Category: Youth Team News

New Dawn For Local Footballing Talent

Following a hugely successful first season in the Cambs League, winning the League and Cup double, St Ives Town U13s (future Year9) managed by Brett Fairholm have been accepted to make the step up to The Eastern Junior Alliance (EJA) League for the 2017/18 Season. The EJA is seen as  the leading youth development football league in the South East Of England and the stepping stone between the academy levels of the professional ranks and the regular youth level in all counties. Spread over 9 counties and with approximately 70 clubs and 185 teams, the EJA gives youth players the chance to progress their game to a better level on and off the pitch: With higher standards of coaching, behavior and conduct, by teaching youth players what to expect, and what will be expected of them in their future football careers.

Brett Fairholm – “Playing in the Cambs League has been a fantastic experience and The Eastern Junior Alliance is a big step for our boys, most teams that they’ll be facing next season have a large saturation of boys that have been with Professional Academies from a very young age, but we are very confident that we’ll compete and leave a good impression on the teams we face. We will be playing in the Suffolk section of the League against some very strong East Anglian teams. This time last year St Ives Town didn’t have a presence in local, boy’s youth football and to achieve what they have in such a short space of time is amazing really….As a club we hope to be able to provide a standard of football for the boys in St Ives and the surrounding area that cannot be matched by other clubs. Playing consistently at the highest level will not only benefit the boys themselves but no doubt over a period of time, the club too. It will help create a seamless link between the Youth Teams, The Football Educational Program, currently headed by Jack Cassidy and our 1st Team Managed by Ricky Marheineke.

If you would like to contact Brett for next season u14s its brett.fairholm@ntlworld.com

 

Football Education Coaching Announcement

Jack Cassidy has added Gary Marheineke to the Football Education Programme Coaching Staff on a part time basis. Gary’s job will be to oversee the U18’s Match Days in the Midweek Thurlow Nunn West Division.

Jack Cassidy & Ben Seymour Shove will continue their current roles in overseeing all player development, head of coaching and education on a full time basis. Gary adds a wealth of coaching and playing experience including working for the FA full time as a Skills Coach and representing England Amputee’s as a goalkeeper in the European Championships later this year.

Everybody at St Ives would like to wish Gary a warm welcome to the club.

Youth Team Result Kings Lynn Town U18’s 0 St Ives Town Youth Team 2

Kings Lynn Town U18’s 0 St Ives Town Youth Team 2

Date: Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: The Walks Stadium, Tennyson Rd, King’s Lynn PE30 5PB
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division

A cracking all round performance saw the young Ives bounce back from last week’s dismal cup defeat to very much keep alive their hopes of claiming the Western Division title.

The impressive Walks Stadium, some very positive training sessions and the presence of manager Jack Cassidy and assistant Ben Seymour-Shove seemed to have the desired effect of lifting the boys as with only three changes this looked like a completely different side from last week.

One of the returnees was goalkeeper Tom Smith and he had to show his alertness in only the sixth minute as Kieron Wingfield threaded a ball through the Ives back line that looked like it had put Jack Minister clear, but Smith was quickly off his line to bravely snuff out the threat.

The home side continued to press in these early stages as Ives were taking a while to settle and the best chance of these early exchanges fell to Minister in the 12th minute. Connor Young got away down the right and drove a low cross into the box that evaded everyone in the middle and arrived at the feet of Minister by the far post eight yards out. But as he was closed by Smith and his defenders he took his eye off the ball and failed to make clean contact. The ball was eventually smuggled back to Jacob White on the edge of the box, but he hit a crisp drive a couple of feet wide of Smith’s left hand post.

The home side were moving the ball around well, but struggling to penetrate the visitor’s rigid formation. Young delivered a dangerous corner into Ives box on 25 minutes and Patrik Polhos under pressure conceded a free kick just outside the box as he pulled back White. Minister curled the free kick around Ives four man wall, but straight into the grateful hands of a well positioned Smith.

Ives were slowly working their way into the game and as the half wore on they began to look the stronger team with the pace, movement and work rate of the front pair causing the Linnets some problems. The visitors first half chance arrived in 26th minute as skipper Mark Lloyd delivered a dangerous in-swinging free kick from the left that was flicked on at the near post, by Tiago Dias, but the pace of the ball just beat Jamie Short and Callum Sheppeard arriving at the back post.

Having created one chance, more quickly followed. Only sixty seconds later Matt Wright unselfishly put his strike partner Dias through one on one with Linnets centre back Dan Harvey. Dias got the better of his man but was denied by a brave block from keeper Charlie Congreve.

