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Fundraiser in memory of Adrian Layton

Sadly back in September we lost long time Ives fan Adrian Layton to cancer. In honour of his memory, his work colleagues have setup a fundraiser to support the team at Addenbrookes that helped Adrian in his last few months.

Adrian’s colleagues will be undertaking a charity exercise bike ride to raise money and have set themselves the target of riding the equivalent distance between the St Ives and Coatbidge (Glasgow, Scotland) offices, a grand total of 350 miles.

If you would like to donate to their fundraiser in Adrian’s memory, please do so by visiting the link below:

https://www.justgiving.com/page/adrianlayton-1708083623826?utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=page%2Fadrianlayton-1708083623826&utm_source=copyLink&utm_campaign=pfp-share

Ives v Needham Market: Match Programme

The official matchday magazine for the home match with Needham Market tomorrow afternoon is now available to download. Inside the 48 page edition this week:

  • We look back on the Ives stunning victory at Mickleover last week
  • An update on the latest results from around the Southern League
  • Andy Dunn goes groundhopping to Thetford Town
  • And our popular matchday quiz, Ten to Tackle returns + Lots more

Your can download your FREE edition HERE

Ives v Hitchin: Match Programme

The official online matchday magazine for the home match with Hitchin on Saturday is now available to read. Inside the 45 page publication this week:

  • We report on the latest news from around the league
  • There’s a match report from the Ives defeat at Stourbridge in midweek
  • We focus on the season so far for our opponents
  • And we look back on the reverse fixture last season…..plus much more

You can download your FREE copy HERE

U15 OPEN TRAINING SESSIONS!

St Ives Town U15 Blacks are having a competitive season in the EJA U15 Blue League and we are looking to add to our talented squad. The youth teams are fortunate to play and train on the 3G Quattro-Tech Westwood Road Stadium pitch with unrivalled facilities at EJA youth level.

If you are interested in joining, we will be hosting open training sessions for palyers considering the step up to EJA football for the 23/24 season.

Current open training session dates:

  • Thursday 7th December – 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday 14th December – 6:00 – 7:00 PM
  • More dates to possibly be announced for January 2024.

All open training sessions will be at St Ives Town FC’s home, the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road Stadium.

To attend please register your interest by contacting Tony on 07714 438823 or by email at tmax@sky.com.

St Ives create new U10 side!

St Ives Town are starting a mid-season U10 team to play in the Peterborough Junior Alliance Sunday League.

If you’re son is looking for a new challenge alongside his current Saturday team then we’d love to hear from you.

The Managers Tim and Glenn will be hosting open sessions at Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

All training will be held on the new state of the art 3G pitch.

Open training session dates:

  • Wednesday 15th November: 7-8PM
  • Wednesday 22nd November: 7-8PM

To register interest please e-mail lowetimmichael@gmail.com

Match Preview: Leiston v St Ives

St Ives Town continue their league action on Tuesday evening when they make the trip to Leiston.

It will be the second time within a fortnight that the Ives make the trip to Suffolk. The first ended in an FA Cup defeat, so it will be an early opportunity for revenge.

On Saturday the Ives put in a good performance against AFC Telford United and looked to be on course for their first home victory of the season when they went 2-1 in front. However, two late goals from the visitors including a last gasp minute meant that the Ives missed out on the points.

IVES TEAM NEWS

The Ives make the trip to Suffolk with injury concerns over Brandon Njoku. The loan striker from Cambridge United missed out on the game against Telford on Saturday. If he doesn’t make it, then boss Ricky Marheineke could be tempted to start with the same line-up from the weekend which saw Greg Kaziboni and Tiago Nassunculo playing as makeshift strikers. Jordan Williams came back into the team after missing out in the FA Cup clash and he looks set to to continue at the heart of the defence. Both Johnny Edwards and Myles Cowling are still not fit, but could come into contention for the Redditch game later this month.

