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Match Report – Hereford 4 St Ives Town 0

Hereford 4 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League Southern – Premier Division 21/11/17

Make no mistake getting anything out of this game was always going to be a huge ask for Ives as they visited the historic, and if somewhat crumbling, still impressive home of one of the League’s big boys who also just happen to be on a cracking run of form. Things were made even more difficult as defenders Lloyd Groves and Jordan Jarrold were both unavailable to make the Tuesday night trip due to work commitments. With Eugene Libertucci and Danny Kelly also missing injured it meant a change of formation to a back five with Club captain Charlie De’ath returning from injury into that back line that also included the evergreen Dan Moyes for a very tough first start of the season and Phil Draycott also just back from injury filling in at left wingback.

Add to the problems above a four hour coach journey following delays behind an accident on the M42. All of this was not the ideal preparation to face on of the most potent strike forces in the League and it was no surprise that Ives were a little slow out of the blocks. The Bulls first effort on goal came in only fourth minute as an early corner was channelled back to Garyn Preen who fired in a first time effort from the right corner of the box that keeper James Goff held well at his near post.

The hosts were moving the ball around at pace with Preen at the heart of a lot of their moves. Jimmy Oates fed Preen down the right in 12th minute and his cross field ball picked out Keyon Reffell in space at the far post. But Reffell snatched at his shot and screwed his effort wide.

Preen had changed flanks only a minute later and cleverly fed in overlapping Bristol City loanee full back Cameron Pring who hung up a teasing cross to the edge of the six yard box that De’ath did remarkably well to head away from between John Mills and Reffell.

But the unrelenting early Bulls pressure continued and Ives cracked in 17th minute as another loanee from a Championship club Tyrone Duffus, from Cardiff City, was allowed a free run inside the box to get on the end of Preen’s corner from the right and he made no mistake powering his header home from eight yards.

Stand in full back Draycott was having a tough time against the pacey Lance Smith and in 25th minute Smith outstripped him before picking out Pring at the far post. The marauding full back had time to take a touch and turn inside the covering Lewis Ferrell, but then fired his shot wide from a good position.

Another flowing move down the Bulls left flank lead to the second goal in 33rd minute as again Preen and Pring combined. This time the latter laid the ball into Mills inside the box. The powerful striker looked like he had got the ball stuck in his feet, but he managed to release it just in time to fire a left foot shot across keeper Goff and inside the far post.

To their credit Ives to a man continued to battle, but they were chasing shadows as the hosts harried them mercilessly forcing mistakes and then moving the ball around at pace to build up pressure on the embattled back line. Jimmy Hartley had a lucky escape in 36th minute as he misplaced a pass into the feet of Reffell in midfield, he in turn released Mills through the left channel. As moments earlier the big striker beat keeper Goff with a low drive from just inside the box. But this time he was unlucky as the ball cannoned off the inside of the post to safety.

But the respite was only brief as two minutes later a poor clearance fell to Oates 25 yards out. He unleashed a powerful snap shot that Goff managed to parry low to his right. But the ever alert Mills was onto the loose ball in a flash and gleefully smashed the home from ten yards to finish the game as a contest before the break.

The final opportunity before the break also fell to the hosts as Duffus showed his undoubted ability in expertly taking down a long ball out of defence before turning inside Draycott and teeing up Preen who fired a rising drive over the top from 20 yards.

The half time whistle must have been a relief to the beleaguered visitors as all had put in a massive shift to just try and stay with their visitors. To the credit of Ives they came out for the second period and matched their visitors well in the early stages so much so that a number of the home fans seemed to forget the score line and amazingly started to get on the backs of their own players.

However Ives were almost caught out in 63rd minute by a quick free kick as Rob Purdie tapped the ball sideways to Preen who seized the opportunity to run at the heart of the visitor’s defence before unleashing a low drive from 30 yards that beat Goff low to his right and cannoned off the post before hitting the back of the prone Goff and dropping in the six yard box. Fortunately Moyes was on hand to hack the ball away just ahead of Mills.

The big centre forward went close again two minutes later as he got on the end of a Preen free kick at the near post. But his flicked effort evaded everyone as it flashed across the face of goal to safety.

With fifteen minutes to go the Bulls replaced the classy Duffus with the much more powerful Mike Symons and it did not take long before he to got in on the action as he chased a long ball down the park in the company of Moyes. Unfortunately for the Ives man he simply could not lever the big man off the ball and found himself out muscled as Symons powered on and lashed the ball past the exposed Goff to finally kill off any lingering hopes that Ives had of finding a slither of hope of getting back into the game.

