Category: Match Reports

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 29 April

THE U14 SUFFER PENALTY LOSS HEARTACHE IN HUNTS CUP FINAL

The Ladies 1st team need just 2 points to win the title from their final 2 games, after a slim, but vital 1-0 win at Netherton United.

A late Georgia Stancombe goal was enough to take all 3 points with the whole team being awarded ‘Players of the Match’

Click Here to view Gary Reed’s photos from the game

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Wed 9 May – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side had the weekend off and play their penultimate game of the season this coming Sunday.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won their last game of the season at Leiston in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We made the long trek to Leiston for the last game of the season in the EJA League this morning. Came away with a 4 – 2 win to finish on a high. Well done to all the lads, they’ve worked hard all season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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The U14’s lost in a penalty shoot out 2-4 to St Neots Town in the Hunts County Cup Final at Yaxley. After taking an early lead, they conceded a penalty for the game to finish 1-1 at full time before succumbing to penalties

The management had the following to say –

We sadly lost the Hunts Cup Final today on penalties to a St Neots. Great game, shame about the penalty!!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 29.4.18

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After beating the Bluntisham Blasters in the space of 4 days on Wednesday, the U13 had the weekend off and take on Mildenhall at home this Thursday 18:30 k.o.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 29.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 13 May – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match report – St Ives Town 0 Hereford 2

St Ives Town 0 Hereford 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 28/04/18

For the second season in a row Ives ended their season by facing the champions, this time around the runaway winners Hereford. As in last season at Chippenham the Ives showed their visitors the respect of a guard of honour as they entered the arena.

The players on the pitch from both sides also owed a big debt on the day to a gallant group of supporters who had spent the morning battling the elements to get the game on. The brave few spent from first light sponging gallons of water off large areas of the pitch in varieties of precipitation which varied from a steady rain to heavy downpours. Fortunately they never got downhearted and eventually won the battle.

The early possession was mainly with the champions as they racked up three quick corners in succession in the eight minute. The second of this trio flashed through the Ives goalmouth bouncing in the six yard box and begging someone to apply a decisive touch but was eventually deflected out for another flag kick by a home defender.

Keeper Tim Trebes picked up an early shoulder injury in a collision with Mike Symons and seemed to take while to shake it off. But he showed that he was not feeling any ill effects in 15th minute as he hurled himself low to his right to palm away a snap shot from 25 yards by Jennison Myrie-Williams.

Peter Clark was showing his usual ebullience and buzzing around the midfield. He carved out Ives first half chance in 20th minute as scampered down the right flank before delivering a teasing cross to the near post that almost lead to a mix up between James Bowen and his keeper Martin Horsell. The defender ignoring his keepers call and hacking the ball away just before his custodian clattered into him.

Myrie-Williams continued to look sharp at the other end and on the half hour he robbed a dallying Miles Smith and drove on for goal trying to wriggle around Lloyd Groves just inside the box. The speedy striker went down under the challenge and referee Alex Rayment who was right on the spot waved away the visitors claims for a penalty.

But the Bulls did not have to wait much longer to get in front as Lance Smith and Symons combined well on the right. The latter delivered a cross to the near post where Pablo Haysham attacked the ball getting above Groves to power in a header from eight yards that looked like it was heading for the top corner. But keeper Trebes showed remarkable reactions to leap to his left and touch the ball onto the cross bar. The ball bounced down but was only half cleared to the edge of the box where full back Dara O’Shea pounced on it and lashed home a powerful low drive through the crowded box that flew into the far corner of the net.

The final noteworthy effort of the first period also went the way of the visitors as Ellliott Richards fed O’Shea who hung up a cross to the back post where Symons got above Smith but failed to keep his header down.

The second period started positively for the Ives as Danny Kelly got in their first shot on target only 20 seconds after the restart. But his low drive from 20 yards lacked power and proved a comfortable save for Horsell.

The game was much more even in this early period of the second half as Ives struggled to clear a Haysham corner in 54th minute the ball eventually falling to Lance Smith on the edge of the box. But he fired his effort well over the top as Clark swiftly closed him down.

The hosts went close to an equaliser in 57th minute as Dan Moyes picked out Ben Baker on the right with an excellent ball from the back. The young winger got outside Bowen and delivered a cross to the back post where Clark kept it alive knocking the ball back into the centre where a late arriving Ollie Snaith was just unable to force it home.

Home keeper Tim Trebes was forced into more action on the hour as his poor clearance fell to Mike McGrath who drove forward before unleashing a skimming 25 yard effort that Trebes had to plunge to his right to push away.

The game was finished as a contest by a second Bulls goal in 68th minute and it all came from an Ives free kick deep in visitor’s territory. Snaith was brought down wide left and with all of the big boys up from the back Declan Rogers delivered an out-swinging free kick which failed to beat the first man Richards picked out a quickly breaking O’Shea with his clearance and the speedy full back turned Luke Warner-Eley inside out before cutting inside the young full back who pulled the Bulls man down inside the box for a blatant penalty. Substitute John Mills who had only been on the pitch three minutes showed calmness personified as he waited for Trebes to go to his left before coolly dinking the ball down the middle.

To their credit Ives continued to battle but were unable to break down a rigid Bulls back line well marshalled by skipper Ryan Green. The closest they came was only one minute from the end of the ninety when eighteen year old substitute Gordan Torkornoo delivered the perfect teasing cross from the right that was just inches ahead of the fast arriving Clark in the centre and refused to come down for Kelly at the back post.

The final action of the damp afternoon two minutes into added time was a lucky escape for home keeper Trebes as he came for a high bouncing ball on the right hand edge of his box and dropped the greasy ball under challenge from Symons. Unable to regain his ground the keeper was forced to bring down the big striker inches outside the box. Richards decided to go for goal with the kick from a narrow angle, but Trebes was equal to the powerful effort and tipped the ball over the top.

A few seconds later the final whistle blew to conclude a hugely successful season for the Bulls who celebrated with their 500 plus supporters after the final whistle. Battling Ives also earned themselves a standing ovation matching their illustrious opponents for long periods of this game without ever looking likely winners. 

So ended a season that started so brightly back in August with an away win at eventual play off contestants Weymouth on a sunny South coast. Saw some lows as in the six goal beatings at Dorchester and Stafford, but some highs particularly the wins at Tiverton, Frome, Biggleswade and Kings Langley. We can now look forward to a whole new step three challenge next season in the newly form Central Division.

Here’s wishing all our readers a happy summer break with a little sunshine included all ready to return in about eight weeks for pre-season in July.

Score : St Ives Town  0  Hereford  2  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Groves, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) (Torkornoo 78), Clark, Rogers, Kelly, Snaith (Leslie 78), Baker (Sawyer 86)   

Unused sub : Ogbonna

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  702

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match report – St Ives Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2

St Ives Town 2 Basingstoke Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 26/04/18

An excellent free kick and well taken penalty by Dubi Ogbonna claimed a deserved comeback point for the Ives after they had gifted their visitors a two goal lead. Any neutral watching the game would have been hard pressed to realise that it was an end of season dead rubber as both sides put in a full compliment of effort and both tried to play entertaining football in what proved to be a very competitive game.

The Ives could have gone in front from their first meaningful attack in seventh minute as Ben Sawyer who was making a rare appearance in the starting line up cleverly flicked the ball over the Dragons back line to pick out an apparently well timed run by Ogbonna. The Ives front man flicked the ball over the advancing visitor’s keeper Jack Martin and into the net, only to have his celebration cut short as the assistant deemed that he had gone a split second to soon.

The first save for either keeper was a routine one for home keeper Tim Trebes in 13th minute. Dragons debutant Kaine McAuley managed to cut inside Jamie Short and fire in a well struck shot from the left corner of the box, but the effort was straight at the Ives stopper who held on well.

The usually ultra reliable Ives skipper Rogan McGeorge made a huge error to gift the visitors the lead midway through the first period as he tried to head a bouncing ball back to his keeper from 30 yards and failed to get enough on it. The ball dropped to the feet of centre forward Callum Bunting on the edge of the box who could not believe his luck. But the young striker kept his composure and slid the ball home low past the left hand of the exposed Trebes.

In spite of this set back Ives continued to enjoy a lot of possession and probe forward at every opportunity. The two wing backs Short and Luke Warner-Eley were both finding a lot of space deep inside opposition territory and both were delivering quality crosses into the Dragons box. But centre backs Guri Demuria and Dan Bayliss although stretched at times remained solid and denied the hosts a single clear site of goal. 

Ives only effort at goal in a first half where they more than matched their visitors did not arrive until 35th minute and that was a right footed effort from 20 yards by Warner-Eley that flew well wide. The chance was created by an excellent cross field ball from McGeorge to pick out Warner-Eley in space and give him chance to cut inside full back Tim Wohlfiel.

The Dragons made a double change at half time replacing youngsters George McGuiness and McAuley with the more experienced Dan Collier and Harry Long. These changes were presumably made with the idea of preserving what they had. 

But things got even better for the visitors only two minutes after the restart as for the second time in recent weeks Ives were caught out by a pre-rehearsed free kick identical to the one which deceived them at Banbury only four weeks ago. George Bennett stood over the kick but then sprinted away to the left on the side of the pitch where the defensive wall was still forming. No one went with him and the ball was channelled to him in space on the left hand corner of the Ives box. He drilled in a powerful low shot that seemed to take a deflection as it flew past Trebes and into the back of the net.

It would have been easy for a tired Ives squad to throw in the towel at this point, but to their great credit they continued to battled and grabbed a lifeline back into the game only seven minutes later. Warner-Eley was again heavily involved in the move which lead to the goal as he picked up a Peter Clark pass and tried to cut inside Wohlfiel only to be pulled back by the defender just outside the box. Ogbonna fooled keeper Martin and almost everyone in the ground with the free kick as most were expecting him to deliver a cross into the centre but instead he cleverly curled the ball over the defensive wall and just inside Martin’s near post with the keeper hurling himself to his right, but unable to keep the effort out.

