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Match Report – St Ives Town 0 Bishop’s Stortford 1

Match Report

St Ives Town 0 Bishop’s Stortford 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 17/10/17

Changes were expected after the Ives poor performance at Redditch, but the scale of changes made by manager Ricky Marheineke surprised even the most ardent of home fans. Whilst seven of Saturdays starting eleven retained their places only four of those were playing in similar positions as Marheineke boldly went for a new 5-3-2 formation. The starting eleven also included Ives fourth new goalkeeper of the season in former Ipswich Town and Leiston stopper Jacob Marsden, Under U18 captain Jamie Short making his first start for the Ives and midfielder Eugene Libertucci also making a first start having thankfully recovered from a pre-season injury were also new additions to the team.

Both Peter Clark and Lewis Hilliard found themselves dropped to the bench with Andrew Iwediuno and Matt Hill left out completely. Joining Clark and Hilliard in the dugout were a welcome trio all returning from injury in Matt Wright, Jimmy Hartley and James Hall.

Manager Marheineke had asked his players for a reaction from Saturdays poor performance and whilst there was a sense of nervousness amongst the fans the players reacted well and set off at the much higher tempo demanded by their manager. Danny Kelly was leading the line well and harried George Casey into an error in a dangerous position on the left after only seven minutes. Casey was forced to bring the big striker down as he threatened to get a run into the box. Ben Seymour-Shove lined up the free kick from a narrow angle. He managed to beat the wall and the stretching arms of Blues keeper Tyler McCarthy, but Joe Robinson was on hand to head the goal bound effort away from inside the six-yard box.

Had that gone in it would have gone a long way to settling the nerves in the stadium. But it did not and the visitors came much more into the game. The powerful Afolabi Akinyemi broke down the left in 11th minute. His low cross was met at the far post by Tyrique Hyde but his well struck shot was bravely blocked by Charlie De’ath. The rebound fell to Ryan Richefond inside the box and he should probably have done better firing over from a good position.

Akinyemi was again in action four minutes later robbing De’ath inside his own half and breaking clear down the middle looking certain to score, but a rejuvenated Jordan Jarrold came sprinting in to deliver an excellent recovery tackle and take the ball off his toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives were dealing with most Blues ventures into their territory in a no-nonsense way and this uncompromising style almost got them a goal in 17th minute. Brett Longden played a long ball out of defence that the visitor’s defenders allowed to bounce deep in their half. As Marvel Ekpiteta and keeper McCarthy dallied Kelly muscled his way between them to get a contact on the ball just outside the box but his prodded effort drifted wide with the keeper in no man’s land.

A very similar situation again gave Ives a chance to grab a goal in 28th minute. This time De’ath delivered the long ball out of defence and Dubi Ogbonna battled his way between Robinson and McCarthy, but he to failed to hit the target with his toe poke past the keeper.

Ives new formation was looking a lot more solid than in recent weeks and they headed towards half time with a clean sheet still intact for the first time in five games. They even managed to carve out one more half chance to go in at the break in front as Seymour-Shove delivered a late free kick into the box that Short won in the air and knocked down to Miles Smith on the edge of the box, but he snatched his effort wide of the post.

The hosts also created another shooting opportunity only thirty seconds after the break as a long punt from keeper Marsden was flicked on by Kelly and fell to Tom McGowan 25 yards out. He hit is first time effort well, but the ball was always rising and flew just over the angle of crossbar and post.

A good passing move saw Ives create another half chance three minutes later as the move ended with McGowan feeding it into the feet of Kelly on the edge of the box. He cleverly turned his man and delivered a shot that lacked power, but bounced just in front of McCarthy forcing the keeper to spill it, but no one was on hand to punish the error.

The goal that settled the game arrived in 53rd minute and it is the sort of goal that goes in against you when your luck is down. For the first time in the evening Hyde managed to find some space on the right and he delivered a low cross to the near post where Akinyemi’s initial effort was blocked. The ball could have rebounded anywhere, but it fell to Darren Foxley only eight yards out and he prodded the ball home between desperately covering defenders and keeper Marsden to put the Blues in front.

Having battled so hard to this point it was going to be interesting to see Ives reaction to falling behind and although they kept up the pace and effort the composure was not quite there. Hyde combined with Casey two minutes later and the former’s clever through ball put Jordan Westcott into the box. But Marsden did well to smother his well struck shot from fifteen yards.

Ives battle to get back into the game was made doubly difficult on the hour as full back Longden ranged forward into visitor’s territory, but lost control of the ball and rashly lunged in with a dangerously high foot on Richefond. The Blues man made a meal of it helped by his team mates who swiftly crowded around demanding the referee take appropriate action. Referee David Hutton allowed the resulting melee to subside before summoning the unfortunate Longden to receive his marching orders.

With eleven men Ives were in with a good shout of getting back into this game, but with only ten it was going to be very tough. Even with their diminished numbers the hosts continued to look solid, but as they tried to push forward and find an equaliser openings were always likely to appear. The first of these arrived in 70th minute as Foxley got on the end of a long ball out of defence and fired in a short from 20 yards the Marsden held onto well at his near post.

Ives were perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty in 78th minute as Casey and Hyde again combined on the right with the latter bursting into the box along the bye line and going down under challenge from Jarrold. But fortunately the referee decided that the Ives defender had made sufficient contact with the ball for him to only award a corner. Skipper De’ath made an even better recovery tackle five minutes from time as he came sliding in to take the ball off the toe of Akinyemi just as the big man was about to fire home from fifteen yards.

Then with the clock ticking down keeper Marsden produced a fantastic double save to keep Ives in the game. Foxley got away down the left and delivered a low cross along the six-yard line. Substitute Jason Williams looked like he must score at the near post, but Marsden bravely spread himself to block the effort. He did even better miraculously springing across his goal to also block Hyde’s follow up effort at point blank range at the back post. With two Blues players holding their heads in disbelief at Marsden’s heroics Ives broke down the other end where the ball was fed into the feet of substitute James Hall inside the box. He fired in a left footed effort that unfortunately deflected off Robinson to bounce up and make a comfortable save for McCarthy.

With their one late chance gone there was only time left for Marsden to again show his abilities as he once more denied Williams at close range after the Blues sub had robbed De’ath deep inside his own half.

Manager Marheineke had demanded a reaction from his players after Saturday’s horror show and there is absolutely no doubt that he got it. The effort and energy level were unquestionable. Miles Smith got his second man of the match award in two games and his never say die attitude is exactly what is now required to battle our way out of the position that we find ourselves in. With some of the seven injured players returning for this game, and hopefully getting no reaction from their pitch time, and others now within days of a potential reappearance we must continue to keep the faith and get behind the team. The results will come!.

Final Score : St Ives Town  0  Bishop’s Stortford  1

Goals : none

Sponsors man of the match : Miles Smith

St Ives team : Marsden, Longden, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Short (Hartley 81), Smith, Seymour-Shove, McGowan, Kelly, Ogbonna (Hall 77), Libertucci (Clark 69)

Unused substitutes : Hilliard, Wright

Attendance  :  162

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to match sponsor Premier Travel

Match Report – Redditch Untied 4 St Ives Town 0

Match report

Redditch United 4 St Ives Town 0 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 14/10/17

It is hard to sugar this one up as Ives once again shipped an early goal and looked like a team very low on confidence on their way to a battering against a very good Reds team. There are a few excuses, but on occasions like this it merely sounds like woe is me.

After playing well for very long period against Royston on Tuesday evening even if not getting the desired result we hoped that the side would carry a little momentum into this game. But the injury crisis continued to bite deep into the squad with Tuesday’s man of the match James Hall and his injury replacement in the last few minutes of that game Matt Wright joining five others on the treatment table. With keeper James Goff serving a one match ban for his red card against Tiverton an emergency loan replacement brought in 19 year old Matt Hill from Solihull Moors for one game.

Unfortunately for Hill the game did not start well for him as he came rushing off his line to try and head away a ball over the top inside the first minute only to find himself beaten to it by Dior Angus. Fortunately for Hill Angus directed his header away from goal and Miles Smith was on hand to clear up the danger.

Hill’s first touch only two minutes later was to pick the ball out of the net. Angus muscled his way through the left channel onto a ball into feet from Andy Thanoj. Andrew Iwediuno got the wrong side of him and was forced into a clumsy challenge that brought down the Reds striker only inches outside the box. Thanoj carefully placed the ball and slotted his effort over the three man Ives wall beating Hill low to his right with the keeper rooted.

The hosts were playing a three, five, two formation and both wide midfield men were getting forward at every opportunity. In 13th minute Angus spread the play wide picking out Lewis Wright in space on the right. He hung up a cross to the back post where Spencer Weir-Daley rose high above Iwediuno, but fortunately the Ives centre back did just enough to force him to head over from eight yards.

Ives made their first real sortie into Reds territory in 19th minute as an excellent flowing move down the left involving Lewis Hilliard, Peter Clark and Brett Longden ended with the latter delivering a cross into the box that was only half cleared to Jordan Jarrold on the opposite side of the box. He curled in a perfect cross that picked out an unmarked Ben Seymour-Shove at the back post. Rather than hit it first time Seymour-Shove took a touch giving Reds keeper Ethan Ross chance to show his bravery as he plunged in at the feet of the Ives striker blocking his attempt on goal at point blank range to preserve his clean sheet. He picked up a finger injury for his pains but that did not prevent him from confidently coming to claim the resulting corner.

The Reds went down the other end and almost doubled their lead five minutes later. Kevin De Veiga Monteiro picked out Nathan Fox roaming forward down the left and Ives skipper Charlie De’ath did very well to hurl himself in front of Angus to deflect the ball away at the near post. Weir-Daley rose highest to the resulting corner, but failed to hit the target from a good position.

The visitors were not entirely out of the game at this stage and continued to create half chances. Longden delivered a free kick from the left to the back post area where ex Ives trialist Gui Mailancol knock the ball away. It arrived at the feet of Lewis Hilliard on the right he played a clever one two with Danny Kelly before unleashing a rising drive over the top from a narrow angle.

Although Ives were creating half chances at one end of the park the Reds strikers continued to carve out good opportunities to increase their lead at the other end. In 35th minute a quick passing move down the left side involving Angus, Thanoj and Fox ended with Weir-Daley firing in a drive from 25 yards that Hill did well to hold onto low to his right.

The hosts wasted a much better opportunity four minutes later as Angus robbed a dallying Iwediuno just inside his own half and ran forward towards the Ives box where it looked like he had the simple task of picking out Weir-Daley with a pass to put the no. 11 clean through. But he delayed to long giving Smith chance to get back and make an excellent interception.

Having conceded early yet again it was vital that Ives get into the break with no more than a single goal deficit. But as has been the case to often this season they were unable to see things out to the break. There were five minutes remaining on the clock when Reds skipper Danny Jackman played a peach of a ball from the centre of the park that drifted over Longden and picked out Weir-Daley in space on the right. He delivered a low driven cross along the six yard line that Angus rammed home at the far post.

The question for the second period was did Ives have sufficient belief in themselves to get back into this contest. This question was initially answered in a positive way as only four minutes after the restart a Longden cross from the left was knocked down to Seymour-Shove 25 yards from goal. He tried his luck with a fierce dipping voleey that pulled an excellent save out of Ross leaping high to his left to fingertip the effort over the top.

Had that gone in the second half could have been a different storey, but Ross showed in that moment just how vital a good goalkeeper is to every side. Only one minute later Iwediuno had to make an excellent recovery tackle on the dangerous Angus to prevent him getting away and adding to his tally.

That concluded the possible Ives onslaught in the early second period as the Reds back three helped out when necessary by their two wide men to make a back five comfortably snuffed out any threat from their visitors. The closest Ives came to worrying Ross was in 68th minute when a deep cross from the battling Smith found Hilliard beyond the far post, but his first time effort from a narrow angle flew high and wide.

As Ives confidence began to ebb more goals from the hosts began to look more and more likely. They duly killed off their struggling visitors with two goals in a three minute spell. In 76th minute a corner from the right was only half cleared to Fox on the opposite side of the box and his low driven cross was turned home from close range by a seemingly unmarked Weir-Daley.

The final goal also arrived in simple fashion as Angus and Thanoj combined to work their way through the centre of the Ives defence. The move ended with the former playing in the latter and he was taken down from behind by Smith inside the box as he shaped to shoot. Angus clinically despatched the resulting spot kick high to keeper Hill’s left giving the young stopper no chance.

Ives could not even conjure up a consolation goal as Kelly and Clark combined to present a shooting opportunity for Seymour-Shove in the last minute. But the Ives winger’s effort matched so much of the visitor’s finishing on the day as he hit the ball cleanly, but directed it well wide of the target.