Once more to their huge credit the Ives players all continued to battle to the end. In the centre of the park Peter Clark and Tom McGowan between them must have run half marathons each, and both were still going strong at the end. Miles Smith and Ben Seymour-Shove similarly got through a tremendous amount of work in a losing cause. Some of the others, particularly those recently returning from injury were almost running on empty some time before the end but all kept going and earnt their applause from the 20, or so, travelling supporters who had made the long journey to the Welsh border.

To put the whole occasion into some context the Bulls committee were disappointed with their attendance of 1705, a figure which exceeds Ives record crowd. It was inspiring to visit a Club and a ground with the history of Hereford. Those of us that are old enough to remember that famous Ronnie Radford goal which knocked mighty Newcastle out of the 1972 FA Cup have to perhaps pinch ourselves to think that tiny St Ives who in those days were playing in 3rd Division of Peterborough League are now on a level playing field with these guys.

We get chance of a second tilt at them to as the Bulls visit Cambridgeshire for the last game of the season. An opportunity when we can hopefully exceed that record crowd and put out a fully fit team to push them much closer than today.

Final Score : Hereford  4  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Draycott, Ferrell, De’ath (capt) (Sawyer 79), Moyes, Seymour-Shove (Wright 83), McGowan, Hall (Ogbonna 79), Clark, Hartley

Unused subs : none

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  1705

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo – www.herefordfc.co.uk

Ladies & Colts Match Reports & Round Up – 12 Nov

3 Wins, 1 Draw & 1 Postponement

The Ladies 1st team move up to 3rd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a 3-1 win over Cambridge City Ladies Development.

Team manager Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report -:

St Ives came into this game on the back of a 2-1 extra time Cup win over the same opponents the previous week and looking to continue their good run. Ives started brightly and had more possession without really troubling the City keeper. All that changed on 26 mins when 16 year old Katie Stancombe picked the ball up in midfield and lobbed the stranded visiting keeper from 30 yards out after spotting her off her line. Ives continued to attack and create opportunities, but were hit by a Cambridge equaliser, City scoring with their first shot on target 2 minutes before half time. Impressively, the Saints didn’t allow this to change their belief in the second half, and again it was Stancombe who scored her second of the afternoon and gave Ives the lead again on 50 minutes, finishing well past the keeper following a good spell of possession. Ives continued to keep the ball well and patiently look for opportunities to create more chances, with Stancombe and Katherine Speed both going close. Ives wrapped the game up with the goal of the game on 79 minutes when Mollie Flack found Katie Stancombe with an impressive pass after winning the ball in her own half, Stancombe then beating 3 players and running the length of the opposition half before slotting the ball neatly to the left of the City keeper to complete her hat trick and ensure the 3 points for the Saints. Ives Player of the Match was Katie Stancombe for her impressive all-round display.

S-Tech – Women’s Premiership table up to & including 12/11/17

 

Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Cambridge University Women (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development also won defeating Cambridge Rangers 2-1.

Development manager Lisa submitted the below report -:

This was very well fought match between these two sides. St Ives who had dominated the opportunities went 1-0 down in the first 45 minutes but this did not dampen the way they continued to play and they went from strength to strength in the second half to secure a 2-1 win.

Captain Georgia Rebane did an outstanding job of keeping team moral high throughout the whole match and during the half time talk, which was no easy job as Cambridge Rangers had taken the lead in the last minutes of the first half after St Ives had just been disallowed a goal due to be offside.

St Ives came back strong though and, like the first half, dominated the second causing problems for their opponents in the box time after time. Connie Liddiard got herself into fantastic striking opportunities but unfortunately this week it was not meant to be on several occasions with her attempts just missing the target. New signing and one of the named players-of-the-match Emilee Steel was an absolute bulldozer in midfield throughout the full game and got the equaliser in the second half. If ever there was a player to deserve a goal from effort being put into a game this was it, what a fantastic way to start her first ever season of ladies football for a player of 18 years old. Captain Rebane hit the ball top right corner from outside the box after an amazing half pitch run beating several of the opposition, but unfortunately her attempt was just wide and so it was down to the last 20 minutes for the game to be decided.

Sophie Marjoram who was named as the other well deserved player-of-the-match, managed to pull off two of the best saves we have seen this season across both St Ives Ladies Squads. Both times Cambridge Rangers managed to infiltrate our defence she was left at 16 years of age to finish the job herself, outstanding work from this young player. Manager Lisa Trigg is very excited to see how the season progresses with such strength throughout the full squad shining through.