INTRODUCING LEISTON

Like the Ives, Leiston fell to defeat in the league on Saturday as they suffered a heavy 5-0 loss to leaders, Mickleover. Leiston were just 1-0 down at the break, but the league leaders tore into them into the second half with four further goals to secure the victory. Aside from Saturday and the FA Cup match with the Ives, Leiston started the campaign with a 2-1 reverse at Halesowen. They followed this up with a first victory against Telford. They have had two 0-0 draws against Berkhamsted and Needham Market and have been involved in five goal and seven goal matches which have seen a defeat and a win. First, a 3-2 win against Bromsgrove Sporting followed by a 4-3 victory at Stratford. Leiston currently sit 14th in the table having won two, drawn two, and lost three of their opening seven league games.

GOING TO THE GAME

  • The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium
  • Victory Road
  • Leiston
  • Suffolk
  • IP16 4DQ

Kick-off is at 7:45pm

Ives denied by late Telford winner

St Ives Town 2 v AFC Telford United 3  

Pitching-In Southern League Premier Central  09-09-2023

Nigel Howlett Reports

The Bucks claimed their first away victory of the season with an added time winner from a corner, but the result was harsh on battling Ives who I think even the most ardent Telford fan would have agreed deserved at least a point from this pulsating game where the lead changed hands three times.

The hosts suffered a pre-match blow with the news that Brandon Njoku had not recovered from the injury that he sustained in the FA Cup defeat at Leiston to leave Ives without a recognised centre forward. Winger Tiago Nassunculo returned to the starting eleven as the emergency central striker in an exiting front three that also included Dan Barton and Greg Kaziboni.

Kaziboni had the first opportunity of the game after only 50 seconds as he ran onto a long ball from Charlie Johnson and cut inside only to see his well struck effort deflect away off Bucks skipper Jarred Hodgkiss. It was Barton’s turn to carve out another chance for the hosts in the seventh minute as he got past Ellis Myles-Tebbutt to get to the bye line before picking out Nassunculo by the penalty spot with his pull back but the stand in striker miss hit his shot and the ball was scrambled away.

Bucks leading scorer Montel Gibson was also looking dangerous at the other end and in the 12th minute he cleverly found space between the Ives centre backs to get on the end of Myles-Tebbutt’s cross from the right but he steered his header from ten yards wide of the post. Gibson was also involved three minutes later when he fed Remi Walker in through the right channel but the Bucks number ten fired his effort across the face of goal and wide of the far post from just inside the box.

With the temperature touching 32 degrees there was an agreed drinks break midway through each half and Ives almost found themselves caught out on the re-start after the first half one as Gibson managed to gallop away onto a clip over the top down the right. Keeper Eddie Brearey had come a long way to try and get to the ball first but Gibson beat him to it, fortunately the Bucks striker failed to hit the target of the open goal from a very narrow angle.

Kaziboni was still causing problems at the other end and in the  25th minute he got away down the right before driving in a cross that was sliced wide of his own goal by Hodgkiss. The resulting corner came to nothing and it was Ives who found themselves a goal in arrears eight minutes later. Gibson was again the main protagonist as he held up the ball well allowing Jordan Piggott to loop around him and on into the box. Gibson’s lay off found the Bucks midfielder who beat Brearey low to his right with a shot from just inside the box.

To their credit Ives fought back and Johnny Herd was denied by the legs of well positioned keeper Brandon Hall in 37th minute after the overlapping full back had been fed through by Kaziboni. Only two minutes later they levelled things up with a clever short corner routine involving Kaziboni and Barton. The eventual low cross shot from the former was turned home at the back post by Jordan Williams.

Not satisfied with being level Ives tore into their opponents straight from the off at the start of the second half. Richens twice going close with long distance efforts inside the first four minutes. Nassunculo was bundled over just outside the box by Pendley to give Herd a chance to test Hall from the resulting free kick but he to failed to hit the target just skimming the crossbar with his well struck effort.

