Category: U18 News

Weekend Round Up – 19 & 20 Jan

Saturday 19 January

The Ives suffered the agony of conceding a penalty in the 5th minute of added time to draw 1-1 at Halesowen Town.

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Sunday 20 January

The U18 made it through to the final of the Hunts County Youth U18 Cup with a 4-1 victory over ICA Sports in the Semi-Final. The goals came courtesy of Harry Sargent x 2, Thomas Wakeley & Billy Mobbs. They will meet St Neots Town in the final in April.

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In the ERWFL Division 1 the Ladies 1st team played out a 1-1 draw at Hertford Town Ladies. Debutant Ruth Fox scored for the Ives and was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

After a goalless 90 minutes in the Ladies Development League Division 1 Cup at Wisbech St Mary Ladies, they hit 3 in extra time to advance to the semi-finals.

The U15 EJA game at Walsham-Le-Willows was postponed due to a frozen pitch.

The U14 picked up their first league points of the season with a 5-2 win over Leiston in the EJA Green Division.

The U13 were awarded a walkover against St Neots Town Youth Sky in the Meads Cup and advance to the next round.

Up to date league tables can found for all our teams in the tab menu bar.

Round Up – 29 November, 1 & 2 December

Thursday 29 November

The U18s progressed through to the semi final of this season U18 Hunts County Cup with an 8-0 victory over St Neots Town Youth Navy

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Saturday 1 December

The Ives stunned league leaders Kettering Town with a convincing and well earned 3-0 victory at Latimer Park.

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Sunday 2 December

In a 2nd v 3rd contest in the ERWFL Div the Ladies 1st team drew 0-0 away at Bowers & Pitsea in what was described as a fantastic advert for Women’s football. Both sides had chances, however neither could find the net.

The U16s Hunts County Cup game at Godmanchester Town was postponed.

The U15s slipped to a 0-1 defeat at home to AFC Sudbury in the EJA Green division.

The U14’s went agonisingly close to chalking up their first league points of the season, however they slipped to a narrow 3-4 defeat at Newmarket Town.

The U13s registered a very convincing 12-2 scoreline away at Allenburys Youth in the Meads Cup 2nd round.

Round Up – 22, 24 & 25 November

Thursday 22 November

The U18s came agonisingly close to picking up at point at Holbeach. However 2 late goals gave the hosts all three points.

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Saturday 24 November

The Ives drew 2-2 in an entertaining game against Banbury United at WWR.

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Sunday 25 November

The Ladies 1st team maintained their unbeaten record in the ERWFL Division1 with an 8-0 victory at WWR over Bishops Stortford Ladies. The goal scorers were Tierney Coulson x4, Emily Smith x2, Georgia Stancombe & Katie Stancombe.

The Ladies Development team won 3-2 (after extra time) against rivals Haverhill Rovers Ladies in the Cambs Division 1 Cup. Emilee Steel scored 2 and Penelope Ford scored the other.

The U16 played well at Biggleswade Town in the EJA Green Division, however they ultimately lost 1-2. Mykov scored the Ives goal.

The U15 won 4-1 at home to Newmarket Town to move to the top of the EJA Green division. Manager Brett Fairholm said of the performance “A great all round team display and a great game to watch.”

Round Up – 3rd, 4th & 5th Nov

Saturday 3 November

The Ives lost their 7th game in a row with a 0-2 defeat at home to in-form Stratford Town.

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Sunday 4 November

The Ladies 1st team kept up their unbeaten record in the ERWFL Division 1 with a 4-0 win over Hatfield Peverel Ladies at WWR. The goals came from Harriet Ford, Georgia Stancombe, Katie Stancombe & Tierney Coulson. Captain Hannah Seymour-Shove was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

The Ladies Development side also won with a 6-1 scoreline at home to Burwell Tiger Ladies in the Cambs Championship South Division.

The U16s enjoyed a 5-0 win at home to Kempston Rovers in the EJA Brown Division with a hat-trick from Ben and 1 a piece from Ollie & Mykov.

The U15s went to Norfolk in the EJA Green Division against a big strong Wroxham side and came away with a 3-3 draw after 2 Goals from Harry Holman and 1 from Tom Smith.

The U14s went out the Hunts County Cup at the 2nd round stage after suffering 1-7 defeat at Feeder FC.

The U13s advanced to the next round of the Hunts County Cup, although no football was played as they were awarded a walkover against Hampton Sports Navy.

Monday 5 November

The U18s kept up their good run of form with a 5-0 win at home to March Town United in the Thurlow Nunn  Youth League West Division.