In the last 15 minutes Georgie Astley sent a wonderful ball over the Cambridge Rangers midfield finding Connie’s feet who read the run of Striker Jade Carpenter before receiving, without hesitation flicked forwards for Jade to put this away top bins.
It would be wrong to not mention the superb partnering of Georgie Astley and Molly Berryman at the back who controlled the game flawlessly not only through their ability but information they gave to the rest of the in some cases less experienced squad.

Manager Lisa Trigg  cannot sing this squad’s praises any higher, not only did they look like they wanted to win through every minute of the game but they worked hard and pressed the ball at every opportunity to win it back in the oppositions half. The one thing however she is most pleased about is the attitude of the group and how supportive they are of each other. It is very easy to lose your head when a game is not going your way especially if you feel you deserve to be them team in front, but this squad only thought about what they as individuals could control and focused on themselves and their team mates, that is why they came away with this week’s win. Well deserved smiles all round. 2/2 league wins for this squad, long may it continue.

Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Cambridge Rangers (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s progressed in the Presidents Cup with a 4-2 win at Newmarket Town

Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Park Farm Pumas (A) – Hunts County Cup 3rd Round

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The U14’s drew 2-2 at home in tricky conditions against a good Dereham side.

The Ives remain second in the league having played 1 game less than the teams around them

Eastern Junior Alliance U14 Green Division – Table up to & including 12/11/17

Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Redbridge (A) – League Challenge Cup 3rd Round

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The U13’s game at home to Burwell Swallows was post-poned due to Burwell being unable to raise a team.

Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Ely City Crusaders (H) – U13A Cambridge & District Colts League

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Dunstable Town 1

St Ives Town 2 Dunstable Town 1

Evo-Stik League Southern – Premier Division – 11/11/17

It is surely to early in the season to be talking about relegation six pointers, but on paper this fixture looked like it and the tension was certainly there from the first whistle. Fortunately Ives were pleased to welcome back Lewis Ferrell, James Hall and Jimmy Hartley from injury after they all came through vital minutes in the County Cup tie in midweek. Miles Smith was also back from suspension to further strengthen the back line.

With the two teams only separated by two points in the bottom three of the table and boasting only three wins between them all season one might well have expected this to be something of a war of attrition from the off. Ives did show some early nerves and keeper James Goff failed to hold onto a low driven cross from the right by Andrew Osei-Bonsu, but centre back Lloyd Groves was on hand to clear the danger.

Groves, making his first League start for the Ives, went close to opening his account four minutes later as he got on the end of Jordan Jarrold’s in-swinging corner from the right and was unlucky to see his goal bound header blocked in the six yard box by Jonathan Barnett.

The game was surprisingly open in these early exchanges and the Blues went close to going in front in 16th minute as Osei-Bonsu ran at the defence before sliding the ball into the run of Arel Amu. His shot from the edge of the box was bravely blocked by Ferrell, but the ball ran back to Osei-Bonsu who side stepped Smith before firing in a well struck effort that Goff did well to parry and Groves was again on hand to complete the clearance.

The opening goal arrived in 19th minute thanks to what seems like the first real stroke of luck Ives have had in the opposition box all season. Combative skipper Tom McGowan won the ball well in the centre circle and fed the ball out to Jimmy Hartley who sped down the right before delivering a cross into the box. Peter Kioso looked like he only had to make a routine clearance at the back post, but he got it all wrong. The ball struck his standing leg and dropped invitingly for Hall eight yards out. The Ives in-form striker did not spurn the opportunity gleefully slamming home past Nick Hayes in the Blues goal to claim his third goal in two games.

Hall looked certain to add another to his tally only four minutes later as he got away down the middle to get on the end of a long ball over the top. He outpaced the Blues defence and went around keeper Hayes only to be denied by a remarkable covering tackle from John Sonuga just as he was about to slot the ball home.

However Blues relief was only very short lived as the resulting corner was delivered to the near post by Jarrold where Groves flicked it on. The ball fell to McGowan in the centre of the box. His shot was blocked on the line by Barnett, but Peter Clark was following up and slammed home the loose ball to double the hosts advantage.

At this stage the Ives were looking good value for their lead with the pace and sheer work rate of Hall and Hartley pulling the Blues defence around. With Eugene Libertucci, Clark, and McGowan also winning the midfield battle more goals looked on the cards. Hall, McGowan and Ben Seymour-Shove all fired in efforts from around the box that failed to hit the target.

