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St Ives Town FC announce as new Logistical Partner

St Ives Town FC are delighted to announce as its new logistical partner. After several months of discussions and negotiations it became apparent that Omega’s innovative approach and thought process offered a ground breaking solution to what has been a problematic area to the club for a number of years. Omega will now provide logistical support across the whole club via use of their coaches and mini buses.

Mark Taylor, St Ives Town’s Commercial Director commented ‘This deal is fantastic news for the club, not only are Omega providing a great all round service but the way it has been financially structured means that an area that has been a constant drain on resources in terms of time, effort and money has been dramatically improved’.

Paul Reason, Omega Tour’s Managing Director stated ‘I have had ideas and a vision for a local coach company for a number of years which has now become a reality. I am very pleased and excited to be able to offer advice/support and help to my local club together with the wider community. I wish the club all success for the new season and the future’.

Bank Holiday Weekend – Round Up

The First Team gathered a well earned point against Needham Market at WWR on Saturday as they had to play more than an hour of the game with 10 men due to Ollie Snaith being sent off. Click here for the match report.

The Ladies advanced to the next round of the Women’s FA Cup with a last gasp winner courtesy of Katie Stancombe in extra time over Corby Town at WWR on Sunday. Click here for the match report.

The First Team made the short journey to Royston Town on Bank Holiday Monday and came away with a 2-1 victory thanks to a Ben Seymour-Shove brace. Click here for the match report.

The Ives sign defensive player Owen Wallis

The club are delighted to announce the signing of Owen Wallis.

Local lad Wallis worked his way through the youth ranks at Norwich City and becoming captain of the U23 side before being released this summer. He had a short spell at Tamworth making his debut for the Lambs at WWR on the opening day of the season before being released to join the Ives. He made his Ives debut on Saturday in the 1-1 drew against Needham Market coming on as sub in the 64th minute.

He is equally well suited to being in the centre of defence or in a defensive midfield role.

We wish Owen a happy and successful stay at the club.

Weekend Results

The First Team dropped their first points of the season, losing 2-0 at Redditch. Click here for the match report and photos.

The Ladies First Team began life in the Eastern Region Women’s Football League division 1 with a 6-1 win over Lawford Ladies at WWR. Click here for match photos.

The Ladies Development side lost by the odd goal in 9 in a preseason friendly at PNS Ladies Reserves.

Match Report – King’s Lynn Town U18 4 St Ives Town U18 4

King’s Lynn Town U18  4  St Ives Town U18  4

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 14/05/18

The Young Ives completed their season in an exciting end to end game played out on a rough bumpy surface in the imposing surroundings of the Walks Stadium.

Ives found themselves with a dilemma before the off as neither regular keeper was available for this hastily rearranged fixture. Fortunately outfield player Brandon Oldale stepped up to the plate so well that the Linnets did not realise that their visitors were lacking a recognised gloveman until after the conclusion of the game.

Oldale was called into action early on as he blocked a low drive from Emre Upston with his legs in the eleventh minute. The chance had been carved up by Charlie Rudland going on a weaving run down the left which saw him get the better of stand in right back Louis Bald. Rudland picked out Upston well with his pull back only for the striker to be denied by a well positioned Oldale.

Having been denied the opening goal the hosts then found themselves behind only sixty seconds later. Aaron Makeham threaded a ball down the left which put Martin Saunders away. He cut inside two defenders and got into the box before driving in a cross that keeper Lewis Herbert found to hot to hold and presented Harry Sargent with a tap in at the back post.

The Linnets should have equalised in 17th minute as Rudland and Connor Young played the perfect one-two through a static Ives defence. Rudland found himself clear on goal, but was quickly closed by Oldale who did just enough to hurry the tricky winger into clipping his effort just past the post.

The equalising goal did arrive midway through the first half as Ives struggled to clear the Linnets first corner in 23rd minute. A poor clearing header at the near post dropped to the feet of Young 15 yards from goal. The big centre forward did not need a second invitation rifling the ball high into the net through the crowd in the box.

The goal lifted the hosts and they came close to a second in their next attack only one minute later. Overlapping full back Taylor King got down the left and delivered a cross into the mix that Oldale just managed to touch off the head of Young. The ball dropped to Jack Cropley at the far post but Makeham managed to bravely throw himself across the line of the shot to block the ball away.