The momentum was now with the Ives and they pulled level just after the hour with Warner-Eley once more the instigator as he picked up a cross field ball from Clark and tried to go outside Wohlfiel. The defender just managed to block the full backs attempted cross, but the ball rebounded to Warner-Eley who now went to cut inside only to be tugged back by the struggling Wohlfiel. Warner-Eley went down just inside the box and referee Abi Marriott had no doubt the contact was sufficient and awarded the penalty. Ogbonna made no mistake from the spot sending keeper Martin the wrong way.

Ives continued to go in search of a winner and in 71st minute Ogbonna went close to completing his hat trick as he outmuscled Demuria and battled into the box, but the ball would just not quite come down to allow him to get a shot away before he was crowded out by covering defenders.

Keeper Martin came to his sides rescue with an excellent double save nine minutes from the end as substitute Ben Baker cut inside Wohlfiel from the left and fired in a fierce right foot drive that looked like it was heading for the bottom corner only for Martin to hurl himself low to his right and get a good firm hand on the ball. Ollie Snaith pounced on the loose ball and fired in a follow up effort that Martin did even better to palm away low to his left.

Baker went close to grabbing the winner again three minutes later as fellow substitute Danny Kelly battled through the centre and went down just outside the box under challenge from Demuria. With referee Marriott playing an excellent advantage the ball bounced loose to Baker who tried to dink it over keeper Martin and just failed to get sufficient height on the effort allowing the Dragons custodian to make the save.

Having failed to take their chances to grab all three points Ives found themselves under pressure in the closing stages. There were five minutes of the ninety left when Bennett picked out Bunting at the back post with a curling cross from the left. But fortunately for the hosts Bunting’s header was straight at keeper Trebes.

The final opportunity of the entertaining evening also fell to the visitors in the 90th minute as with time ticking down Ives struggled to clear a long ball into their box the ball eventually falling to Demuria but although he struck his shot well enough the radar was a little off and it thudded the boards a couple of metres wide of Trebes left hand post.

So it ended honours even in a game the Ives probably just about shaded on points but to comeback from two down at this stage of the season shows the character that this side has built up in recent weeks. Luke Warner-Eley just shaded fellow full back Jamie Short to the supporter’s man of the match award thanks to his big input into both goals. But once again it was a game where everyone put in a shift to gain a hard earned reward.   

Score : St Ives Town  2  Basingstoke Town  2  

Goals : Ogbonna 54, 61 (pen)

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Short, Moyes, McGeorge (capt), Clark, Leslie (Torkornoo 72), Ogbonna (Kelly 80), Snaith, Sawyer (Baker 67)   

Unused sub : Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Luke Warner-Eley

Attendance  :  76

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Report – Bluntisham Blasters Red U13 3 St Ives Town U13 6

Bluntisham Blasters Red 3 St Ives Town 6

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 25 April 18

After a thrilling Cup final against Bluntisham at the weekend, we were back to business in the league to try and keep winning the title a possibility. 

The first half came alive as soon as Daniel Legg swept a twenty yard shot in to the goal. It seemed to wake up Bluntisham. If it wasn’t for Luis in goal they would have been on equal terms straight away.

We let them back in with a couple of minutes to go to half time and we where at 1-1. 

It seemed difficult to get motivated so we swapped some players and freshened up the team. This for once did us no favours and Bluntisham got in behind again for their second. This brought us back to life and we seemed to move the ball better. A great through ball by Luke Dunn and Damien Boakye smashed it past the keeper. Then in a cruel turn of events from a corner, Billy headed the ball past our own keeper. It then clicked. We went straight down their end and Alfie helped himself to a goal and we running hot. The next goal by Damien was spectacular from out side the box. He hit it sweetly with his left foot in to the top right corner.

Ben Hunter the floated the ball out to the right and Luke Dunn then crossed the ball to be parried by the keeper, then Harry stole it in the box and put the ball in the net.

The next goal was incredible. The Bluntisham defence cleared the ball to the half way line and Billy just smashed the ball back. It looped over everyone and dropped in the goal. We were a little lacking in enthusiasm tonight, but we played our way back into a game when it looked like going all horribly wrong.

Goalscorers
Alfie  Baker  1
Daniel Legg 1
Damien Boakye 2
Harry Suttie 1
Billy Chambers  1

Man of the match – Luis Gill.
Our goalkeeper had a great game and made eight or nine great saves. He showed us all again today what an incredible talent he is.

A very satisfying result today. As a team we had to work hard for the result. All the best to Bluntisham for the rest of the season .

Report by Jay Annis

Cambs & District Colts League U13A – Table up to & including 25.4.18

Match report – St Ives Town 0 Chesham United 2

St Ives Town 0 Chesham United 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 24/04/18

Ives maintained their poor form against Chesham as they slid to their fourth defeat in a row against the in form Generals. However the story could have been so different if the hosts had managed to take one of their chances early in the game.

It took a goal line clearance to deny Danny Kelly the opening goal after only six minutes. Kelly managed to latch onto a long ball out of defence by Luke Warner-Eley which was missed by Benji Crilley. With defensive arms waving in a vain attempt to claim offside Kelly found himself clear on the left edge of the box he cut inside a covering defender and fired in a low right foot drive that beat keeper Hafed Al-Droubi comprehensively, but skipper Kieran Murphy had read the situation and got around behind his keeper to clear the ball off the goal line.

Ives Charlie De’ath matched Murphy’s effort only two minutes later. A long cross field ball picked out Dave Pearce in acres of space on the left, he cut inside Miles Smith and drove on into the box. Home keeper Tim Trebes was smartly off his line to block Pearce’s initial effort at point blank range but the ball rebounded to the Generals winger who drove it goal bound past the prostrate Trebes. Fortunately for Ives De’ath had also got around behind his keeper and was in position to hack the ball away from inside the six yard box.

The break neck early pace continued as Ives went close twice in quick succession inside the 14th minute at the other end. Warner-Eley delivered a deep free kick to the edge visitor’s box where Kelly won the ball in the air. His header into the centre was knocked back to De’ath on the edge of the box but his well struck effort was deflected away for a corner off Murphy. The resulting Declan Rogers corner was kept alive beyond the far post by Kelly who delivered a teasing low cross to the near post where Phil Draycott got in front of his man but failed to keep his effort on goal down and the ball flew over the top and the chance was gone.

After that early burst of goalmouth action the game began to settle down into more of a midfield battle. The next half chance came the way of the Ives in 26th minute as a Matt Bevans slip allowed Draycott as site of goal. He struck his powerful 25 yard rising drive well, but unfortunately the shot was straight at keeper Al-Droubi who held on at the second attempt.

Having failed to make the most of their early opportunities Ives found themselves behind just before the half hour. A Jhai Dhillon corner from the right was headed clear of the box by Smith but the ball fell to Jon-Jo Bates 25 yards from goal, he side-stepped Lewis Leslie and curled an effort around the crowd of players inside the box and into the net beating keeper Trebes low to his left. The goal came with Ives centre back Charlie De’ath struggling with a serious arm injury that forced him from the field only seconds later.

It took an excellent double save from Trebes to prevent his side going two behind in 36th minute. Bevans threaded a ball out to Pearce on the right and he fed the ball on to overlapping full back Crilley who cut into the box before being taken down by a poorly timed challenge from De’ath’s replacement Dan Moyes. Referee Robert Evans had no hesitation in awarding the penalty. Bevans struck his spot kick low to Trebes right, but the keeper was equal to it diving to block the well struck effort. That was a cracking save, but Trebes showed amazing reactions to also deny Bates following up as he leapt up and hurled himself in the opposite direction to keep Ives in the game.

As the half closed good hassling by Peter Clark forced Murphy into a mistake. The all action Ives midfielder robbed him and slid the ball into the run of Draycott cutting in from the left, but the winger hurried his effort and failed to hit the target from a good position.

Ives almost got caught out by a long wind assisted goal kick from Al-Droubi in 50th minute. The ball found Oran Swales in space on the left and he cut inside past Jamie Short and drove towards goal. Fortunately for Ives rather than try and pick out a team mate he went for goal from a narrow angle only to be denied by the legs of a well positioned Trebes.

Ives continued to battle hard with everyone giving their all but the very professional Generals were cleverly keeping possession and moving the ball around. When Ives did manage to get position high up the park they struggled to penetrate the well organised visitors back line expertly marshalled by Murphy.

The match was effectively finished as a contest by a somewhat bizarre second for the Generals in 73rd minute. Bevans delivered a powerful low free kick from the left into the no mans land between goalkeeper and attackers. A number of visiting forwards desperately lunged forward to get a touch, but the ball flashed past all, skipped up off the wet turf and just crept inside the far post.

Ives tried to respond instantly and carved out a good opportunity only two minutes later. Rogers delivered a telling cross from the left which picked out Ben Baker just beyond the far post. Rather than go for goal Baker cleverly cushioned the ball into the feet of Clark on the edge of the box. But the midfield dynamo screwed his shot so badly that the ball did not even go out of play. 

Pearce had an excellent chance to grab a third for the visitors in 78th minute as he timed his run to perfection to get on the end of a deep cross from Dhillon that arrived at the back post. He struck his half volley from eight yards cleanly but only succeeded in firing it into the side netting.

To their credit Ives continued to battle right to the end a carved out a couple of opportunities for a consolation goal in the closing stages. Five minutes from time quick thinking from Clark in taking a quick free kick inside the centre circle put Draycott away on the left side of the box. His low cross flashed across the face of goal just inches away from Dubi Ogbonna sliding in.

Only seconds later Leslie lost his marker to get on the end of a Draycott corner from the right. He got good contact on a clean header eight yards out at the near post, but his effort flashed past the far post.

The final action of the night saw Clark create yet another opportunity for one of his team mates as he flicked a ball over the Generals back line to put Baker clear on the right side of the box. The youngster cut in and went of goal but was quickly closed down by Al-Droubi who bravely blocked the effort at point blank range.