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Weekend Round Up – 29 & 30 September

Saturday 29 September

The Ives played out a 0-0 draw at AFC Rushden & Diamonds. 

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Sunday 30 September

The Ladies 1st team completed a quick double in 2 succesive Sundays over Hertford Ladies to chalk up a 4-1 victory in the ERWFL Div 1. Sisters Katie & Georgia Stancombe got the goals with a brace a piece. Katie Stancombe was also awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

In the EJA League, the U16 exited the League Challenge Cup losing to a narrow 4-5 scoreline at Hitchin Town. The U15 won their Challenge Cup game with a 5-1 win at Haverhill Rovers. The U14 lost 1-3 at home to Newmarket Town in the Green Division.

In the Royston Crow Youth Football League the U13 recorded an impressive 11-1 win at Letchworth Garden City Eagles.

Up to date league tables can found for all our teams in the tab menu bar.

U18s & FA Cup Replay – Match Reports

Monday 24 September

The U18s won their 2nd game in 5 days with a local derby 4-2 victory over Godmanchester Rovers in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division.

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Tuesday 25 September

The Ives advanced to the FA Cup 3rd round qualifying for the first time ever courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Grantham Town in the 2nd qualifying round replay to set up a visit to York City in two Saturdays time.

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Round Up 20-23 September

Thursday 20 September

The U18s chalked up their first win of the season with a 1-0 victory at March Town United.

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Saturday 22 September

The first team drew 1-1 against Grantham Town in the 2nd Qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup and will have to do it all again in a replay at The Meres on Tuesday 25 September, 19:45 kick off.

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Sunday 23 September

The Ladies 1st team progressed through to the 2nd round of the ERWFL league cup with a 5-0 win over Hertford LFC at WWR. The goals came from Georgia Stancombe x 2, Katie Stancombe, Hannah Seymour-Shove & Francesca Worrell.

For the 3rd week running the Ladies development team are involved In 5-2 score line, winning at home v Histon LFC res in group C of the Cambs league cup. Goalscorers – Jade Carpenter x 2, Connie Liddiard x 2 & Katherine Speed.

The U16s win 3-0 against Biggleswade Utd U16 in the EJA league.  2 goals on home debut for Adam and 1 for Josh W.

The U14 win with a convincing 11-0 scoreline in the Hunts County Cup at Somersham Town U14. Goalscorers – Bailey Kelly x 2, Harvey Keates x 2, Daniel Legg x 2, Alfie Baker x 2, Luke Dunn x 2 & Billy Chambers.

The U15 & U13 scheduled fixtures were postponed.

U18, Ladies & Colts – Round Up

Thursday 13 September

The U18s visited Deeping Rangers for a Thurlow Nunn Youth League fixture. Unfortunately they were on they slipped to a 6-0 defeat. Click here for the match report.

Sunday 16 September

The Ladies 1st team travelled to Histon Ladies in the ERWFL Div 1 and came away with a point in a 2-2 draw. The Ladies were 2 to the good at half time with goals from Tierney Coulson (also POM) and Hannah Seymour-Shove. Histon however, pulled level in the second half and the Ladies had to dig in to get a point at the end.

After suffering a 2-5 defeat last week the Ladies Development side enjoyed a 5-2 win at Isleham United Ladies in the in the Cambs South Div. The goals came from Lauren Gibson x2, Fran Worrall, Connie Liddiard & Jade Carpenter.

In the EJA League, the U16 lost by the odd goal in 9 at Takeley. The U15 recorded an excellent 4-3 win at AFC Sudbury. The U14 suffered a narrow 1-2 defeat at home to Needham Market.

In the Royston Crow League, the U13 game at home to Plantation Youth was postponed.

Up to date league tables can found for all our teams in the tab menu bar.

Match Report – St Neots Town U18 2 St Ives Town U18 1

St Neots Town U18  2  St Ives Town U18  1  

Huntingdonshire FA County Under 18 Cup Quarter Final  – 14/01/18

Ives went into this game seeking revenge for a very close defeat in last year’s final, and came out of it feeling robbed of at least the chance of a penalty shoot out against their fierce local rivals who now remain on course to retain their crown.

A slow start to the second half cost the visitors dear as they conceded two goals in a three minute spell immediately after the break. Substitute Sam Bond pulled a goal back with eighteen minutes to go, the same player then had a huge appeal for a penalty turned down as he was scythed down deep inside the box in added time. The only person in the ground who did not think that it was a spot kick was the referee. But by such fine margins are games decided and cups won.