Clark did hit the target in 36th minute following a flowing move down the right involving Libertucci, Hartley and McGowan. McGowan’s final ball into the feet of Clark on the edge of the box allowed the tricky midfielder to side step his marker before firing in a low shot that keeper Hayes failed to hang onto, but no Ives player was able to beat the recovering keeper to the loose ball.

In spite of a mini Blues revival in the closing stages of the first half Ives saw out the game to the break without any real scares. However they were slow out of the blocks in the second half and gifted their visitors a route back into the game only ninety seconds after the re-start. Blues substitute Lanre Lapido tried to turn Groves just outside the box. The big centre back was caught off balance and forced to pull back the attacker. Arel Amu curled the free kick over the wall and it looked like a routine catch for Goff, but he chose to palm the ball down and catch it as it bounced up. Unfortunately the ball hit a bobble and got away from him. Blues skipper Sonuga was first to react and forced home the loose ball.

This gave the visitors heart and they started to enjoy a lot more possession and force the Ives back. They went close to an equaliser in 57th minute as the home side struggled to clear a corner. The ball was fed back the feet of Arel Amu as he found space inside the box. He cleverly clipped his shot past the advancing Goff, but Groves was again in the right position to get the ball away from the goal line.

Ives best chance to kill the game off came five minutes later as Hartley worked his way past two defenders on the right before delivering a cross into the centre where McGowan had ghosted into the Blues box completely unmarked. Unfortunately he failed to hit the target with his effort from twelve yards. However this did not save the visitors defenders from a barrage from their management team for failing to pick up McGowan’s run.

The hosts were perhaps a little fortunate to stay in front in 68th minute. Jordan Jarrold brought down Osei-Bonsu inches outside the box on the right as the tricky striker tried to get around him. Erin Amu delivered the free kick to the centre where Blues substitute Scott Betts somehow managed to get free of his marker and power in a header from eight yards the rattled the inside of the post and bounced down into the six yard box. A scramble ensued in which Arel Amu had an effort blocked and much to Ives relief Daniel Triff’s follow up header drifted over all on the line, but landed on the roof of the net.

The hard working Ives continued to maintain their discipline and their shape and with centre back Jamie Short replacing wide man Ben Seymour-Shove they contained their visitors well. The Blues only created one more half chance and that came fourteen minutes from time as the dangerous Osei-Bonsu again tricked his way down the right before delivering a cross that Arel Amu flung himself at in the middle. But the close attendance of Ferrell was enough to make sure the Blues number nine only succeeded in firing his header well wide.

The hosts were very successful in frustrating the Blues and ran down time very effectively. The visitors frustration bubbled over a little to much for Kioso as he completed his miserable day with an early bath for picking up a second yellow card as he scythed down Jarrold as the game entered added time.

The final whistle was greeted with cheers from the Ives faithful as the team claimed their third win in four games to put a little more daylight between themselves and the one relegation spot and also close up on the teams above them. Supporters man of the match was a close vote with a number of players picking up nominations. The never say die James Hall won the vote just ahead of Tom McGowan, Lloyd Groves, Jimmy Hartley and Eugene Libertucci.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Dunstable Town  1

Goals : Hall 19, Clark 24

St Ives team : Goff, Smith, Jarrold, Ferrell, Goves, Libertucci, Seymour-Shove (Short 77), McGowan (capt), Hall, Clark, Hartley (Sawyer 81)

Unused subs : Draycott, Moyes

Supporters man of the match : James Hall

Attendance  :  185

Match report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to match sponsor S E Hase Transport Ltd

Match mascots – St Ives Rangers Colts U8 White Sox

Evo-Stik South Premier – Table up to & including 11/11/17

Cup Treble Winning Team 10 Years Ago

It’s been over ten years since the Ives won the Hinchingbrooke, Hunts Senior & Premier Cups in the space of 5 days.

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of this amazing achievement which is unlikely to be repeated anytime soon Jez, Wozza and a number of the treble winning squad will be getting together at Saturday’s game at WWR.

There is also a 2 page feature in the match day programme which includes a piece from Jez, match reports, round by round results and more photos.

 

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 5 Nov

2 Wins 2 Losses for our Sunday Teams

The Ladies 1st team progressed to the quarter finals of the League Cup with a very close 2-1 victory in extra time over Cambridge City Ladies Development.

Frances Chapman & Katherine Speed got the Ives goals. Katherine was also awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

They will face March Town United Ladies on 3 Dec in the quarter final.

Next game – Sun 12 Nov – Cambridge City Ladies Development (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development side suffered a heavy 10-2 defeat at March Town United Ladies in the League Cup

Next game – Sun 12 Nov – Cambridge Rangers (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s narrowly lost 2-1 at home to Cambridge City in the EJA League in what manager Paul Everest described as “Fantastic footy from both teams, played in the right way.”

