying adult, concession or 16-18 yr old)

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Kettering Town – Evo-Stik South Premier – Tues 12 Sept 7:45pm

Evo-Stik South Premier

Kettering Town FC – Tues 12 Sept 7:45 pm

Kettering make the journey across the A14 having suffered their first defeat of the season last Saturday at Weymouth. They will no doubt be looking to get back on the winning path tonight.

A big crowd is expected and hopefully we’re in for an exciting ‘A14’ derby.

Kettering Town – Recent Results

9/9/17 – Weymouth (A) – League – L 1-3

3/9/17 – Romulus (A) – F.A Cup – W 3-0

28/8/17 – St Neots Town (H) – League – W 3-0

26/8/17 – Kings Langley (A) – League – W 5-2

19/8/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 3-0

15/8/17 – Redditch United (H) – League – W 1-0

12/8/17 – Slough Town (A) – League – W 2-1

Click Here for the latest league table



Match Preview – Sat 9 Sept – Basingstoke Town v St Ives Town – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Basingstoke Town FC – Saturday 9 Sept 17 – 3pm

The Camrose, Western Way, Basingstoke, Hants. RG22 6EZ

Adult – £12, Concession – £8, Child (U16) – Free

Basingstoke issue an online match day programme only – Please click here to access

The League table suggest that this will be a close game. Basingstoke have 2 wins under their belt that includes a very impressive 8-0 win at Gosport and lie in 14th place with 6 points. We have 4 points sit in 18th place.

For Basingstoke’s 2017/18 results & fixtures – Click Here

Directions from M3

Exit at Junction 7 and join the A30 towards Basingstoke. Follow the dual carriageway through two sets of traffic lights and straight over at Sainsbury’s Roundabout. Continue down the A30 and go straight over at Kempshott Roundabout. You will then reach Brighton Hill Roundabout. Take the second exit onto Western Way and the Camrose car park is 100 yards on your right at the mini-roundabout. There is a car parking fee of £1.

For alternative parking, take the third exit off of Brighton Hill Roundabout and take a right at the traffic lights into Brighton Hill Retail Park (by McDonalds). This car park is free.


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


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


First Team Preview (H) Kings Lynn

St Ives Town vs Kings Lynn

Date: Monday 28th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: Andy Slade

First Team Preview (A) Slough Town

Slough Town vs St Ives Town

Date: Saturday 26th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: Arbour Park, Stoke Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 5AY

The Saints look to gain more points on the board when they travel to Slough Town on Saturday.

This ground will be a new one for most Saints fans now Slough have moved out of Beaconsfield and into their own stadium at Arbour Park.

Please beware there are only 8 seats left on the ocas for this trip.  Please contact Gareth Chapman to book yours before it’s too late.

Youth Team Result St ives Town 1 Holbeach United U18’s 0

St Ives Town Youth Team vs Holbeach United U18’s

Date: Monday 21st August 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Competition: Thurlow Nunn West Division
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 6DT


The new season for the scholars started with a team boasting four debutants in the starting line up. But this side already has the stamp of manager Jack Cassidy on it with a very solid back line and a man just in front who all did their job very effectively to ensure that the creative players further forward were given opportunities to push on and goalkeeper Tom Smith have a relatively quite evening.

The visiting Tigers had already played two games and picked up good draws against Kings Lynn and March Town United. Unsurprisingly they settled the more quickly whilst the hosts were getting used to unfamiliar territory for them at the Pro-Edge. Finn Storey was looking dangerous with his direct running style and it took a rugged tackle from Gordan Torkornoo to stop him unfairly as he looked like breaking through in 15th minute.

Two minutes later a deep cross from Lewis Harker was skilfully taken down inside the box by Callum Davies who turned his marker and fired a well struck effort a few feet wide of Smith’s right hand post.

Ives first meaningful attack came in 20th minute as the ever dangerous Tiago Dias seized on a dropping ball just outside the visitors box and thudded his powerful effort into the boards just wide of keeper Brad Waters goal.

The hosts were now beginning to get on top and went close to opening the scoring eight minutes later as tricky wide man Billy Mobbs miss hit a cross that swirled in on goal and almost beat Waters at his far post, the fast back peddling keeper just tipping the ball onto the crossbar and looking very relieved as one of his defenders hacked the loose ball clear.