Confident from their League win earlier in the week the Ives started the game on the front foot taking the game to their opposition and creating a couple of half chances in the first ten minutes without testing the home keeper.

The hosts first foray into visitor’s territory came in 9th minute as George Holman went a rampaging run straight into the heart of the Ives back line. He unleashed a fierce effort on goal from 25 yards that a well positioned Tom Smith made look a much more comfortable save than it might have been.

This seemed to boost the home sides confidence and Saints began to enjoy their best period of the game as they pushed Ives back. But in spite of enjoying the lion’s share of possession for the next twenty minutes they were unable to work Smith again as the visitor’s back line well marshalled by skipper Jamie Short held firm. Even losing powerful centre back Jordan Locke to an injury did not knock them as Matt Harvey slotted in well alongside Short.

The closest Saints came to breaching the Ives back line during this spell were in 24th minute when Aaron Hiscock managed to wriggle past Dawid Kwiatowski on the right and was taken down right on the edge of the box by the covering Billy Mobbs. Referee Chris Martin waved away Saints appeals for a penalty and surprisingly did not even give the hosts a free kick. Saints also carved out a half chance in 30th minute as the speedy Andre Williams got away down the right and hung up a deep cross to beyond the back post where Hiscock kept the ball alive knocking it back into the centre for Holman to head wide from a good position.

But as half time approached the flow of the game seemed to change again and the battling Kyrie Foster carved out two chances for himself as he battled his way through tackles to get to the edge of the box. But on both occasions he failed to test keeper Shaami Ahmed as he screwed his shots wide.

Foster also got on the end of Ives best opportunity of the first half which came just seconds before the break as Tiago Dias and Harry Sargent exchanged passes before the former slid the ball into the feet of Foster just inside the box. He had time to take a touch, but snatched at the chance blazing well over the top from a good position.

The game was won, and lost, in the first five minutes of the second half as the Ives started slowly, and the Saints seized the opportunity taring at them and grabbing what proved to be an unassailable two goal advantage.

The first goal arrived two minutes after the restart as Hiscock got to the bye line wide on the left and delivered a teasing cross that a stretching Smith just managed to claw away from the head of Kieran Waites. But the ball dropped to Williams who drove it back into the centre where Short did amazingly well to bravely hurl himself in front of a point blank shot from Waites. Unfortunately for Ives the ball fell to Sam Routs who fired it home from six yards.

The second arrived only three minutes later and again Hiscock was the provider as he broke away down the left outpacing Kwiatkowski and delivered a low cross to the near post where Holman managed to get in front of his marker and opened his body perfectly to side foot the ball past the exposed Smith from close range.

Having fallen two behind it was always going to be an uphill task to get back into the game. But to their credit Ives lifted the pace and began to push their hosts back with Gordan Torkornoo and Dias battling hard to wrest control in the centre of the park. The introduction of Sam Bond in 66th minute also provided a new spark to their front line.

It took Bond only six minutes to halve the arrears as he got on the end of a threaded through ball from Dias after the silky midfielder had exchanged passes with Foster in the centre of the park. Bond still had work to do, but he was brave as he just beat keeper Ahmed to the ball to slide it home from ten yards.

Ives had an opportunity to level things up whilst their opponents were still rocking as only three minutes later Sargent lost his marker to get on the end of Foster’s in-swinging free kick, but when it needed a flick, he got it all wrong and got to much on the ball knocking it away from goal.

With ten minutes to go manager Ben Seymour-Shove made the bold move of going three at the back and pushing an extra man forward as Mobbs returned to the fray replacing full back Kwiatkowski. Ives continued to press, but they were now leaving gaps at the back and Williams came within inches of sewing the game up three minutes from the end of the ninety. Saints substitute Ben Southwood fed the ball down the line into the run of Williams who was clear and clipped the ball past the exposed Smith only to be denied by a covering Short who did well to knock the ball off the goal line and past the post.

With time fast running out, Ives players, and almost everyone else in the ground, except the one that mattered, were convinced that they should have had a penalty. Martin Saunders battled down the left and clipped a cross into the box. Bond robbed Alfie Donkin as he tried to clear just inside the box, turned onto the loose ball and was just about to shoot as Jack Baker unceremoniously upended him. In spite of all of the protestations which continued well after the final whistle that swiftly followed the incident, referee Martin remained unmoved.