Once again the Generals proved what a good side they are controlling this game for long periods and taking their chances when the came along. Ives have yet to score in 360 minutes of football against their visitors but great credit must go to the men in black and white as in spite of this being their tenth game in 23 days they kept battling right to the end showing their true character throughout. One man who will always give his all is Peter Clark and he got the supporters vote for man of the match but he must have been pushed close by keeper Tim Trebes who pulled off a number of excellent saves topped off by the double save from the penalty to keep his side in the game.

Score : St Ives Town  0  Chesham United  2  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Short, Warner-Eley, De’ath (Moyes 29), Smith, Rogers (Snaith 83), Baker, Leslie, Kelly (Ogbonna 70), Clark, Draycott (capt)   

Unused subs : Sawyer, McGeorge

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  70

Report by Nigel Howlett

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 22 April

THE U13 WIN LEAGUE CUP FINAL THRILLER

The Ladies 1st team head the Cambs Premiership table by 5 points with 3 games to play after picking up 4 points in a double header against Peterborough ICA Sports.

The Ives won the first game 1-0 courtesy of an Amy Seymour-Shove goal with Georgia Stancombe ‘Player of the Match’.

The second game ended in a 2-2 draw with Katherine Speed scoring both the Ives goals as well as being ‘Player of the Match’

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 6 May – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side won 3-1 at home to Isleham United and remain in third position in the Cambs Championship South

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 13 May – Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 0-3 at home to Histon in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We had a tough encounter against Histon today. Histon won 3 – 0 and were deserved winners. 3 games to play, playing for pride and enjoyment to see out our 1st season in the fantastic EJA League. Thanks to everyone for making it a geat season.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 24 April – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 29 April – Leiston (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost 1-2 at Woodbridge Town.

The management had the following to say –

We took the long journey to Woodbridge this morning and lost a great encounter 2-1. As they say, it really is a game of two 1/2s!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 22.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 29 April – St Neots Town (N) – Hunts Cup Final – At Yaxley

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The U13’s won the League Cup final in a thrilling encounter at the Cambridge Stadium to beat Bluntisham Blasters 1-0

In an end to end game which could’ve gone either way, it was eventually settled in the second half with a long range effort by Harvey Donaldson. It was a superb goal, fit for a final.

The whole team were awarded ‘Players of the Match’ who brought home the first trophy of the season for St Ives Town FC family.

 

Upcoming fixtures

  • Wed 25 April – Bluntisham Blasters (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Thurs 3 May – Mildenhall Town (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Dunstable Town 0 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 21/04/18

The regular Ives travelling contingent saw their numbers bolstered by the usual drinking crew determined to enjoy themselves in the traditional manner to celebrate the last away game of the season. This group and the noisy home following behind one goal lifted the atmosphere in what was otherwise a poor affair between two fairly poor sides.

The Blues problem all season has been scoring goals and with Cambridge United recalling Tom Knowles from his loan spell and Dubi Ogbonna going down with a sickness bug on the morning of the match Ives scoring options were also severely restricted so it should be no surprise that goal scoring opportunities were limited throughout and the game ended goal less.

The hosts had a lot more riding on this game than the Ives and they can count themselves extremely unlucky not to take all three points as they hit the woodwork twice in added time and ultimately found themselves dropping to the bottom of the table as their rivals for the one relegation spot on offer Gosport thumped seven past Frome.

With the confidence from their excellent win less than 48 hours earlier it was the Ives that started the best taking the game to their perhaps nervous opposition in the opening stages. Luke Warner-Eley probed forward down the left in only the fourth minute. He fed the ball inside to Ollie Snaith who teed up Phil Draycott on the corner of the box. Rather than go for goal Draycott cleverly flighted the ball to the back post where Declan Rogers was lurking. He was only denied a clear effort on goal by a stretching Gedeon Okito who just got enough on the ball to knock it out for a corner.

The game then settled down into a tight midfield battle and the next chance for either side did not arrive until 17th minute. Ben Baker collected a ball out of defence on the half way line and outpaced Okito before picking out Danny Kelly in the centre with his pull back. Kelly unleashed a well struck low drive from 15 yards that brought a smart save out of keeper Nathan Harness who got down low to his right to block the effort but could not hold it. The ball rebounded high into the air off the rock hard pitch Snaith looked likely to force it home but Blues skipper John Sonuga saved his side bravely hurling himself in the head the ball away.

The remainder of the first half was a fairly tepid affair with Draycott forcing a routine save out of Harness in 34th minute. His 25 yard effort had all of the sting taken out of it by a deflection off Peter Kioso. The hosts first real attempt on goal arrived five minutes before the break as Ryan Young robbed Warner-Eley on the half way line. The young winger fed the ball inside to Andrew Osei-Bonsu and sprinted away down the right. Osei-Bonsu picked him out again with an excellent ball threaded inside the recovering full back. Fortunately for Ives keeper Tim Trebes was alert to the danger and sprinted off his line to block Young’s effort at point blank range.

Both sides had shouts for penalties turned down in the first fifteen minutes of the second half. Ollie Snaith had the early claim only three minutes after the restart as he went down under challenge from Okito as the two went for a clip over the top just inside the Blues box. Referee Paul Johnson waved away the claims as he did on the hour when Erin Amu went down holding his back as he came off worse when challenging Trebes for a high bouncing ball. His challenge forced Trebes into dropping the ball, but Ben Sawyer was on hand to hack it clear.

With the news getting through to the home players that Gosport were well in front in their game it became clear that they were going to want more than a point from this game. With their management crew urging them forward and their noisy group of supporters hammering out a rhythm on the back of the stand behind Trebes goal to urge their men to greater effort the hosts lifted themselves.

Osei-Bonsu went close for them in 73rd minute as he found some space 30 yards from goal and strode forward before unleashing a shot that skimmed across the turf and thudded the fence inches outside Trebes right hand post with the Ives custodian scrambling to get across.

Some of the Ives team were visibly flagging in the heat as the energy exerted in four games in eight days began to take its toll. Manager Ricky Marheineke decided to send on some fresh legs replacing Snaith and Draycott with Peter Clark and Lewis Leslie. The change almost conjured up a goal as both were involved in the move only a couple of minutes later that saw Kelly unleash a curling effort from the edge of the box that forced Harness into a full length diving save low to his right.

Osei-Bonsu was at the heart of most of the Blues best effort and he charged down McGeorge’s attempted clearance to win his side a corner in 80th minute. He also got on the end of Okito’s in-swinger but directed his header straight at Trebes presenting the keeper with a comfortable save.

With time running out the hosts began to get more urgent in their efforts to grab that all important goal. Three minutes from the end of the ninety Kieran Ogden got on the end of another Okito corner but failed to hit the target from a good position.

The game really heated up as it went into added time. In the first added minute Osei-Bonsu cut inside Sawyer and clipped a ball to the far post where a stretching Charlie De’ath just did enough to deflect the ball away from a late arriving Kioso. The resulting corner was cleared allowing Ives to break away Warner-Eley fed the ball onto Clark in space on the left. He delivered a low cross that was only inches away from Baker arriving in the centre.

Leslie saved his side in fourth minute of added time as he just did enough to deflect a Osei-Bonsu shot from 25 yards onto the base of Trebes left hand post and out for yet another corner. The referee blew up for a foul on Trebes from the resulting corner which seemed to be the signal for the Blues frustration to come out and a small fracas followed that seemed to involve all 22 players on the pitch with goalkeeper Harkness running fully 80 yards to arrive just as things were settling down. The ultimate result was three yellow cards two for Blues players and one for the old warrior Dan Moyes.

This delay ensured that there were a few more minutes to be added and in the seventh and final added minute The Blues managed to force their eight corner of the half. Okito delivered it perfectly into the centre Sonuga rose like a salmon above the crowd, including Trebes who had come to try and claim it, and powered in a header that beat everyone but slammed into the underside of the crossbar bounced down and was hacked away. The final whistle that sounded only seconds later was a signal for the Blues players to slump to the pitch ala a cup final losing side.

Although they dropped to the bottom of the table the good thing for them is that their fate is still entirely in their own hands with three winnable games to come including hosting Gosport in a crunch game on Thursday evening.

Ives on the other hand can celebrate their second clean sheet in a row for the first time this season. The presence of Dan Moyes in the back line for those two games is no coincidence his reading of the game, battling qualities and communication skills bring the best out of those around him. Freed of the pressures of captaincy Charlie De’ath had one of his best games in a while alongside Moyes and deservedly won the supporters man of the match accolade.

As for the happy travelling crew they had settled down to enjoy the FA Cup semi-final on television as we departed Creasey Park and may still be sharing a friendly glass or two with their opposing supporters as this report is being written. Just what non-League football is all about.

Score : Dunstable Town  0  St Ives Town  0  

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Sawyer, Warner-Eley, De’ath, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) Baker, Rogers, Kelly, Snaith (Leslie 76), Draycott (Clark 76)  

Unused subs : Groves

Supporters man of the match : Charlie De’ath

Attendance  :  164

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0

St Ives Town 1 Redditch United 0 

Evo-Stik League Southern – Premier Division 19/04/18

To badly plagiarise Dinah Washington’s hit “what a difference two days makes!”. Ives somehow lifted themselves from the depths of despair following Tuesday evenings tonking against Stratford to put in one of their best all around performances of the season and claim only their third home victory of the season with a clean sheet to boot.

Ollie Snaith’s contender for goal of the season was the clincher, but the real hero amongst this much changed side was a man who showed his true character as he went from the ignominy of a half time substitution on Tuesday to rightfully claim the man of the match award 48 hours later.  

Amid manager Ricky Marheineke’s six changes was a return to the back four for eighteen year old Jamie Short who found himself alongside veteran centre back Dan Moyes. Moyes return allowed Groves to move across to his more familiar left sided centre back position with the back line being completed by the solid Luke Warner-Eley. The vocal presence of Rogan McGeorge added steel to the midfield alongside the silky skills of Declan Rogers with the ever willing Snaith just behind a back to form Dubi Ogbonna who once again lead the line with passion.