Waters was a mere spectator as Ives went in front in 37th minute. Mobbs skilfully took down a long punt out of defence from Aaron Makeham and instantly slipped the ball inside into the run of Dias who took a touch and absolutely hammered the ball past the static Waters into the roof of the net from the edge of the box.

The early part of the second half remained fairly even and each side had a good opportunity in a two minute spell ten minutes in. On 54 minutes Ives broke forward in a flowing move that ended with Dias playing the ball out to Mobbs on the right hand corner of the box. The young winger struck an excellent low drive across the keeper that Waters did very well to palm away at full stretch low to his right.

Two minutes later Davies and Storey combined well down the left for the Tigers. With the former playing the latter into the box where both Ives defenders and the referee were probably thankful that the striker stayed honest as he battled his way on towards goal in spite of getting clipped twice. The shot when it finally came flashed across the face of goal and past the far post.

Soon after this Ives substitutes began rolling on and the hard working Torkornoo was released from the shackles of centre back into a midfield role where he very quickly showed his power and ability. He won a tackle in the centre of the park on 65 minutes and played the ball into the feet of Dias who cleverly knocked to the right where Jaiden Richardson had found some space. His powerful strike from just outside the box stung the hands of keeper Waters who was happy to push the shot away.

The resulting corner lead to a goalmouth scramble where three, or four, Ives players all had a go at forcing the ball over the line. Dawid Kwiatowski, up from the back, going closest. But the Tigers back line held firm and eventually smuggled the ball away.

Three minutes later the irrepressible Torkornoo was again involved playing a perfectly weighted clip over the visitors back line that put substitute Cobi Thomas clear. The young striker had only been on the field seconds and although he flicked his effort past the exposed Waters he did not quite hit it well enough and Kieran Hamilton got around behind his custodian to knock the ball away.

Martin Saunders swung in the resulting corner and Torkornoo timed his run to perfection getting above much bigger defenders to power in a header that thudded the cross bar and bounced away.

Ives were now well on top but struggled to create any more clear cut chances from open play. The closest they came to adding to their advantage came from another Saunders corner fifteen minutes from time. Captain Jamie Short had time to take a touch at the back post, but powered his effort wide from eight yards.

The final action of the game deep in added time was a 35 yard free kick which Dias swung around the wall with power forcing Waters to again palm the ball away.

Overall a good result and a very promising display from the young Ives. Tougher challenges will come, but this side is already shaping up to hopefully match last year’s record breaking side.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Makeham, Short (capt), Torkornoo, Garlick (Oldale 62), Mobbs (Thomas 67), King (Morris 50), Richardson (Bond 71), Dias, Saunders

Unused subs : Pereira

Goals : Dias 37

Attendance :  59

First Team Result St Ives Town 1 Kings Langley 1

St Ives Town vs Kings Langley

Date: Saturday 19th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: The Oliver Cromwell

This was the classic game of two halves as the Kings ruled the roost against a very lacklustre Ives in a first period where they probably should have scored more than one. But following a half time dressing down from manager Ricky Marheineke Ives took over in the second period and will ultimately be disappointed not to snatch all three points.

Having finished strongly, but got no reward in their previous outing the Ives faithful arrived hoping for a barnstorming start. But it was not to be as the hosts did not really appear to be at the races allowing the visiting Kings to control the early

The first chance arrived after only six minutes as the lively Mitchell Weiss took on Lee Chaffey on the outside and in spite of being pushed wide still managed to get a shot on target that keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle gathered well at his near post. Gareth Price got involved two minutes later as he worked his way down the left before delivering a cross to the far post where Weiss again managed to find space to
get a shot away. McKenzie-Lyle was again equal to the effort gathering the ball at the second attempt.

Ives were struggling to string anything together inside the opposition half and were relying simply on long hopeful balls out of defence for the ever willing James Hall to try and latch onto. Any respite the hosts were able to gain by clearing their lines was only short lived and the Kings pressure began to grow.