Congreve had to do even better just after the half hour as good distribution from Smith picked out Martin Saunders in space he in turn picked out a perfectly timed run from Dias that saw the striker get completely clear. Congreve came to meet him and Dias chose to go round the Linnets stopper, but the keeper came out best as he plunged in to take the ball off Dias’s toe.

St Ives pressure continued to build with the pace and trickery of Annoncio Anemou and Martin Saunders adding to the problems the Linnets back line were already having. Saunders robbed Taylor King on 33 minutes and cut inside before unleashing a rising drive from the corner of the box that crept just over the angle of crossbar and post.

A goal for Ives was beginning to look inevitable and it arrived on 38 minutes as Polhos won the ball well in midfield and played it through the right channel which put Wright in a foot race with Callum South. The Linnets centre back just about managed to keep pace with him, but Wright found just enough space to clip his shot past the advancing Congreve and into the net from just inside the box.

Having got in front Ives continued to press home their advantage Anemou found space to break at pace from inside his own half and having pulled defenders to him he cleverly moved the ball inside to Dias who again played Wright in against South. This time the Linnet’s back man came out on top sliding in with a perfectly timed tackle to knock the ball away just as Wright shaped to shoot.

There were a number of lengthy stoppages in the first period, including one that saw Sam Davidson leave the field to be replaced by Saunders. Ives took advantage of the added time to double their lead. A corner from the right by Saunders was played back to him by Lloyd and this time Saunders found space to curl in an in-swinging cross that an unmarked Short deftly flicked past Congreve and in off the crossbar.

Having got their two goal cushion Ives were in no mood to give their hosts a sniff of getting back into the game. The rigid defensive lines that were prevalent in the early stages had re-appeared and although the Linnets enjoyed a lot of possession all of their passing was in front of the Ives as they could not find a way through the lines.

When they did get a sniff they found Smith in imperious form. He did very well to claim a hanging cross from King under heavy pressure from Nathan Davies on the hour. A long ball down the centre almost caused a problem as it skidded off Sheppeard’s head to put Davies clear, but he was quickly closed down by Smith and fired his hurried effort from the edge of the box high and wide.

Jack Noble and substitute Aiden Doughty combined well on the right to deliver a low cross which got through the crowded area to arrive at the feet of Foster Howlett deep in the Ives box, but he did no better than Davies failing to hit the target with a tame effort.

Having weathered the pressure from the home side with very few scares Ives began to venture out again as the half wore on. A swift break initiated by Anemou on 73 minutes should have lead to a third goal for the visitors. Anemou won another tackle in the centre of the park and fed the ball into Lloyd who played a perfectly weighted pass out to the right to pick out substitute Adam Parmenter roaming forward. He hung up an inviting cross that picked out Dias unmarked in the centre. Unfortunately the ball was millimetres to high and the stretching Dias could only direct his free header over the top from eight yards.

The final action of the evening saw Lloyd, Anemou and Dias all combine well down the left to set up a shooting opportunity for Wright that the speedy striker hit well from just inside the box and was unlucky to see it deflected just wide of Congreve’s left hand post.

The boys deserved their round of applause for a job well done at the end, but this is only half a job, so let us get as many people along as possible to cheer them on in their must win last League game which has been moved to the Pro-Edge on Monday 27th March 7.45pm kick off.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Ewan Smith, Zoric, Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos (McFarlane 68), Davidson (Saunders 22, Parmenter 66), Lloyd (capt), Wright, Dias, Anemou

Unused subs : Kwiatowski

Goals : Wright 38, Short 45+3

Attendance :  32

Youth Team Result Saffron Walden U18’s 4 St Ives Town Youth Team 0

Saffron Walden U18’s 4 St Ives Town Youth Team 0

Date: Thursday 16th March 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: The Meadow, 1 Catons Lane, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2DU
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup

A dismal away performance in which the young Ives were second best all over the park throughout this game against a rugged Walden team saw them unceremoniously dumped out of the League Cup at the first round stage. Things did not bode well even before the game started with Tiago Dias dropping out ill before the team left the ground and Reuben Eyles failing to arrive due to car problems. A quick re-shuffle saw Martin Saunders come in on the right wing with Sam Davidson moving into a central midfield role and Patrik Polhos slotting in just in front of the back four.

After their pre-match shenanigans it was no surprise when Ives started slowly and they had a huge let off after only five minutes as a cross from the left got right through the box and arrived at the feet of Tom Pluck who looked like he had a tap in, but he was beaten by a bobble on the firm and bouncy pitch and much to Ives relief lifted his effort over the top from six yards.

The closest Ives came to troubling giant Bloods keeper George Templeman in the entire game came on eleven minutes as Saunders delivered a high floating cross that seemed to deceive the keeper and he let the ball go and must have been mightily relieved as it held up in the breeze and dropped onto the top of his crossbar before bouncing to safety.