The Ives presented a disconsolate group on the final whistle, looking every ounce a side very low on confidence and wondering where their next win is coming from. The only good thing from this game was the seasonal debut of Eugene Libertucci who showed some excellent touches during his fifteen minute cameo which he appeared to come through unscathed. One of the most important people at the Club in the near future could be new physio Jess Guthrie as she is the one charged with the task of getting the many injured players back to full fitness and at the moment as many returning faces as possible are required to lift the struggling few.

Final Score : Redditch United  4  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

Supporters man of the match : Miles Smith

St Ives team : Hill, Smith, Longden, McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno, Seymour-Shove, Hilliard (Libertucci 75), Kelly, Clark, Jarrold (Ogbonna 61)

Unused substitute : Short

Attendance  :  316

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 8 Oct

Another good weekend for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team moved up to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a superb 7-0 win over March Town United Ladies.

The goals came from Tierney Coulson x 2, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x 2, Connie Liddiard & 1 own goal.

Katie Stancombe was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The U15s won their 3rd league game on the spin win a 8-1 over Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest has provided the below match report

The Saints Under 15’s continued to shine in their first season at the new Eastern Junior Alliance league. After two successive wins against Newport Pagnell and Biggleswade, they welcomed Felixstowe and Walton to St.Ives for their 3rd league game.

Felixstowe started the game well and strong, making it very difficult for St.Ives to get into any real flow or rhythm, Felixstowe got their reward and took the lead. St.Ives got straight back at them and through some good football, got themselves back in the game. One goal lead to two, three and four with a half time score at 4 – 1. The second half carried on very well for the Ives, with a further four goals. The game finished 8 – 1. Goals were 3 Julian Priest, 2 Ben Smith, 2 Josh Williams and 1 for Mihayl Mitkov.    

Well done to all the lads for their hard work.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Priory Parkside Colts White (A) – Hunts County Youth U15 Cup

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Needham Market 5-1 which moves them to 2nd in the table.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Barkingside (H) – EJA League Challenge Cup U14 Round 2

Many thanks to PSS Hire for providing the tracksuits for the season. (See main photo)

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Yaxley Juniors in the Hunts County Youth U13 Cup

Alfie Baker scored the St Ives goals.

‘Player of the Match’ – Daniel Legg

Next game – Sun 29 Oct – Exning United (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A

Match Report – Royston Town 2 St Ives Town 1

Match report

Royston Town 2 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division 10/10/17

The frustration goes on for Ives as once again they played well, everyone put in that required extra level of commitment, but in spite of outplaying the Crows for long periods of this game the deserved result did not come!.

Manager Ricky Marheineke stuck with the same starting eleven, and same bench as Saturdays gallant ten man defeat to Tiverton. But it was the hosts fresh from an excellent victory at Chesham who started on the front foot. The game was only three minutes old when James Potton found space just outside the Ives box to fire in a shot that was blocked, but the rebound fell to John Frendo who hit a first time effort the James Goff did well to block with his body and the ball was scrambled clear.

As so often this season the visitors failed to repel early pressure from the opposition and fell behind in the eighth minute in very simple fashion. Ed Asafu-Adjaye played a ball down the line which Adam Marriott set off in pursuit of. Keeper Goff came to claim just inside the box, but found himself beaten to the ball by the pace of Marriott who cleverly clipped the ball past the fast advancing Goff and wheeled away in delight as it found the far corner of the net.

Ives reacted well to falling behind and came close to grabbing a leveller five minutes later. The ever willing James Hall pulled away from the middle and received a ball down the line from Miles Smith. Hall picked out Danny Kelly arriving in the box, but he just failed to get the bouncing ball under control. Peter Clark and Lewis Hilliard kept the move alive and the ball was fed back out to Ben Seymour-Shove on the right. His in-swinging cross bounced inside the six yard box, but just evaded everyone and flew inches past the far post with keeper Joe Welch looking on.

The visitors continued to press forward and went on to claim a deserved equaliser in 19th minute. Tom McGowan sprayed an excellent ball out of defence to pick out Hilliard roaming forward into the Crows half. Hilliard played an exquisite ball with the outside of his foot to pick out the run of Hall through the centre. Hall still had plenty to do as keeper Welch came to close him down, but he touched the ball around the advancing keeper and drilled it home through two covering defenders from eight yards.

Having got level Ives then found themselves pegged back by the hosts as the ebb and flow of the game again changed in favour of the Crows. Pressure from Lee Chappell robbed Seymour-Shove in a wide position deep in his own half on the half hour. Chappell played the ball into the feet of Frendo who showed his class with an excellent turn and shot that flashed past the post. All of this in spite of the close attention of Andrew Iwediuno.

The Crows continued to press forward as half time approached and the visitors had Goff to thank for keeping the scores level in 44th minute. A low cross from the right by Gus Scott-Morriss was deflected out to Chappell on the back edge of the box and he hit a crisp low drive through the crowded penalty area that Goff did very well to see coming and even better to tip around the post diving full length to his left.

This lead to the first of three corners in succession for the hosts. The third of these created the final opportunity of the first period as it was flicked on at the near post and centre back Adam Murray tried to finish like a striker by chesting the ball down and hitting it on the volley. Fortunately he showed he was a defender as in spite of chesting it down well his attempted volley from ten yards out ended up in the gardens of the houses behind the goal.

The direction of flow changed again at the start of the second half as Ives with a strengthening wind at their back got back on top. Crows centre back Daniel Brathwaite had a lucky escape in 48th minute as he completely missed a ball down the right allowing Seymour-Shove to get away. Unfortunately his low cross was just behind the fast arriving Hall and although he got a touch he could not get his shot away and the chance was gone.

After that escape Crows went straight down the other end and thought that they had gone back in front as Marriott cut inside from the right and served up a cross to the back post where Ives headed it down for Frendo to force the ball home from close range. Fortunately for Ives Frendo had wandered into an offside position before he received the knock down.

Ives continued to press forward and another excellent chance went begging in 54th minute. Seymour-Shove was again the provider as he picked out Hall in the centre. The Ives centre forward was stuck with his back to goal eight yards out and two defenders trying to stop him turning. He tried to lay the ball off to Clark but Crows defenders were back in numbers by this time and the chance went begging.

Two minutes later another flowing move, this time down the left, involving Hilliard, Kelly and Hall saw the ball laid back to Clark by the penalty spot. He struck his effort well, but Brathwaite was covering and managed to block the effort inside the six yard box.

The flowing Ives style was continuing to trouble the hosts and Hall went close again on the hour. Hilliard was the provider as he picked out Hall in space on the right hand corner of the box. Hall took a touch and curled his effort just inches past the far post with keeper Welch struggling to get across.

Having enjoyed so much good possession and created, but not took, chances it was almost inevitable this season that the opposition would carve out one chance and take it and that is just what happened in 72nd minute. Again it was simple, but well executed. Frendo took down a ball out of defence thirty five yards from goal and played a perfectly weighted pass inside into the run of Marriott who again showed his quality taking the ball in his stride and firing past the advancing Goff from the edge of the box.

Ives responded well to this setback and yet another flowing move ended with Seymour-Shove delivering a cross into the box from the right that Hall bravely threw himself at above Murray, but his header from eight yards flew over the top.

As the clock ticked down the frustration was beginning to show on the Ives and this was personified by Clark as a move broke down deep in Crows territory he slid in on Asafu-Adjaye as the defender made his clearance and earned himself a yellow card.

The visitors put in one final effort as the game entered added time with Smith pushing up from the back and cutting inside before unleashing a low drive from 25 yards that was comfortably gathered by Welch.

James Hall deservedly won the supporters man of the match award as he, along with the whole team, continued to show commitment and desire throughout. The frustration at not picking up the points we deserve from these games is heartfelt amongst players and supporters alike. The quality is there, the desire is there, our luck must change soon!. Those of you with previously lucky pre-match routines, or even lucky underpants, it is time to change them. The rewards will come, be bold and keep the faith.

Final Score : Royston Town  2  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Hall 19

Supporters man of the match : James Hall

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden (Jordan 83), McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno, Hilliard, Clark, Hall (Wright 89), Kelly, Seymour-Shove (Short 90 + 2)

Unused substitute : Nicholls

Attendance  :  200

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Tiverton Town 2

Match report

St Ives Town 1 Tiverton Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 07/10/17

A gallant battling performance by ten man Ives who were very unlucky to get nothing from this game as they looked the more likely winner throughout in spite of having goalkeeper James Goff dismissed for denying a goal scoring opportunity in only the twelfth minute.

The incident that the game hinged on occurred as Goff came racing outside his box to try and head away a ball over the top. Unfortunately he just beaten to the high bouncing ball by Tivvy centre forward Jordan Rogers. Rogers brave header bounced just wide of the post. But the momentum of both players took them on into a sickening clash of heads as Goff arriving a split second to late put his head into the face of Rogers.

The two players both went down in a heap with both physios hurriedly summoned. A twelve minute delay followed during which Goff recovered sufficiently to see the red card brandished in his direction. The unfortunate Rogers was carried from the field on a stretcher and onward to hospital with serious facial injuries.

Rogers was replaced by Owen Howe, but with no keeper on the bench Ives had to put midfielder Lewis Hilliard between the sticks. The resulting free kick from inside the D came to nothing as Levi Landricombe’s effort hit the wall and bounced on into the grateful hands of Hilliard.

Prior to the incident Ives had started well and gone close to taking an early lead as Hilliard had picked out Peter Clark with a perfectly weighted ball from deep in his own half. Clark had cleverly laid the ball inside into the run of Ben Seymour-Shove who was unlucky to see his effort from just inside the box stopped by the keeper’s legs. Tom McGowan was following up, but the ball would not come down for him and he spooned his effort from twelve yards well over the top.

Tivvy had also had an attempt at goal two minutes later as Tom Gardner got on the end of a free kick from the right by Nick Hurst. But under pressure from debutant centre back Andrew Iwediuno he could not keep his effort down.

In spite of going down to ten men Ives continued to press forward at every opportunity and were stretching the visitors back line with the pace and mobility of their front players. It was no surprise when they went in front three minutes after play resumed (26 minutes from the first whistle). James Hall found space on the left and delivered a teasing cross to the back post where Seymour-Shove belied his stature to get above Callum Hall and ram home his header from eight yards.

Having fallen behind against ten men Tivvy manager Martyn Rogers made a quick decision to sacrifice one of his defenders and go three at the back replacing Gardner with Liam Gregory. But even with the extra man the visitors were struggling to find a way through the well organised Ives formation and Hilliard did not have a shot to save in the following twenty minutes. However the visitors did manage to work a way through in the 45th minute as Scott Rogers slid a ball through the centre and Howe managed to hold off Brett Longden before prodding home past stand in keeper Hilliard from close range.

To their credit Ives did not falter and still continued to create chances. Only one minute later Seymour-Shove got outside Nick Hurst before hanging up a cross from the left that Danny Kelly got on the end of at the back post. But unfortunately he steered his header wide under pressure from Ben Mammola.

Ives continued to belie their numerical disadvantage as they continued to hold steady at the back in the early stages of the second period and break dangerously at every opportunity. Clark picked out Hall on the left in 48th minute and Seymour-Shove was only just beaten to his low cross by Tivvy captain Jamie Price at the near post.

Seymour-Shove was constant threat and he went close again only sixty seconds later as McGowan fed him on the right and he turned back onto his left foot before delivering an in-swinging cross which beat everyone in the centre, bounced on the six yard line and flashed just past the far post with keeper Martin Rice looking on.

The Tivvy manager was encouraging his players to hurl long balls into the box to try and test out Hilliard in the air. But the Ives back line well marshalled by skipper Charlie De’ath dealt well with most of these. Mike Landricombe did manage to get on the end of one long ball in 56th minute, but his downward header bounced up nicely into the hands of Hilliard.

In spite of the numbers Ives even managed to create periods of sustained pressure and went close twice in two minutes just after the hour. Firstly McGowan battled his way through the centre before laying the ball off to Kelly just outside the box. The defence opened up for the big striker, but he struggled to get the ball out of his feet and only succeeded in pulling a tame shot wide. Two minutes later Hall picked up a Seymour-Shove cross knocked out to him on the right hand corner of the box. He found time to take a touch before curling his left foot effort just wide of the far post.

Tivvy’s long ball tactic almost brought reward in 65th minute as Iwediuno and Hilliard got in each others way in trying to deal with a ball over the top. Hilliard’s attempted clearance only reached Howe 35 yards from goal. Howe took on the opportunity first time, but only succeeded in curling his effort well wide with Hilliard desperately trying to make up his ground.