After their poor starts in the last two games Ives were simply looking for a solid opening period and they achieved that well. As the confidence grew they started to nibble at the Reds back line. Warner-Eley roamed forward on the left side in tenth minute and his clip over the top picked out Ogbonna running into space. The big striker took the ball down well and fired in a shot from a narrow angle that ruffled the side netting.

Snaith’s persistence won Ives a corner in 20th minute as he harried Nathan Fox into an error. Rogers delivered the resulting flag kick into the mix where Groves got in front of his man to flick the ball on and it only just evaded the lunging Moyes at the far post.

Tom Knowles pulled the first save of the game out of Redditch keeper Ethan Ross two minutes later as he cut in from the right hand corner of the box and unleashed a rising left footer that the big Reds keeper comfortably palmed over the top.

The visitor’s best chance in the first half came only ninety seconds later as Stuart Fleetwood got between Short and Moyes and managed to get away at pace. He cut in on goal leaving Moyes in his wake. Keeper Tim Trebes came out to close him down and it looked like Fleetwood had done everything right as he clipped the ball past the advancing keeper, but the effort finished up bouncing inches wide of the far post.

Ives could have gone in front in 28th minute as Warner-Eley again probed forward down the left side. His pull back picked out Knowles who took a touch before firing in a low drive that beat Ross low to his right but cannoned to safety off his near post.

Ogbonna forced another good stop out of Ross in 35th minute as he ran onto a Short clip over the top. The Ives striker got on the end of it deep inside the box, but his powerful right footed effort was kept out by the well positioned keeper’s legs.

Ben Baker should have scored the opener less than sixty seconds later as Knowles outpaced Lewis Wright down the left. Ogbonna tried to flick home his low driven cross with a cheeky attempted back heel at the near post but completely missed the ball which rolled on to Baker arriving at pace at the back post. He appeared to go for the roof of the net to avoid the scrambling keeper as he tried to recover. But he got it all wrong and skied the effort from the edge of the six yard box.

Young Short showed his composure as came to Ives rescue five minutes before the break as he just managed to divert Fleetwood’s driven cross from the right away from the onrushing Jordan Mills at the back post..

Unlike Tuesday night we arrived at the break with the game still goalless, but Ives certainly edging it on points. The nervousness seemed to return to the supporters in the early stages of the second half and this was certainly not helped by the Reds picking a up a free kick inside the D only two minutes after the restart. Skipper James Mutton curled the ball expertly over Ives wall but Trebes was equal to the effort leaping high to his left to palm the ball away.

The visitors who had seemed to spend long periods of the first half thinking that they simply had to turn up to win suddenly began to realise that they were in a genuine contest. The tricky Mills flashed a 25 yarder inches wide of Trebes left hand post two minutes later.

However the visitors were rocked as Ives took the lead in spectacular fashion in 52nd minute. Jamie Short cut out a pass intended for Mills on the half way line and slid the ball into the feet of Baker he turned it inside to Snaith who was being closely marshalled by a defender. At least 25 yards out the young midfielder took a touch and went for goal with a right footed effort that screamed past Ross and dipped in off the underside of the crossbar.

Ives should have doubled their lead five minutes later as Ogbonna managed to get on the end of a long cross field ball. His low ball into the centre was wildly sliced by Fox straight to the feet of Baker ten yards out in a central position. Unfortunately he scuffed his shot giving Ross chance to get down to his right to make a save. But the big keeper spilled the ball. Baker reacted quickest nipping the ball away from the scrambling Ross, but he was forced wide and only succeeded in firing his effort against the outside of the post from a very narrow angle. 

Knowles forced another save out of Ross in 63rd minute as he curled a free kick over the wall forcing the keeper to plunge low to his right to push the ball out for a corner.

Urged on by their manager the visitors started to show a little bit more fight but with the very vocal leadership of McGeorge backed up by the awareness and communicative skills of Moyes the Ives back line dealt very well with the Reds direct approach. Groves was at the heart of this resistance winning header after header as crosses and corners continued to be delivered into the box. 

The usually reliable Knowles should have sewn the game up thirteen minutes from time as he got on the end of a flowing Ives break away. Rogers delivered a low cross field ball into the centre looking for Danny Kelly who had just entered the fray. But everyone missed the ball and it rolled on perfectly into the run of the late arriving Knowles. The cheer was rising as he opened his body to clip the ball over the exposed Ross, but he got it horribly wrong and the cheer had to swallowed as although he clipped the ball over the keeper he got to much on it and also cleared the crossbar.

To show how effective the Ives back line was on this evening Trebes was barely forced into a save of note in the remaining time. In fact the best chance in the latter stages came from an Ives raid at the other end as Fox made a hash of trying to clear a Knowles cross from the left and presented Kelly with a shooting opportunity inside the box. But the Ives substitute fired his effort inches wide of the target with Ross looking on.

Let us hope that Ives can keep the nucleus of this side together for the remaining four games as it would be great to go into next season with a bit of momentum after such a poor 2018 to date.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Redditch United  0  

Goals : Snaith 52

St Ives team : Trebes, Short, Warner-Eley, Groves, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) (Leslie 76), Knowles, Rogers, Ogbonna (Kelly 70), Snaith (Clark 76), Baker   

Unused subs : De’ath, Draycott

Supporters man of the match : Lloyd Groves

Attendance  :  74

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 15 April

LADIES 1ST TEAM MAINTAIN 6 POINT LEAD AT THE TOP OF THE TABLE

The Ladies 1st team maintained their 6 point lead at the top of the Cambs Premier with a 7-2 win at Cambridge University Women.

Goalscorers  – Tierney Coulson, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x3 & Katherine Speed x2
‘Players of the Match’ – Georgia Stancombe & Katherine Speed

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership – Double Header
  • Sun 29 April – Netherton United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side won 4-1 at home to Burwell Tigers and remain in third position in the Cambs Championship South

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 6 May – Histon Ladies Reserves (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 0-3 away at Bury Town in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Was a game of 2 halves but Bury deserved the win.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Thurs 19 April – Godmanchester Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 22 April – Histon (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won 4-1 at Whitton United.

The management had the following to say –

3rd game in 5 days, coming back from Suffolk again with a 1-4 win against a very strong Whitton side. Up to 2nd in the league, let’s see if we can stay there!!!

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Woodbridge Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 29 April – St Neots Town (N) – Hunts Cup Final – At Yaxley

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The U13’s won 5-0 at home to the Panthers. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 15.4.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 22 April – Bluntisham Blasters (N) – League Cup Final – At Cambridge Stadium Pitch A
  • Thurs 26 April – Bluntisham Blasters (A) Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – St Ives Town U13 5 Panthers U13 0

St Ives Town 5 Panthers 0

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 15 April 18

After two weeks off for Easter, we really needed to get up and going today against a Panthers side that have been getting results of late. In the first fifteen minutes we put them under pressure and some really good chances passed us by from great goalkeeping and poor finishing. However, we stuck at it and kept switching the ball. Daniel Legg moved down the left and floated the ball across the box to see Luke Annis smash the ball on the half volley at the keeper who parried it back to him and he smashed the ball in the back of the net. That seemed to settle us down. We had a few more chances, however the Panthers had some as well and our Goalkeeper Luis made two world class saves at point blank range. With five minutes left before half time Alfie Baker smashed the ball into the bottom left hand corner to give us the 2 goal advantage we really deserved for all the work we had put in. 

In the second half with a couple of changes and different tactics we really went out to take the Panthers to task. We started very brightly, began to move the ball quicker and once again Alfie Baker clipped the ball from 20 yards out and the ball was in the back of the net. Within 5 minutes Carlo Giove got in behind and slotted the ball past the keeper. Just make the day complete, his brother Gino courtesy of a cross from Luke Dunn put the ball in the bottom left hand corner to seal a 5-0 victory. It was a great performance from the lads today.

Goalscorers

Alfie  Baker 2
Gino Giove
Carlo Giove
Luke Annis

Player of the match – The whole team. 
All 15 players played their part and performed very well.

We go to the Cambs League Cup Final in good form. If you would like to come and support the lads the details are below -:

Cambs U13 League Cup Final
St Ives Town v Bluntisham Blasters
Kick off 10:30am
Sunday 22nd April 2018
Cambridge Stadium
Trumpington Road, Cambridge 
CB2 8AJ 

Report by Jay Annis

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Dorchester Town 2

St Ives Town 1 Dorchester Town 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 14/04/18

The warm spring sunshine was the only real positive that Ives could take from their twelfth home defeat of the season. This one was made all the more galling as it was only the second win on their travels for the Magpies all season. Their only previous maximum return on the road had come at struggling Dunstable way back in September.

Ives got off to the worst possible start as the visitors got their noses in front in their first venture into home territory in only the third minute. A ball into the box was only half cleared to full back Kyle Egan fully thirty yards from goal. But he was not closed down and used the time that he had to thread a slide rule pass through the left channel to pick out the run of Ashley Pope and the Magpies striker made no mistake firing his first time effort past the exposed Tim Trebes and into the back of the net from fifteen yards.

Egan was again involved in 20th minute as he cut out an attempted cross field ball from Rogan McGeorge on the half way line. Once more his pass picked out a team mate as he found Antonio Diaz in space on the right. The tricky Diaz hung up a cross into the box where Pope forced his way between the Ives centre backs to steer his header into the top corner past the statuesque Trebes from ten yards.

Ives grabbed a foothold back into the game only three minutes later as the speedy Tom Knowles got around the outside of Egan down the left and delivered a driven cross into the six yard box where Danny Kelly was on hand to prod the ball home from close range.

The first half continued in open end to end fashion with both sides trading blows without really managing to force a save from either keeper. The closest Ives came to testing Chris Weale in the Magpies goal was in 38th minute as they broke at pace from a Dorchester corner. Kelly picked out Knowles with an excellent ball from deep inside his own half. Knowles outpaced Chris Clarke on the outside and again delivered a telling cross into the danger zone. Unfortunately none of his team mates could match his pace and the ball flashed harmlessly across the face of Weale’s goal.