This defeat sees the U15’s slip to 2nd in the table with their victors Cambridge City claiming top spot

Next game – Sun 12 Nov – Newmarket Town (A) – Presidents Cup 1st Round

EJA U15 Yellow Division – Up to & Including 5/11/17

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The U13’s advanced in the League Cup with a 3-0 win at Waterbeach Colts.

Alfie Baker, Harvey Donaldson & Damien Boakye scored a goal a piece. Oliver Coatsworth & Daniel Sarchet were awarded joint ‘Players of the Match’ for willingly taking a half in goal.

Next game – Sun 12 Nov – Burwell Swallows Black (H) – U13A Cambridge & District Colts League

Match Report – Peterborough Sports U18 1 St Ives Town U18 2

Peterborough Sports U18  1  St Ives Town U18  2

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 02/11/17

The young Ives returned to their best as they visited the home of the table topping Sports and came away with an impressive three points inflicting the first League defeat of the season on the previously unbeaten runaway leaders.

After the very poor showing at Deeping in their previous outing the small band of travelling parents and officials went into this game with some trepidation. But clearly the half term break had worked wonders. The reassuring reappearance of captain Jamie Short released from his first team duties and the news that everyone except long term injury absentee Annoncio Anemou was fit and available lifted our spirits.

The early exchanges continued to boost moral and it was with the run of play when Billy Mobbs finished off a flowing move to put the visitors into a deserved lead after only ten minutes. Ash Morris won the ball in the centre of the park and played it into the run of Tiago Dias on the right. Dias delivered an early low cross into the centre and Mobbs arriving at the far post did the rest finishing well from ten yards.

The game began to settle down and the startled hosts slowly started to get back into it. Their skipper Jamie Scott was ostensibly playing as a centre forward, but taking every opportunity to drop deep to get more involved in the game. He threaded an excellent pass into the run of Jordan Brown cutting in from the right in 16th minute. Brown hit his effort first time from just inside the box, but the ever alert Tom Smith made an excellent catch of the rising drive.

Ives went down the other end and won a corner which Mobbs delivered from the right. Vitor Vaz rose above the crowd eight yards out, but could only direct his header over the top under heavy pressure from Sports defenders.

The equaliser for the hosts came only two minutes later as Jack Martin tried to clip a ball over the top to Brown trying to get through the right channel. Mitchell Pillin was stretching to cut it out and the ball looped up off his head dropping to Scott on the edge of the box. He did not need a second invitation hammering the dropping ball on the volley and it flew past Smith and arrowed into the top corner of the net before the keeper could move.

With the scorers now level the entertaining game became more of a midfield battle with both defences looking very solid. Each side created only one more opportunity to add to their tally before the break. Kian Meadows should have done better with his opportunity as he managed to get on the end of a long Scott free kick in 29th minute. But having done the hard work he could only direct his header from six yards over the top.

Ives chance was equally good as fourteen minutes before the break Saunders picked up a ball on the left hand side of the half way line and ran hard at the Sports defence. He easily outpaced Martin and cut in on goal. Keeper Alex Jansons came out to meet him and Saunders coolly slotted the ball past him, but inches the wrong side of the upright.

The visitors continued to take the game to their illustrious hosts in the early part of the second half and Sports had Jansons to thank for keeping the game level in 54th minute. A corner from the right skimmed off a defenders head and arrived at the feet of Saunders at the back post. He took at touch and stepped inside, but was stretching as he took his shot which consequently lacked power allowing Jansons to get down low to his right to turn the ball around the post.

Sports were still looking dangerous in their few opportunities to break and Scott but his forward colleagues were mainly dealing with scraps. He did show persistence to create a half chance for Jack Eldridge on the hour as he charged down Aaron Makeham’s attempted clearance and then delivered a low cross to the edge of the box where Eldridge managed to turn and get his shot away, but it flew past Smith’s right hand post and thudded the boards.

Ives again went close to going in front from another corner in 68th minute. This time Saunders corner arrived at the feet of Short by the back post. He hit his effort well back across the keeper, but Jansons made an excellent reaction save low to his left and the ball was scrambled away.