Ives best chance to grab a winner came in 69th minute as Longden bravely won a header deep in Tivvy territory. The ball fell to the feet of Kelly who deftly played it on into the run of Seymour-Shove on the left. For the umpteenth time in the game he delivered another dangerous cross. This one was deflected back to Kelly in space twelve yards out. But he snatched at the chance and fired the bouncing ball well over the top.

The hosts were holding out well as Tivvy seemed bereft of ideas on how to break down the stubborn ten men and it was beginning to look like this all round increased effort and regained solidity was going to earn a deserved reward. But as has been the case so often this season the luck seems to desert them when it matters. The visitor’s found a way through nine minutes from time as Landricombe played a ball into the run of Howe in the left channel and the Tivvy striker muscled his way into the box before placing a low shot past the static Hilliard to claim an undeserved winner.

There was still time for Ives to carve out one more opportunity to get something from the game as Kelly was brought down on the edge of the box by Mammola. The big striker picked himself up and took the kick himself and although he beat the five man wall his effort lacked power and proved a comfortable save for Rice.

Yet again this was a hard defeat to take as the ten men fought so gallantly and thoroughly deserved to get something from the game. Andrew Iwediuno fitted in well and provided a more rigid look to the Ives back line and he will get better as he gets fully match fit. The effort level increased exponentially and the level of effort shown by all today will win reward. Ben Seymour-Shove personified the non stop effort shown and deservedly won the behind the goal club’s man of the match vote. He was pushed very close by Tom McGowan, Peter Clark and James Hall. But everyone deserves a mention for coming up to the plate when required. Now we just need the results to follow that extra commitment.

Final Score : St Ives Town  1  Tiverton Town  2

Goals : Seymour-Shove 26

Supporters man of the match : Ben Seymour-Shove

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden, McGowan, De’ath (capt), Iwediuno (Wright 88), Hilliard, Clark, Kelly, Hall, Seymour-Shove (Jarrold 80)

Unused substitutes : Short, Nicholls

Attendance  :  251

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – AFC Dunstable U18 1 St Ives Town U18 0

Match Report

AFC Dunstable U18  1  St Ives Town U18  0

FA Youth Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round – 05/10/17

Agony for the young Ives as they crashed out of the FA Youth Cup in the cruellest fashion falling to a goal 15 seconds before the end of normal time.

The evening had opened with a magnificent harvest moon and the first chilly evening of autumn giving some atmosphere to the otherwise soulless Creasy Park Stadium for this eagerly awaited clash between two previously unbeaten teams. Both sides were keen to fight for a place in the round before the Football League sides enter the competition.

As we anticipated the game started at a cracking pace with both sides very quick to close each other down and not give any player on the park time on the ball. The only effort on goal in the first half an hour was a Patrik Polhos prod wide of the near post as he got across in front of his man inside the box to get on the end of a low cross from the left by Martin Saunders in 11th minute.

The two sides then proceeded to cancel each other out until 32nd minute when the hosts went close to opening the scoring. The dangerous Kyle Ajayi found a little bit of space 30 yards from the Ives goal and let loose a fierce dipping shot that bounced just in front of keeper Tom Smith who did very well to keep it out plunging full length to his left. Teddy Daniels was following up, but could not quite get on the end of it as Smith parried it away from goal. Dylan Baker kept the loose ball alive and he turned it back into the centre where Daniels blazed over from a good position.

The OD’s were buoyed by going close and forced another save out of Smith five minutes later with Ajayi again involved in the build up. He picked out Baker on the right hand corner of the box. The young winger skilfully took the ball down and turned inside Mitchell Pillin before driving in a low left foot effort that Smith saved well low to his left.

The closest Ives came to opening their account in the first half was from their first corner of the game in 38th minute. Saunders delivered it to the near post where the ball fell to Gordan Torkornooo. But he got no power in his prod at goal from eight yards and Adam Hughes was on hand to block the ball on the line and hack it away.

The hosts enjoyed a good last few minutes to the first period going close on three occasions. In 42nd minute Ben Andrews picked out Luis Brooker beyond the back post and his well struck first time volley ruffled the side netting.

One minute before the break Ajayi picked out Baker again on the right and he once more cut inside on his left foot to give himself a good site of goal. Smith made an excellent save to his right to keep out Baker’s well struck effort and fortunately for Ives Andrews slipped as he tried to force home the rebound letting Dawid Kwiatowski head the loose ball to safety.

The final chance of the first period came in added time as a wind assisted free kick went up in the air off the head of Jordan Locke. It looked like dropping to Andrews inside the box, but he and Connor Heath got in each other’s way and between them only succeeded in knocking the ball wide.

The second half was much more even, but with clear cut chances still very much at a premium. Polhos tried his luck with a clever effort from 35 yards in 53rd minute. Seeing keeper Dan Gould off his line he tried chipping the host’s custodian, but the keeper was quick to move his feet and made a comfortable save.

At the other end the ODs had three quick corners in succession and came close with the third of them. The initial corner was cleared back to Baker who delivered the ball deep to the far post where Jamie Short did just enough to prevent a late arriving Ajayi getting a clean contact and the ball rebounded into the grateful hands of Smith.

Ives went close from a flag kick of their own in 62nd minute. Saunders delivered the ball onto the six yard line in a central position. Keeper Gould came into the melee to try and punch it clear, but was always struggling. The ball was knocked down to Torkornoo whose well struck effort was blocked by a defender. Short picked up the rebound just outside the box and curled his effort inches over the top with Gould struggling to make up his ground.

Keeper Gould was called into action again five minutes later as Short went even closer. He got on the end of another Saunders corner from the right and powered in a header that the keeper did well to tip over.

The visitors purple patch continued and it took an excellent save from Gould to deny them fifteen minutes from time Billy Mobbs and Saunders combined well down the left the move finishing with Mobbs playing in Saunders inside the box. He unleashed a powerful drive from twelve yards that Gould did well to block with his body as he spread himself in front of the Ives striker.

Ives final opportunity to grab the crucial goal came six minutes from time as Short played a clip over the top to pick out a perfectly timed run from substitute Sam Bond. Bond was forced wide, but he managed to pull the ball back picking out Saunders whose low shot from just inside the box was well saved by Gould low to his left.

With time running out we were all preparing for extra time as the hosts launched one final attack. Substitute Guilain Lusambya ran at the tiring Ives back line and slipped a pass out to Daniels just inside the box. He went outside Pillin and dragged the ball back along the six yard line perfectly picking out Heath in space at the back post and the young full back sent the Dunstable supporters into raptures as he side footed home.

There was just time for the game to restart before the referee called time on the contest to send a deflated Ives side home with nothing. But the whole side can hold their heads high as they matched their opponents throughout this encounter and thoroughly deserved the chance to take the game into extra time. On another day with a little luck they could equally have nicked it 1-0. But unfortunately it was not their day and we wish our conquerors AFC Dunstable every success in the rest of the competition.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke, Torkornoo, Vaz, Polhos, Richardson (Bond 72), Mobbs (Thomas 85), Saunders

Unused subs : Makeham, Morris, King

Goals : none

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett

Cambridge City 6 St Ives Town 2 – Match Report

Match Report

Cambridge City 6 St Ives Town 2

BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup – 1st Round 02/10/17

Manager Ricky Marheineke announced after Saturday’s narrow defeat to Merthyr that he was going to use this Cup tie as an opportunity to learn about the players in his squad so it should be no surprise that he announced five changes to the starting line up. Ben Seymour-Shove and James Hall returned, with first starts being awarded to recent signing Jamie Nicholls and ex scholar Matt Wright. The final change was a surprise to us all and an experiment for Marheineke as recommended French centre back Carl Langa signed on the day from Southall FC made his debut.

Unfortunately the experiment did not start well as Langa and fellow centre back Lee Chaffey were caught cold inside the first few seconds. A low cross from the right by Ollie Snaith after only 16 seconds was not dealt with and Lewis Wilson gratefully accepted the gift firing home the loose ball past a startled James Goff from close range.

Things went from bad to worse for the Ives as City doubled their lead after only six minutes. A long free kick into the box by ex Ives man Mark Coulson was mishandled by the shell shocked Goff and the experienced Jordan Gent was on hand to prod the ball home from inside the six yard box.

Having given their opposition a two goal start Ives began to slowly fight back into the game and came close to pulling a goal back only three minutes later as Peter
Clark found time and space on the left to deliver a precise cross over the City back line that picked out Wright beyond the far post. The young striker took the ball down well and struck a rising drive from 15 yards that another ex Ives man, keeper Niall Conroy, did well to parry. The ball looped up into the air and Nicholls was first to react, but could not direct his header on target under pressure from Gent and the Lilywhites managed to scramble the ball clear.


Langa continued to struggle to come up to the pace of step three football and he was almost found out again in 16th minute. Tom Knowles delivered a ball into Ryan Sharman who took the ball down well and turned Langa forcing the centre back to bring him down 25 yards from goal in a central position. Knowles hit a fierce curling free kick around the four man wall that crept inches wide of Goff’s left hand post. Chaffey was gallantly trying to stem the City tide and he bravely denied Wilson in 26th minute diving full length in front of the City striker to knock away a low Knowles cross at the near post.

Ives raids in the first period were very sporadic with their only other noteworthy effort arriving on the half hour as a stretching Nicholls just managed to get on the end of a Ben Seymour-Shove free kick from the right. But his under pressure header sailed wide of Conroy’s goal.

The Lilywhites continued to run the show and killed the game off with two more goals in a six minute spell just before the break. In the 35th minute Buster Harradine managed to get away down the right. Knowles attacked his low driven cross at the back post and in spite of Miles Smith’s attempts to scramble the ball off the goal line the on the spot assistant referee on the far side deemed that the ball had crossed the line. The fourth was another embarrassing momentfor the struggling Langa as he tried to step up to play Wilson offside, but completely mistimed his move to leave the big City striker completely clear and he finished with aplomb lashing the ball into the top corner of the net from just inside the box.

While the Lilywhites enjoyed their half time cuppa in the confident knowledge that they had already won the day, a tongue lashing from Marheineke was the rightful reward for the woeful Ives. The unfortunate Langa was put out of his misery as he was replaced by Club captain Charlie De’ath prior to the start of the second half.

Marheineke’s hair dryer treatment got a reaction as a number of Ives players visibly lifted their performance in the early period of the second half. The visitors even got the ball in the net after 55 minutes. An under pressure Conroy was forced to punch a hanging cross and the ball fell to Seymour-Shove 25 yards out. He fired in a low drive that deflected off a defender into the net. But unfortunately the referee’s whistle had already gone for a foul by James Hall on the keeper.

As City dropped the pace and Ives lifted themselves the flow of the game evened up for a while. Goff made a good save low to his left to deny Snaith in 57th minute. The elusive Clark went on a mazy run into the heart of the City defence six minutes later. He got past two and then knocked the ball onto Seymour-Shove, but his low drive provided a comfortable save for Conroy.

Wilson was still causing problems at the other end and he cut in from the right past two attempted challenges in 65th minute. Jordan Jarrold eventually stopped the run deep in Ives box. The loose ball fell to substitute Salim Relizani following up, his driven effort beat Goff, but was scrambled off the line by Smith. Smith had to repeat that trick to preserve the score line four minutes later. Harradine latched onto a poor attempted back pass by Lewis Hilliard and got around Goff only to be denied by the covering Smith.

Jimmy Hartley was introduced for the tiring Nicholls in 67th minute and he instantly added an extra impetus to the Ives going forward. He had only been on five minutes when he robbed Ryan Towner inside the City half. He quickly moved the ball on to Clark who fired a low drive into the bottom corner of the net from 25 yards beating the diving Conroy.

City instantly restored their advantage as Harradine delivered a ball in from the right and Chaffey was out muscled by Wilson who fired home from close range to complete his hat trick.

A very bed night for Ives turned into a disastrous one twelve minutes from time as the all action Hartley went over on his ankle under challenge from Ben Robinson and ended up limping out of the action with an injury that could put him out for some weeks.

There was still time for another goal each. Chaffey claiming his first ever goal for the Ives as he got on the end of a Draycott corner to power home a free header from six yards in 88th minute. Sharman finished things off for the victors right on time as he was similarly given the freedom of the park to get on the end of a Harradine corner eight yards out.

After the game manager Marheineke was quick to state that he had learned a lot about his squad from the game. With that in mind it looks likely that there may well be some changes of personnel in the squad in the near future. A similar exercise may be on the cards for the upcoming County Cup tie against Huntingdon Town in early November, but hopefully by then things will have turned around and we will be looking to keep that hoped for good run going. Peter Clark won a somewhat hollow man of the match award and certainly showed that he has his heart in the battle on the night and the bigger one to come, others must follow his example.