The visitors did better with their next corner three minutes later as Ollie Griggs got across his marker at the near post. Fortunately for Ives his glancing header was straight at Trebes who held on well.

Knowles had a good shout for a penalty turned down right on the break. Declan Rogers picked out Ben Baker in space on the right. He sped down the line before delivering a hanging cross to the back post where Knowles looked favourite to win the header until he was bundled in the back by covering defender Diaz. The ball was cleared to the half way line where Miles Smith picked up a booking for clattering into Tom Blair. The Ives full back also managed to injure himself in making the challenge and had to be replaced by utility man Phil Draycott at half time.

The game slowed as the heavy pitch began to take its toll in the second half. In spite of a lot of toil and endeavour both sides were struggling to create clear cut opportunities. The visitors carved out the first shooting opportunity in 53rd minute as Pope and Diaz combined on the right to set up a chance for Aaron Rodriguez. He ran across the face of the Ives back line before finding a bit of space, but only succeeded in hammering his left footed effort into the boards a couple of feet wide of Trebes right hand post.

The hosts then began to enjoy a period in the ascendency. In 57th minute Knowles created a chance for himself by running at the Magpies defence on the right hand corner of the box. He managed to side step a defender before unleashing a rising effort from fifteen yards that deflected off Griggs and went over the bar. This was the first of four Ives corners in quick succession. But keeper Weale claimed two of these confidently inside his six yard box and the nearest they came to troubling the big keeper during this period was a Knowles free kick from 25 yards on the hour. Unfortunately the free kick from Ives danger man struck the edge of the Magpies wall which took all of the power out of it allowing Weale to make the save low to his right.

Ives did hit the woodwork in 72nd minute, but it was an effort Weale had covered. Knowles delivered a corner from the left and Kelly challenged the keeper in the box forcing Weale into a punch. The ball fell inside the box, but just would not come down to let Charlie De’ath get a shot away. Neil Martin poked it clear to the right hand edge of the box where McGeorge picked it up and battled his way through two tackles to get to the bye line before hanging up a cross into the centre that bounced to safety off the top of the crossbar with the alert Weale looking on.

Ives continued to huff and puff but did not come close to blowing the Magpies house down. The introduction of Dubi Ogbonna and Ben Sawyer to give more striking options made little difference. As the Ives confidence drained out of them the visitor’s confidence started to grow as they sensed the opportunity of a very rare win bonus on the road. They went close to increasing their lead in 78th minute as Diaz and substitute Alex Stafi combined to tee up Dom Panesar-Dower inside the D. He carefully picked his spot, but by going for placement rather than power he gave Trebes chance to get across and grasp his side footed effort at the base of his left hand post.

The final opportunity of the afternoon fell to the Magpies Billy Lowes who battled his way past De’ath leaving the Ives skipper claiming he had been fouled, but the referee deciding he had simply been outmuscled by the Dorchester man. With De’ath now on the deck Lowes had time to pick his spot from the edge of the box, but unlike his colleague he went for power and it took a smart save from Trebes low to his right to keep out his well struck effort.

So ended another sad day for the Ives, but a very joyous one for the Magpies who departed from the still sunny Pro-Edge Stadium trying to remember out how to celebrate on the four hour journey back to the South coast.

Ives now have the challenge of six games in the next fourteen days. With most of these players now playing for their places for next season we can hope to see full commitment from the whole squad in those games which will mean nothing to their league finishing position which is now determined but will certainly let us see those that want to feature in manager Ricky Marheineke’s squad come next August.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Dorchester Town  2  

Goals : Kelly 23

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith (Draycott 45), Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Groves, McGeorge, Knowles, Snaith (Ogbonna 73), Kelly, Rogers, Baker (Sawyer 86)  

Unused subs : Libertucci, Clark

Supporters man of the match : Tom Knowles

Attendance  :  192

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – Cambridge City Ladies Development v St Ives Town Ladies

Cambridge City Ladies Development v St Ives Town Ladies

Cambridgeshire Women’s S-Tech Premiership – 8 April 18
Double Header – 0-3 & 0-2

St Ives Town Ladies travelled to Trinity College Sports Ground in Cambridge to play a double header against Cambridge City Ladies Development on Sunday, and came away with the full 6 available points in difficult conditions. Despite the rain falling continuously throughout the morning, the pitch was, as always, in excellent condition and allowed both sides to play some good passing football. The first game saw both teams start well, with some good spells of possession, but little initial threat on either goal. The visitors finally broke the deadlock when Katie Stancombe found some space to beat her defender before driving into the box and then firing a low shot past the Cambridge keeper. The goal gave the Ives some impetus to drive forward, and they scored again when a corner was only cleared as far as Mollie Flack, who floated a fantastic shot over the keeper and into the roof of the net. The goal was Flack’s first ever goal for St Ives after nearly 3 years at the Club. Cambridge continued to have some success of their own at the other end, especially from the wide areas, and despite the 2 goal lead for Ives, there was still little to choose between the sides in overall play. In the second half, St Ives continued to repel the home side’s attacks while still managing their own with several attempts narrowly wide. The game was put beyond doubt late in the second half when the returning Katherine Speed received a pass beyond the defender before expertly placing her shot into the bottom corner. So the final score in game 1 was 3-0 to St Ives, with Mollie Flack picking up the Player of the Match award for her excellent defending and for her first ever Ives goal.

Game 2 started after a short break with the rain finally starting to ease, but once again the pitch remained in good condition which was a real testament to the grounds staff at Trinity. Again this game started relatively evenly, with both teams having opportunities to attack after periods of possession. As all the players began to tire in the conditions, it was always going to take an extraordinary effort to get forward in numbers and create scoring opportunities. St Ives reintroduced Georgia Stancombe after a break, and she had the desired effect to help increase the tempo. This led to the Saints winning a penalty 20 minutes into the first half, which Katherine Speed scored in some style. Georgia Stancome then got the reward she deserved for her efforts a few minutes later when she received a pass on the edge of the box before taking a touch and firing a low drive past the home keeper. Into the second half, and Cambridge really started to trouble the visitors now with some sustained attacks. Tierney Coulson epitomised the effort St Ives were prepared to put into the game by constantly pressing from the front, while backed up by her team mates. Cambridge won two corners midway through the second period, and both looked extremely dangerous before eventually being cleared by the Ives defence. Ellie Brown in particular was showing her skill and desire in defence to continue to prevent Cambridge from scoring. In the final few minutes, Kira Markwell pulled off a fantastic save to preserve the clean sheet for her team when diving at full stretch to her right to turn a low shot around the post when it looked certain to find the back of the net. So the second game of this double header ended 2-0 to St Ives. Huge credit must also be given to Cambridge City for their excellent play in what was a gruelling 2 hours of football. The Ives Player of the Match was Ellie Brown for her outstanding defensive play and assured passing throughout the game.

Report by Darren Marjoram

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership Table up to & including 8.4.18

Match Report – St Neots Town 3 St Ives Town 1

St Neots Town 3 St Ives Town 1 

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 05/04/18

This hastily rearranged local derby went in favour of the hosts who started well and ruled the roost throughout comfortably beating the ten man Ives who fell behind in fifth minute, lost Lewis Leslie to two silly yellow cards in four minutes around the half hour mark and shipped a second goal three minutes before the break. This saw the game finished as a contest and although the gallant ten men continued to battle throughout the second period Danny Kelly’s well taken goal two minutes from the end was only a consolation as an uncharacteristic error from keeper Tim Trebes had allowed Jordan Norville-Williams’s speculative effort to increase the Saints lead eight minutes after the restart.

The hosts came out of the blocks quickly and took the game to Ives straight from the off. Their first effort on goal arrived in only the third minute as Tom Meechan and Nabil Shariff combined to set up a shooting opportunity for Dion Sembie-Ferris. His crisp drive from the right corner of the box flashed across the face of Trebes goal.

The opening goal arrived only two minutes later as Ives back line struggled to deal with a long throw from Saints skipper Luke Knight the ball was allowed to drop inside the box and Dylan Williams reacted first to turn it back into the mix where David Bridges was on hand to prod the ball home from close range.

The pressure on Ives continued to grow as Bridges again found space to run at the Ives back line and delivered a low driven cross from the right that Phil Draycott did well to turn over his own crossbar under heavy pressure from Shariff. The resulting corner arrived at the back post where fortunately for the visitors two Saints players got in each other’s way and only succeeded in knocking the ball into the hands of the grateful Trebes.

The Saints continued to move the ball around and their pace and movement continued to trouble the Ives defensive line. But they continued to hold their shape although frustrations were beginning to bubble under the surface with Leslie and Bridges the two main protagonists. Leslie picked up his first yellow card in 28th minute as he slid into a needless challenge on Williams in a wide left position. The Ives midfielder had already had a talking to after his reaction to an early midfield challenge from Knight so the booking came as no real surprise. The resulting free kick was swung in by Williams and Bridges rose unmarked in the centre of goal ten yards out but failed to hit the target with his free header.

Bridges and Leslie continued their midfield battle and the Saints man joined his Ives colleague in referee Oliver Mackey’s notebook less than sixty seconds later as he pulled back Draycott as the Ives wingback tried to instigate a counter attack.

Referee Mackey was busy again in 32nd minute as Leslie, seemingly not having learnt from his previous caution recklessly flew into another poorly timed midfield tackle where he got more of his opponent than he did the ball. The second yellow card instantly followed and Leslie was condemned to the lonely walk of shame.

Ives won their first corner of the game three minutes before the break and it proved their own undoing as the ball was cleared out to the left where Norville-Williams broke at pace carrying the ball deep into Ives territory before releasing it inside into the run of Shariff who gleefully swept the ball home left footed past the exposed Trebes from just inside the box.