The Ives can continue to voice their complaints and a draw would probably had been a fair result from a very competitive and even game. However the match was really lost in those vital first five minutes after the re-start and anything that could have been gleaned from added time would have been considered a very lucky escape. But it was not to be and it is the holders that march on into the semi-finals and Ives wait to win the competition that they last won in 2004 goes on a little longer.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 26), Torkornoo, Mobbs (Bond 66), Dias, Sargent, Foster, Mobbs, Saunders

Additional roll on roll off subs : Locke for Harvey 79, Mobbs for Kwiatkowsi 86

Unused subs : Oldale

Goals : Bond 72

Attendance :  approx. 45

Report by Nigel Howlett

Youth, Ladies & Colts Round Up – 14 Jan

3 Wins, 1 Loss & 1 Abandonment

In an unusual Sunday fixture for the Youth Team, they went out at the quarter final stage of the Hunts Cup losing 2-1 at St Neots. A repeat scoreline of last years final between the two sides.

A full match report by Nigel Howlett to follow.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Mon 29 Jan – Wisbech St Mary U18 (H) – Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division
  • Wed 7 Feb – King’s Lynn Town U18 (A) – Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division


The Ladies 1st Team had a game free weekend.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Cambridge Rangers (H) – Cambs Women’s Invitational Cup
  • Sun 28 Jan – Park Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership


The Ladies Development league match at Newmarket Town Ladies Reserves was abandoned in the 80th minute with the score at 1-1 due to a serious injury suffered by a Newmarket player.

Newmarket Ladies made the following statement via Twitter –

Game Abandoned after 80 Min due to a serious injury.

Thank you to Darren Marjoram and all at St Ives Town Ladies for their help and support in dealing with our injured player. #FootballFamily

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Histon Ladies Res (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 28 Jan – Burwell Tigers Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South


The U15’s progressed to the 3rd Round of the Presidents Cup with a 1-0 win over Leiston courtesy of a Ben Smith goal.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

The 15’s travelled to Leiston in the EJA Presidents Cup today. A good game that saw St Ives come away with the win after a hard fought game. Look forward to the draw for the next round.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division


The U14’s won through to the semi finals of the Hunts U14 Cup with a 7-2 victory over Godmanchester Town.

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

Tidy display in the Hunts Cup this morning 7-2 win over Godmanchester. On to the semis!!!

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division


The U13’s made it through to the Final of the League Cup with an excellent 2-1 victory over top of the table Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues

Baker & Keates got the Ives goals. Damien Boakye was awarded ‘Player of the Match’

The U13 management reported the following via Twitter –

What a performance today!!! We had 12 men after a few late drop outs through illness. We asked our team to show desire, passion, patience and commitment. That’s exactly what happened!

Oli & Dan thanks for doing your stints in goal!!!

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 21 Jan – West Wratting Youth (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 28 Jan – Sun 14 Jan – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Match Report – St Ives U18 5 Downham Town U18 0

St Ives Town U18  5  Downham Town U18  0

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 08/01/18

This game proved to be the perfect opportunity for the young Ives to work off any Christmas excess ahead of their County Cup Quarter Final against St Neots on Sunday. It took them a while to break down their visitor’s resilient defensive formation and they only went in one up at the break, but their superior fitness and technique showed through in the second period as the played some excellent flowing football in spite of the heavy conditions and blew away Town scoring four further goals without reply. The score line could have been even more emphatic but for an excellent goal keeping display from the visitor’s stopper Dan Clark.

Clark started his heroics as early as 4th minute when he sprinted from his line to quickly close down Martin Saunders after the Ives winger had been put through on goal by an excellent threaded pass from Billy Mobbs. The young keeper bravely blocked Saunders shot at point blank range.

The elegant George Cawte played a well flighted ball over the top only sixty seconds later. Mobbs chased it down collecting the ball as it came off a defender, but his effort from just inside the box was deflected wide of the post.

Four minutes later the ever willing Harry Sargent chased a hopeful ball through the left channel and just beat Clark to it, but was forced wide by the keeper. He unselfishly laid the ball back to the fast arriving Saunders who struck his shot well from just outside the box, but the gallant Clark had recovered his ground and plunged to his left to cling on to the effort.

Ives continued to knock on the Town door, but it remained firmly shut until 26th minute when Mobbs threaded a perfect ball between centre back and full back to pick out the run of Cobi Thomas cutting in from the right. Thomas finished well clipping the ball over the body of the exposed Clark as the keeper tried to close him down.