After this chances began to dry up as both defences again started to get on top and it began to look like both sides would have to settle for a point until with just ninety seconds of the ninety minutes to go Short delivered a clearance down the park that substitute Kyrie Foster skilfully brought down. He held off his tiring marker and slotted a perfectly weighted ball through the left channel. Saunders was away like a whippet leaving trailing Sports defenders in his wake. As in the first half he showed composure as he slotted the ball past the left hand of the advancing Jansons. But unlike the first half this time he got it spot on as the ball nestled in the bottom corner to spark wild celebrations on the Ives bench with both Dias and Polhos belying injuries which had earlier put them out of the game to leap up and join in.

The game had been played at a cracking pace and the goal coming as late as it did knocked the stuffing out of Sports. Vaz and Foster combined to win a corner as the game went into added time allowing Ives to kill the remaining time with the ball at the right end of the pitch to claim an excellent victory.

The result opens up the division keeping Ives very much in the shake up alongside their opponents in this game and Deeping who probably remain favourites after their demolition of Ives in the previous game. Sports get a very early chance of revenge as these same two teams meet at Jubilee Park in only four days time. It promises to be another enthralling encounter.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Makeham, Short (capt), Pillin, Polhos, Vaz, Morris, Mobbs (Foster 79), Dias (Torkornoo 47), Saunders

Additional roll on-roll off subs : Mobbs for Polhos 80

Unused subs : Oldale, Bond, Thomas

Goals : Mobbs 10, Saunders 88

Attendance :  50 approx

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – Stafford Rangers 6 St Ives Town 0

Stafford Rangers 6 St Ives Town 0 

Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Qualifying Round 28/10/17

Men against boys was how manager Ricky Marheineke described this very one sided cup tie in his post-match interview. As is usually the case in such a contest the powerful men used their strength and nous to sweep aside the skilful, but physically weaker, youngsters and that was exactly how it proved to be as the Rangers showed no mercy to their understrength visitors.

With seven players already missing through injury and suspension Ives once again put together a makeshift back line that for the first fifteen minutes held their once illustrious opponents relatively comfortably. Unfortunately for the visitor’s things started to go downhill for them at that point when centre forward come centre half Danny Kelly, who had been the stand out player in Tuesday night’s victory at Biggleswade, pulled up with a groin injury.

With only forwards on the bench manager Marheineke was forced into wholesale changes which ended up with the previously makeshift back line now looking vulnerable to the power and strength of the Rangers strike force. The hosts took full advantage whilst this catchweight defence was still trying to bed in. A corner from the right was half cleared to Josh Craddock who delivered the ball back into the box. Ives defence were slow to come out leaving Keiran Morris clear. Keeper Jacob Marsden raced from his line, but was beaten to the bouncing ball by Morris and covering defender Miles Smith was unable to prevent his lob over the keeper from crossing the line.

Rangers doubled their lead five minutes later as Alex Fletcher broke away down the left past Jordan Jarrold and delivered a low cross into the centre where Smith was just beaten to it by Rangers debutant Massiah McDonald who opened his account from close range.

The one way traffic continued with Fletcher at the heart of everything going forward for the hosts. In 28th minute he found space on the right getting past makeshift left back Phil Draycott and driving in a powerful shot at the near post that Marsden parried, but could not hold. Smith was on hand to tidy up just ahead of McDonald.

It was McDonald’s strike partner Richard Gregory who went close ten minutes later as over lapping full back Sam Griffiths got down the right and picked out the unmarked Gregory ten yards out in the centre of goal. Fortunately for Ives he slipped at the vital moment and fired his effort well wide.

Seventeen year old Jamie Short was having a tough time against the wily Rangers strikers and he was caught out for the second goal as Gregory cleverly turned him just outside the box and slid the ball inside into the run of McDonald putting the big man in with a clear run on goal. He made no mistake crisply firing into the far corner of the net past the exposed Marsden.

There was still time before the break for Rangers to squander a golden opportunity to make it four as Ives back line failed to deal with a free kick delivered into their box by Louis Briscoe. The ball was channelled out to Kieren Westwood on the left and his deep cross picked out a completely unmarked Morris who went for power with his free header from eight yards, and failed to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

There was little hope of a revival after the break and it was now just an exercise in trying to keep things respectable. Rangers continued to press forward and Marsden pulled off an excellent save to deny Westwood after he had been played in by Fletcher in 48th minute. That was only a brief respite though as Briscoe punished the Ives for failing to clear another ball delivered into their box by Fletcher. He pounced on the loose ball just inside the box and rifled home giving Marsden no chance from 15 yards.

McDonald should have completed his hat trick in 55th minute as Short was left to deal with him in a one on one situation and was outmuscled by the big striker. He showed piece of mind to not bring the striker down as he strode on into the box and was proved right as McDonald spurned his opportunity side footing past the advancing Marsden, but wide of the post.