A long George Cawte free kick delivered a very simple second for the Ives in 33rd minute. Jordan Locke flicked the ball on at the edge of the box and skipper Jamie Short bravely beat keeper Herbert to the ball to knock home his first goal of the season. 

The lead lasted just over sixty seconds as King again got down the left and delivered a cross that ricocheted off an Ives defender and fell to Rudland who had time to pick his spot and gave Oldale no chance from 15 yards.

Oldale’s only error of the evening was partly to blame for the Linnets taking the lead eight minutes before the break. His poor goal kick fell to Cropley who played it into the path of Young, Locke still had the chance to put the ball into row z but decided to try and shield it back to his keeper instead allowing Young to get in first and lash the ball home from the edge of the box.

There was still time for Sargent to grab his second and pull the visitors back level before the break again in very simple fashion. Bald threw the ball into his feet just inside the box and Sargent cleverly turned his man before firing a rising left foot drive into the roof of the net past the startled Herbert to end a pulsating six goal first period.

The hosts started the second half on the front foot and went back in front in 58th minute. Rudland combined well with Adam White down the right before the latter hung up a teasing cross to the back post where Cropley rose above the defence to head home.

Ives had their stand in keeper to thank for keeping them in the game four minutes later as the visitors struggled to clear another cross from the right the ball fell to Cropley eight yards out. Fortunately for the visitors he hit his shot straight into the midriff of Oldale who held on well.

The Linnets changed their keeper early in the second period and replacement keeper Michael Bailey twice thwarted Sargent in less than sixty seconds around the 68th minute. Billy Mobbs initially delivered a cross from the right that Sargent looked likely to bring down only to have the ball bravely plucked off his toe by Bailey as he shaped to shoot. Only seconds later Sargent got completely clear through the middle onto a Cawte through ball only for the well positioned Bailey to keep out his cleanly stuck effort from just inside the box with his legs.

Not to be outdone Oldale again proved his keeping abilities four minutes later. Linnets substitute Sam Rolf threaded a ball through into the run of Young but Oldale was equal to his effort tipping the strikers rasping drive from the edge of the box over the top.

The deserved Ives equaliser arrived thirteen minutes from time as Sargent completed his perfect hat trick complementing his earlier right foot tap in and left foot shot with a perfectly placed looping header that drifted over Bailey to nestle in the back of the net. The chance had been served up by a powerful run down the right and inviting hanging cross from Mobbs.

Each side had an opportunity to grab a winner in the closing stages. Ives went close two minutes before the end of the ninety as Short got above keeper Bailey to get on the end of another long hanging Cawte free kick into the box. But Aiden Doughty had got around behind his keeper and was on hand to scramble the ball off the line.

The final opportunity of the evening just seconds into added time fell to the hosts as King delivered a long cross field ball to the edge of the box where Rudland headed it down to the feet of Taylor Brant who hammered in a powerful half volley that beat the spectacular dive of Oldale, but clipped the crossbar on its way to safety.

So ended a thoroughly entertaining game with honours even, it also draws a curtain on a rather interrupted season for the Ives where a few to many draws cost them a real tilt at retaining their title leaving them in an honourable third place in the table. 

At this point I would like to wish all of our second year scholars well in the future wherever that may take them. It has been good to see some of them make their first team debuts this season and hopefully Ricky has seen enough potential in one or two to keep them within the first team squad for next season. Those moving up from first to second year show a considerable amount of promise and I am sure that with Lloyd and Ben guiding them along with the new intake presently being recruited the Ives will have another very competitive side to start all over again in August.

King’s Lynn Town  4  St Ives Town  4

Team : Oldale, Bald, Makeham, Pilling, Locke, Short (capt), Kelly (Jakes 59), Cawte, Sargent, Mobbs, Saunders

Additional subs (roll on/roll off) : Kelly for Locke 85

Goals : Sargent 12, 44 & 77, Short 33

Attendance : 51

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Stratford Town 6

St Ives Town 2 Stratford Town 6

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 17/04/18

As the Ives have found to their cost on a few to many occasions this season if the defence is not quite on its game there are strikers who will punish you. That is exactly what happened in this game as the hosts found their makeshift back line put to the sword by a very lively Town front line.

The meagre few that paid their money witnessed seven goals in an amazing first half, unfortunately five of them nestled in the back of Tim Trebes net as the Town players took it in turns to take advantage of what can only be described as woeful defending by the hosts.