Home keeper Tom Smith had been a virtual spectator up to this point. But the battling Jesse Tierney who had been ploughing a lone furrow for the visitors was brought down by Mitchell Pillin on the right. Richard Mills curled in the free kick to the near post where Tierney managed to lose his marker and get across in front of Smith. But the keeper stayed alert and still managed to cling onto the ball in spite of being unsighted.

This sortie into home territory seemed to lift the visitors and they enjoyed their best spell of the game in next fifteen minutes. On the half hour Tierney exchanged passes with Sam Gosling the move ending with the latter being put clear in the box. But the young winger snatched at his chance and sliced his effort wide from a good position.

Town went close to grabbing an equaliser twice more before half time. Gosling was again involved in 42nd minute as he got on the end of a through ball from Fraser McManus. This time he struck his effort from just inside the box cleanly, but straight at Smith who held on well.

The last action of the half saw Joe Causton pick out the hard working Tierney in space on the right. But whether through tiredness, or a desire to catch Smith out of position, the striker took his shot on very early from fully 35 yards and Smith was happy to watch it float over the top.

It was not long after the break before Ives superior fitness began to tell in the heavy conditions. A probing run through the centre by Thomas created space for Sargent who was well picked out by the young winger. Sargent’s fierce left footed effort from the corner of the box was stopped by Clark, but he spilled the ball. Mobbs was on hand to knock it home only to be denied by an assistant’s flag as he had strayed into an offside position.

The visitors did carve out a chance just before the hour as McManus pounced on Dawid Kwiatkowsi’s attempted clearing header from Josh Ford’s cross. But the Town striker skied his effort well over from twelve yards.

Having failed to grab a leveller the visitors soon found themselves two behind. In 62nd minute Tiago Dias threaded a ball down the left to pick out Saunders who cut in and unleashed a low skimming drive from 20 yards that Clark did well to palm away low to his right. Saunders delivered the resulting corner into the mix where Jordan Locke knocked it on for Sargent to force the ball home at close range.

Kyrie Foster was introduced for Sargent immediately after the goal and he had an almost instant impact as only three minutes later Saunders and Mobbs combined well on the left. Mobbs cross was well taken down by Foster with his first touch inside the box, his second touch slotted the ball past the exposed Clark.

Smith was called upon to make his best save of the evening in 74th minute as he plunged to his left to push away a well struck 25 yarder from Gosling after the winger had cut inside and tried his luck.

Clark was still doing his best to keep the score down at the other end and he did well to hang onto a stinging drive from the edge of the box by Saunders as he got on the end of a threaded pass from the dangerous Foster only sixty seconds later.

Foster’s strength and speed continued to trouble the Town back line and it was no surprise when he added his second and Ives fourth in 78th minute. He timed his run perfectly to get on the end of Thomas’s clip over the top and finished well past the exposed Clark from just inside the box.

The final goal of the night was a second for Sargent as he received a pass from substitute Brandon Oldale on the edge of the box, stepped inside, looked up and picked his spot with a curling effort around two defenders that crept in the bottom corner past the unsighted Clark.

Overall verdict was another very good all round display that will have blown the cobwebs away and prepared the boys well for Sunday’s challenging encounter with their local rivals. The game, a repeat of last year’s final, will take place on St Neots Town Astro with a 10.30 kick off

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 69), Cawte, Thomas, Dias, Sargent (Foster 63), Mobbs, Saunders (Oldale 78)

Additional roll on roll off subs : Sargent for Mobbs 83

Goals : Thomas 26, Sargent 62 & 85, Foster 65 & 78

Attendance :  21

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – Downham Town U18 1 St Ives Town U18 3

Downham Town U18  1 St Ives Town U18  3  

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 14/12/17

The young Ives side took another step in their education as they needed to come from behind to take the three points from battling opponents on a bitterly cold evening in the fens.

This fixture was previously set for a much more balmy evening in the middle of September when the Ives raced into a three goal lead inside the first twenty minutes before the fixture was abandoned due to a serious injury to one of the Downham players. However on their return visit the Ives were met by a much more resilient hosts who looked the more positive from the off and it was no real surprise when they went in front after only twelve minutes as Josh Ford and Dan Murphy combined on the right and Jessie Tierney got across Jamie Short at the near post to knock home the latter’s low cross.

Ives were playing against a strengthening breeze in this first period and keeper Tom Smith was cleverly keeping his kicks low into the teeth of the wind. Two minutes later Jordan Locke flicked on a Smith goal kick in the centre circle. Harry Sargent instantly brought the ball under control and fed it through into the run of Martin Saunders cutting in from the left. But Saunders well struck effort from the edge of the box was deflected inches wide. Locke climbed highest to the resulting corner, but could not keep his header down.