Finally a word for our tenants, the Lilywhites, who were very worthy winners on the night we wish them every success in the rest of the competition.

Final Score : Cambridge City  6  St Ives Town  2

Goals : Clark 72, Chaffey 88

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, Chaffey, Langa (De’ath 45), Hilliard, Seymour-Shove, Nicholls (Hartley 67, Draycott 80), Hall, Clark, Wright

Unused substitutes : McGowan

Attendance  :  193

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 1 Oct

4 out 5 for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team progressed into the 2nd round of the Women’s League Cup at the expense of Newmarket Ladies Reserves with a 7-0 win

Hanah & Amy Seymour-Shove got 2 goals a piece. The others came from Katie Stancombe, Tierney Coulson & Connie Liddiard.

The whole team were awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development won their first ever competitive game with a fantastic 8-0  win over Milton Ladies in the Women’s League Cup 1st round.

Goalscorers – Georgina Astley x2, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter x2, Drew Jenkins, Chloe Stefanelli & Megan Stowe.

Georgina Astley was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’

Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report –

Sunday saw the first game for St Ives Town Ladies Development side in the League Cup and they did not disappoint. The game was played at away at Milton Ladies. St Ives captain Drew Jenkins lead by example from the warm up until the final whistle with superb leadership on and off the pitch, and used her experience well to support and encourage all the players from start to finish. Left back Chloe Stefanelli opened the game with a fantastic 30 yard strike to give St Ives the lead they deserved. This was closely followed by number 10 Georgie Astley finding the back of the net before the half time whistle. With a comfortable 2-0 lead the girls did not sit back and started the second half determined to increase the score line. Player of the match Astley started the second half how she finished the first and bagged her second goal of the day with an outstanding volley from the edge of the box. It was then the turn of St Ives striker Jade Carpenter to show what she was capable of, finding the net not once but twice within ten minutes; finishing with a fantastic strike into the top left hand that could not have been more perfectly placed. The next two goals came from captain Jenkins and Megan Stow returning from injury in the best way possible. Finally Centre back Kelly Holliday took the ball from her own 18 yard line to the opposition box, easily passing any of the opposition that got in her way. Milton keeper did well to save her powerful strike but new signing Olivia Baker was there to finish the impressive goal feast with a left foot finish. So the final score was 8-0.
Manager Lisa Trigg speaks with nothing but admiration for the effort and drive the ladies played with.
A fantastic overall squad performance and hopefully the start of a very successful season for this newly formed side.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Milton Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15s continued their winning streak win a 4-2 over Biggleswade Town in the EJA league.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Whitton United 5-1.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Needham Market (A) – EJA League U14 Green Division

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Bluntisham Blasters in the Cambs & District U13A Colts League

The goals came from Ben Hunter

‘Players of the Match’ – Oliver Coatsworth & Luis Sarchet

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Yaxley Juniors (H) – Hunts U13 Cup

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Merthyr Town 3

Match Report

St Ives Town 2 Merthyr Town 3

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 30/09/17

Another frustrating day for the Ives as again they matched promotion chasing opponents for long periods of this game, but defensive errors meant they ended up with no reward.

Manager Ricky Marheineke made only one enforced change to the starting eleven that fought so hard to earn a point at Hitchin in midweek. With Brett Longden unavailable Jordan Jarrold returned to the left back role.

Ives immediately found themselves on the back foot as the visiting Martyrs were quickly out of the blocks. The hosts weathered their initial forays and were just beginning to get into the game when the first defensive lapse saw them fall behind after only ten minutes. Eliot Richards picked out the speedy Ian Traylor wide on the left in space. Traylor delivered an early low cross into the box that Ives defence completely failed to deal with and the loose ball was prodded home from close range by the alert Jaye Bowen.

The visitors doubled their lead only two minutes later as the Ives back line seemed to go awol leaving Bowen to return the compliment to Traylor threading a ball through the heart of the hosts central defence which put the Martyrs striker completely clear. He made no mistake slotting the ball under the body of James Goff from just inside the box as the exposed young keeper came to close him down.

Unlike their defence Ives front line were up for a battle and their response was instant as straight from the kick off Peter Clark picked out Lewis Hilliard on the right. Hilliard delivered an inviting low cross along the six yard line that was finished emphatically by Phil Draycott arriving at the back post.

The game was now very much on and Ives continued to press forward in search of an equaliser. A route one effort almost found it for them as under pressure centre back Kyle Patten only succeeded in directing his poor attempt at a clearing header down to the feet of the all action Jimmy Hartley 25 yards from goal. The young striker took a touch and hammered in a right foot effort that beat the despairing dive of keeper Ollie Davies, but thudded into the boards just inches the wrong side of his right hand upright.

The flow of play continued to swing from end to end and on the half hour the experienced Stuart Fleetwood battled his way between Jarrold and Charlie De’ath on the right before cutting into the box and delivering a low driven cross/shot that beat the diving Goff, but flashed across the face of goal just out of reach of Traylor sliding in at the far post.

Danny Kelly spurned a golden opportunity to level things up ten minutes before the break as he out muscled Scott Tancock to win a long ball down the middle. As Tancock stumbled he was left clear with only keeper Davies to beat. But it almost seemed that he stopped expecting to be pulled up for a foul allowing the ball to get stuck between his legs. This gave Davies the opportunity to bravely dive in a grab the ball off his toe.

So once more the Ives arrived at the break a goal in arrears, but playing well enough to make the faithful believe that something could be gleaned from this game. That hope was instantly lifted at the start of the second period as only 19 seconds in Hilliard played in a clever flick to put Hartley in with a sight of goal. With keeper Davies coming to close him down Hartley tried to lift the ball over the stopper, but under pressure from Cameron Pring he failed to get sufficient height on his effort allowing Davies to make a catch above his head.

Having failed to get level Ives came within inches of going two behind only two minutes later. Miles Smith was adjudged to have brought down Traylor on the left corner of the box. Traylor picked himself up and delivered a powerful free kick that dipped over the three man wall and just scraped the crossbar with keeper Goff desperately scrambling to make up his ground.

The hosts had another opportunity to level things up just after the hour as Kelly manage to latch onto a long ball out of defence by Jarrold. He could not quite outpace the Martyrs back line, but cleverly turned inside covering defender Jarrad Wright drawing the foul out of him inside the D. Draycott cleverly ran over the ball knocking it sideways to Kelly who fired in a low drive through the crowd that Davies did well to gather under pressure.

Ives won a corner in 69th minute, but rather than give them a scoring opportunity it cost them a third goal. Draycott delivered the ball into the mix from the right. Davies did well to leap above the crowd and get a good punch on the ball which fell to Fleetwood midway inside his own half. He knocked the ball on to Traylor on the half way line and the Martyrs striker again showed his pace as he sprinted away leaving Jarrold in his wake before slotting the ball low past the exposed Goff from the edge of the box.

Manager Marheineke sacrificed defender Jarrold to bring on an extra attacker in James Hall with fifteen minutes to go. Hall provided a telling impact within four minutes of his introduction as he picked up the ball wide left and wriggled his way past Wright before picking out Clark in space at the far post. The tricky midfielder scored a header at Hitchin last Monday night, but this time he got it wrong getting under the bouncing ball and only succeeding in heading over from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

Hall continued to look sharp and grabbed his first goal since his return to Ives to reduce the arrears with six minutes to go. He battled between Tancock and keeper Davies as they tried to deal with a high bouncing ball. He just managed to get a toe to the ball before the defender and prodded it over the keeper then had to watch in suspense as Martyrs sub Curtis McDonald made a valiant attempt to prevent the rolling ball crossing the line. Much to the delight of the Ives fans he only succeeded in joining the ball in the back of the net.

Unfortunately that was only to be a consolation as despite putting in the effort the home side failed to create another decent opportunity to draw level. The only other effort worthy of note in the remaining time was a rasping free kick from 25 yards by Martyrs substitute Kerry Morgan three minutes from time that pulled a remarkable save out of Goff who hurled himself full length to his right to tip the effort onto the crossbar.

This unfortunate reverse sees Ives remain in 22nd place in Southern League Premier Division and stretches their home League run to five without a win this season. All four defeats have been against teams in the top eight and all have been games where we have scored and played well enough to deserve something from the match. I am convinced that we are not far away, but the challenge for the management team is to urgently find a way to shore up our leaky defence. A return to hard fought one nil wins would be very welcome.

Once again the players in the running for Ives man of the match were all front men and Jimmy Hartley just got the nod for his all action style and ability to take on and beat opponents. He was at the heart of a lot of Ives best moves on the day.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Merthyr Town  3

Goals : Draycott 14, Hall 84

Supporters man of the match : Jimmy Hartley

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold (Hall 76), De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Hilliard, Clark, Kelly (Seymour-Shove 84), Hartley (Nicholls 84), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Wright

Attendance  :  272

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to todays match sponsor Extreme Events and match mascots Parkside Priory U9

Match Report – Hitchin Town 2 St Ives Town 2

Match Report

Hitchin Town 2 St Ives Town 2 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 25/09/17

In spite of going in front twice, Ives will be the happier side to come away from this encounter with a share of the spoils as they survived a late Canaries onslaught to pick up their first point on the road since their opening day success at Weymouth.

With the very short turn around between this match and Saturdays defeat at Farnborough it may be considered a little surprising that manager Ricky Marheineke made only three changes of personnel in his starting eleven. Brett Longden, Danny Kelly and Phil Draycott replaced Jordan Jarrold, Dubi Ogbonna and Ben Seymour-Shove respectively with the latter trio all dropping to the bench, Equally important appeared to be positional changes which saw Tom McGowan dropping back to his favoured position just in front of the back four, Lewis Hilliard returning to a position on the right and Jimmy Hartley moving inside to play alongside Kelly.

Kelly and Hartley combined perfectly to put Ives in front in the first meaningful attack of the game in 12th minute. Charlie De’ath delivered a long free kick from inside his own half which Kelly cleverly chested down on the edge of the hosts box and Hartley swept the ball home through a crowd of players to beat keeper Michael Johnson low to his left.

The Canaries are also a team fairly low on confidence at the moment and it took them a while to recover from that early blow, but nine minutes later they managed to register their first effort on goal. Left back Ben Walster pinged an excellent cross field ball to pick out his opposite full back Kavan Cotter who had found space beyond Longden. Cotter took the ball down well and cut inside his marker before unleashing a rising drive that keeper James Goff did well to tip away high to his right. The hosts thought they had levelled from the resulting corner as the ball was knocked through to Jonny McNamara who poked it home from close range only to be denied by an assistant’s flag as Ives back line had got up quickly and left him offside.

McNamara went very close again five minutes later as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of a ball threaded through the centre by Lucas Kirkpatrick. Fortunately Miles Smith had tracked his run and managed to get in sufficient challenge to ensure that although he flicked the ball past the advancing Goff it travelled inches outside the post.

The very mobile Hartley was still causing the Canaries back line problems and he was heavily involved in the visitors twice going close to doubling their advantage in a two minute spell around the 33 minute mark. In the first sortie he combined well with Hilliard down the right before receiving a pin point return pass from the silky midfielder and driving in a low cross which caused panic in the hosts defence with a sliced clearance from Lewis Rolfe almost putting in Phil Draycott.

Hartley and Hilliard combined with Kelly two minutes later to win a corner off the struggling Rolfe. In a pre-rehearsed routine Hilliard very cleverly positioned himself on the near post and then ran forward as if to receive a short corner forcing the man on the post to go with him. Draycott delivered the corner into the space at the near post where an under pressure Johnson spilled it. Fortunately for the Canaries it was a defender’s boot that hacked the loose ball clear before Ives could stab it home.

That concluded the meaningful action of the first half as Ives went in with a deserved lead. As expected the hosts came out for the second period reinvigorated and tore into the visitors from the off. The half was only ninety seconds old when Ives had a huge let off. Kirkpatrick drove at the heart of their defence before unleashing a powerful drive from 25 yards that deflected for a corner off Draycott. Another pre-rehearsed corner move saw the ball delivered low 15 yards from goal where Callum Donnelly met it perfectly hitting a screamer that ricochet away off Hilliard on the line. The Hitchin players and their fans behind the goal were all convinced that it struck the arm of the Ives man. But fortunately referee Alex Rayment and his assistant were both un-sighted and Ives breathed again.

The hosts continued to press forward in search of the equaliser and went close again in 51st minute as McNamara cut in from the right past Draycott and Longden. Fortunately for Ives the pitch a Hitchin is not quite as good as it used to be and McNamara’s pull back to Kirkpatrick took a bobble resulting in the Canaries man firing over from a very good position.