The fifth goal did arrive only three minutes later as Smith got the wrong side of McDonald and was forced to pull him back just outside the box to earn himself yet another booking. Gregory powered his free kick up and over the Ives four man wall and into the top corner past Marsden’s despairing dive. The same player missed a golden opportunity to bring up the half dozen as he fired wide from a good position having been put clean through by McDonald in 66th minute.

Ives best chance of a consolation came from a rare corner with 20 minutes to go. Ben Seymour-Shove swung it in from the right and it beat everyone at the near post. Short was arriving at the back post and met the ball almost on the line, but it was just millimetres to high and the contact was off the top of his head and over the bar.

That was a very rare Ives venture into Rangers territory and only seconds later Marsden was back in action at the other end as he denied Daniel Westwood at close range and recovered well to bravely pounce on the loose ball just ahead of the home substitute.

Rangers continued to search for the sixth and Marsden again did well six minutes from time plunging to his left to keep out a Mathew Bailey header after the big centre back had got on the end of a corner from the left by Fletcher. Draycott scrambled the loose ball away.

The final action of the afternoon and one might say the coup de grass was delivered by Daniel Westwood who turned Jarrold inside the Ives box before rifling home across the exposed Marsden into the far corner of the net with just seconds to go.

It was a long trek home for the sad Ives few after such a defeat. The showing, although poor, really highlights the desperate need to get the missing men back fully fit ahead of the vital run of League games Ives now have looming before Christmas. To aide that cause they now have a fourteen day break ahead of their vital six pointer with Dunstable with only a County Cup tie interspersed in that period to hopefully give some of those lads a run out.

Final Score : Stafford Rangers  6  St Ives Town  0

Goals : none

Supporters man of the match : Tom McGowan

St Ives team : Marsden, Short, Jarrold, Smith, Kelly (Sawyer 15), Draycott, Clark, McGowan (capt), Ogbonna, Seymour-Shove (Wright 72), Hartley (Dias 78)

Unused substitutes : none

Attendance  :  495

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Weymouth – 21 Oct – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Weymouth FC – Sat 21 Oct 3pm

Match Day Sponsor – Cambridge Sensotec

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season which was against Weymouth.

Weymouth currently sit in 4th position with 28 points and have only lost 2 league games since we visited the Bob Lucas Stadium back in August.

Weymouth – Recent Results

17/10/17 – Merthyr Town (H) – League – W 3-2
14/10/17 – St Neots Town (A) – League – 2-1
11/10/17 – Farnborough (A) – League – W 6-2
7/10/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – W 3-1
3/10/17 – Wimborne Town (H) – League Cup – W 3-0
30/9/17 – Chelmsford City (A) – FA Cup – L 1-2
26/9/17 – Basingstoke town (H) – League – W 3-2
23/9/17 – Hereford (H) – League – L 0-2
16/9/17 – Chippenham Town (H) – FA Cup – W 2-0
12/9/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 1-2
9/9/17 – Kettering Town (H) – League – W 3-1
2/9/17 – Odd Down (A) – FA Cup – W 5-0
28/8/17 – Dorchester Town (A) – League – W 3-0
26/8/17 – Stratford Town (H) – League – D 1-1
19/8/17 – Bishop’s Stortford (A) – League – W 3-2
16/8/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – W 4-1
12/8/17 – St Ives Town (H) – League – L 0-1

Evo-Stik South Premier table up to and including 17 Oct

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Bishop’s Stortford – 17 Oct – Evo-Stik South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Bishop’s Stortford FC – Tues 17 Oct 7:45 pm

Match Day Sponsor – Premier Travel

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Bishop’s Stortford currently sit in 15th position with 15 points

Bishop’s Stortford – Recent Results

14/10/17 – Basingstoke Town (H) – League – W 2-0
10/10/17 – Chesham United (H) – League – D 1-1
7/10/17 – Gosport Borough (A) – League – W 3-1
2/10/17 – Hitchin Town (A) – League Cup – L 2-4
26/9/17 – Dunstable Town (A) – League – W 5-0
23/9/17 – Frome Town (A) – League – L 1-2
16/9/17 – Hitchin Town (H) – Herts County Cup – L 1-2
12/9/17 – Kings Langley (H) – League – W 2-0
9/9/17 – Merthyr Town (A) – League – D 0-0
2/9/17 – Potters Bar Town (A) – F.A Cup – L 0-1
28/8/17 – Biggleswade Town (H) – League – D 0-0
22/8/17 – Cheshunt (H) – Herts County Cup – W 2-1
19/8/17 – Weymouth (H) – League – L 2-3
15/8/17 – King’s Lynn Town (H) – League – L 2-3
12/8/17 – Tiverton Town (A) – League – L 1-2