There was still time before half time for Ives full back Luke Warner-Eley to save his side from further embarrassment as he pulled off a remarkable recovery tackle to deny Sembie-Ferris the chance to increase the hosts lead. The marauding Knight pinged a perfect crossfield pass out to Sembie-Ferris on the right and he immediately showed his pace as he raced away from Warner-Eley and cut in on goal. But somehow the Ives man found an extra gear and recovered to not only catch the Saints man, but cleanly take the ball off his toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives had struggled to get a foothold in this game with eleven players on the pitch so the likelihood of them claiming anything with ten was nothing more than a small glimmer in the mind of the most hopeful of their faithful fans. Even that glimmer was extinguished in 53rd minute as a scrappy period of play eventually saw the ball knocked out to Norville-Williams fully thirty yards from goal. The young full back was not closed down and took a touch before trying his luck with a low drive that seemed to catch Trebes off guard as it kicked off the turf and beat him low to his left with the startled keeper a little slow to get across his goal.

This looked like it might be the signal for the flood gates to open, but to their credit Ives did not put up the white flag but continued to battle and stay in the game. The ever willing Tom Knowles had got very little service in the first half. But he found a little space on the hour as he skipped past Taylor Parr on the right before delivering a sharp cross to the near post where ex Ives man Liam McDevitt just managed to divert it past his own post under pressure from Danny Kelly.

That raid proved to be a brief diversion to just lift the Ives supporters a little. Knight maintained his grip on the centre of the park and he continued to create opportunities for his colleagues that they either squandered or were denied by the hard working Ives back line. Meechan found just enough space in the visitor’s box to turn and fire wide in 69th minute. Five minutes later the same player was denied by the evergreen Dan Moyes as the Ives veteran threw himself at a teasing cross from Shariff to just take the ball away ahead of the Saints centre forward.

In spite of all their effort Ives had not managed to get a single shot on target before 84th minute. But all that changed in the closing stages as first Knowles tested Finlay Iron in the host’s goal with a dipping shot from 25 yards that had the Saints custodian struggling to keep it out low to his right.

Knowles was also involved in the consolation goal that arrived four minutes from time as he picked up the ball deep in his own half and strode forward before feeding the ball into the feet of substitute Dubi Ogbonna who in turn ran at the fast retreating Saints back line before unselfishly feeding the ball on to Kelly who had found space on the left edge of the box and expertly curled the ball past the static Iron into the corner of the net to grab his first goal since his hat trick in a losing cause against Kettering way back in September.

Some of the Saints faithful must feel that the four points that they have gleaned from two League clashes and a County Cup semi-final win will go a little way towards redressing the balance between the two Huntingdonshire rivals as Ives have ruled the roost in these fixtures in recent seasons. Whilst Saints are already assured of a comfortable mid table position Ives need to ensure their mathematical safety with a result at struggling Gosport on Saturday. This bruising encounter played with only ten men for an hour, less than 48 hours before the trip to the South coast was not ideal preparation. But I am sure that manager Ricky Marheineke will shuffle his cards and some of those rested from this game will have a big part to play on Saturday and in the tough run of games to follow.  

Score : St Neots Town  3  St Ives Town  1    

Goals : Kelly 88

St Ives team : Trebes, Draycott (Moyes 38), Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Kelly, Smith, Knowles, Leslie, Libertucci (Rogers 63), Clark, Baker (Ogbonna 73)  

Unused subs : McGeorge, Snaith

Supporters man of the match : Danny Kelly

Attendance  :  238

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson 

Match Report – Newmarket Town Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 2

Newmarket Town Ladies 0 St Ives Town Ladies 2

Cambridgeshire Women’s S-Tech Premiership – 1 April 18

Despite all the recent bad weather, the top of the table clash between St Ives Town Ladies and Newmarket Town Ladies went ahead thanks to the fantastic 3G surface at Newmarket Town.

Prior to the game St Ives were top and held a 4 point advantage over the hosts with Netherton in second place on the same points total as the Ives. The game started a little scrappy at times, no doubt due to the fact that neither team wanted to concede an early goal that would put them under pressure. St Ives had a couple of half chances midway through the first half when Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson respectively were put through on goal, but on both occasions the Newmarket defence had time to recover and force a rushed attempt. Newmarket had half chances of their own, but their best chance went wide of the target with a shot across goal. In truth, both defences looked solid, and with the score at 0-0 as the game reached half time, it seemed like a stalemate could be on the cards unless one of these sides could come up with a momant of magic.

St Ives came out for the second half with a renewed energy and it was Katie Stancombe who came up with that moment of magic on 46 minutes, driving at the full back before shifting the ball onto her weaker left foot and firing an unstoppable shot from the edge of the box straight into the top corner of the goal. A fantastic goal that now gave the Ives something to defend. And defend was exactly what they had to do! Newmarket pressed forwards in numbers in search of the equaliser, but the Ives continued to defend superbly well. The first chance for the hosts came from a corner that almost found the player at the far post and narrowly bounced wide, and this was followed by another testing corner and two outstanding saves by Kira Markwell who got fingertips to keep out driving goal bound shots from the home side. As Newmarket continued to push forward and bombard the visiting defence, gaps began to open up at the other end. In injury time, the Ives finally secured the three points when substitute Connie Liddiard flicked the ball on for Hannah Seymour-Shove to beat the keeper to the bouncing ball before firing into the empty net. A hard fought win on the road for St Ives, and one where Newmarket can justifiably feel they did enough to take at least a point. Every player worked tirelessly for the team to see St Ives claim the win, but Player of the Match went to Kira Markwell for her outstanding saves, and Katie Stancombe for her wonder goal that set up this important win.

Report by Darren Marjoram

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership Table up to & including 1.4.18

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Royston Town 3

St Ives Town 1 Royston Town  3 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 27/03/18

A presentation took place before the game to celebrate manager Ricky Marheineke’s 200th game in charge of the Ives, a milestone that he reached at Banbury on the previous Saturday. He decided to celebrate entering his third century in charge by freshening up the side with four changes to the starting eleven and a bold new formation. Recent signing from Rushden & Diamonds Lewis Leslie made his first start in the centre of a midfield five.

With both sides eager to get the game on due to their fixture backlog there was general delight when referee Tom Hancock gave the thumbs up in spite of small puddles in places caused by a brief shower after the earlier sponging efforts had removed more substantial areas of water. His decision was fully vindicated as both sides went into the game with the intention of playing football despite the conditions and to his further credit the excellent referee managed the game well without the need to issue a single yellow card throughout.

Unfortunately for Ives in spite of the new formation and general all round positivity it proved groundhog day again as an excellent first half display created a number of good chances, but with only one taken they found themselves vulnerable again. As has happened so often this season the opposition have a quality striker who punishes them by showing them how to finish. Adam Marriott must love playing against the Ives as he capitalised on three defensive errors and his hat trick on the night took his tally to five goals in his two games against the Ives this season.

The Ives new formation and sheer pace and movement of their front two caused the Crows real problems early on. Leslie’s first telling contribution came in only the seventh minute as he threaded a ball through the left channel to pick out the run of Ben Baker. The Ives youngster managed to get around keeper Josh Tibbetts but he was pushed very wide and needed to find a colleague in the centre. Unfortunately he failed to pick out a team mate and the ball was cleared by a covering defender.

Josh Castiglione was already looking a threat for the visitors down their right and he combined well with overlapping full back Ed Asafu-Adjaye only ninety seconds later. The move completed with the full back delivering a deep cross to the far post where John Frendo rose highest, but he was always stretching and was unable to direct his header on target.

Another man returned to the starting line up for Ives was Eugene Libertucci and he slid another excellent ball through the Crows back line to pick out a well timed run from Tom Knowles in 15th minute. Knowles took the shot on first time from the edge of the box and beat keeper Tibbetts with his powerful drive which flashed the wrong side of the post and into the side netting.

The Crows keeper was called into action again three minutes later as Knowles found a little space thirty yards from goal and drove forward before unleashing a stinging drive that was to hot for the young keeper to handle, but he was alert enough to parry it into the air and grab the dropping ball just ahead of Baker.

But as has happened so often this season having started well Ives failed to deal with a dead ball situation and fell behind in the 24th minute. A corner delivered from the right looked like a poor one that should be dealt with by the first man, but somehow it was allowed to bobble on through the box before being delivered back into the melee from the left and eventually prodded home from close range by the ever alert Marriott.

The hosts reacted well to falling behind and went close to an equaliser on the half hour as Baker continued to terrorise the Crows back line with his powerful running. He went past two defenders on the left before delivering a cross into the centre that beat everyone, but was kept alive by Phil Draycott beyond the far post. His in-swinging cross back into the centre caused panic and Dan Brathwaite’s attempted clearance was wildly sliced directly at his own goal, but the big defender was saved from further embarrassment by his keeper as Tibbetts showed amazing reactions to leap to his right and parry the ball away.

Baker carved out an opportunity for his fellow striker Knowles in 32nd minute as his curling ball over the Crows back line picked out the youngsters well time run. Knowles just beat the onrushing keeper to the ball and flicked it past him, but again he had been forced very wide. In spite of this and with no real support he went for goal and almost achieved the impossible as the ball cannoned off the face of the post and rebounded across the six yard box with no one able to force it home.

Having almost pulled level Ives were perhaps fortunate not to go two down as the ball was cleared to the other end where Castiglione found himself with a clear run on goal. Keeper Trebes did well though to narrow the angle but stay upright and managed to turn the wingers attempt from the edge of the box around the post.

Castiglione almost turned provider in 40th minute as he again found space on the right and hung up a teasing cross to the back post where Marriott had managed to lose his marker. Fortunately for Ives he directed his free header straight at Trebes.

This time it was the Crows who were punished for not taking their chances as Knowles persistence created an equaliser four minutes before the break. He harried a dallying Romelle Alomenu into a mistake and robbed him thirty yards from goal. Knowles set off for goal leaving the struggling defender in his wake. As keeper Tibbetts came to meet him he unselfishly squared the ball to Baker who had joined him at the back post for a simple tap in.

Having got level there was still time for Ives to almost gift the visitors their lead back before the break. Dan Moyes attempted clearance rebounded off Frendo and fell to Castiglione inside the penalty area fortunately Trebes was well placed to parry away his first time effort.