Richens did manage to hit the target in 54th minute as Barton combined well with Herd down the left before picking him out by the penalty spot with his clip into the box but the skipper’s header was straight into the grateful arms of Hall.

The Ives skipper did much better on the hour as his sheer persistence earned himself the goal that put the hosts in front for the first time. Richens bravely charged down an attempted clearance from Hodgkiss and strode clear onto the loose ball before beating the exposed Hall with a calm finish from just inside the box.

The lead only lasted just over ten minutes as Ives found themselves pushed back and it took a very brave block from Ed Hottor flinging himself in the way of Gibson’s close range effort after the striker had dropped off the back of Johnson and fired in a powerful effort in 70th minute. Sadly the reprieve was only temporary as Pendley rose in the crowd to challenge for the resulting corner at the back post and then could not believe his luck as the ball dropped to his feet six yards out. The big centre back kept his composure lashing it home before Brearey or one of his defenders could react.

To give the players their due, despite the heat, the pace did not drop off as both sides continued to go for the win. Only two minutes later Barton again got around Myles-Tebbutt and delivered a low cross that was blocked by the legs of keeper Hall. Richens was following up but lashed the loose ball into the side netting.

At the other end the tricky Ricardo Dinanga wriggled his way into the box before firing over from a narrow angle in the 81st minute. Gibson was brilliantly denied by Brearey only sixty seconds later after the striker had cleverly run onto his own flick past Johnson and looked to lift the ball over the keeper who did well to stay upright and make the save.

The closest Ives came to winning it was in 84th minute when a rampaging Hottor was taken down by Pendley just inches outside the left hand corner of the box. Richens struck the free kick perfectly curling it around the three man wall but Hall was equal to it leaping high to his left to finger tip the goal bound effort over the top at full stretch.

The game entered an added seven minutes and in the third of those the visitors won the corner that proved decisive. Once more Pendley rose above the crowd at the back post and directed his header back into the mix where Gibson showed his strikers instinct to nod the ball home at close range to take the points back to the West Midlands.

The result sees the visitors move up to the fringes of the early season play off places whilst Ives without a win since the second game of the season still remain in the drop zone. Defending set pieces late in the game is proving to be a costly problem that needs to be resolved quickly to make life feel more comfortable for the battling boys from Cambridgeshire and get their season back on track.

Final Score:  St Ives Town  2   AFC Telford United  3

Goals:

ST IVES: Williams 39, Richens 59

TELFORD: Piggott 33, Pendley 71, Gibson 90+3

Team Line Ups:

ST IVES: Brearey, Casey, Herd, Richens (capt), Williams, Johnson, Barton (Baker 75), Hottor, Nassunculo (Andoh 75), Bell-Toxtle, Kaziboni (Hickinson 84), Unused subs: Culkin, Harris

TELFORD: Hall, Myles-Tebbutt, Jones (Bood 64), Piggott, Hodgkiss (capt), Pendley, Dinanga, Mitford (Yusuf 78), Gibson, Walker (McQuilkin 64), Moore, Unused subs: Scott, Forsyth

Cards: Yellow:  ST IVES:  Casey (26), Richens (59), Andoh (88)    TELFORD:  Mitford (13), Moore (31), Pendley (83)

IVES SUPPORTERS MAN OF THE MATCH:  Michael Richens

Attendance:  248

Ives v AFC Telford United: Happy Hour

Join us at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Saturday afternoon for a pre-match drinks promotion in the clubhouse.

From 1:00pm to 2:30pm, it is £3.00 a pint. Hot food is also available.

So make sure you take advantage and enjoy the pre-match atmosphere and an afternoon of top quality non-league football.

Match Preview: Leiston v St Ives Town

St Ives Town take a break from their league programme this weekend as they make the trip to Suffolk to meet Leiston in the Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round.