Evo-Stik South Premier Table up to and including 14/10/17

Match Preview – St Ives Town v Tiverton Town – 7 Oct – Evo-Stick South Premier

Evo-Stik South Premier

Tiverton Town FC – Sat 7 Oct 3:00 pm

Match Day Sponsor – City Security Services

Match Day Team Mascots – St Ives Rangers U9 Red Sox

The Ives head into the game still looking for their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Tiverton currently sit in 7th position. They made an excellent start to life in step 3 after being promoted via the play-offs last season.

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

Evo-Stik South Premier. Table up to and including 30/9/17

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

Match Report

Kettering Town U18  1  St Ives Town U18  3

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unused subs : Pillin, Morris

Goals : Dias 30, 57, Vaz 63,

Attendance :  47

Report by Nigel Howlett

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U15’s Manager’s Report – Paul Everest

After a successful first season as under 14’s, the team saw a few players leave to further their opportunities with other teams.

This brought some new challenges to find new players but also the chance to look further afield for players that wanted to join The Ives and step up into the Eastern Junior Alliance, I also needed to replace my Co-Manager Craig Jackson, as he was pursuing a new option and starting a new team.

I’m pleased to announce that Alex Ashton from Spartak Saffron Walden has joined as co-manager, I’m also pleased to announce the signings of Harris Ashton, Craig and Alex McWilliam Cervera (all three ex Spartak) Josh Williams (Wisbech St.Mary) and Riley Barratt (Over Sports).

The under 15’s have had a very positive start to their 2nd season. Starting with a good pre-season friendly win v Peterborough Sports Elite 2 – 1.

Both goals coming from Jool’s Priest. Followed by a 1 – 1 draw v Hertford Town, again the goal scorer was Jool’s Priest.

We played our first competitive game of the season on the 10th Sept v St.Neots Town in the first round of the Hunts County cup, and were comfortable winners with a 5 – 0 Win. Goal scorers were Josh Williams 2, Isaac Everest 1, Mihayl Mitkov 1 and Jools Priest 1. The next round is v Priory Parkside on the 15th October.

The Teams next 5 fixtures are away to Hullbridge Sports (EJA League Challenge cup), Home to Newport Pagnell, away to Histon, home to Felixstowe & Walton and away to Priory Parkside (Hunts County Cup).

We will keep you updated with the results and hopefully look forward to a challenging but successful season.

Paul – Under 15’s Manager

Forget Me Not Florists Promotion

We are pleased to inform you that Forget Me Not Florists, proud sponsors of St Ives Town FC have issued the following statement and discount voucher code:

We are the areas longest established florists and are committed to delivering quality and excellence – like yourselves.

For this reason we are delighted to offer all staff, members and guests of your organisation a unique discount code “MYAH 21”.

With this code your valued staff, associates and customers will receive 10% OFF ALL LOCAL FLOWER AND GIFT ORDERS UNTIL the end of 2017, upon quoting the above discount code.

This discount applies for all celebrations, weddings, birthdays, funerals, graduations, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s, Thank You’s etc

With Christmas upon us we are sure all those will welcome this saving!

May we take this opportunity to wish you all and all your loved ones a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind regards

Jas Badwell owner of Forget Me Not Florists

Mick Frear

‘It is with deep sadness that the club announces the recent passing of Mick Frear. Mick was a massive local football man and a great supporter of the club for many years. His son Neil played for the club for a number of seasons.
Everyone associated with the club is very welcome to attend Mick’s funeral at 12 noon at the Free Church in St Ives on 1st September to pay their respects followed by a get together at the British Legion to celebrate his life and remember all the great times.’

Fantasy Football

Telegraph Fantasy Football LogoManage your own team and win a cash prize!

After last years success, the club is once again running a Fantasy Football League. This year it will be completely online.

To choose your team, click on this link > Telegraph Fantasy Football
Our League : St Ives Town FC
League Pin: 8068987

Like last year, we will be holding our own mini league… for a £5 entry fee, the champion stands to win 50% of the total entry stakes, leaving the remaining 50% to be donated to the club. To join this league, after you have selected your team, you’ll have the option to join an existing private league, at this point, provide the league name and pin details as above. Full instructions and rules can be found on the Telegraph Fantasy Football web page.

If you have any questions then please contact louise.stivestownfc@gmail.com or contact her via the Contact Form