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

Match Report

AFC Dunstable U18  1  St Ives Town U18  0

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unused subs : Makeham, Morris, King

Goals : none

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett

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

Match Report

Kettering Town U18  1  St Ives Town U18  3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unused subs : Pillin, Morris

Goals : Dias 30, 57, Vaz 63,

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett


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

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

Kettering Town U18 v St Ives Town U18

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address –
Latimer Park
Polwell Lane
Burton Latimer
NN15 5PS


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

Match Report

St Ives Town U18  3  March Town United U18  1  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unused subs : Oldale, King

Goals : Dias 27, Locke 81, Vaz 81

Attendance :  41

Report by Nigel Howlett

U18 Thursday match preview (H) Blackstones

St Ives Town U18’s vs Blackstones U18’s

Final U18 Home Game

Date: Thursday 16th April 2015
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Ground Address: St Ives Town FC, ProEdge Westwood Road, St Ives, Cambridgeshire. PE27 6DT
Competition: Evo-stik Southern League Division One (Central)
Admission: £1

Click here for ground directions > How to find us

This will be the final U18’s home match of the season and the last of an era as from next season, the new Scholarship program takes over. Let’s make it a well attended event and hopefully the lads can push for a momentous win to finish off in style.

The bar will be open – See you at the ProEdge Stadium, Westwood Road.


Website Administrator Role

Vacancy – Website AdministratorSt Ives Town FC

This position has become available for the 2015/16 season. The candidate will not necessarily require any previous website management skills as training will be given, however, some knowledge of WordPress would be helpful.

From time to time other specific positions will become available here at the football club and these will be advertised on this website, so keep checking.

If you are interested in the current opportunity or if you would just like to get involved and feel that you have some spare time whether it is behind the scenes or on a match day then please use the contact form below and select ‘Vacancies’ on the drop down menu.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to welcoming you on board.

Board of Directors – St Ives Town Football Club


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U18 Team Progress Report

Season update

This season, we plan to bring you regular updates on the youth squad. The first installment provides some comments from the U18 coaching team which highlight a brief insight into the pre-season activities so far…

Steve Small, U18 manager, spoke to the website today about the progress to date of the latest crop of young players currently vying for a place in the Saints youth squad for the 2014/15 season.

“We are in our fourth week of pre-season and things have been going well. For the first two open sessions we had over 24 players. Darnell and I are pleased to welcome Darren Marjoram into the club as youth coach and are sure his tremendous knowledge and enthusiasm will be a huge benefit to us. We have already played Dave Williams’ Elsworth mens side and Mildenhall Youth and drew 2-2 and 4-4 respectively. Both very pleasing results as we put out very experimental sides. Next Wednesday we entertain Huntingdon at Westwood Rd, 7.30 KO and entry is free.
Steve Small”

The website also received an update from the Darren Marjoram after the Mildenhall game …

“Good game tonight against Mildenhall. It finished 4-4 after St Ives being 3-1 down at half time. A good performance in the second half, and as we haven’t done any defensive work yet in training, I’m happy!.
Darren Marjoram”

We are all very excited about the season ahead for the youth team, it certainly looks to be a promising one. Watch out for regular U18 updates on the website, facebook and Twitter.

And why not drop in on Wednesday to see the action against Huntingdon for FREE.

The website is due to undergo a facelift with respect to the page content for the under 18 team. When complete, a notifiaction will be posted via the home page.

FA Cup and Trophy Draws


The FA have announced their competition draws for the 2014/15 season.  Our ties are as follows…


FA Cup – Preliminary Round

Draw : Dereham Town v St Ives Town

Date : Sat 30th August

Time : 3pm


FA Youth Cup – 1st Round Qualifying

Draw : St Ives Town v Godmanchester Rovers

Date : TBA – Tie to be played during the week commencing Mon 22nd September 2014

Time : TBA


FA Trophy – Preliminary Round

Draw : St Ives Town  v Stratford Town

Date : Sat 18th October

Time : 3pm


For further details of all the FA competitions including the full list of draws, prize funds and more, follow this link to the FA website > Click Here










U18 Open Training Sessions


2014/2015 Under 18

Pre-Season Training Sessions


The club are pleased to announce two open training session dates for the 2014/15 under 18 squad…

Date : Wednesday 2nd July and Wednesday 9th July
Time : 7pm – 8.30pm
Venue : ProEdge Stadium, Westwood Road – Click on this link for Directions —>  St Ives Town FC

All welcome … please feel free to join either (or both these sessions).


Match Previews (H) Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday

Trio of match previews for this coming weeksaints logo

As the season draws to its final two weeks the Saints have a busy week at ProEdge Westwood Road with three matches. Here are this week’s match previews. We hope you can make t down to support the lads.

We will post individual match reports here on the website.

Directions to ProEdge Westwood Road..

St Ives Town vs Beaconsfield SYCOB

Date: Tuesday 15th April 2014
Competition: The Calor League Division One (Central)
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Admission: £8 adults, £4 concessions, £1 under 16’s

St Ives Town U18 vs Royston Town U18

Date: Thursday 17th April 2014
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League
Kick Off: 7.45pm
Admission: £1 adults, concessions FOC under 16’s

St Ives Town vs Chalfont St Peter

Date: Saturday 19th April 2014
Competition: The Calor League Division One (Central)
Kick Off: 3pm
Admission: £8 adults, £4 concessions, £1 under 16’s

Club Announcement

Club Announcement

Thursday 20th March 2014

Following several years of great progress both on and off the field, St Ives Town Football Club has continued its success in meeting objectives set by the board at the commencement of the 2013/14 season.

The club today has never been in a more stable position both financially, and resourcefully, and is well on its way to achieving its current objectives and milestones over the next 12 months, and beyond.

To maintain and increase this momentum, the board is inviting applicants to assist in the next exciting phase of the clubs development which will involve filling roles for various positions.

We are looking for persons that have some time  however large or small that they wish to channel into the clubs continual success, and become part of a collective team contributing further to the success story we are all enjoying.

If anybody feels that they would like to become involved or would wish to apply for any positions please feel free to contact any board member or alternatively Paul Reason or Simon Clark on the following addresses or

Or alternatively select the ‘Vacancies’ drop down here at Contact Us

Pitch Sponsorship for just £40 !!

Secure your area today for just 11p a day!

We are looking for sponsors, supporters, players, committee members, friends, family and everyone to support the football club in many of our projects for 2014 season and we are looking to keep it as cost effective as possible for all involved.

Thank you for your continued support over the years and we hope you to hear from you soon regarding which area you would like to secure for teh next 12 months.


Simon Clark
Commercial Director
t: 07884398770

Sunday U18 Match Preview (A) Eynesbury Rovers U17

Sunday 2nd February 2014 – Hunts U18 County Youth Cup (Semi Final)Eynesbury Rovers

Eynesbury Rovers U17 P-P St Ives Town U18

Ground Address: Alfred Hall Memorial Ground, Hall Road, Eynesbury, PE19 2SF
Kick Off: 10.30am
Match Details: No Extra Time – Penalty kicks if the scores are level at 90 minutes

The U18 match has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.