UP FOR THE CUP

Memories are still fresh of the history making FA Cup run that the Ives enjoyed last year when they made it all the way to the fourth and final qualifying round for the first time in their history, only to be eliminated by National League FC Halifax at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road. If the Ives are going to progress past the first hurdle this year, they will have to be at their very best against a Leiston side who are in the same division sitting in 12th position having won two, drawn two and lost two of their opening six games this season.

IVES TEAM NEWS

The Ives make the trip fresh from a 1-1 draw at Kettering Town on Bank Holiday Monday. The victory looked to be in the bag but Kettering got an equaliser with the last kick of the game to ensure the points were shared. That match came on the back of a 1-0 defeat at home to Leamington last Saturday and after the Bank Holiday matches, the Ives found themselves in 19th position in the table. Boss Ricky Marheineke will be hoping that his team can reproduce the much improved performance against Kettering in what is sure to be a tough tie against a Leiston side who reached the promotion play-offs last season.

INTRODUCING LEISTON

The hosts started the season with a defeat at Halesowen but made up for that with an excellent 2-1 win at home to AFC Telford United. Over Bank Holiday weekend, they defeated Stratford 4-3 and gained a point at home to Needham Market in a local derby on Monday. It was Needham Market who halted the progress of Leiston in the FA Cup last year as the hosts tomorrow lost 3-1 in a first qualifying round tie.

GOING TO THE GAME

Admission prices for the game tomorrow are

Adults – £12
Concessions – £9
Student (with ID) – £7
U16’s – £3
U5’s – Free

The address for the ground is:

The Watson & Hillhouse Victory Road Stadium, Victory Road, Leiston, Suffolk, IP16 4DQ

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON MATCHDAY PARKING…..Leiston have stated that any supporters travelling to the game should use the overspill parking and not park at the ground as that is strictly reserved for players and officials only. The overspill parking area is THE WATERLOO CENTRE, WATERLOO AVENUE, LEISTON IP16 4HF. Parking is FREE and can be found to the rear of the school.

Should the match end in a draw, then the replay will be at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Monday evening, 4 September with a 7:45pm kick-off.

There will be a full report on the game tomorrow available on the club website and social media on Saturday evening and kick-off at Victory Road is at 3:00pm.

Match Preview: Ives v Leamington

The Bank Holiday sees a double header of football. On Monday, the Ives travel to Kettering but before then, the focus is on Leamington who visit the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road tomorrow.

INTRODUCING LEAMINGTON

The visitors arrive having been relegated from the National League North at the end of last season. The Brakes have started the current campaign with an identical record to that of Ives – one victory and a draw from their opening four games. The victory came at home to Long Eaton on the opening day of the season, and in their last outing Leamington lost 1-0 at home to Mickleover. The Brakes sit in 16th position, one place below the Ives in the early season league table.

STAR MAN

Look out for Henry Landers. The striker arrived at Leamington over the summer from National League North side Banbury United. He made 92 appearances for the Puritans, scoring 19 goals.

IVES TEAM NEWS

The Ives will look to return to winning ways following a narrow 3-2 defeat at Hitchin last Saturday. The story could have been different if Brandon Njoku had seen his second half penalty converted, but he made amends with one of the two Ives goals that saw his tally go to three in the last three games. Njoku looks set to lead the line again tomorrow whilst fellow striker Jonny Edwards remains sidelined as he continues to recover from an appendix operation. Elsewhere, Dan Barton who like Njoku, is also on loan from Cambridge United, could come into contention for a place after recovering from an injury that has seen him not feature so far this season.

INTRODUCING THE MATCH OFFICIALS

The referee tomorrow is Simon Kavanagh and will be assisted by Simon Curtis and Ceredig Cattanach-Chell.

DRINKS PROMOTION

Don’t forget that there will is a special drinks promotion tomorrow before the game. It will be happy hour in the clubhouse from 1:00pm – 2:30pm where all pints will be priced at £3.00. Hot food is also available.

MATCH PROGRAMME

You can download a free copy of the online match programme HERE

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Kick-off at Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.