As has so often been the case this season when the pressure really starts to mount on the Ives defence it has cracked and this happened again in 53rd minute as Jack Green somehow managed to pick out McNamara with a ball through the centre of the Ives back line. McNamara managed to hold off the challenge of Longden before cleverly clipped the ball past Goff to level things up.

The Canaries should have gone in front four minutes later a quick throw from Cotter on the right picked out Callum Donnelly in space. He had time to size up his cross and picked out his brother Brett at the far post. Brett Donnelly rose well and looked like he must score, but in trying to direct his header from six yards back past the athletic Goff he only succeeded in putting it over the top.

That miss seemed to take the wind out of the Canaries wings, or perhaps they were simply having a breather. But Ives seized the initiative back and enjoyed a brief purple patch. James Hall had replaced the limping Kelly early in the second half and he went very close to restoring Ives lead just after the hour. A Draycott corner from the right deflected off a defender to arrive at the feet of Hall beyond the far post. He had time to take a touch but unfortunately hammered his right foot effort straight at keeper Johnson who parried the stinging effort away.

Having gone close once Ives continued to push forward and restored their lead with a spectacular header five minutes later. Full back Longden surged forward on the overlap down the left and delivered an inviting hanging cross twelve yards out. Peter Clark met the ball perfectly with a powerful header that flew in the top corner and in spite of keeper Johnson getting a good hand on it the momentum took the ball on into the net off the underside of the crossbar.

However the lead was only short lived as Hitchin equalised in 69th minute with the goal of the game. Cotter delivered a high hanging cross from the right that Goff did very well to punch clear under heavy pressure from friend and foe alike. The ball fell to Jay Dowie fully 35 yards from goal and he decided to try his luck only to find out it was certainly his day as he met the dropping ball perfectly with a dipping shot that arced like a missile to dip in just underneath Goff’s crossbar giving the young stopper absolutely no chance.

Having got back level for the second time the hosts now went in search of the winner and Goff did very well to save his side as Kirkpatrick picked out McNamara arriving at pace at the back of the Ives box and his first time effort from a narrow angle was deflected off the body of the Ives keeper. The resulting corner arrived at the feet of Green at the back post, but he prodded wide from a good position.

Although the Canaries were enjoying a lot of possession Ives were working very hard as a team to shut them down all over the park and prevent them building up a real head of steam. It took until added time before the hosts were able to carve out any more clear cut chances to win the game, but the five added minutes were very much nail biting stuff for those of us who have seen points slip away late in so many games this season.

It seemed that the entire five minutes were spent in and around Ives penalty area. In the first added minute substitute Connor Vincent rose highest at the far post to get on the end of a cross from the left, but fortunately he was stretching and only managed to steer his header wide.

As the added minutes rolled agonisingly by Ives players were putting their bodies on the line and in one scramble in the fourth added minute three shot were blocked at close range with McGowan and De’ath to the fore before the ball was finally hacked away.

The final action of the game may hopefully be a big turning point for our luck and our season as McNamara fired in a low shot from just inside the packed penalty area that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner and more heartache when it struck his fellow Canary Green and bounced wide. Games can certainly be decided on such fine margins, but can we take the momentum from this stroke of fortune and the very hard earned point it gained to take us forward into our continued tough run of fixtures.

Tom McGowan grabbed the man of the match award, but he was only one of many who put in that 110% necessary to earn our much deserved reward from this fixture. I am pleased to say that the recipient could have been anyone of the Ives players out there on the night.

Final Score : Hitchin Town  2  St Ives Town  2

Goals : Hartley 12, Clark 66

Supporters man of the match : Tom McGowan

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Longden, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Hilliard (Seymour-Shove 83), Clark, Kelly (Hall 49), Hartley (Ogbonna 78), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Jarrold, Nicholls

Attendance  :  325

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 24 Sept

A clean sweep of victories for the Ladies & Colts

The Ladies got back in to winning ways after exiting the FA Cup last week with a resounding 9-2 victory over Park Ladies in the Cambs Women’s Prem.

St Ives goalscorers – Amy Seymour-Shove x4, Georgia Stancombe x3, Tierney Coulson & 1 o.g.

Georgia Stancombe was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 1 Oct – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (A) – Cambs Women’s League Cup

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The Ladies Development side start their campaign next Sunday with an away fixture at Milton Ladies in the League Cup.

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The U15s also followed up their cup loss last weekend with a 2-1 victory at home to Newport Pagnel in the EJA league.

Next game – Sun 1 Oct – Histon (A) – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s progressed to the 2nd round of the U14 Hunts County Cup with a thumping 11-0 win over Eynesbury Rovers.

Next game – Sun 1 Oct – Whitton United (H) – EJA League U14 Green Division

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For the second consecutive week the U13s enjoyed a double figure win recording a 13-0 success against Burwell Swallows in the Cambs & District U13A Division.

The goals came from Billy Chambers, Luke Dunn, Daniel Legg, Harry Suite x3, Alfie Baker x2, Gino Glove x4 & Harvey Keates.

‘Players of the Match’ – Gino Glove, Harvey Johnson & Daniel Sarchet

Next game – Sun 1 Oct – Bluntisham Blasters (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – Farnborough 2 St Ives Town 1

Match Report

Farnborough 2 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 23/09/17

How can a game which arguably contained only one bad foul end up as a ten v ten encounter in which a total of ten cards were brandished? A hugely over officious referee who seemed totally unable to communicate with the players appears to be the answer.

Unfortunately Ives cannot blame the man in the middle for yet another single goal defeat in a game where they should have got at the very least a point against a Boro side who had failed to provide their fans with a win from their previous four home games. A depleted squad with Danny Kelly and Lewis Ferrell joining the long list for the treatment table was also no excuse for the failure to bring home anything from this game.

Recent signing from Corby Town Miles Smith made his Ives debut at right back and he almost put in a telling contribution in his first foray forward after only five minutes. Peter Clark picked out his run with a pin point pass and Smith delivered an inviting cross to the near post area that picked out an unmarked Tom McGowan. Unfortunately McGowan’s header from ten yards was inches wide of the post.

Having failed to take their chance to go in front Ives came within inches of falling behind only seconds later. Perry Coles delivered a long free kick from the left that went over everyone in the centre and arrived beyond the far post where Dan Weaver did well to get over his shot that beat James Goff in the Ives goal and rattled the crossbar.

The end to end opening spell continued as in the 9th minute Jimmy Hartley jinked down the left before laying a ball inside to McGowan he in turn played the ball into the feet of Dubi Ogbonna who cleverly turned his man before unleashing a shot from 20 yards that flew wide.

All to often recently Ives have had to come from behind in games and they found themselves in that state again two minutes later. Keith Emmerson threaded a ball through the visitor’s back line that put Weaver completely clear and with Jordan Jarrold with his arm in the air in a vain appeal for offside Weaver strode on into the box before finishing emphatically past the exposed Goff.

On this occasion it did not take Ives long to get back on level terms as in only 18th minute Hartley picked out McGowan in space 45 yards from goal. He threaded a ball through the Boro back line that Ogbonna set off in hot pursuit of. Keeper Luke Cairney sprinted from his line and was favourite to get to the ball first, but fatally took his eye off it as Ogbonna closed on him and somehow completely missed his attempted clearance leaving Ogbonna with the simple task of rolling the ball into the empty net.

Referee Damith Bandara had his first telling contribution to the game in 25th minute and he incensed the home fans with his decision. The ball rolled out of play into the St Ives technical area. Glen Southam tried to pick it up swiftly for a quick throw only to be obstructed by Ives assistant manager Jack Cassidy who took his time in picking the ball up and handing it slowly to the Boro no. 7. Words were exchanged between the two and referee Bandara came in to settle the issue which probably needed a quick word from the official and a handshake between the two protagonists to allow everyone to get on with the game. But after a two minute lecture to Cassidy he then allowed him to return to the dugout. A similar length of lecture followed to Southam ended by a yellow card. The two certainly appeared equally guilty in the mini spat but the level of punishment showed a strange inconsistency.

Having set out his stall the man in black decided he quite like dishing out cards and Lewis Hilliard picked one up only seconds later, for taking a free kick to quickly!.

But finally back to the football and Ives should have gone in front in 28th minute as Hartley played in McGowan down the left. He turned James Hammond inside out before clipping a cross to the near post that picked out Ben Seymour-Shove perfectly. He got good contact ahead of his marker, six yards out, but his header flashed wide of the far post.

Ives had another golden opportunity to go in front in 35th minute as Boro centre back Jack Saville made a complete hash of an attempted pass back to his keeper and only succeeded in passing the ball straight to Ogbonna on the edge of the box. The experienced centre forward decided to take his shot on early as keeper Cairney came to close him down and the keeper made a good block with his legs.

Only seconds later Boro found themselves down to ten men. Southam mistimed an attempted tackle on Clark inside the centre circle and completely took him out. A stonewall yellow card and to give him his due Mr Bandara did not shirk his responsibility. However he did manage to hand out three more yellow cards to Ives players and one to a Boro man before the break Ogbonna and Hartley, both for kicking the ball away and Charlie De’ath for querying one of his decisions. Boro’s substitute Jake Evans joined them again for kicking the ball away right on the half time whistle.

The ten men of Boro started the second half very positively and Evans played through fellow sub Nic Ciardini with the half only 15 seconds old. Ciardini will be disappointed that he did not put the chance away as he was denied by an excellent block from the fast closing Goff. Weaver, following up, fired the loose ball wide of the far post from 20 yards.

Slowly Ives began to make use of their numerical advantage and went close twice in three minutes around the fifty minute mark. Hartley found space on the left and delivered a ball into the feet of Ogbonna on the edge of the box. The big striker turned cleverly and tried to curl the ball inside the far post, but it drifted wide. Seymour-Shove created a very similar opportunity for Hartley three minutes later as he played a low cross from the right that picked out Hartley beyond the far post. He found a little space and turned inside before trying a curling effort that followed the path of Ogbonna’s moments earlier.

Hilliard was enjoying his somewhat deeper role in this game and he was using the extra time on the ball he was getting to good effect. In 64th minute he played through a perfectly weighted pass that put Seymour-Shove clear cutting in from the right. But with an unmarked Ogbonna screaming for a square pass in the centre the Ives winger chose to go for goal and only succeeded in flashing his effort wide of the post.

The ten men were still looking dangerous on the break and less than a minute later Ciardini again found himself clear with only Goff to beat. But once more the Ives keeper came out on top as he dived to his right to palm away the Boro man’s attempt to clip the ball past him.

Seconds later it became ten v ten as Ogbonna foolishly raised his elbow into the face of Boro skipper Josh Huggins as the pair went for a high ball giving the referee chance to even up the teams again. Higgins made a meal of it, but having seen the replay I have to say that it looks like the referee got that one right.

Although the numbers were only now even it quickly began to look like the hosts had a numerical advantage as they started to take control of the game and put the Ives back line under pressure. In 71st minute a Lee Chaffey clearing header fell to Ciardini in the left channel. He fired in a low cross shot that Goff did very well to bravely claim just ahead of Jamie Cureton.

As the game entered the last ten minutes the pressure on the visitor’s back line continued to mount. Emmerson and Kieron Forbes combined well against an outnumbered Smith in 80th minute. Forbes got to the bye line and his pull back picked out Evans. But his powerful drive from 20 yards was bravely blocked by the body of De’ath.

Emmerson was again involved three minutes later as he played in over lapping full back Hammond down the right. Hammond’s pull back picked out Weaver and his well struck shot was deflected inches over the top.

The goal was beginning to look inevitable and it arrived three minutes from time as Cureton picked out Hammond wide on the right. His deep cross beyond the far post was kept alive by Ciardini who laid it into Weaver just inside the box. The big striker took a touch before rifling the ball home from fifteen yards giving Goff no chance.

Even though the visitors threw skipper De’ath up front as an extra striker for the remaining few minutes they were unable to carve out an opportunity to snatch what would have been an unlikely equaliser.

An apparent lack of willingness to put in the hard yards to help out the back four was pinpointed by manager Ricky Marheineke as the route cause for this hard to take defeat. The opportunity exists for every player to step up to the plate and show their mettle very swiftly in what is quickly becoming a battle to stay out of the drop zone, as Ives have a daunting trip to Hitchin scheduled for Monday evening.

Final Score : Farnborough  2  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Ogbonna 18

Supporters man of the match : Charlie De’ath

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, Hilliard, Seymour-Shove, Clark, Ogbonna, McGowan (Wright 77), Hartley (Draycott 68)

Unused substitutes : Longden

Attendance  :  274

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – Kettering Town U18 1 St Ives Town U18 3 – FA Youth Cup

Match Report

Kettering Town U18  1  St Ives Town U18  3

FA Youth Cup – 1st Qualifying Round – 21/09/17

On paper this was billed as the clash of two unbeaten teams each very keen to progress as far as possible in the prestigious FA Youth Cup. As it turned out the Ives were not as seriously tested as they anticipated and progressed perhaps more comfortably than the score line suggests.