A Callum Adebiyi long throw set up their next opportunity on 28 minutes. The ball was flicked on at the near post and Lee Stobbs arriving at the back post should probably have done better as he crashed his effort wide of the mark from ten yards. Price wasted an even better opportunity three minutes later as he powered a free header from even closer range wide having got on the end of a pin point Kieran
Turner cross.

The goal that the Kings pressure deserved finally arrived only seconds later Stobbs delivered another dangerous ball into the crowded Ives box. Weiss bravely headed it down and Price was on hand to sweep the ball home into the roof of the net from
close range.

Even the goal did not lift the Ives from their slumbers and the visitor’s pressure continued. The hosts won their first corner of the game ten minutes before the break and it almost cost them another goal as the Kings broke at pace. Stobbs picked out early substitute Josh Coldicott-Stevens in space on the edge of the box, but he fired his low first time effort just wide of McKenzie-Lyle’s right hand post. McKenzie-Lyle had something of a lucky escape four minutes later as Turner cut inside Lewis Ferrell down the left before unleashing a powerful, rising, drive from the corner of the box that forced it’s way through the keeper’s attempted catch. But fortunately he got enough of a touch to divert the ball over the top.

The King’s best chance to double their advantage before the break arrived deep into added time as Turner robbed Hall on the half way line and sped away down the left before sliding the ball inside to put Price clear. The big striker fired his first time effort past the advancing McKenzie-Lyle but it flashed inches wide of the far post.

Manager Marheineke rightly gave his team the famous Alex Ferguson hair dryer treatment at the break. He also replaced the unusually ineffective Jimmy Hartley with Ben Seymour-Shove on the right wing. The manager came within millimetres of getting the perfect reaction from his team only 49 seconds into the second period. Tom McGowan clipped a perfectly weighted ball over the top which drifted past the Kings back line, but held up on the breeze. Hall had timed his run to perfection beating the exposed keeper Kyle Forster to the ball which bounced past the out of position custodian, but agonisingly rolled wide of the gaping net.

Having survived this huge scare the visitors probably thought that they were going to return to their controlled football of the first period and they did indeed look like they were taking the sting out of the Ives attack with the quality of French import
Emmanuel Folarin very effectively and efficiently breaking up play just in front of his back four. They thought that they had sewn the game up just before the hour as Weiss got clear down the left and cut in on goal before playing the ball into the feet of Coldicott-Stevens who side footed home from close range. But much to the relief of Ives players and fans alike the Kings substitute had inexplicably got himself into an offside position just before the ball was played into him.

This let off and the introduction of Dubi Ogbonna for his seasonal debut seemed to lift the Ives and they began to wrestle control of the midfield from their opponents. Seymour-Shove combined well with Lewis Ferrell on the right allowing the latter to deliver a cross to the far post where Hilliard climbed highest, but unfortunately the ball came off his shoulder and drifted wide.

Seymour-Shove and Hilliard were both hugely involved in Ives equaliser when it arrived in 69 th minute. The tricky winger broke away down the right and delivered a cross beyond the far post where Hilliard skilfully took it down and then cleverly waited before picking out Seymour-Shove’s well timed run into the box with an inviting clip that the winger side footed powerfully home from ten yards giving keeper
Forster no chance.

Danny Kelly was introduced fifteen minutes from time and his first touch was a clever back heel that almost put Ogbonna clear. The Ives enigmatic striker was looking at his most dangerous in this game and he pulled an excellent save out of Forster three minutes later. Hilliard delivered one his inviting corners from the left Seymour-Shove flicked it on and Ogbonna found himself in space at the far post. He powered in a header from the edge of the six yard box that Forster acrobatically pawed away. Having shown the Dr Jekyll side of his character Ogbonna then followed up with a Mr Hyde moment as he inexplicably handled the resulting corner inside the six yard box
with both Kelly and Charlie De’ath behind him attempting to force the ball home.

The Kings defence were now rocking and with Folarin limping with cramp the Ives pressure continued with Peter Clark heading a Ferrell cross just wide two minutes later. Panic almost set in nine minutes from time as another of Hilliard’s cleverly weighted clips over the top landed in no man’s land and a toe end from skipper Jorrell Johnson just prevented Kelly and Ogbonna getting clear. Ives had a shout for a penalty turned down only seconds later as Jarrold tried to get past Gary Connolly on the left edge of the box. But he went down perhaps a little to easily under challenge for the liking of referee Stephen Bates.