For the second game in a row Ives fell behind to their opposition’s first attack. On this occasion the culpable defender was Luke Warner-Eley who tried to bring down a long ball to the back post only to be robbed by marauding full back Charlie Evans who dispossessed the young full back just outside the box before taking a touch and prodding the ball home past the exposed Trebes.

To their credit Ives responded almost instantly as less than sixty seconds later Peter Clark set off on a mazy run which took him past three defenders and into the Town box. As he was closed down he unleashed a left footed effort from ten yards that keeper Louis Conner got a hand to low to his right but could not keep out of the net.

Ives drawing level so quickly did not knock the visitors out of their stride and the Ives goal lived a charmed life for the next fifteen minutes as Edwin Ahenkorah and Ben Stephen in particular threatened to run riot. In the seventh minute the two combined in an exchange of passes on the edge of the box that ended with the former rattling in a fierce shot that thudded into the boards inches outside Trebes left hand post.

Only one minute later the same pair again combined in a move that finished with Ahenkorah threading a pass into the run of Stephens deep inside the Ives box, Trebes did well to hang onto his well struck drive low to his right.

It was still less than ten minutes into the game when James Hancocks pinged an excellent cross field pass to pick out full back Lee Thomas in space on the left. Thomas combined well with Stephens to work their way around makeshift full back Ben Sawyer who was left on the deck as Stephens cut in and unleashed a rising drive from a narrow angle that Trebes pushed away spectacularly. 

Ives luck finally ran out and they fell behind again in 17th minute as Will Grocott threaded an inch perfect pass through a static Ives back line to pick out the run of Ahenkorah and the big number eight made no mistake lashing the ball home low to the left of keeper Trebes from 15 yards.

Things went from bad to worse for the beleaguered Ives back line as Town increased their advantage in 24th minute a long free kick was delivered from the left to beyond Ives back post where Stephens got above Warner-Eley to head the ball back into the mix. James Fry was first to react and prodded the ball against an Ives defender on the line. Time then seemed to stand still as the Ives defence remained rooted allowing Fry to again pounce on the loose ball and bundle it over the line from close range.

Two more goals in a three minute spell just after the half hour began to make the score line look embarrassing. Goal number four arrived in 32nd minute as with Ives defence completely absent Stephens was allowed to sprint through what should have been a non-existent gap in the hosts back line. Just like his colleagues before him when faced with a shooting opportunity the speedy number eleven found the bottom corner of the net leaving the exposed Trebes with no chance. The Town’s fifth arrived in the simplest fashion only three minutes later as Taylor was allowed to run onto a ball over the top which held up on the breeze. He too took his chance lobbing the ball gently over the advancing Trebes and into the net.

There was still time before the break for Ives to give themselves the faintest glimmer of hope as they pulled a goal back seven minutes before the break. Clark put Danny Kelly through for a run into the box, but he still had a lot to do. He managed to wriggle his way past Fry who tried to get in a fateful tackle from behind to retrieve the situation and inevitably clipped Kelly who went down in the box. Referee Tim Donnellan who had early turned down a penalty claim from Tom Knowles this time made the call in favour of the hosts. Knowles confidently spotted the ball down and smashed the spot kick into the net via keeper Conner’s right hand post.

So half time arrived with the amazing score line of St Ives Town 2 Stratford Town 5. A half to crush the enthusiasm of even the most optimistic of the Ives faithful. If there was a neutral present he was probably interested to note a very rare event of a first half where over a third of the outfield players on view found the back of the net.  

Manager Ricky Marheineke made Lloyd Groves the half time sacrifice bringing on Dubi Ogbonna who went in up front with centre forward Danny Kelly moving into his regular stand in position at the centre of the Ives back line. Most of us had actually predicted more than one change at the break with a selection of other players anticipated to join Groves in departing the show. The favourite bet at the break was three changes so Groves was perhaps unfortunate to be that sacrificial lamb.

Kelly made a good early impression in shoring up the dam at the start of the second half. However he was just as culpable as his colleagues eleven minutes after the restart when Stephens and Taylor combined to dance their way through the heart of a statuesque Ives back line in a move that finished with Stephens slipping the ball past a once more exposed Trebes from fifteen yards.