Both sides started very cagily, like prize fighters weighing each other up and although there was plenty of endeavour from both sides it took until the half hour mark before the first shot on target arrived from either side. The shot when it arrived put the Ives in front in the simplest fashion. Skipper Jamie Short delivered a free kick from the half way line into the Poppies box. Sam Bond leapt highest and cleverly headed the ball down to the edge of the box where Tiago Dias yet again showed his class and composure as he very cleverly got over the top of the bouncing ball and fired his bouncing shot through a small gap in the hosts back line to just beat the dive of keeper Zach Cunningham and find the bottom corner of the net.

The home side lifted themselves to try and find an instant repost. Full back Sam Adams picked up an Ives clearance fully 45 yards from goal. For the first time in the game he found a little space to roam forward and tried his luck from 30 yards. His skimming drive flashed just wide of Tom Smith’s left hand post and rattled the advertising boards.

Brice Gandhi on the left wing for Kettering was looking dangerous, but was generally very well marshalled by Dawid Kwiatowski. However he did get one chance to get a run on the full back in the 34th minute as he picked up an excellent cross field ball from Doyle Standishday and got away down the outside. He got to the bye line and cut the ball back to Ben Alibone in space. But the young number ten snatched at the chance and sent his effort high and wide.

The first half came to an end a few minutes later with Ives comfortably in control, although only one goal to the good. Manager Jack Cassidy no doubt instructed his charges to maintain their solid formation, weather any storm that the Poppies threw at them in the first ten minutes of the second half and then go on and kill the game. However his opposite number Darren Long pulled a master stroke at the interval replacing his largely ineffective right winger with Nathan Best. Best went down the middle and the speedy Connor I’anson moved to the right. It took I’anson exactly sixty seconds to expose the Ives back line as he sprinted onto a through ball down the right and got to the bye line before pulling the ball back to Alibone on the edge of the box. This time the striker managed to get his effort on target and thanks to a deflection it beat Smith low to his right to level things up.

The goal stung Ives into action and they very quickly re-exerted their authority on the game. Vitor Vaz fired over from the edge of the box after good work by Diaz five minutes later.

The visitors restored their advantage in 57th minute as Dias created a goal out of nothing. He picked the ball up 35 yards from goal and ghosted past one defender, before going around the outside of the cover and beating keeper Cunningham with a powerful drive that flew into the net of the inside of his near post.

The lead was quickly doubled in the simplest fashion. The very hard working Martin Saunders delivered an in-swinging corner from the right and his fellow wide man Vaz arrived completely unmarked six yards out to direct home the simplest of headers.

Smith was called upon to make his first real save of the evening in 68th minute as Gandhi managed to cut inside from the left and fire in a shot from the edge of the box that Smith saved well low to his left.

Kyrie Foster had joined the fray just before the hour replacing the tiring Bond and he should have scored twice in 72nd and 78th minutes. The first opportunity was carved out by a perfectly weighted clip through by Dias which put Foster clear. He looked like he only had to slot the ball past the exposed Cunningham. But he delayed just long enough to give Jacob Ferdinand chance to make a fantastic recovery tackle and take the ball off his toe. If that chance should have been buried the next one was even easier as Cunningham inexplicably rolled a goal kick straight to Foster on the edge of the box. Rather than simply take a touch and rap the ball home Foster chose to try and take the ball around Cunningham giving the young stopper chance to redeem his error which he very gratefully took.

In spite of much effort the Poppies never really created anything more to get themselves back in the game and the final two chances of the evening both fell to the Ives. Foster did much better than his previous efforts when in 88th minute he seized on a loose ball 25 yards from goal and jinked to his left before unleashing a stinging drive that thudded into the chest of a startled Cunningham who held on well.

The final opportunity of the night was Dias’s chance to complete his hat trick with the last kick of the game. He combined well with Foster on the right before being put through the right channel. He looked up and slid the ball past the advancing Cunningham, but it flashed the wrong side of the far post.

The feeling at the end was that Ives won this game without ever really getting out of second gear. The way they lifted things when they needed to certainly looked good. But the feeling that there is much more yet in the tank with these boys is still very much there. Another tough challenge awaits in the next round in two weeks time when they are on the road again visiting another side currently topping their League table in AFC Dunstable.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Makeham, Short (capt), Locke, Polhos, Vaz (Richardson 82), Dias, Bond (Foster 56), Mobbs (Torkornoo 78), Saunders

Unused subs : Pillin, Morris

Goals : Dias 30, 57, Vaz 63,

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett

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As per above the Youth team have been drawn away to play AFC Dunstable in the 2nd Qualifying round. Match to be played in the week commencing 2 October.

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 17 Sept

2 Wins & 2 Losses for the Ladies and Colts Sides

The Ladies also exited the FA Cup at the 2nd Qualifying Round stage last weekend being emphatically beaten 7-1 by Wymondham Ladies.

Katie Stancombe scored the Ives consolation goal and was also jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’ along with Georgia Stancombe.

Next game – Sun 24 Sept – Park Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership Division

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The U15s were also heavily beaten 7-1 by Hullbridge Sports in the EJA League Challenge Cup.

Next game – Sun 24 Sept – Newport Pagnel – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s followed up their draw last week with an excellent 5-0 win against Woodbridge Town in the EJA U14 Green Division.

Next game – Sun 24 Sept – Eynesbury Rovers (H) – Hunts U14 County Cup 1st round

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After losing their opening league game last week the U13s got their first points on the board with a resounding 14-4 win over Waterbeach Colts in the Cambs & District U13A Division.

The goals came from Harry Suttie x4 , Alfie Baker x 3, Gino Grove x 2, Luke Annis, Damien Boakye, Daniel Legg, Harvey Donaldson & Luke Dunn.

‘Players of the Match’ – Louis Rowsell & Harry Suttie

Next game – Sun 24 Sept – Burwell Swallows (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Stourbridge 2 St Ives Town 0 – Match Report by Nigel Howlett

Match report

Stourbridge 2 St Ives Town 0

Emirates FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round – 17/09/17

A battered and bruised Ives once again failed to go beyond the second qualifying round stage as they limped of the FA Cup out at the hands of the typically physical Northern Premier League Glassboys at the unusual venue of the Memorial Ground in Stourbridge. The ground also hosts Worcestershire second XI cricket and is hence open on one side with a truly traditional cricket pavilion resplendent in a corner.

On paper this was always going to be a tough draw as the Glassboys have an enviable FA Cup pedigree over recent seasons and only last year reached the third round proper of the competition. Ives went into the game expecting a bombardment of their box and set up to defend such a style of attack. Unfortunately the game plan was disrupted early as after only eight minutes centre back Lewis Ferrell limped out of the action with a knee injury picked up as his attempted clearance was blocked.

Ferrell was replaced by the experienced Lee Chaffey and Ives continued to defend their box well only for Chaffey to also pick up an injury only nine minutes later as he was clattered in clearing a dangerous bouncing ball from inside the six yard box. Chaffey gallantly battled on for another nine minutes before joining his colleague on the side lines forcing manager Ricky Marheineke into a reshuffle which saw Tuesday evenings hat trick hero Danny Kelly filling in as an emergency centre back alongside his captain and Dubi Ogbonna coming on as the lone striker.

Prior to all of these shenanigans Ives had almost got off to the perfect start as Kelly came within inches of beating home keeper Matt Gould to a through ball. But having failed to take that opportunity they very quickly found themselves under the cosh in the manner they had expected. The first Glassboys corner of the game was delivered to the back post where Jack Duggan rose above the crowd. Keeper James Goff tried to claim his header back into the mix, but dropped the ball under very heavy pressure from friend and foe alike. The loose ball was scrambled away for another corner. A third quickly followed which was again won at the back post by the rugged Duggan, but his header was just wide of the mark.

Ferrell departed soon after and Ives best chance of the first period came from a swift break in 13th minutes as Lewis Hilliard fired in a low snap shot from the right hand corner of the box that almost turned into the perfect pass for Phil Draycott arriving at the back post. Draycott made good contact from ten yards out, but skimmed his shot back across the face of goal and wide of the post.

Chaffey picked up his injury in 17th minute as a long throw launched into the Ives box from the right by Tom Tonks was allowed to bounce inside the six yard box. Chaffey bravely leapt in to hack the ball away, but was clattered by Jordan Archer as he made the clearance.

The hosts continued to press forward at every opportunity. Three minutes later Jordan Jarrold was almost caught out as Matt Dodd powered down the right before cutting inside the Ives full back and firing over from a good position. The same players were involved in 24th minute as Josh Cooke tried to thread a pass inside the full back into the run of Dodd. But this time Jarrold was alert to the danger and did enough to take the sting out of Dodd’s effort on goal giving Goff a comfortable save.

As the half wore on Ives continued to look reasonably solid under the bombardment. They even managed to create another half chance of their own 15 minutes before the break. A Hilliard corner from the left was flicked on at the near post and Ogbonna threw himself full length to get a header on target at the back post. But Tonks was guarding the post well and knocked the effort away.

The closest the Glassboys came to opening their account in the remaining period before the break was in 36th minute as skipper Stuart Pierpoint got in front of his marker to win a corner at the near post, but fortunately his flicked header was inches over the top.

The pressure from the home side continued to mount at the start of the second half. In 52nd Aaron Forde delivered a ball in the left that Duggan cleverly flicked over Kelly giving Archer a clear run on goal. Goff was quickly out to close him and the Glassboys striker flicked the ball past the advancing keeper, but inches the wrong side of the post.

A goal for the hosts had looked like it was coming for a while and when it did it arrived in simple fashion. Tonks managed to turn inside Longden on the left, he delivered an inviting cross to the back post where Leon Broadhurst arrived at pace to bury his header from eight yards past the exposed Goff.

The long throws continued to rain in and Broadhurst should have doubled his tally in 64th minute. Tonks long throw was flicked on by Duggan and again Broadhurst had ghosted in at the back post. But this time he directed his header from eight yards over the top.

Goff kept Ives in the game two minutes later as he plunged to his left to keep out a low drive through the crowded box by Darryl Westlake who had seized on a half cleared corner just outside the box.

But the Glassboys were not to be denied the all important second for much longer and the Ives stopper was beaten again two minutes later. Dodd out-paced Jarrold down the right forcing the young full back into a clumsy challenge which brought him a yellow card and gave Tonks chance to deliver a free kick into the Ives box. Not surprisingly Duggan was his target and again the hosts centre back attacked the ball rising above the pack at the back post and heading it back into the mix where Broadhurst bravely stuck his head in to divert it home from close range.

The hoped for revival by the Ives did not materialise as the hosts continued to turn the screw. Dodd continued to cause trouble down the right and he delivered another cross in 73rd minute. Archer rose above Kelly and directed his header towards the bottom right hand corner of Goff’s goal, but the young keeper was equal to it hurling himself to his left to save by the foot of the post.

The hugely optimistic cries of “we are on our way to Wembley” were already ringing out from the home faithful before Hilliard had Ives first shot at goal in the second period eight minutes from time. It was a somewhat speculative effort from fully 30 yards that thudded the boards to the right of keeper Gould’s goal with the custodian confidently watching on in the knowledge that should it have been two yards to the left he would have had it covered.

The final noteworthy action of the game came as the game entered added time and it was another excellent stop from young Goff. Glassboys substitute Brandon Hague was allowed to pounce on a ball just outside the Ives box, He threaded through an inch perfect pass to put fellow sub Ryan Rowe clear. Goff was out in a flash and made an excellent reaction stop at point blank range to keep out Rowe’s attempt to flick the ball past him.

So the FA Cup adventure ends for another year and we wish our worthy conquerors the best of luck in the next round. The travelling supporters man of the match award went to skipper Charlie De’ath who was the rock that many Glassboys attacks foundered on as they were delivered into the Ives box. He seemed to relish the challenge that had others apparently struggling and is a worthy winner. Second place went to young keeper James Goff who I am pleased to say put pen to paper to extend his loan spell with the Ives into next year.