An exciting finish was very much on the cards, but we almost got one of the wrong kind as tempers flared when Weiss slid in on McKenzie-Lyle three minutes from time. Fortunately the excellent Mr Bates treated the brief melee involving up to fifteen players as mere a spate of handbags and did not issue a single card.

With time running out Ogbonna and Hilliard combined well to set up a shooting opportunity for Kelly, but he only succeeded in firing straight at Forster from the edge of the box. The final opportunity fell to the hard working Weiss who fired just wide from 20 yards to allow honours to finish even in this pulsating encounter.

Lewis Hilliard won his second man of the match award in a row for again being involved in all of the Ives positive moves in the second half. He was pushed close by all of the back four and Tom McGowan just in front of them as these guys had to work very hard to keep the hosts in the game in the first period to allow Hilliard’s magic to be meaningful later in the game.

Final Score : St Ives Town 1 Kings Langley 1

Goals : Seymour-Shove 69

Supporters man of the match : Lewis Hilliard

St Ives team : McKenzie-Lyle, Ferrell, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan
Hartley (Seymour-Shove 45), Clark, Hall (Ogbonna 58), Hilliard, Draycott (Kelly 76)

Unused substitutes : Longden

Attendance : 224

Match Report by Nigel Howlett

First Team Preview (H) Kings Langley

St Ives Town vs Kings Langley

Date: Saturday 19th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: The Oliver Cromwell

Members of the MAGPAS Air Ambulance charity will be in attendance for this match with charity collection buckets.  Please give generously


First Team Result St Ives Town 1 Biggleswade Town 2

St Ives Town vs Biggleswade Town

Date: Tuesday 15th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 6DT
Match Day Sponsor: Dave Hook

It is impossible to say that a team are your bogey side after you have only played them four times. But in all three League meetings with the Waders Ives have played well, but just failed to get that little bit of luck needed to take the three points. That was particularly true in this fixture as having fallen behind to an early goal they fought their way back into the fixture and looked the only likely winners having grabbed an equaliser with twenty minutes to go. But fate threw them a nasty curve ball as teenage loanee keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle misjudged a hanging free kick delivered into the box from ten yards inside the Ives half and only succeeded in turning the ball into his own net five minutes from time.

Manager Ricky Marheineke made two enforced changes from the opening day win at Weymouth as Brett Longden had failed to recover from his groin injury and was replaced in the back four by Lee Chaffey with Lewis Ferrell moving across to right back. Jimmy Hartley was also still suffering from a knock and he was replaced by Danny Kelly who went in alongside James Hall up front.

Still on a high from their success at Weymouth the Ives started very positively and won a corner inside the first two minutes. But this came to nothing and it was the Waders who got in the first strike at goal in their first raid on four minutes as a long throw from the right fell to the feet of Connor Hall inside the box. He turned and shot in one motion and only just failed to hit the target as his effort ruffled the side netting.

The visitors silenced the home fans as they went in front in simple fashion only three minutes later. Graeme Montgomery delivered a free kick from wide right into the Ives box where Shane Hill rose unchallenged to power in a header from ten yards that beat McKenzie-Lyle and flew into the roof of the net.

This took the wind out of the host’s sails a little and the Waders enjoyed a good period without really creating a lot. They did manage to create a shooting opportunity in 22nd minute as Hall and Jack Bowen combined on the left with the latter being played into space on the edge of the box, but his driven effort was straight at McKenzie-Lyle who held on well.

Ives were beginning to get back into the game, but were unable to find a way through the solid Waders back line with the evergreen Gavin Hoyte still marshalling affairs as well as ever and keeper Liam Gooch very quick off his line to clear up anything over the top. Hall, Phil Draycott and Kelly combined well down the left on 36 minutes, but Kelly’s well hit shot from inside the box was bravely blocked by covering defender Tyler Walker.

The Waders twice came close to increasing their advantage as the half drew to a close. On 42 minutes skipper Craig Daniel delivered a pinpoint free kick to the near post from a wide right position. Hall got across his marker and deflected an effort on target that pulled a very good reaction save out of McKenzie-Lyle.