Having all been fully entertained by a pulsating first half we were all hoping for more of the same in the second period. But Ives were knocked out of their stride only four minutes after the re-start. The Crows moved the ball around well before feeding it into Marriott fully thirty yards from goal. He was not closed down and took his chance to stride into the space before releasing a speculative effort that beat Trebes low to his left for a goal that the keeper will be a little disappointed to concede.

With the hosts struggling to come to terms with falling behind again they were not really able to create any of the opportunities they had carved out in the first period and although Baker and Knowles continued to make the runs no one was finding them with the passes. The Crows enjoyed their best period of the game and the Ives had to thank their keeper for keeping them in the game on a number of occasions.

In 66th minute a Gus Scott-Morriss corner from the right was won cleanly in the air by Marriott at the far post, but his header flashed inches wide. Two minutes later the tricky Castiglione went close to grabbing the goal his overall performance probably deserved as he picked up a loose ball and fired in a dipping 25 yarder that Trebes did well to tip over. The keeper did even better as he showed fantastic reactions to acrobatically tip over Marriott’s close range header from the resulting corner.

Ives best opportunity of the second period arrived in 78th minute as Danny Kelly pushed forward in search of the equaliser wriggled his way past two defenders on the left and got to the bye line. But he failed to pick out a team mate with his pull back and the chance was gone.

Marriott put the icing on his own, and the Crows, cake as he completed his hat trick in added time. He set off on a jinking run at the Ives back line getting past a couple of tiring defenders before Moyes got a foot in. As was the Ives luck on the night though the ball rebounded off a fellow defender back into the path of Marriott who again showed his class by lashing the ball past the exposed Trebes from close range.

As has been the case so often this season Ives matched a top half team for long periods, but again came away from the match with no reward. Positives from the game were the new formation which worked very well in the first period and a very promising home debut for Lewis Leslie. As has been said many times if we can iron out the mistakes and find a way to shore up the back line we will continue to score goals and a positive finish to a very frustrating season is still possible.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Royston Town  3

Goals : Baker 41

St Ives team : Trebes (capt), Draycott (Groves 74), Warner-Eley, Smith, Kelly, Moyes, Knowles, Leslie (Clark 66), Baker, Rogers (Ogbonna 84), Libertucci

Unused subs : McGeorge, Snaith

Supporters man of the match : Ben Baker

Attendance  :  178

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Ladies & Colts Round Up – Sunday 25 March

TOP DAY FOR THE SUNDAY SIDES

The Ladies 1st team moved to the top of the Cambs Women’s Premiership with 6-0 & 4-0 victories respectively in a double header against Park Ladies

Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say -:

What a performance from the Ladies again today! A double header resulting in 6 points, 10 goals and two clean sheets! Every single one of the players was in top form and I couldn’t be more proud of them!

Goalscorers in the 6-0 win – Tierney Coulson, Amy Seymour-Shove x2, Georgia Stancombe & Frances Chapman x2
‘Players of the Match’ – Ellie Brown, Tierney Coulson & Amy Seymour-Shove

Goalscorers in the 4-0 win – Tierney Coulson x2, & Georgia Stancombe x2
‘Players of the Match’ – Frances Chapman, Katie Stancombe & Hannah Seymour-Shove

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 25.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 1 April – Newmarket Town Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 8 April – Cambridge City Development (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership – Double Header

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The Ladies Development side drew 1-1 at Burwell Tigers with Jess Guthurie scoring the Ives goal.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 25.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 8 April – Histon Ladies Reserves (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 15 April – Burwell Tigers Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won 1-0 away at Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

We played out a hard fought win in the EJA League this morning. Early start with the time change but great effort from both teams and great advert for EJA football.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 25.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 27 March – Newport Pagnell (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 8 April – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won at home 2-1 to Needham Market which moves them up to 4th in the league table.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 25.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Wed 11 April – Felixstowe & Walton (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Fri 13 April – Dereham Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s drew 2-2 at Ely City Crusaders. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 25.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 15 April – Panthers (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 22 April – Bluntisham Blasters (N) – League Cup Final – At Cambridge Stadium Pitch A

Match Report – Ely City Crusaders U13 2 St Ives Town U13 2

Ely City Crusaders 2 St Ives Town 2

Cambridgeshire & District Colts League U13A Division – 25 March 18

A very hard fought game today. It was one of two halves. We started bright and fast and were rewarded with a fantastic strike from Daniel Legg that looped over the goalkeeper from 30 yards. The game then became a bit scrappy on a heavy pitch which didn’t give any chance to play the ball on the ground as it just simply got stuck in the mud. Both teams were matched for chances but nothing materialised until a minute from half time  when Gino Giove stole in and laced the ball into the bottom right hand corner.

Ely came out in the second half more determined and more physical. We stood firm for twenty minutes until a ball over the top combined with a cool finish by their striker made the game more interesting. It was one of those days just in front of goal when the ball didn’t bounce right and the post came to the rescue. Suttie had a few chances, so did Chambers and Baker, however, we could not finish them off. With 3 minutes to go another long ball and a deflection and Ely were in for the draw.

Today we became a team. I don’t say this lightly, however, we had good old determination to do well. Every player worked for one another against a physical Ely team. I am so proud of the concentration levels and the determination of my players today. They all learnt a lot about each other and showed me that they have the right character to play for this great club. My thanks go to Ely for a hard game today and all the best for the rest of the season.

Goalscorers
Daniel Legg 1
Gino Giove 1

Man of the Match – Billy Chambers
A simply wonderful performance at left back today. He did all the hard work by winning the ball back and his distribution was superb. He was unlucky not to score on a couple occasions. Well done Billy. You deserve the recognition from the great form you’ve been in recently.

My thanks goes to Ollie Coatsworth for going in goal today as we were a few players down and once again he was brilliant. We’re still unbeaten in 2018. My thanks to all the family and friends that came to watch. You should be very proud of the boys today with their attitude to the way they played the game.

Report by Jay Annis

Match Report – St Ives Town 1 Slough Town 4

St Ives Town 1 Slough Town  4 

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 20/03/18

Sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say that you are beaten by the better side and this was certainly one of those occasions as the play-off chasing Rebels claimed a hard fought victory over a gallant Ives side who battled all the way, but could not quite match the quality of their high flying rivals. The margin of victory could have been even greater but for a heroic goalkeeping display from 18 year old scholar Tom Smith who was thrown in at the deep end for his League debut with Tim Trebes being laid low with illness. The youngster overcame his early nerves to pull off a string of stunning saves to keep the hosts in the game for a lot longer than probably should have been the case.

The visitors showed their intentions straight from the off buzzing around Ives players like small swarms of bees giving them no time on the ball at all. Lloyd Groves was harried into a mistake as early as the third minute. Manny Williams robbed the dallying defender and teeing up Simon Dunn for a close range effort that was bravely blocked by the spreading Smith.

The Rebels continued to press forward but thanks to gallant Ives defending it took a further ten minutes before they carved out another clear opportunity. This one was a bit more direct as keeper Jack Turner cleverly picked out Warren Harris wide right with his clearance. Harris skilfully combined with Williams to work his way into the box before unleashing a fierce drive that flashed across the face of goal.

Any remaining nerves that Smith may have had lingering were completely extinguished two minutes later as he pulled off a brilliant save to prevent Harris putting the Rebels in front. Nathan Smart was given space 35 yards out on the left and delivered a perfect hanging cross to the back post where Harris got above Luke Warner-Eley to attack the ball. Smith acrobatically flung himself high to his right to fingertip the powerful header over the top.

The direct route almost worked for the visitors in the 21st minute as Ben Harris won a long ball down the middle above Groves. His knock down fell to the feet of Dunn just outside the box. Fortunately for Ives the all action midfielder did not realise that he had enough space to take a touch and went for glory on the half volley. He hit it well enough, but the ball flew a metre wide of Smith’s left hand post.

Having been under the cosh throughout the first quarter of the game Ives stunned their visitors by going in front with their first meaningful attack in 27th minute. Warner-Eley went on the overlap down the left taking defenders with him to allow Phil Draycott to cut inside and feed the ball into the feet of Rogan McGeorge his first time pass through the channel picked out Dubi Ogbonna who had timed his run to perfection to get clear. Turner quickly closed the striker down and blocked his attempted flick at close range. But Peter Clark was following up and bravely slid in just ahead of covering defender Guy Hollis to force the ball over the line.

The goal knocked the Rebels out of their stride allowing the hosts to enjoy their best period of the game. They could even have grabbed a second goal in 38th minute as Draycott robbed a dallying Smart wide on the left and sped on into the box before going down under a clumsy challenge from the recovering defender. Referee Jack Bloxham was right on the spot and waved away Draycott’s appeals for a penalty perhaps thinking that the Ives winger went down a little easily, but we have all seen them given.

On such fine margins games can change and sure enough having failed to get the opportunity from the spot to go two in front Ives found themselves pegged back as they conceded a penalty themselves only four minutes later. Miles Smith was slow to clear a ball deep in his own half and was robbed by a Lee Togwell who fed the ball into the run of Harris into the box only for the big striker to be taken down by Groves just as he shaped to shoot. Dunn slammed home the resulting spot kick low to Smith’s left giving the young keeper no chance.

Getting level lifted the Rebels again and with the break fast approaching Ives were looking a bit like a struggling boxer praying for the bell to sound so that they can get in level and regroup. Smith did well to deny Togwell plunging low to his left to keep out a screamer from 25 yards. But the knock out blow arrived just seconds before the break as Ives continued to struggle to get the ball clear and the loose orb arrived on the foot of Warren Harris fully 30 yards from goal. He struck the dropping ball on the volley and it flew like an Exocet missile into the right hand top corner of the net past a stunned Smith almost before the young keeper could move.