Final Score : Stourbridge  2  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

Supporters man of the match : Charlie De’ath

St Ives team : Goff, Longden, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Ferrell (Chaffey 8, Ogbonna 27), McGowan, Seymour-Shove, Clark, Kelly, Hilliard, Draycott (Hartley 69),

Unused substitutes : Wright

Attendance  :  765

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

St Ives Town 3 Kettering Town 4 – Match Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report

St Ives Town 3 Kettering Town 4 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 12/09/17

For the second season in a row this fixture between the Ives and the Poppies saw some clinical finishing and seven goals scored. Unlike last season when all seven went the way of the visitors, Ives, and hat trick hero Danny Kelly in particular, will consider themselves unlucky to get nothing from a game where they scored three quality goals from open play, but conceded four all from dead ball situations.

Having started slowly in a number of recent games manager Ricky Marheineke has been imploring his players to switch on right from the off. A refreshed Kelly returned to the starting line-up and did just that. With the game only thirty seconds old Ben Seymour-Shove won the ball in the centre circle and battled his way through an attempt to bring him down before feeding the ball into the feet of Kelly who side stepped his way into space before unleashing a rocket from 20 yards that flew into the top right hand corner of Paul White’s net before the keeper could move a muscle.

Unfortunately that lead was very short lived as less than 90 seconds later the Ives back line failed to deal with a long throw delivered into their box from the right and the ball fell to Ben Milnes just inside the D. He hit a powerful half volley that swerved wickedly on it’s way into the net past the despairing dive of James Goff in the home goal.

Worse was to follow for the hosts as the Poppies first corner of the evening delivered from the right by Liam Bateman in 9th minute was met powerfully at the back post by Gary Mulligan. His downward header created chaos in the six yard box and his fellow centre back Bret Solkhon applied the final touch to force the ball over the line.

The game settled down a little after this early salvo with most of the play being confined to the centre of the park. The next opportunity did not arrive for either side until 24th minute when Aaron O’Connor almost got clear for the visitors only to be denied with a very well timed recovery tackle by Lee Chaffey just as he shaped to shoot inside the box.

Ex Peterborough United striker Rene Howe was leading the visitors line and he was showing flashes of his former glories. In 35th minute he showed excellent control to take down a long ball deep in Ives territory. He then cleverly delayed his pass to play it into the run of fellow Posh man Mathew Stevens who took the ball in his stride before driving on into the box and unleashing a powerful effort from twelve yards that a well positioned Goff did very well to block with his legs.

Throughout the first period Ives had looked dangerous going forward, but had not managed to create any clear cut opportunities. But with half time approaching they twice went close to pulling level both as a result of errors from visitor’s keeper White. In 37th minute Chaffey picked up a ball in the centre circle and drove forward into the heart of the Poppies defence before being brought down 35 yards from goal. Phil Draycott struck the free kick well over the wall and the ball bounced in front of White who made a complete hash of hanging onto it. Seymour-Shove reacted first and got to the loose ball, but under pressure from the recovering White he only succeeded in stabbing it wide from inside the six yard box.

The final effort of the first half came from another Ives free kick fully 35 yards from goal, but this time wide on the left. It was delivered into the middle by Lewis Hilliard but caught on the strengthening wind and drifted in on goal. White misjudged his attempt to come for it and got underneath the ball. He was mightily relieved to see that his attempted catch got just enough contact on the ball to deflect it wide of the far post.

As the second half commenced the weather started to deteriorate as the forecast storm Adrienne arrived and Ives found themselves playing into driving rain as well as the strong wind. The early opportunities in the second period went the way of the visitors and O’Connor got the ball in the net only to be denied by an assistant’s flag. Lindon Meikle and Howe also combined well down the right to set up a shooting chance for O’Connor but he fired his effort from just inside the box across the face of goal, but wide of the far post.

Another dead ball situation proved Ives undoing just after the hour as substitute Ben Toesland hung up his flag kick to the back post where Michael Richens rose unchallenged to power home a header from eight yards.

To their huge credit Ives immediately halved their arrears as Hilliard again showed his class taking down a clearance from Goff deep inside the Poppies half. He knocked the ball into the path of Kelly marauding forward into the visitor’s box and Kelly did the rest with a crisp finish that beat White low to his right.

Whilst the hosts continued to trouble the Poppies defence in open play the visitors continued to look dangerous every time they had an opportunity to launch a dead ball into the Ives box. Goff did well to paw a dangerous in-swinging corner off the head of Gary Mulligan in 68th minute. But almost immediately Ives were undone in the simplest fashion again. A long throw from the right was flicked on at the near post and birthday boy Solkhon arrived at the far post to power home his second of the evening from close range and restore the visitors two goal cushion.

Again Ives responded well as only three minutes later Hilliard was again to the fore breaking forward from the centre of the park at pace before feeding the ball out to Draycott on the left. He hung up a cross to the back post where Kelly leapt dramatically to power a header back past the despairing dive of White to claim his hat trick and once again put Ives back in the game.

With twelve minutes to go manager Marheineke made the brave move of replacing Jordan Jarrold with ex Poppies man James Hall to go three at the back and push an extra man forward. The bold move almost paid dividends as eight minutes later Hall’s fellow substitute, and another ex Poppy, Dubi Ogbonna collected a swift throw from Goff on the half way line before breaking forward at pace and picking out Hall in the centre. The bustling striker found space to turn on the ball and unleash a goal bound effort that was blocked by the body Mulligan and scrambled away.

As Ives continued to push forward in search of an equaliser the final chance of the evening fell to the Poppies on the break three minutes from time. O’Connor almost got away only to be denied by a lightning rush off his line by Goff who slid through to take the ball off the striker right on the edge of the box. The loose ball fell to Munashe Sundire who carefully curled the ball over the fast retreating Goff, but was denied by a covering header from Lewis Ferrell.

It was Poppies fans celebrating at the end, but they certainly knew they had been in a contest and Ives will consider themselves a little unfortunate to get nothing from this game which must have been a classic for any neutral in the audience. However as the rain swept down Marheineke kept his men out on the pitch no doubt highlighting their inabilities to defend dead ball situations around their own box a quick resolution must be found ahead of Sundays trip to Northern Premier League Stourbridge in the FA Cup if we are to progress. The rejuvenated Danny Kelly was a deserved winner of the supporter’s man of the match award for his well taken hat trick. Those who pushed him closest were all at the attacking end of the pitch with Lewis Hilliard and Phil Draycott the next in line.

Final Score : St Ives Town  3  Kettering Town  4

Goals : Kelly 1, 62, 72

Supporters man of the match : Danny Kelly

St Ives team : Goff, Ferrell, Jarrold (Hall 78), De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Seymour-Shove, Clark, Kelly (Ogbonna 81), Hilliard (Hartley 84), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Short, Wright

Attendance  :  354

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Mixed results for our Sunday sides – Round Up – 10 Sept

It was a mixed bag in terms of results for our Ladies and Colts teams last Sunday (10 Sept).

The Ladies started the league campaign with a narrow 1-2 defeat at home to Newmarket Town Ladies in the Cambs Women’s Premiership. Newmarket were 2-0 up at halftime with Anna Hicks scoring the Ives goal in the second half. Katie Stancombe was awarded Player of the Match.

Next game – Sun 17 Sept – Wymondham Ladies (A) – The SSE Women’s FA Cup – 2nd Qualifying Round

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The U15s beat local rivals St Neots 5-0 away in the Hunts Cup 1st round. Ives Goalscorer – Josh Williams 2, Isaac Everest, Mihayl Mitkov and Jools Priest. They will play Priory Parkside away in the 2nd round on 15 Oct.

Next game – Sun 17 Sept – Hullbridge Sports (A) – League Cup

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The U14s started life in the Eastern Junior Alliance League with a 3-3 draw at Haverhill Rovers.

Next game – Sun 17 Sept – Woodbridge Town (H) – League

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Our new side the U13s lost their first league game of the season going down 1-3 to Saffron Walden Community in the Cambridge & District Colts League. Alfie Baker scored the Ives goal in the 23rd minute. Alfie Baker & Harvey Johnson were joint Players of the Match.

Next game – Sun 17 Sept – Waterbeach Colts (H) – League

Match Report – Basingstoke Town 3 St Ives Town 2

Match Report

Basingstoke Town 3 St Ives Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 09/09/17

Yet again a slow start cost Ives the points in a roller coaster game in the Dragon’s lair. One down inside ten minutes and two behind five minutes before the break they showed their resilience to battle back level with thirty minutes to go and then looked the more likely winner. Unfortunately an uncharacteristic mistake from the man who has saved them so many times recently James Goff ten minutes from time ensured that they made the long trip home with no reward for their endeavour.

After a heavy downpour during the warm up the game started in glorious sunshine and Ives made an early raid into the Dragons territory Ben Seymour-Shove got down the right and delivered a deep cross which Phil Draycott did well to keep alive. He laid the ball back to Jordan Jarrold who picked out James Hall for a free header ten yards out by the near post. But the Ives striker got it wrong and the ball came off his shoulder to present an easy save for home keeper Colm McAdden.

The hosts went straight down the other end and a low cross from the left by Ben Wright was turned onto the inside of the post by Michael Atkinson. Goff was well beaten by that effort and very fortunate to see the ball cannon away to relative safety. But as Ives struggled to clear the big keeper showed his agility only seconds later as the ball fell to Dan Collier 25 yards from goal. His well struck effort took a deflection but the alert Goff held on well high to his right.

Ives were fortunate to survive on that occasion, but they fell behind in the next meaningful Dragons attack. Jack McKnight fed a pass through the left channel for the ever willing Sam Smart to run onto. Lewis Ferrell slipped on the wet turf giving Smart a free run on goal and he made no mistake beating Goff low to his left with a crisp drive from 15 yards.

The goal lifted the morale of the hosts who were now looking to play the ball around on the deck at every opportunity on occasions leaving the hard working visitors to chase shadows. Their next opportunity came in 21st minute as Collier, Atkinson and Wright combined well down the left to create a shooting opportunity from 25 yards for the latter who fired straight into the midriff of Goff. A low drive from Collier only seconds later forced the Ives stopper into another save low to his right.

Ives were barely a force going forward in the first half an hour. The closest they came to troubling McAdden came after 26 minutes when Jarrold roamed forward on the left and tried a snap shot from 25 yards which ruffled the side netting.

At the other end Connor Davis direct running style was causing the Ives back line some problems and only two minutes later he cut inside Jarrold from the right forcing Tom McGowan into a rash challenge 30 yards from goal. Wright took the free kick, but slipped as he went to hit it and only succeeded in scooping the ball straight into the waiting hands of Goff.

Lewis Hilliard showed a little touch of his class to create an opportunity for Hall in the next Ives attack in 33rd minute. He artfully curled a ball around Dragons centre back Charlie Kennedy into the run of Hall, but unfortunately the Ives striker was always stretching and only managed to toe poke the ball straight into the hands of McAdden.

The Dragons responded with a flowing move down the right which put Davis away. He got to the bye line before laying the ball back to the edge of the box. A clever step over by Wright presented a chance for McKnight. He hit his crisp drive from 20 yards well and the already diving Goff must have been very pleased to see the effort bravely blocked by the body of Lee Chaffey.

Ives fell further behind in 39th minute. The referee over ruled his assistant in giving a throw by the half way line in favour of the Dragons. Whilst management team Ricky Marheineke and Jack Cassidy ranted at the officials the hosts swiftly got on with the game. Smart took on the Ives back line and wriggled his way past a couple of attempted tackles before being upended by McGowan just outside the box. Wright lined up the kick and carefully curled his effort over the visitor’s five man wall and into the top corner past the despairing dive of Goff.

Ives responded well and Hilliard missed a golden opportunity to pull a goal back only three minutes later. Kennedy completely fluffed an attempted clearance on the edge of his own box and the ball fell to the silky Ives midfield who seemed surprised to receive it in such circumstances and only succeeded in stabbing the ball wide with McAdden’s goal at his mercy.

Fortunately the visitor’s only had to wait another two minutes before they managed to pull a goal back. McGowan threaded a ball through to Seymour-Shove on the right. He ran on into the box and delivered a low cross shot which beat McAdden, but was skimming wide of the far post until Jimmy Hartley came sliding in at pace to bundle the ball home from close range.

Pulling one back just before the break was just what the doctor ordered and we all hoped for an early push from Ives to get themselves level. But they had to thank keeper Goff from preventing them going back to two behind only four minutes after the re-start. Davis somehow found himself clean through one on one with the big Ives stopper who did everything right as he closed on the Dragons striker and stayed upright forcing him to try and put the ball past him. The attempted clip past the keeper was met with a big right hand from Goff and skipper Charlie De’ath got around behind him to complete the clearance and keep Ives in the game.

As Ives continued to push forward in search of an equaliser they were vulnerable to the counter attack and they were nearly caught out in 58th minute as a quick break down the left saw overlapping full back Tim Wohlfiel deliver a cross to the back post where Wright had lost his man. But fortunately the Dragons striker failed to get his free header on target from a good position.