The big Guyanese keeper did even better in the last action of the first period. He raced off his line to hack away a ball over the top just ahead of the fast closing Bowen. But the ball deflected off the Waders striker and ricocheted to Montgomery 40 yards from goal. He took a touch and clipped an effort over the top of the out of position keeper. But McKenzie-Lyle is 6’ 7” tall and he needed every millimetre of that as he frantically back peddled and flung himself full length to miraculously finger tip the ball over the top.

Ives came out at the start of the second half determined to find a way back into the game. They won two corners in quick succession in 53rd minute, but both were well defended by the Waders. Hill picked up a yellow card three minutes later as he cynically brought down Lewis Hilliard as the tricky midfielder broke through the centre of the Waders line at pace having been played into space by Tom McGowan.

Manager Marheineke went for an early change to try and liven things up as Ben Seymour-Shove replaced Kelly in the 57th minute. Seymour-Shove went in on the right moving Hilliard up alongside Hall. This almost had the desired effect only four minutes later as Seymour-Shove threaded a ball through that played Hilliard into the box. The silky striker tried his luck first time from a narrow angle and almost caught out keeper Gooch who reacted well to tip the effort onto his crossbar.

The Waders crossbar was rattled again only two minutes later as Draycott and Hilliard combined on the left with the latter delivering an inviting cross that Clark challenged Reece Fielding for in the centre. The ball deflected off the head of defender Fielding and looped over the outstretched arms of the desperately diving Gooch, but hit the metalwork and bounced out with the keeper well beaten.

Hilliard was again involved in the equaliser when it finally came in 70th minute. Jordan Jarrold took a quick throw into the feet of Hilliard on the edge of the box. He unselfishly slid it sideways into the run of Clark who hit a crisp side footed effort from eighteen yards that flew past the grasping fingers of Gooch and into the top corner of the net.

The Waders reacted well to this setback and played their way into Ives box only two minutes later. Montgomery and Daniel interchanged passes before the latter played in substitute Tony Burnett cutting in from the left. Keeper McKenzie-Lyle did well plunging to his left to push Burnett’s low driven effort away.

But the most likely winners at this point were the Ives who were now well on top and pushing for another goal. They went agonisingly close ten minutes from time as Clark and Hilliard, who look a very creative combination, combined down the right in a move that ended with a cross that proved too deep for everyone in the centre. But Draycott kept it alive and delivered a ball back into the box that the Waders struggled to clear. The ball just would not drop for Seymour-Shove, or McGowan, to get shot away from inside the box. But it did come down for Clark on the edge of the D. He took a touch to create some space and fired in a low drive that Gooch did very well to tip around diving full length to his left.

Ives thought they had won it three minutes later as Hilliard was again involved in feeding the ball out to Hall on the left. His low cross was expertly turned home at the near post by Draycott to spark wild celebrations amongst players and fans alike. But the elation was cut short as the eagle-eyed assistant on the far side had noticed that Draycott had drifted marginally offside as he got ahead of his man.

To add insult to injury the Waders very fortunate winner arrived only ninety seconds later. The ever-willing Hall chasing back inside his own half was judged to have clipped Daniel fully forty yards from goal. Montgomery lifted his free kick high into the box and McKenzie-Lyle in his eagerness to claim the ball took one step to many and simply got to far under the ball. His valiant attempts to claim it only saw him succeed in knocking it down into his own net. The disbelieving Montgomery claimed the credit, but unfortunately it must go down as an own goal.

In the melee, it seems that the young keeper had also managed to clatter his own skipped as Charlie De’ath was down in a heap bleeding from a head wound. This sparked frantic work for physio James Smith who managed to get Vaseline and a bandage over the wound in record time, even if it did look like a very poorly fitted turban. This allowed De’ath to get back into the fray for the remaining few minutes to allow manager Marheineke to throw him up front and go three at the back.

Much to the chagrin of the Waders bench referee Alistair Wilson added a total of six minutes for the many stoppages in the second period. But in spite of the battered De’ath winning a number of headers in the opposition box, including heading a Ferrell cross over the top under heavy pressure from Hoyte, the Waders held on for an unlikely victory.