Match Preview: St Ives Town v AFC Sudbury

St Ives Town continue their league programme on Monday night when they host AFC Sudbury at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.  Monday evening is the new midweek night for the first team, and they will be looking to make it two wins on the bounce following their excellent 1-0 victory at Nuneaton on Saturday.

IVES TEAM NEWS

Influential midfielder Myles Cowling remains sidelined through injury for the Ives.  But boss Ricky Marheineke should have decent numbers to select from for the first midweek match of the campaign. Brandon Njoku looks set to feature again after scoring the winner on Saturday. New signing Carlos Flood was on the bench on Saturday, and is likely to be named in the squad once again. The Ives boss tasted an opening day defeat for the first time during his tenure as manager when his side lost to Mickleover in the previous game at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road, so he’ll be hoping that his team can get their first home victory of the season against a side who got promoted last year.

INTRODUCING AFC SUDBURY

AFC Sudbury, nicknamed the Yellows are in the division following their promotion from the Isthmian League North Division last season.  They won promotion through the play-offs.  A 3-2 win over Grays Athletic in the Semi-Final set up a Final against Heybridge Swifts.  An extra time goal from Jake Turner was enough to win the tie 1-0 in front of a crowd of 1,257 at their MEL Group Stadium.  Despite plenty of player movement in the summer, they laid down a marker as they gained a worthy point courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Barwell on the opening day of the season. On Saturday, they lost their first away trip of the season as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Alvechurch.

MATCHDAY ADMISSION PRICES:

Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Kick-off at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road is at 7:45pm.

Ives v Mickleover: Match Preview

The curtain goes up on the 2023/24 PitchingIn Southern League Premier Division Central season on Saturday as St Ives Town host Mickleover at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

It was back at the end of April that the Ives last saw competitive action as they saw out the season with a defeat at Nuneaton.  That match turned out to be something of a non-event as The Ives had thankfully secured their status in the division the week before courtesy of victory at home to Bedford.

Since then, manager Ricky Marheineke has added a few new faces but most of the squad from last season remain.  Supporters’ player of the year, Jordan Williams will once again be a key part of the squad as he will be part of a back four that will also include Jonny Herd who scooped the Managers Player of the Year last season.  Top scorer Jonny Edwards also returns, and all eyes will be on him to see if he can repeat his scoring exploits from the previous campaign.

Joining the St Ives squad are midfielder Fernado Bell-Toxtle who arrives from Royston.  Tiago Nassunculo looks like he will be adding extra pace following his switch from Barwell.  Goalkeeper Eddie Brearey comes in on loan from Oxford United whilst Brandon Njoku and Dan Barton are loaned from Cambridge United.  Meanwhile Aaron Smith joins from St Neots to strengthen the midfield options.  Pre-season form for the Ives has been decent, and they rounded off their preparations for the new campaign last Saturday with a 2-2 draw at Hendon.

The league this season…..

As usual, there will be new teams in this division this season.  AFC Telford United, Leamington and Kettering will be looking for an immediate return to the National League North following their relegation.  AFC Sudbury, Long Eaton United, Halesowen, Stamford and Berkhamsted either make their debuts or return to this level after winning promotion last season.

Introducing Mickleover…….

Mickleover arrive having narrowly missed out on a play-off berth.  They finished sixth last season and will be hoping to get off to a good start.  They have strengthened over the summer and include two strikers who have been added to their squad.  Andre Wright signed from Stratford Town whilst former Southampton forward Marcus Barnes could be one to look out for.

Ives team news…..

The Ives have had no further match action since last Saturday, but manager Ricky Marheineke has concerns over the fitness of striker Jonny Edwards who missed the back end of pre-season through injury.  Fellow striker Brandon Njoku is on standby to make his debut whilst Eddie Brearey could be the preferred choice in goal.

Kick-off at Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.

Matchday Admission Prices…..

Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)

Cambridge Sensotec renew partnership

St Ives Town FC are very proud and delighted to confirm a further enhanced renewal of their great partnership deal with Cambridge Sensotec Ltd and their Dynascan division as First Team Home kit sponsor. For the 2023/24 season, the fantastic news is that both companies will become sponsors for all First Team players on a block basis.     

SITFC Commercial Director Mark Taylor commented ‘We have had Cambridge Sensotec as a great partner/supporter for many years now and with all the current very challenging economic and financial issues/worries that everyone is having to face, it is brilliant news that they are able to both carry on providing the critical foundations for the club to continue to operate in its current  structure but also to expand their invaluable support.’     

Mark Swetnam Cambridge Sensotec’s Managing Director added “Once again we are delighted to renew our sponsorship with St Ives Town at a further enhanced level.  It is important that we grow the relationship as Sensotec grows as a business.  As we enter our sixth consecutive year as First Team home and away shirt sponsors, we look forward to another great season, after quite comfortably securing step three league football for another year at the end of last season.  The 3G pitch and surrounding facilities are fantastic and all the players, both home and away, seem to love playing on the quality surface.  It is great to see so many quality players have committed to stay at the club to form the backbone of the squad for the new season, and there are some exciting new players who have signed in pre-season. 

Once again I want to thank Chairman Paul Reason and his board of Directors for overseeing this amazing progress at the club, and send our best wishes and hopes for a great season to our manager, Ricky, and his support team.  We have some new interesting places to visit and some new teams to welcome at Westwood Road in the 23/24 season and we look forward to seeing everyone old and new at the ground soon”.

Mark Swetnam, Managing Director of Cambridge Sensotec (left) with Ives skipper, Michael Richens

Match Preview – Spalding (H)

This weekend sees the start of July, which means that St Ives Town begin their pre-season programme.

Spalding play in the Northern Premier League Midlands, and like St Ives have only reported back for duty within the last week, so the match will be the ideal opportunity for the teams to get some game time under their belts for the first time since the season closed at the end of April.

Since the close of the previous campaign, Ives manager Ricky Marheineke has been busy assembling a squad ahead of the new season with the core from last year being retained.  Key players such as Jonny Edwards, Jonny Herd and Jordan Williams – a trio which scooped honours at the end of season awards – will all be with the Ives for the forthcoming campaign.  They could all feature in the opening friendlies along with others including Fernando Bell-Toxtle who has signed from Royston Town.

The Tulips finished third in the Northern Premier League Midlands table last season, and progressed to the play-off final only to lose out to Halesowen Town.  Despite losing Stefan Broccoli to Cambridge City, they have made a number of impressive signings including striker Dan Sweeney, who the Ives know all about as he was formerly with Bromsgrove Rovers.

So, the season may be a good few weeks away yet, but if you fancy getting back into it and seeing the start of pre-season, then get down to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Monday evening. The details together with admission prices are as follows:

ST IVES TOWN v SPALDING UNITED

Monday 3 July 2023.  Kick-off 7:45pm

Admission:

Adults:  £6.00

Under 16s (accompanied by an adult): FREE

Match Preview – Ives at Nuneaton

The curtain comes down on another league season for St Ives Town as they make the trip to Nuneaton on Saturday afternoon.

It’s been a long season that has seen plenty of highs and lows and no more than a fortnight ago it looked a real possibility that the Ives could be relegated.  However, they make the trip on the back of three straight wins that will see them finish well clear of the drop zone.  Easter victories against Tamworth and Royston all but secured their safety and it was rubber stamped courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Bedford last Saturday.

The Ives will be looking to finish the season on a high, and boss Ricky Marheineke will be looking for his players to put in a strong performance against a Nuneaton side who lost 3-0 to Tamworth on Thursday night.  Both Tamworth and Coalville will be going for the title on the last day of the season.