It should have been seven six minutes later as skipper Charlie De’ath was caught out by a ball over the top allowing himself to be out muscled by Town substitute Jazz Luckie who having left the Ives skipper on his butt proceeded to flick the ball over the advancing Trebes but just past the post.

Sawyer was another Ives defender caught out by the buzzing Town as he was robbed by Thomas in 67th minute. The Town full back threaded the ball into Grocott’s run and it took the combined efforts of Kelly and Trebes to block his effort inside the six yard box.

Two more Ives substitutes entered the fray in 69th minute as Ben Baker and Declan Rogers replaced the ineffective midfield pair of Lewis Leslie and Eugene Libertucci, both of whom had been high in the betting for a half time replacement. The three substitutes all made a difference as they lifted the Ives spirit on the pitch and seemed to give their colleagues a little more belief that they could at least save some face in the game. 

Baker teed up a hanging cross from the right in 73rd minute and when Ogbonna bravely challenged keeper Connor the ball broke loose to Knowles just outside the left hand edge of the box. He was taken down as he tried to sidestep Evans. Knowles cleverly teed up Baker from the free kick, but his effort from the edge of the box was charged down. The ball rebounded to Knowles who took a touch and arrowed in a fierce right footed effort that looked like it was going to find the bottom corner until keeper Connor flung himself full length and stuck out a big left hand tipped the ball around the post.

A flowing Ives move five minutes from time involving Rogers and Clark ended up with the ball being fed into the run of Phil Draycott on his favoured left foot deep inside the box. Keeper Connor came to narrow the angled. But Draycott horribly sliced his effort across the face of goal and was fortunate to win a corner off the covering Fry.

The final opportunity for Ives to grab a further consolation came only ninety seconds later as Kelly lifted a ball into the strengthening breeze which looked like it was going to drift through to the keeper who called and came for it. But the wind played a trick on him as it held up the ball allowing the ever willing Knowles to get in before him. Unfortunately he was forced wide and could only find the side netting with his gallant attempt.

So ended an embarrassing defeat. Manager Marheineke has the unenviable task of somehow building some confidence into a side that looks completely bereft of any belief particularly in its defensive abilities. But at this stage of the season the games come thick and fast and less than 48 hours later there is another opportunity to get it right at the Pro-Edge.

Score : St Ives Town  2  Stratford Town  6  

Goals : Clark 3, Knowles 38 pen

St Ives team : Trebes, Sawyer, Warner-Eley, De’ath (capt), Groves (Ogbonna 45), Libertucci (Rogers 69), Knowles, Leslie (Baker 69), Kelly, Clark, Draycott   

Unused subs : McGeorge, Snaith

Supporters man of the match : Dubi Ogbonna

Attendance  :  67

Report by Nigel Howlett

Match Report – Gosport Borough 0 St Ives Town 0

Gosport Borough 0 St Ives Town 0

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 07/04/18

A poor game between two poor teams was the considered verdict after this drab affair on a sunny, almost spring like, south coast. The one big positive for the Ives was that this hard earned point ensures their survival at step three for another season. Their rivals however still find themselves resting in the one relegation place and now facing a massive trip to the side one place and two points above them on Tuesday evening.

The first half proved the least eventful 45 minutes of football this season with only four noteworthy events in the entire period. The first of these was a spat between Tom Knowles and Borough centre back Robert Flooks in 20th minute. Knowles took a nibble at the heels of Flooks as the big man was attempting to shepherd the ball out of play for a goal kick and the Borough man reacted angrily pushing the Ives winger in the face. Both men got a talking to and a deserved yellow card from referee Daniel Lamport.

That unsavoury event lead to a degree of ill feeling between a number of players for the next few minutes. The referee kept a tight handle on things although his regular use of the whistle did mean there was no real flow to the game. Fortunately he did not buy the somewhat outrageous attempts of Ryan Case to get Knowles dismissed eight minutes later as the speedy winger clipped the Borough full back as he cleared a dangerous cross into the box. The Borough cause was probably not helped by the huddle of players lead by player manager Rowan Vine who attempted to intimidate the referee into deciding the matter in their favour.

The first noteworthy attempt on goal came from the hosts on the half hour as a cross from the right by Case was won in the air by the imposing Lloyd Groves. His header only reached James Harper 25 yards from goal. Harper’s attempt on goal was charged down by Dan Moyes, but the ball rebounded back to the Borough midfielder who carefully side footed his attempt on goal just a couple of feet wide of Tim Trebes left hand post.