The pitch was cutting up following the recent rain and the combination of a bumpy pitch and strong wind was making good football difficult, it was definitely a night for the hard workers on the park, not one for the connoisseurs. Cobi Thomas showed the work ethic well in 36th minute as he chased back on the right hand side to win back a ball after it looked like Sam Gosling was going to get away. Having won the ball back he fed it inside to Owen King who slotted a ball through the right hand channel for the ever willing Sargent to chase. Home keeper Ryan Brown looked the favourite to win the race, but Sargent was braver and stronger winning the challenge to earn himself the opportunity to roll the ball into the empty net for Ives equaliser.

The hosts should have gone back in front on the stroke of half time as Murphy bravely battled his way deep into Ives territory on the left. His driven cross was expertly flicked on by Fraser McManus and Josh Ford arrived all on his own in acres of space at the back post. He had time to take a touch, but instinctively stabbed at the ball and rolled his effort inches wide of the post with the goal at his mercy.

After ten minutes in the pleasant warmth of the changing rooms no one was to keen to come out for the second half. But with the strengthening, and even more biting, Northerly wind now at their backs Ives began to take control of the game. Sargent used the wind to his advantage to put the visitors in front in 56th minute. With keeper Brown struggling to get distance on his goal kicks he handed duties to one of his defenders. But Jamie Bowler did little better with his effort which fell to the feet of Sargent 25 yards from goal. The big centre forward to a touch and then rifled an effort on the breeze over Brown and into the roof of the net giving the keeper no chance.

Almost straight from the kick off the silky Emre Tursucu threaded a ball through to put Tierney clear into the box. But Smith was equal to his effort from 15 yards plunging to his left to turn the shot round the post. The resulting corner lead to a scramble in the visitor’s box but the ball was eventually hacked away to safety.

With Saunders still recovering from an injury and only capable of playing the first 60 minutes and Thomas already limped out of the action at half time Ives were forced into an unusual formation for them on the hour as Matt Harvey came on to replace Saunders and went into a back three with Mitchell Pillin and Jamie Short moving up into a midfield four and Louis Bald joining Sam Bond and Sargent in a front three.

Although manager Jack Cassidy was somewhat forced into this formation it worked very effectively with the solidity and strength of Short and Pillin very quickly preventing the hosts building anything through the centre of the park. Short was involved in creating a golden opportunity for Bond to increase the Ives lead in 72nd minute. Smith cleverly picked out Short by the half way line and he combined with Bond down the right before having his low drive palmed around the post by Brown. The resulting corner was kept alive at the back post by Short who laid it back to Bald just inside the box. His low ball into the centre found Bond completely unmarked six yards out in the centre of goal. He got his shot on target, but Brown somehow managed to keep it out with his legs.

Short continued to be at the heart of everything that Ives were doing going forward and his powerful run down the centre set up an opportunity for Sargent to claim his hat trick four minutes from time. But big striker skied his effort well over the top from just inside the box.

The third goal did finally arrive one minute later as King found his corner from the left knocked back to him and he hammered back a rasping drive from a narrow angle that Brown deflected up into the air. But the ball dropped to the back post where Harvey was first to react to ram the it home from point blank range to claim his opening Ives goal.

Everyone was pleased to hear the final whistle and grab the opportunity to return to the warmth a few minutes later. The journey back across the bleak fen was made all the better with three more points in the bag from another good, solid performance.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke, Cawte, Thomas (Bald 45), King, Sargent, Bond, Saunders (Harvey 61)

Unused subs : none

Goals : Sargent 36, 56, Harvey 87

Attendance :  approx. 20

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – St Ives Town U18 2 Peterborough Northern Star U 18 0

St Ives Town U18  2  Peterborough Northern Star U18  0

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 04/12/17

A goal in each half capped off a thoroughly professional performance from the developing young Ives side as they controlled this game throughout and but for a few missed chances could have won by a better margin. The side again contained predominantly first years but the experience was still there in the back line which was well marshalled throughout by captain Jamie Short, and performed well enough to ensure that keeper Tom Smith only had one real save to make in the entire 90 minutes. The young central midfield pairing of Owen King and George Cawte in spite of being out numbered in the middle of the park constantly took the game to their opposition. With the now experienced Billy Mobbs on one flank and the exciting prospect Louis Bald making his first start on the opposite side there was plenty of pace and trickery in the wide positions. All feeding a front two of Sam Bond and the ever willing Harry Sargent.