INTRODUCING NUNEATON

Nuneaton secured a place in the play-offs a few weeks ago and currently sit fourth in the table but there are question marks over whether they go into the game with the all important momentum.  Aside from the defeat against Tamworth on Thursday, Mickleover and Kings Langley have taken points off them in the last four league games.  They do have a fantastic home record though, and have only lost once at their Liberty Way ground all season.

THE REVERSE FIXTURE

It was November 5th when the two teams met at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.  The visitors stormed to a two goal lead inside the first 20 minutes.  But the Ives put in a much more spirited display in the second half and Jonny Edwards set-up a grandstand finish with a goal five minutes from time, but Nuneaton held on to secure the points.

If you are not making the trip, then a reminder that you can keep up to date with all the action from Liberty Way throughout the afternoon via social media with a post match report and highlights available on the website and club youtube channel during the weekend.

Kick-off at Liberty Way is at 3:00pm.

GOING TO THE GAME

Nuneaton Borough FC
The First Class Safety Stadium
Liberty Way
NUNEATON
CV11 6RR

Book tickets to the game here: https://www.borofc.co.uk/events/44825/vs-st-ives-town-fc

Match Preview – Hednesford v The Ives

 Ives Town head to Hednesford today as they look to build on the excellent win against Mickleover last weekend.

The 2-0 win over Mickleover saw a three-match losing streak come to an end.  For that match, Ives manager Ricky Marheineke changed the starting line-up with the likes of James Dadge, Ben Toseland and Kellan Hickinson getting the nod over others including striker Jonny Edwards who despite scoring the first goal, started the match on the bench.  Given the excellent performances that the trio put it in last week, Marheineke could be tempted to start with them again this week against a team who are currently one place off the foot of the table.

Despite their lowly position, Hednesford did get an excellent win last week when they came away with a 3-1 victory at Bedford Town.  Prior to that, it was on 3 December that the Pitmen recorded their last win which was a 2-0 victory over Stratford Town.  They have lost 16 of their 25 league matches to date which included a 2-0 defeat to the Ives on 26 November at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.  The Ives are currently 13th in the league table, and a win tomorrow could see them move up to 10th in the table.

GOING TO THE GAME:
Hednesford Town FC
Race Stadium at Keys Park
Keys Park Road
Hednesford
Staffs
WS12 2DZ

ADMISSION PRICES:
Adults: £12.00
Concessions: £9.00
Under 16’s: £5.00
Under 5’s: Free
Family Ticket: £15.00

Car Park: £3.00

If you are not attending the game, then there will be the usual updates on social media throughout the afternoon with a full match report available on the Ives website over the weekend.

St Ives Town FC Open Evening – Thursday 19 January – All Welcome

St Ives Town Football Club are organising an open evening for all supporters to attend.  The event will take place on Thursday 19 January between 7 and 8:30pm in the clubhouse at the ground.

This will be the chance to voice your opinions to club officials on how the club is doing, what it is good at, and what it can do better.

So the club can get an idea of numbers, please RSVP in advance if you wish to attend.  Replies can be sent to Paul Reason.  Email: paul@rcostings.co.uk.

A new signing for the Ives plus Cowling returns

Myles Cowling has re-joined St Ives Town on loan from Cambridge United.
Cowling started the season at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road, but returned to United after the Ives were knocked out of the FA Cup by FC Halifax Town.  Cowling was a regular in the first team during the opening months of the season and impressed with a number of consistent good performances. 
Also joining the Ives is Patrick Casey who arrives on dual registration from Harborough Town.  Patrick is a defender who started this season at AFC Rushden & Diamonds before switching to step four football to join the Northern Premier League, Midlands outfit. 
Both players look set to be included in the Ives squad for the match against Hednesford Town on Saturday.

The Ives at home to FC Halifax in the FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round

St Ives Town have been drawn at home to FC Halifax in the fourth qualifying round of the Emirates FA Cup.  The visitors are currently bottom of the National League and have won 2 of their opening 11 matches.  The tie is scheduled to take place on 15 October at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road, but this will be confirmed together with more details of the match in due course.