The final item worthy of a mention was a penalty shout by the home fans against Dan Moyes as the Ives centre back blocked an attempted cross from the right by Pat Sucari. But referee Lamport was right on the spot and instantly waved away the claims.

With a strengthening breeze at their backs the Ives began to take the game to their increasingly nervy looking opponents right from the off in the second half. Only two minutes after the restart Declan Rogers picked out Knowles in space on the right and the speedy winger got to the bye line before hanging up a cross into the centre that home keeper Patrick O’Flaherty just managed to tip off the head of Ollie Snaith. The ball dropped inside the box but was scrambled away by a covering defender.

Five minutes later Snaith was again involved as he wriggled his way past a couple of tackles before sliding the ball out to Ben Baker whose crisp effort from the edge of the box was deflected wide. The first Knowles corner was headed behind for another corner at the near post by Ed Sanders. The second corner was much more dangerous as it somehow evaded everyone and bounced inside the six yard box where an unmarked Charlie De’ath just could not stretch enough to force it home.

Borough were clearly still in the game and although their raids into Ives territory were sporadic they still looked dangerous on those rare occasions. In 54th minute Case found just enough space on the left to deliver a dangerous in-swinging cross that Trebes did well to take off the head of Ben Wright. The ball fell to Sucari on the edge of the box, but he was quickly closed down and curled his hurried effort just over the top.

Knowles spurned a golden opportunity to put Ives in front two minutes later. A long throw from De’ath was headed out to Rogan McGeorge just outside the box. He fed the ball back out to De’ath who curled a perfect cross into the no mans land between defence and goal keeper. Knowles had timed his run perfectly to ghost in unmarked, but he failed to hit the target with his free header from ten yards.

Borough’s only other two attempts on goal both came from free kicks. The first in 62nd minute came after Groves was adjudged to have pushed Wright in the back inside the D. The big centre forward tried to curl the resulting free kick over the Ives four man wall, but they all jumped in unison to block his attempt.

Wright was again the man on free kick duty five minutes later as he tried to catch out Trebes by going for goal from fully 35 yards. His fizzing effort skimmed across the sandy turf and thudded the boards inches wide of Trebes right hand post with the Ives custodian scrambling to make up his ground but looking fairly confident that he had it covered all the way.

As the game entered the last fifteen minutes we were expecting something of a Borough bombardment in an attempt to claim all three points. But this did not materialise and as the clock ticked down the hosts began to look more and more nervous that they man lose the precious one point. Groves got on the end of a long Trebes free kick in 76th minute. His cross to the near post was just scrambled away at full stretch by Sanders with Snaith waiting to pounce.

Ives hit the woodwork only one minute later as McGeorge picked out Knowles on the right and he got around the outside of Case only for his attempted pull back to deflect off Flooks and onto the near post before going out for a corner. The corner was only half cleared to Rogers whose crisp low drive from 25 yards was pushed around the post at full stretch by O’Flaherty as the keeper flung himself to his right. The resulting corner was won cleanly at the back post by Groves, but his header flew inches wide of the post.

The final opportunity of the day nine minutes from time was probably the best one as McGeorge curled in an inviting cross from the right and Rogers ghosting in completely unmarked got on the end of it eight yards out. But with the goal at his mercy he only succeeded in side footing his effort over the top much to the relief of the home faithful.

Both sides had something to celebrate at the end. Ives secured their safety and Borough claimed their first clean sheet since mid-November and a point that means a win at Dunstable in their vital six pointer on Tuesday evening could see them climb off the bottom for the first time since the opening day of the season.     

Score : Gosport Borough  0  St Ives Town  0   

Goals : none

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, De’ath (capt), Moyes, Groves, McGeorge, Knowles, Rogers, Kelly (Libertucci 89), Snaith (Leslie 79), Baker (Draycott 83)  

Unused subs : Clark, Ogbonna

Supporters man of the match : Lloyd Groves

Attendance  :  241

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

Match Report – Banbury United 3 St Ives Town 1

Banbury United 3 St Ives Town 1

Evo-Stik League South Premier – 24/03/18

This game proved to be a true microcosm of Ives season as for the umpteenth time since the opening day they fell behind early, got themselves back into it. Matched their higher ranked opponents for long periods sufficient to give them a real fright, but failed to take their opportunities when on top and then fell to two well taken goals as they tired in the last twenty minutes.