The hosts were made to rue those two missed chances just after the hour as Ives pulled level in somewhat controversial style. A cross from the left by Hartley looped up into the air off of the head of Collier forcing keeper McAdden to come into the crowd to try and punch the ball away. But he made poor contact and the ball fell inside the box to Hilliard. He could not bring it down, but it ran sideways to Draycott who hit a low shot that deflected off a Dragons defender to an unmarked Seymour-Shove who side footed home from six yards. The Ives striker looked offside and defenders arms went up in appeal, but the assistant’s flag was not raised and the goal stood.

Having now got level Ives continued to push forward in search of all three points. But the closest they came was an inspired touch and shot from Hall as he brought down a long punt from Goff on the run deep inside Dragons territory. But his left foot effort from 20 yards was always rising and did not trouble McAdden on its way into the grandstand.

By this time another heavy shower had arrived and it was beginning to look as if both sides would have to settle for a point. But as the game entered the last ten minutes the man who has saved Ives on many occasions in what we hope is the first few of many games for them made a rare error. Smart got away from Jarrold down the right and drove in a low cross that skipped off the rain sodden turf just in front of Goff. The young keeper go both hands to the ball, but failed to hold on and Dragons substitute Sam Deadfield was onto the loose ball in an instant stabbing it home from close range.

Ives huffed and puffed for the remaining few minutes sending skipper De’ath forward and throwing on the pace of Matt Wright. But the hosts are a good team in possession and once they got the ball they kept moving it around forcing the visitors to work hard to get it off of them. This was very effective in preventing Ives getting up any head of steam to grab a point.

This was the third League game in a row where Ives have conceded three. The recent slow starts are also making life difficult and the tough run of fixtures continues with the visit of forth placed Kettering Town on Tuesday evening giving manager Marheineke little time to find the magic winning formula again. Full back Jordan Jarrold won the fans vote for man of the match on a day when it was hard to pick a clear winner. The award was probably as much for his positive influence going forward on another tough day for the Ives back line.

Final Score : Basingstoke Town  3  St Ives Town  2

Goals : Hartley 43, Seymour-Shove 61

Supporters man of the match : Jordan Jarrold

St Ives team : Goff, Ferrell, Jarrold, De’ath (capt), Chaffey, McGowan, Seymour-Shove (Wright 79), Hilliard, Hall, Hartley (Clark 62), Draycott

Unused substitutes : Short

Attendance  :  248

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Youth Team Result – St Ives Town U18 3 March Town United U18 1

Match Report

St Ives Town U18  3  March Town United U18  1  

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 04/09/17

A remarkably calm and balmy evening greeted the Ives on their seasonal home debut at their out ground of Jubilee Park. Amazingly people dressed for summer were not shivering before the game started, or even when it ended!.

In fact people watching was almost as entertaining as the football for the early periods of this game as both sides tried to play at break neck pace on a green, but bumpy surface. The Ives were enjoying the majority of possession, but lacking the necessary composure to create even a half chance. The Hares seemed to have a single tactic in these early stages which was to launch the ball long for their very willing lone striker Jordan Palmby. Unfortunately for Palmby he either ventured offside, failed to get the ball as it was effectively cut out by the solid centre back pairing of Jordan Locke and Jamie Short, or chased lost causes as the ball ran on to the ever alert Tom Smith in the home goal.

The first action worthy of note came in 18th minute as the all action Patrik Polhos won yet another challenge and fed the ball into the feet of Tiago Dias who showed the first bit of real composure as he steadied himself and fed a perfectly weighted pass into the run of Vitor Vaz cutting from the right. Vaz took the ball in his stride and hit it first time from the edge of the box. But the effort was always rising and flew well over the top.

The opening goal arrived in 27th minute and although finished well it was created in similar fashion to most of the preceding play. Polhos delivered a long free kick into the Hares box from inside the centre circle. The March defence were always favourites to clear the ball, but made a complete hash of it and the ball fell to the one man they did not want to give it to inside their box. Dias again showed that all important composure as he steered the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net past the unsighted visitor’s keeper Will Curtis.

The Hares reacted well to this set back and won their first corner of the game on the half hour. Kieran Neville delivered an inviting ball to the edge of the six yard box where Sol Goodby somehow managed to find space for a free header. But he made a poor contact on the ball allowing Dawid Kwiatowski to scramble it away at the back post. The visitors continued to press and Smith had to be very smartly off his line to deny Palmby seven minutes later.

As the ball was cleared there followed one of those incidents all of us football lovers dread to see on the field as the Hares skipper Charlie Revell collapsed in the centre circle with no one near him. The referee was quick to summon on medical assistance and a worrying wait followed as the visitor’s medical team assisted by Ives Club Secretary and senior nurse Marina Howlett attended to the stricken player on the pitch. Fortunately he was coherent throughout the incident and although clearly in distress was safely moved to the medical room for further monitoring and an ambulance to be summoned.

The game resumed after an eight minute stoppage and continued in a somewhat subdued state with neither side really creating much more before the break.

The previous week’s hat trick hero Kyrie Foster had been only a peripheral figure in the first period of this game and manager Jack Cassidy made his first change at the break replacing him with Cobi Thomas. The Hares also made a couple of changes at the break the most significant being the introduction of first leading scorer Toby Allen.

Ives had a golden opportunity to double their advantage ten minutes after the break as the hard working Martin Saunders put Billy Mobbs clear. Rather than slot the ball past him Mobbs tried to go round the advancing keeper giving covering defender Jacob Hauls chance to get to him and knock the ball away.

Allen showed the first glimpse of his ability only sixty seconds later as he picked up a pass from Brandon Pearce fully 35 yards from goal. The big striker turned onto his right foot and unleashed a pile driver with almost no back lift that caught Smith off guard and beat him all ends up. The startled custodian was pleased to see the ball crash into the crossbar and bounce to safety.

The pace of the game had dropped off, but the quality had lifted and both sides were now creating opportunities to add to the score line. Centre back Locke came up for an Ives corner on the hour. He rose highest to get on the end of Saunders flag kick at the back post, but failed to hit the target with his header.

Allen was always the Hares danger man and he grabbed an equaliser in spectacular fashion two minutes later. Kyle Liddy was given space in the middle of the park and he fed the ball into Allen 20 yards out from goal. The big man took a touch and instantaneously hit a half volley with his left foot that flew into the top corner of the net before the stunned Smith could move.

Allen had another dip at goal three minutes later, but from that point the Ives began to wrestle back control of the game. Saunders was causing a lot of problems down the left with his direct running style and he set up shooting opportunities for Dias and substitute Sam Bond in 72nd and 78th minutes respectively. But both fired well over from good positions.

Bond had another opportunity ten minutes from time as he ran onto a Kwiatowski through ball, but he delayed his shot a little to long giving Hauls chance to knock the ball off his toe. The resulting corner was delivered to the back post by Saunders where Locke again rose highest. This time he made better contact, but I think that even he would admit that lady luck was on his side as his header struck a defender on the head and bounced up over the covering man on the line to put Ives back in front.

If there was a little fortune in that goal the next one which came only 45 seconds later was just a quality finish. Bond chased a ball down towards the Hares right corner flag and won the ball off a dallying defender. Vaz made a run to the near post where he took a touch on Bond’s low cross before hammering a low drive across Curtis into the far corner of the net.

Dias came close to adding a forth three minutes later as he received a pass from Aaron Makeham 30 yards from goal and tried his luck with low drive that Curtis was forced to push away low to his left.

Having seen, or maybe not, two long range howitzers from Allen fly past him Smith was determined to be very much on his guard to prevent it happening again. In the final minute he had his chance as he made a good save to another well struck effort from 25 yards by the Hares talisman after he had been teed up by Pearce.

So even though they conceded their first goal in 270 minutes of football this season Ives managed to maintain their 100% start to the season. But on a night like this the football must take a back seat to life and our parting thought must be to wish Revell a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back on the pitch long before our return trip to the GER Stadium.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Makeham, Short (capt), Locke, Polhos, Vaz (Morris 82), Dias, Mobbs (Bond 70), Foster (Thomas 45), Saunders

Unused subs : Oldale, King

Goals : Dias 27, Locke 81, Vaz 81

Attendance :  41

Report by Nigel Howlett

Ladies Team Result – Roade Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 1

Match Report

Roade Ladies 0 St ives Town Ladies 1

The SSE Women’s FA Cup First Qualifying Round – 3rd September 2017

The history making Ives Lionesses took their remarkable journey on another step as they triumphed in their first ever game in the Women’s FA Cup. But they made heavy weather of doing so missing a penalty in each half and only being saved from extra time by an excellent late strike by skipper Sasha Smith.

On paper this was always going to a tough ask as the Ladies going into only their third season in existence ventured into Northamptonshire to face a well established Northants Women’s League top division side in Roade FC.

On arrival the players found themselves on a compact ground with a pitch boasting a considerable slope from one end to the other. But to counteract the pitch contours there was a considerable breeze blowing up the slope. The Ives chose to go up the hill with the breeze first half and showed lots of early endeavour. The first shot arrived after only five minutes as Georgia Stancome cut in from the right and fired in a low drive that presented the Roade keeper with a comfortable save.

The home keeper was called into much more dramatic action six minutes later as a Kira Markwell punt carried on the breeze and skimmed off a defenders head putting Hannah Seymour-Shove clear. She ran on into the box and tried to clip the ball past the advancing custodian, but the Roade stopper made a good one handed save.

The first spot kick arrived in 26th minute. Smith went down the left turning her full back inside out before knocking over a low cross that the home keeper spilled. Seymour-Shove was about to pounce on the loose ball and knock it home when she was taken down from behind giving referee Trevor Martin little option but to point to the spot. Seymour-Shove picked herself up and took the responsibility. But although she struck her effort well she did not take into account the rising ground which gave her shot enough extra elevation to clear the crossbar.

This did not knock the visitors out of their stride, but seemed to spur them on to greater efforts and they again went close to that all important first goal in 36th minute. Smith delivered the perfect in-swinging free kick from the right that Connie Liddiard looked certain to get her head onto six yards from goal. But she failed to make contact and Seymour-Shove arriving at the back post could only get sufficient contact on the stretch to knock the ball into the side netting.

The Ives back line well marshalled by Anna Hicks and Mollie Flack looked solid throughout the first period and their only lapse came just seconds before the break as they struggled to clear a ball into their box from the right and gave a Roade striker chance to fire just wide from an excellent position ten yards from goal.

The only corner of the game went the way of the hosts eight minutes after the break. But it almost cost them a goal as Markwell made an excellent clean catch and a quick throw released Smith breaking into the opposition half. She just failed to get her pass away to put Seymour-Shove clean through.

Seymour-Shove was proving a real handful for the Roade defence and her persistence won the second penalty in 65th minute as she harried a home defender into a mistake in her own box and was then brought down from behind as she tried to turn on the ball. This time Stancombe took the spot kick, but her two pace run up meant that she got little power in her strike which was to close to the keeper giving her the chance to stop the ball with her legs. Her colleagues reacted first to help her out and hack the ball away.

In spite of this further set back the Ives continued to push forward in search of that vital goal. Another good positive move involving Seymour-Shove and substitute Cherish Sibanda set up a shooting opportunity for Tierney Coulson in 72nd minute. But her shot from the edge of the box was again straight at the home keeper who held on well.

With players now tiring and extra time looming the break through finally arrived ten minutes from time. Liddiard charged into the heart of the home defence and although she looked like she had lost possession she bravely blocked the attempted clearance. The ball fell to Smith on the edge of the box, she took a touch before slamming in an unstoppable shot that dipped into the roof of the net over the top of the well beaten keeper.

However just when it looked like they had it won Ives were almost caught out with five minutes to go as a ball over the top put the Roade no. 6 clear. But Markwell did everything right closing her down and staying upright then making a very good save low to her left when the shot came in from the edge of the box.

After that brief scare Ives successfully ran down the clock including three added minutes. The celebrations in the visitor’s camp on the final whistle prompted one despondent home supporter to remark “blimey you would think that they had won the cup”. But in truth they just showed what a fantastic group of ladies they are and how much they are all willing to put in for each other.

A trip to Wymondham in deepest Norfolk awaits in the next round, we wish them well.

St Ives team : Markwell, Megan Webb, Ransome, Phoebe Webb (Sibanda 69), Hicks, Flack, Stancombe, Liddiard, Smith (capt) (Jenkins 90 + 1), Hannah Seymour-Shove, Coulson (Ford 77).

Unused subs :  Astley, Berryman

Goal : Smith 80

Player of the match : Hannah Seymour-Shove

Attendance : approx 45

Report by Nigel Howlett