Although the game ended in defeat Ives can take much from this game as they ruled it for long periods of the second half and certainly did not deserve to lose. Goal keeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle must also take the positives from this game his save just before half time was amazing. All young goalkeepers make mistakes and he is with us to gain experience and learn. He must continue to work on these things and take that split second longer to time his movement when claiming high balls.

Man of the match went to Lewis Hilliard who was involved in everything once he moved inside alongside James Hall. He and Peter Clark make a mouth watering combination in the middle. Ricky Marheineke has some difficult decisions to make, but they are ones I am sure that he will take on with relish.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1 Biggleswade Town  2

Goals : Clark 70

Supporters man of the match : Lewis Hilliard

St Ives team : McKenzie-Lyle, Ferrell, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey,  McGowan (Hartley 86), Hilliard, Clark, Hall, Kelly (Seymour-Shove 57), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Moyes, Dias

Attendance  :  184

First Team Result Weymouth FC 0 St Ives Town 1

Weymouth FC 0 St Ives Town 1

Date: Saturday 12th August 2017
Kick Off: 3pm
Competition: Southern League Premier
Ground Address: Bob Lucas Stadium,, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XJ

If there was ever an example of how pre-season results mean nothing when it comes to the crunch and the competitive action begins this was it. The Terras had marched through pre-season in unbeaten style to lift the expectations of their large fan base. In contrast Ives had stuttered through their build up which was seriously interrupted with injuries and absence.

However when it came to the crux it was the visiting Ives who made the long journey back from the South coast with the three points in their back pockets following a dominant display which silenced the locals long before the end.

The goal, when it came, may have been a little fortunate as Lewis Hilliard’s in-swinging corner found its way through the crowded goalmouth directly into the back of the net seven minutes from time. But prior to the goal Ives had created a number of good chances and already rattled the host’s crossbar late in the first half. They also twice had the ball in the net after the goal with one effort disallowed for a slight infringement on a defender and the other for a very border line offside decision.

Whilst all this action was going on at the other end Ives imposing debutant Guyanese international goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle was very quietly and confidently dealing with the sporadic Terras raids.

The host’s youthful side made the first probing raid of the game after only three minutes. But McKenzie-Lyle made a comfortable save low to his right to keep out a header from Brandon Goodship who had got on the end of a deep Callum Buckley cross at the far post.

McKenzie-Lyle was forced into a better save in 23rd minute as a long free kick was headed down by Charlie Davis and Goodship fired in a snap shot from 25 yards that the athletic keeper finger tipped over the top.

Ives first meaningful attack arrived only two minutes later as Tom McGowan won the ball deep in Ives territory and played it into the feet of Peter Clark. His delicate clip over the top picked out the perfectly timed run of James Hall, but his shot from 20 yards was blocked by a covering defender and Jimmy Hartley following up dragged his effort from 25 yards well wide of the post.

McKenzie-Lyle made two more comfortable saves in the next three minutes first comfortably gathering a powerful drive from 25 yards by Goodship and then taking a Jake McCarthey free kick from a similar distance into his midriff a few minutes later.

From this point the game began to swing the way of the Ives as they started to pressurise their opponents into mistakes with home keeper Nick Thomas looking particularly vulnerable. Three minutes before the break he came for a hanging Draycott free kick deep into his box. But instead of claiming a comfortable catch he elected to punch under very little pressure and was very fortunate to get away with a poor punch that went straight up in the air. He just managed to redeem himself by clawing the dropping ball off of the head of Hall.

Another error from Thomas almost lead to the visitors going in front right on the half time whistle. He chose to roll the ball out to Buckley only just outside the box, seemingly he had taken no notice of Hilliard who was stalking the defender and pounced the instant he received the ball robbing him and forcing the Terras man to pull him back to prevent him breaking away. This action brought the young defender a yellow card and almost cost his team a goal. Phil Draycott spotted up the free kick and curled the ball over the wall beating Thomas’s despairing dive, but unluckily rebounding back into play off the underside of the crossbar. Clark pounced on the loose ball, but failed to hit the target as he was closed by a number of defenders.