The opening goal for the hosts arrived from a very well rehearsed free kick which caught the Ives cold in only the eight minute. Rogan McGeorge brought down Tom Bradbury 25 yards from goal to concede the free kick. George Nash cleverly ran over the ball and continued his run into space to the right of the Ives wall. Tom Winters slid the ball into Nash’s path and although his driven cross was blocked by Miles Smith he only succeeded in teeing the ball up for Jack Self who gleefully hammered home the loose ball from just inside the box.

It only took the visitors seven more minutes to create a classy equaliser. Danny Kelly who had been restored to the starting line up in favour of Dubi Ogbonna won a long Tim Trebes punt in the air. The ever eager Tom Knowles was onto his flick like a greyhound out of the traps. The skilful winger got outside Paul Stonehouse before cutting in along the bye line then getting his head up and picking out Ben Baker who did the rest with a sharp finish from inside the six yard box.

The game continued in end to end fashion with the towering Puritans looking most dangerous at dead ball situation and Ives trying to take every opportunity to test the hosts back line with their pace and movement. The next real opportunity for a strike on goal came from another Winters free kick in 23rd minute. This time the veteran winger went directly for goal, but Trebes was down smartly at his near post to deny him.

Trebes was called into action again four minutes later, Winters delivered a corner from the left that the giant Luke Carnell won cleanly in the crowded box, but Trebes was equal to his effort tipping the powerful header over the top. The follow up corner was again won in the air by Carnell and this time his header into the mix was turned over at close range by his own man Stephane Ngamvoulou.

A sliced goal kick from Trebes almost carved out an Ives chance on the half hour as the ball arced around to the feet of Knowles in space in the centre. He cleverly slid a pass through the left channel that looked like it was going to put the pacey Baker clear. But home keeper Jack Harding was alert to the danger and sped from his line to bravely take the ball off the Ives wingers toe.

As half time approached each side worked one more opportunity. In 41st minute an excellent cross field ball from McGeorge picked out Baker in space on the left. The young winger cut inside and took on his marker before unleashing a crisp drive from 20 yards the keeper Harding gathered well at his near post.

Winters continued to be a thorn in Ives side and it was he who created the Puritans chance in the last minute of the first period as he got outside Smith on the left before delivering a teasing cross that looked to be served up on a plate for Elliot Sandy in the centre, but a stretching Lloyd Groves just managed to get enough of a touch to divert it off the centre forward’s head. The loose ball fell to Ngamvoulou just beyond the far post, but he snatched at the chance and screwed the ball well wide from an excellent position.

Ives almost stunned their hosts by going in front in only fourth moment of second half. Luke Warner-Eley took a quick throw to put Kelly away down the left. The big centre forward got to the bye line and picked out Peter Clark in the crowded box. The all action midfielder beat Harding with his well struck low shot only to be denied as the ball struck the covering Stonehouse on the line and was scrambled away.

The Puritans responded by again going close from a corner in 55th minute. Winters delivered a deep hanging ball from the left Bradbury won the header beyond the far post and put in back into the middle where Ricky Johnson forced the ball goal wards. Fortunately for Ives Groves had got back onto the line and hacked the ball to safety.

Keeper Harding kept the scores level two minutes later as Ives created a chance from a corner of their own. Initially the keeper did well to get a fist to the hanging ball above the head of Smith. But he did not get any distance on his attempted punch and the ball fell to McGeorge inside the box. His attempted shot ricocheted off a defender and fell to Groves six yards out. The big centre back got his shot away, but keeper Harding had closed him very smartly and managed to block the effort away at point blank range to atone for his error seconds earlier.

Harding’s opposite number Trebes was also called into spectacular action in 63rd minute. Bradbury and Ngamvoulou combined well on the left and the tricky midfielder almost broke through only to be brought down by Dan Moyes just inches outside the box. Winters went for power with the free kick striking it powerfully around the Ives wall, but Trebes was equal to the effort hurling himself to his left to palm the ball away.

Ives should have gone in front three minutes later as Kelly spurned a golden opportunity from inside the six yard box. Warner-Eley got away on the overlap down the left and delivered a cross which was just a little to powerful and beat everyone in the centre. But Knowles kept the ball alive beyond the far post and curled an inviting cross to the near post where Kelly had ghosted in completely unmarked. It needed a glancing header to knock the ball past the exposed Harding, but Kelly got it all wrong meeting the ball square on and powering his header at least three yards wide.