So from looking like they might go into the break in front Ives found themselves sipping their half time cuppa one goal in arrears, but in the knowledge that they were not yet out of the game. Unfortunately a third Rebels goal only five minutes after the restart put paid to any realistic hope they had of grabbing an unlikely point from the contest. The goal arrived in simple fashion as a deep cross from the right by Warren Harris was met by Dunn beyond the far post and his header back into the middle was turned home a close range by Ben Harris.

To their great credit Ives heads did not drop and although they struggled to penetrate a rugged Rebels back line they all continued to battle to make things difficult for the visitors. But it was the Rebels that continued to carve out the opportunities, On the hour George Wells roamed forward from full back and exchanged passes with Dunn before laying the ball into the feet of substitute Perry Coles inside the box. His two well struck efforts were blocked by a combination of skipper Charlie De’ath and half time replacement for Lloyd Groves, Dan Moyes.

Smith was called into action again in 69th minute plunging to his left to keep out a powerful low 25 yard drive from Wells who had again found space to break forward on the left. The young keeper did well again only ninety seconds later as a long throw from Hollis was flicked on in the melee in the six yard box by friend, or foe, only for Smith to pull off an excellent reaction save to somehow keep the ball out at point blank range.

Smith had a slightly more routine save to make in 76th minute as he clung on well to a powerful snap shot from the edge of the box by Coles. He rode his luck a little three minutes later as Harris set up Coles again just outside the box and the tricky strikers first time effort beat Smith but rattled the base of his right hand upright and rebounded to safety. Smith also denied Harris once more six minutes from time but was finally beaten again by the Rebels fourth goal deep in added time. The silky Davies fed a ball into the run of substitute James Dobson, his powerful low drive from fifteen yards was kept out by the diving Smith, but Williams was following up and rammed home the loose ball from close range.

So the game ended in a comprehensive win for the powerful Rebels who cement their position in the final play off place moving six points clear of their rivals with games in hand on all below them. The Ives also come out of this game with a good deal of credit as they showed their battling qualities throughout and ensured the visitors knew that they had been in a scrap. In spite of battling performances all over the pitch there was only one name on the lips of supporters questioned for a potential man of the match, goalkeeping prospect Tom Smith, a name to watch for the future.

Score : St Ives Town  1  Slough Town  4

Goals : Clark 27

St Ives team : Tom Smith, Miles Smith, Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Groves (Moyes 45), McGeorge, Baker, Snaith (Libertucci 59), Ogbonna (Kelly 70), Clark, Draycott

Unused subs : Watson, Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Tom Smith

Attendance  :  179

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Match Report – Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

Frome Town 0 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 14/03/18

Manager Ricky Marheineke has been questioning the commitment of some of his players recently, but there can be no doubting whatsoever the commitment of the twelve players, or two management staff, who made the seven hour round trip to Somerset on a foul Wednesday evening. Their whole hearted performance was rewarded with an excellent three points as they ended a run of five successive defeats and ensured that their out of form hosts extended their bad run with a sixth defeat on the bounce.

The crucial goal arrived in only the seventh minute and came courtesy of a Dubi Ogbonna penalty. The spot kick came as Ives caught the Robins napping as the hosts first corner of the game was quickly cleared down the middle of the park and Tom Knowles showed his pace to get away from the covering defenders only to be clipped by a late arriving Ben Whitely just as he shaped to shoot. Referee Lewis Sandoe had also shown an excellent burst of pace to be well positioned to make the decision. Keeper Kyle Phillips went to his right early allowing Ogbonna to side foot his spot kick into the vacant centre of the goal.

The early goal boosted Ives confidence and rocked their opponents. Ogbonna should have doubled Ives lead only three minutes later as he timed his run to perfection to get clear down the centre onto a Rogan McGeorge through ball. As keeper Phillips came to meet him the Ives striker tried to take the ball around him only for the agile stopper to get a touch and knock the ball off his toe just giving Robins skipper Sam Teale chance to get around behind him to complete the clearance.

With the strengthening breeze at their backs Ives continued to take the game to their opponents throughout the first period and the next good chance arrived in 27th minute as another pacey move through the centre saw Ogbonna feed the ball into the run of Ben Baker as the young winger cut into the box from the left. His first touch was excellent taking him inside the covering defender, but unluckily for him as he shaped to shoot the ball took a wicked bobble off a divot and his shot flew high and wide drawing shouts of derision from the small contingent of home fans gathered by the bar behind the goal who were perhaps secretly relieved not to be further behind.

A wind assisted Tim Trebes punt created the visitors next opportunity ten minutes before the break. Knowles ran onto the bouncing ball in a wide right position and did very well to keep the ball in play. His pull back picked out Ogbonna deep inside the box, but in spite of his best efforts to wriggle and turn he was unable to get a decisive shot away. But his effort was deflected out to the left where full back Luke Warner-Eley had roamed forward and his clip to the near post was powered a couple of feet wide by a diving Baker as keeper Phillips looked on.

The hosts only chance of the first half arrived a couple of minutes later from their second of three corners in quick succession. This one was delivered into the mix by the cultured right foot of Jon Davies. It eventually arrived at the feet of Mitchell Page eight yards out in the centre of goal, but thanks to the close attention of Dan Moyes and Charlie De’ath has was unable to find any space to turn and the attempted shot that eventually arrived was deflected out for another flag kick that came to nothing.

On to many occasions this season the Ives have enjoyed good halves but failed to take their chances and ended up losing matches which should have been won. With the prospect of a second period facing what was by now a gale force wind and the driving rain which had joined it meant that whilst it was a cheery half time cuppa it was also a somewhat nervous one.

Ben Baker had the opportunity to settle our nerves ten minutes after the re-start as another speedy break deep into Robins territory saw Ollie Snaith thread a ball into his run into the box from the right. The youngster had time to steady himself before firing a rising drive that beat Phillips comprehensively, but cannoned off the underside of the crossbar and back into play just avoiding Knowles and Snaith following up.

The hard work of Snaith, McGeorge and Peter Clark was ensuring that the hosts were not able to really build anything through the centre of the park and with Warner-Eley keeping their danger man Davies quiet on the right and Miles Smith doing an equally good job on Ollie Knight on the left the Robins were generally being forced into a long ball game which was meat and drink to a back to form skipper De’ath and his fellow centre back the old warhorse Moyes. Anything that was a little bit over hit just sailed on the breeze through to Trebes. The Robins were trying to feed on scraps which were generally few and far between. A George Miller corner from the left in 66th minute was somehow allowed to bounce inside the six yard box, but it flashed harmlessly through the crowded goalmouth without anyone able to get a touch.

Trebes had to earn his corn with two excellent saves in three minutes as the game entered the last fifteen. Getting no joy on the right Davies had wandered inside and Miller picked him out with a short pass into the box in 76th minute. The tricky winger got his shot away first time, but Trebes had quickly closed him down and was equal to the effort parrying it away at close range.

The second save a couple of minutes later was even better as the hosts broke quickly from an Ives corner and an interchange of passes down the left between Page and Joe Raynes allowed the latter to clip in a cross to the centre where Davies went for a spectacular overhead effort and connected perfectly. He could not believe it when Trebes topped his effort with an even more spectacular save hurling himself backwards and high to his right to get a good hand on the ball and turn it over the top.

The resulting corner was cleared to the back of the box where a tiring Ogbonna put pressure back on his defence as he clumsily brought down Davies just outside the area. The Robins winger was always going to go for goal with the free kick and he skilfully curled it around the three man Ives wall, but Trebes was down low to his right and hung onto the greasy ball well just ahead of the fast closing hoards.

Ives were pleasingly effective in clearing their lines and keeping possession in the opposition half to effectively run down the remaining time without a further scare much to the frustration of their hosts and this showed in abundance as with the game deep in added time Robins skipper Teale hurled himself into a reckless tackle on Ogbonna to earn himself a straight red card. The battling Ogbonna limped off having done his part on a glorious night for the Ives to give a debut to eighteen year old Gordan Torkornoo who we will hopefully see a little more of in the remaining games.

Make no mistake this was a very good all round performance with a threadbare squad, but the level of effort from all was fantastic and for once got the deserved result. The trip back was still a long one, but I am sure that the dreams of those asleep in my car were made much more pleasant by what they had witnessed.

Score : Frome Town 0  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Ogbonna 7 (pen)

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Moyes, McGeorge, Knowles, Snaith, Ogbonna (Torkornoo 90+4), Clark, Baker

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Luke Warner-Eley

Attendance  :  91

Report by Nigel Howlett

Semi-Final Heartache for the Ladies – Sunday Round Up 11 March

Three 1 goal defeats and a thumping victory

For the second season running the Ladies First team fell at the Semi-Final stage of the League Cup with a narrow 0-1 defeat at the hands of Peterborough ICA Sports.

Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say -:

Not our day today, but still couldn’t be prouder of the Ladies. Second year running we’ve reached the semi final stage, and our first defeat in 14 games. Well done to ICA Sports and good luck in the final. A good club, with good people involved.

Ellie Brown was named ‘Player of the Match’

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 March – Cambridge City Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Invitation Cup
  • Sun 1 April – Newmarket Town Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game at home to Newmarket Town Ladies Res was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 18.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 March – Burwell Tigers (A)  – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 8 April – Histon Ladies Reserves (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s lost 3-4 at home to Stowmarket Town in a pulsating game in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Brilliant game. End to end some great goals and footie from both teams. 2 goals for Mitkov and 1 for Ben Smith. Well done to all players, it was a great game to watch.

The U15’s have a game this coming Tuesday evening away against Cambridge City at the Bottisham Sports Centre 19:15 k.o.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 11.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Tues 13 March – Cambridge City (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 18 March – Felixstowe & Walton (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost at home 1-2 to Newmarket Town which leaves them in 5th position in the league table.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 11.3.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 March – Felixstowe & Walton (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 25 March – Newmarket Town (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s had a massive 14-1 victory at home to Burwell Swallows. Match report is on the next page.

Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 11.3.18

The postponed game on 28 Jan against Saffron Walden Community Youth has been awarded as a walkover to the St Ives U13’s.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 March – Ely Crusaders (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 15 April – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division