Having taken control in the latter period of the first half Ives came out even more determined at the start of the second period and started to press their opposition even further up the pitch. Hall closed and robbed Tiago Sa on 48 minutes, he fed the ball into the feet of Hartley on the edge of the box and as Hartley’s shot was blocked he followed up and curled his effort from the right hand corner of the box just wide of the far post.

The host’s final meaningful attack of the afternoon arrived after only 52 minutes as Ben Thompson took on Lewis Ferrell on the outside and delivered a dangerous cross that Jarrold miscued at the back post. Goodship pounced on the loose ball and burst into the box only to go down under a strong challenge from McGowan and Ferrell. But referee Iain Parsons was right on the spot and waved away the Terras claims for a penalty.

Thomas continued to look edgy and he put one of his defenders under pressure again after 54 minutes as he took a quick goal kick to Ashley Wells on the edge of his own box. But again the keeper seemed to not see Hartley who was only feet away and instantly pounced to rob Wells who did well to recover and block the speedy striker’s effort.

Ives pressure continued to mount and Draycott was bundled over by Calvin Brooks just outside the host’s box in 64th minute. Hartley fired the free kick into the wall, but the ricocheted out to Hilliard on the right  and his low cross picked out Draycott who should probably have done better as he failed to hit the target with his side footed effort from 15 yards.

Clark went close again fifteen minutes from time as he picked up the ball on the left and ran at the home defence getting past two before unleashing a low drive that deflected inches wide of keeper Thomas’s left hand upright as the nervous custodian scrambled across his goal.

The persistence of Hall finally led to the only goal as he chased a long ball out of defence nine minutes from time. His presence forced Wells to misdirect his attempted header back to his keeper thus conceding a corner. This flag kick was delivered from the right by Draycott and tipped over his own crossbar at full stretch by Thomas. The next corner from the opposite side by Hilliard was also in-swinging and as goalkeeper and defenders all hesitated it was allowed to bounce inside the six yard box and travelled on into the back of the net by the far post without friend, or foe, getting a touch.

Two minutes later substitute Danny Kelly thought he had made it two as fellow sub Ben Seymour-Shove got down the left and delivered a low cross to the near post where Kelly out muscled Wells to toe poke the ball home through the legs of Thomas. However referee Parsons deemed that Kelly’s use of strength to outmanoeuvre Wells had involved the unfair use of an elbow.

Ives continued to control the game winding the clock down very effectively by preventing the Terras from getting the ball out of their own half. Seymour-Shove was again involved three minutes later as he threaded a pass through the home defence to put Kelly clear. But again the big striker was denied as he rifled the ball home, this time by the raised flag of an assistant.

The final opportunity of the game, deep in added time, also came the way of the visitors as McGowan cut out an intended pass out of defence and fed the ball into the feet of Hall on the edge of the box. His clever flick put Hilliard in, the skilful midfield man had time to pick his spot, but unselfishly tried to square the ball to Seymour-Shove arriving late in the centre. This just gave Buckley the opportunity to get a toe in and knock the ball out for a corner allowing the Ives to kill the last few seconds of the game and claim this highly impressive three points.

Overall an excellent start to the season after a difficult five hour coach journey on roads packed with holiday makers and more than their fair share of caravans. The performance was excellent and everyone played their part. How good this result really is will only show as the season unfolds, but the Terras, although a good footballing side did look a little lightweight and they were out fought, out thought, and out played by a good looking Ives side.

Man of the match was a tough one with everyone putting in a real shift. There were two men that truly personified that never say die attitude Tom McGowan winning tackles and distributing the ball in the centre of the park and the man who won the vote on this occasion for his constant harrying of the hosts back line, James Hall. Bring on the Waders for what looks like another tough game on Tuesday night.

Final Score : Weymouth  0 St Ives Town  1

Goals : Hilliard 83

Supporters man of the match : James Hall

St Ives team : McKenzie-Lyle, Longden (Chaffey 87), Jarrold, Ferrell, De’ath (capt), McGowan, Hilliard, Clark, Hall, Hartley (Kelly 67), Draycott (Seymour-Shove 77)

Unused substitutes : none

Attendance  :  665

Match Report by Nigel Howlett