As on so many occasions this season the failure to take their chances came back to bite the Ives in the bum. The ever willing Winters showed that little bit of class again in 72nd minute as he found just enough space outside Smith and hung up a hugely inviting cross to the back post where Sandy used the height advantage he had over Warner-Eley to get above the full back and power home a header from eight yards and put the Puritans back in front.

Ives had maintained a high tempo and energy throughout the contest, but as the game entered its later stages that necessary level of effort began to take its toll and they struggled to create any real opportunities to claw their way back into the game in the remaining time. In fact one more piece of class from Winters eight minutes from time killed off any lingering hopes that they may have had of grabbing something from the game. Sandy and substitute Anthony Wright combined well on the right with the latter setting up a crossing opportunity for Jordy Ngathe. His cross was knocked out to Winters fully 25 yards from goal. With Ives tiring defenders a little slow to close him down the Puritans man of the match had time to take a touch and curl in a left footed effort that beat the diving Trebes and went in off his right hand post.

Another frustrating day, in a season of frustrating days for the Ives. Once again they pushed a top eight team all the way, but failed to take their chances and were punished by the clinical finishing of their opponents. To paraphrase a comment from the Radio Banbury commentator early in the second period when Ives were on top “this is not going to be the easy three point that we thought it was going to be, this St Ives side are good” and we certainly were, but as always goals win games and at this level if you do not take your chances you can almost guarantee that the opposition will take theirs and punish you.

Score : Banbury United  3  St Ives Town  1

Goals : Baker 15

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Warner-Eley, Groves, Moyes, McGeorge (capt) (Libertucci 74), Knowles, Snaith (Leslie 82), Kelly (Ogbonna 82), Clark, Baker

Unused subs : Draycott, Rogers

Supporters man of the match : Peter Clark

Attendance  :  366

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photo by Louise Thompson

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Match Report – St Ives Town 2 Banbury United 2

St Ives Town 2 Banbury United 2

Evo-Stik League South Premier Division – 02/12/17

The Puritans came to the Pro-Edge Stadium boasting an away record bettered only by League leaders King’s Lynn with an impressive six wins on the road already under their belts and were probably expecting another full points return from their second from bottom hosts. They certainly did not expect the early battering which they received that saw them two behind in 25 minutes. All in the ground except referee Paul Forrester would have also awarded a penalty to the hosts for a blatant handball during this early pressure. 

With James Goff returning to Northampton Town Ives supporters were pleased to welcome a familiar face back between the sticks as fans favourite Tim Trebes made his seasonal debut. Another debutant who looks likely to quickly become a fans favourite is Ollie Snaith who has made the short move across from tenants Cambridge City.

Snaith was instantly in the action as the game was only in the second minute when he closed down an under hit back pass to Jack Harding forcing the visitor’s keeper into a hurried clearance that went straight to Rogan McGeorge inside the centre circle. McGeorge’s first time effort turned into a goal as good as the one we have all seen recently by Wayne Rooney on television as the ball sailed over the stranded Harding and into the gaping net.

McGeorge was at the heart of the action again only four minutes later as he ran onto a Phil Draycott pass on the left edge of the box. His attempted clip into the danger zone to pick out Danny Kelly was cut out by the raised arm of defender Jack Self. All present on both occasions would suggest a much more blatant handball than Dan Moyes which gave Hitchin a route back into last Tuesdays game. But referee Forrester was right on the spot and deemed the contact accidental.

The resulting corner was almost turned home for an own goal at the near post by Tom Bradbury as he struggled to stop Phil Draycott getting in front of him. Ben Seymour-Shove’s follow up corner was then pawed away at full stretch by Harding as Ives continued to pile on the pressure.

The Puritans first opportunity in this pulsating early period arrived in 10th minute as the tricky Tom Winters found some space on the left and delivered a low cross which veteran striker Jefferson Louis got on the end of, but only succeeded in deflecting his effort wide from a good position.

Ives doubled their advantage in 25th minute as Seymour-Shove robbed a dallying Ricky Johnson just inside the visitor’s half. He broke away down the right with the ball and delivered a cross which was only half cleared to McGeorge just outside the box. His well struck shot was blocked, but the ball ricocheted back to Seymour-Shove who hung up a teasing cross that Snaith attacked in the centre. He did not get clean contact, but his close range header still deceived the efforts of two defenders and keeper Harding and crept over the line.