Considering that it was only the second Thurlow Nunn game that most of these players had started together Ives began the game well and were immediately in the ascendency. They went close in only 7th minute as a George Cawte free kick from just inside the Star half was only half cleared to Sargent 25 yards from goal. He took on the dropping ball and hit a dipping volley that pulled an excellent save from Star keeper Fabio D’Agnano who leapt high to his left to tip the ball onto the crossbar. Mobbs was following up and latched onto the loose ball, but hammered his effort well wide with the goal at his mercy.

The hosts continued to press forward and Mobbs went close again seven minutes later as he got onto the end of a ball threaded through the right channel by Owen King. Rather than go for power Mobbs decided to go for precision this time and tried lobbing D’Agnano from just inside the box, but his effort crept inches over the crossbar.

It continued to be all Ives, but they were struggling to find away through the resilient Star back line. Jordan Locke ventured up field for the next free kick delivered into the visitor’s box in 29th minute. He got on the end of a ball which was knocked down to him, but miskicked his effort allowing a Star defender to hack the ball away. But Bald was onto the loose ball in a flash and teed himself up for a volley from 25 yards that skimmed the crossbar with D’Agnano beaten.

The goal which had been threatening finally arrived seven minutes before the break from yet another Cawte free kick delivered into the danger zone. Two defenders got in each others way and only succeeded in knocking the ball down to the lurking Locke six yards from goal and this time he made no mistake slamming home the loose ball past the exposed keeper.

Star’s only threatening effort in the first period came three minutes later as Joe Carr curled a free kick from 30 yards just over the top. But Smith watched the effort confident in the knowledge that if needed he had it covered.

Ives should have doubled their advantage right on the break as Cawte slid a ball through into the perfectly timed run of Bond to put him through one on one with the keeper. But a slightly heavy first touch from the striker allowed D’Agnano to bravely slide in and block Bond’s effort with his body at point blank range.

Smith’s only real save of the night came in 58th minute as Segun Okunrinboye curled a 25 yard free kick around the Ives wall forcing Smith to plunge full length to his left and turn the effort around the post.

But the previous flow of the game soon resumed as Sargent got free on the right and tested D’Agnano again with a first time effort from the corner of the box that forced the keeper into another save low to his left.

Sargent was denied on that occasion, but his persistence paid off seven minutes later as he harried Ban Gale into a mistake robbing the defender just outside his own box. Sargent cut across the edge of the face of goal and as other defenders came to close him down he unleashed a low left foot drive that beat D’Agnano low to his right and went in the bottom corner of the net.

Sargent was giving Gale a tough time and again he robbed him in 71st minute and looked like he was clean through on goal. But to his credit the Star defender recovered on this occasion and came in with a perfectly timed tackle to take the ball off the Ives striker’s toe just as he shaped to shoot.

Ives continued to dominate and yet another Cawte free kick set up an opportunity in 75th minute. This time Short got on the end of it at the near post and got the perfect flick to the back post where the ball just evaded the late arriving Sargent.

Keeper Smith did get a bit more action twelve minutes from time as he sprinted from his line to just beat Star debutant Mamsaliu Cande to a ball over the top well outside his box. But he mishit his attempted clearance straight at Harry Catanach fully 30 yards from goal. Left with the dilemma of trying to retreat, or keeping going Smith went for the positive and was proved right as he successfully blocked Catanach’s effort with his body a long way from goal and his team mates came to his aid by hacking the loose ball to safety.

The referee had handed out some odd yellow cards during the evening, Liam Harper for Star, and Cawte for Ives, were both unfortunate recipients. However Adam Kelly earned himself an unlikely accolade as he picked up a deserved caution before he had even kicked a ball as he came on to replace the tiring Bald in 79th minute and picked up his card for clattering Catanach less than 30 seconds later.

Not surprisingly the final chance of the evening fell to the Ives with ten minutes to go as yet another Cawte free kick was flicked on by King and fell to the feet of Short at the back post. He struck his effort from eight yards well, but was denied by the legs of the well positioned D’Agnano.