Ives were now purring and a flowing move down the left involving Seymour-Shove, Snaith and Kelly ended with the latter firing his effort straight at the keeper from the edge of the box.

Having enjoyed the lion’s share of the first period, and been good value for their two goal advantage, Ives were perhaps a little unlucky to see that lead halved nine minutes before the break. Self picked out Winters on the left with an excellent cross field ball. The winger delivered a cross that looked a little to deep but Louis did well to keep the ball alive. He got past Jordan Jarrold before delivering a powerful cross shot that Trebes did well to stop, but could not hold. Self had continued his run and was first to react firing home the loose ball.

The hosts came out at the start of the second half determined to restore their two goal cushion. The period was only 45 second old when a flowing move involving Snaith and Draycott saw the former roll the ball into the run of Seymour-Shove on the right hand edge of the box. But his rising drive did not trouble Harding as it flew high and wide.

Seven minutes later Tom McGowan fed Kelly who in turn slid a ball into the feet of Snaith. His first time effort from the edge of the box took a deflection off Johnson to make it a comfortable save for Harding.

The Puritans enjoyed a good spell around the hour with Winters continuing to be at the centre of most of their good work going forward. It took an excellent bloc at the back post to keep out a Louis drive as he got on the end of a deflected driven cross from the tricky winger that had got through the crowd in the centre of goal. Winters also fired a free kick from just outside the box inches wide in 62nd minute. The winger again teed up Louis two minutes later and this time the big striker’s powerful effort from the edge of the box was turned around the post by a diving Trebes.

But it was not all one way traffic and the battling McGeorge forced his way through the centre before rolling the ball into Snaith just inside the box in 67th minute. But the busy striker was denied the chance by an assistant’ flag.

Snaith had another shot on goal three minutes later after Kelly had held the ball up well and played it into him 25 yards out. He struck the shot cleanly, but straight at keeper Harding who held on well. The big chance for Ives to kill the game off arrived ten minutes from the end of the ninety. Seymour-Shove threaded a perfect ball into the well timed run of Snaith to put him clear into the box. But the young striker’s first touch was just a little bit heavy which gave Harding the chance to plunge in at his feet and bravely block his effort at point blank range.

By this stage in the game the Ives were beginning to tire as the fitness on some of the players who have recently returned from injury began to tell. But they were still willing to put their bodies on the line to preserve their slender advantage. Both Lewis Ferrell and Lloyd Groves did well to block efforts from Conor McDonagh and Louis respectively as the clock ticked down.

In spite of their gallant efforts, as has happened so often this season, Ives conceded late on in the simplest fashion. Louis won a long ball down the middle in the air and a tiring Jarrold failed to go with his man allowing substitute McDonagh to run onto the ball unchallenged and slot it past the exposed Trebes to grab a point for his side.

It could have got worse for the Ives as Louis skilfully turned inside his man deep into the fifth minute of added time and curled an effort from 20 yards that beat Trebes and rattled his left hand post. Fortunately Jarrold found enough energy to just beat McDonagh to the loose ball to preserve the valuable point.

Overall an excellent point given the visitor’s away form which we would have probably taken before the start. But having lead for so long it felt like two points dropped at the end. However it is beginning to look like manager Ricky Marheineke’s rebuilding plans are starting to bear fruit as the lads coming in are all battlers. After going close to getting the honour on Tuesday night Rogan McGeorge won his first man of the match award something his all action style is going to put him in the frame for every week. His closest challengers were also newcomers as Lloyd Groves and particularly the livewire Ollie Snaith were also well in contention. A big challenge awaits at Kettering on Tuesday evening, but anything is possible.

Final Score : St Ives Town  2  Banbury United  2

Goals : McGeorge 2, Snaith 25

St Ives team : Trebes, Smith, Jarrold, Ferrell, Groves, McGeorge, Seymour-Shove (Sawyer 84), McGowan (capt), Kelly (Libertucci 72), Snaith, Draycott

Unused subs : Short

Sponsors man of the match : Rogan McGeorge

Attendance  :  201

Report by Nigel Howlett. Photos by Louise Thompson

Many thanks to match day sponsor Mayiclaim and match ball sponsor R.Costings

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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