Overall a good three points, but more importantly more game time together for these lads as the quest to build for next season continues by blooding more of the youngsters. Next up for the lads is a County Cup Quarter Final at St Neots and the way that these lads have performed will make it a very difficult decision for manager Jack Cassidy deciding the team that he puts out.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke, King, Bald (Kelly 79), Cawte, Bond, Mobbs, Sargent

Unused subs : Oldale, Harvey

Goals : Locke 38, Sargent 67

Attendance :  27

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – St Ives Town U18 1 King’s Lynn Town U18 1

St Ives Town U18  1  King’s Lynn Town U18  1          

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 27/11/17

A very young Ives squad containing nine first years in the fourteen were perhaps a little fortunate to take a point from a game where they struggled to create many clear cut chances. But to their credit every one of them battled all the way and an equaliser three minutes from time by George Cawte gleaned them a hard earned point against the young Linnets who had lead from mid-way through the first half thanks to a well taken goal by Charlie Rudland.

With so many changes to the line up it was always going to take Ives a while to get into their stride and it was the Linnets who were creating the early chances. Rudland combined well with Josh Walker on the left after six minutes. The move finishing with Walker playing in Rudland on the left hand side of the box. The skilful wide man took a touch, but fired over from a good position.

Less than a minute later the visitors were probing the Ives back line again, this time Jack Cropley and Connor Young exchanged passes before the latter fired in an effort from the edge of the box that was fortunately straight at Tom Smith who held on well.

Ives first opportunity arrived in 15th minute as a pass went astray in the Linnets back line. Tiago Dias pounced on the loose ball 25 yards from goal. He took a touch before curling in a well directed effort that forced Lewis Herbert in the visitor’s goal into a diving save low to his left. Billy Mobbs was following up and kept the ball alive, but was unable to pick out Harry Sargent with his ball back into the middle.

In spite of this escape it was still the visitors on top and they went close again in 20th minute as Rudland delivered a long free kick into the box that arrived at the feet of Callum South at the back post. Fortunately Smith was down quickly to keep out his prodded effort by his right hand post.

Ives had a massive escape three minutes later as a Rudland corner from the right was met powerfully in the air by Young eight yards out. His header beat Smith comprehensively, but rattled the underside of the crossbar before bouncing down into the goalmouth. Smith made two remarkable saves to keep the ball out in the ensuing scramble. The second of these certainly looked like he had pulled the ball back from behind the goal line, but the well positioned assistant referee waved play on and the ball was eventually hacked clear.

Having got away with that one Ives were probably looking for time to settle. But it was not forthcoming as the skilful Walker played a peach of a ball over their back line to pick out a perfectly timed run from Rudland. He took the ball in his stride and went around the exposed Smith before netting well from a narrow angle to put the Linnets in front in 24th minute.

Ives had an instant chance to respond as straight from the restart Dias went down the left and delivered a teasing ball into the middle that dropped onto the foot of Mobbs arriving at the back post. Unfortunately the young striker snatched at his chance and volleyed well over the top.

The game evened out for the remainder of the first period with most of the exchanges in midfield and neither side able to create a real opportunity.

The second period started in similar fashion to that which the first ended with both sides struggling to wrestle control in the centre of the park. The first chance of the second half arrived in the 54th minute in unexpected style as the classy Walker made probably his only mistake of the evening misplacing a pass by the half way line that Mobbs pounced on. He slotted a through ball into the channel for Sargent to run onto and the striker out muscled South as he ran onto the ball. However he was pulled back by the referee’s whistle as he bore down on goal with the match official deciding that he had fouled the big Linnets centre back as they tussled for the ball.

Nine minutes later referee Laurie Parnham played an excellent advantage as Mitchell Pillin brought down Cropley by the half way line. The ball was taken on by Young who played a one two with Walker before blazing over from a good position.

Ives substitute Louis Bald was looking very lively and he had the confidence to go for goal from 40 yards in 71st minute as a hurried clearance from keeper Herbert arrived at his feet. Although he got the direction right the attempted lob just lacked sufficient power to clear the fast retreating keeper who made a good catch.

As the game wore on Ives came more and more into it and continued to push forward in search of an equaliser. But it looked like the Linnets defence well marshalled by skipper South was going to hold them at bay. Until three minutes from time when Freddie Collison was deemed to have fouled Mobbs by the left hand corner flag. Mobbs delivered the resulting free kick to the back post where Cawte had crept in undetected and was able to steer his free header between Herbert and the post to level things up.

With their tails now up the hosts went in pursuit of a very unlikely winner. But even though they managed to win a corner deep in added time which gave them chance to crowd the box, including throwing keeper Smith forward for the third game in a row this time a second goal did not arrive and it finished with honours even on an entertaining game.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatkowski, Pillin, Short (capt), Locke (Harvey 81), Cawte, King (Bald 57), Sargent (Oldale 75), Mobbs, Dias

Unused subs : none

Goals : Cawte 87

Attendance :  32

Report by Nigel Howlett