The above mention was the only time that Ives had ventured into home territory in the opening fifteen minutes the remainder of the play had been inside the visitors half and it came as no real surprise when the home side went in front after 18 minutes. Will Lawrence won the ball from two dallying Ives players in the middle of the park and played the ball into the feet of Taylor Williamson 25 yards from goal. The Bloods striker was given time and space to turn before trying his luck with a low drive that beat keeper Jordan Mitchell’s despairing dive and crept in the bottom corner of the net.

Things might have been very different if the inconsistent referee Mr Joe Wrigley had awarded Ives a stonewall penalty on 27 minutes. Ewan Smith played an excellent ball over the top to put Sam Davidson clear. Davidson had his marker Tim Jossaume beaten for pace, but was agriculturally scythed down from behind by the Bloods defender. Referee Wrigley was probably the only man in the ground who did not think it was a spot kick.

After things had not gone their way with the penalty claim Ives seemed to go back into their shells and the home side resumed their ascendency. Keeper Mitchell was almost caught out by a ball over the top on 32 minutes as he was quickly closed down by Ledwith and forced into a hurried clearance which went straight to Williamson 30 yards from goal. He had time to take a touch, but although his attempted curler cleared the stranded keeper it drifted just the wrong side of the post.

Ives relief at only remaining one down was very short lived as Callum Sheppeard endured a 30 second spell he will want to forget needlessly fouling Ledwith 25 yards out he then decided that he needed to be part of Ives defensive wall and only succeeded in deflecting Ledwith’s free kick inside Mitchell’s left hand post with the keeper struggling to get across to the initial shot in the opposite corner.

Pluck came close to making it three nine minutes before the break as he got onto Borley’s well weighted through ball, but only succeeded in firing wide of the target as Mitchell came out quickly to close him down.

Davidson was causing the home defence a few problems with his pace and he went on a sixty yard run in 40th minute that ended with him again being clattered by a Bloods defender. This time referee Wrigley deemed it a foul and even booked the offender Reece Bowater. The free kick did not get past the first man and lead to a break by the home side that saw Mitchell produce a flying save at his near post to push away a well struck shot from Ledwith.

Any hoped for revival by Ives after the break was quickly extinguished as they gifted the home side another goal on 53 minutes. Davidson conceded a free kick 30 yards from goal. The kick was taken quickly whilst the visitors were still trying to organise. Borley curled the ball into the box, Mitchell pushed it away at the far post, but the ball fell to Will Lawrence who clipped it back into the centre where Pluck turned it home from close range with Ives defence in disarray.

Ives defence continued to look completely at sixes and sevens. Mitchell did well to keep out a powerful header from Callum Sparrow after he had found acres of space in the centre of the box to get on the end of a Bloods corner on 55 minutes. Five minutes later Mitchell got in another mix up with his defence as he came for a long punt into the box, but did not call and a back peddling Sheppeard headed it out of his hands, but fortunately just past the post.

The inevitable fourth goal arrived only one minute later as the resulting corner was cleared, but the ball was quickly channelled down the right where Borley beat both Dawid Kwiatowski and Mitchell to the ball into the box and was left with the simple task of rolling it into the empty net.

Mitchell produced good saves to prevent Pluck and substitute Pedro Da Silva adding to the Bloods score in a two minute spell around the seventy minute mark. Williamson also squandered a good chance only seconds later. But with the home side now regularly rolling on and off their substitutes this had the effect of breaking up the flow of the game, and probably saved Ives from further punishment.

The only items of note in the remaining period were a shot on target from Jamie Short in 89th minute that needed a comfortable save and a free kick from Mark Lloyd deep in added time that sailed out of the ground to sum up Ives night. The referee played seven added minutes just to prolong the agony a little more, but finally the whistle blew and the Bloods deservedly marched on to the next round leaving Ives to slink off with their tails between their legs. Jack has a big job to do to lift the side before their two huge League games in six days starting a King’s Lynn next Wednesday.

St Ives Team : Mitchell, Ewan Smith, Parmenter (Kwiatowski 32), Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos, Davidson, Saunders, Wright, Lloyd (capt), Anemou (Foster 53)

Unused subs : none

Goals : none

Attendance :  67

Youth Team Result St Ives Town 3 Haverhill Rovers U18’s 0

St Ives Town Youth Team vs Haverhill Rovers U18’s

Date: Monday 27th February 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2NR
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup

In spite of a well taken early goal from Annoncio Anenou the young Ives struggled to break down a well organised and resilient Rovers team. Their patience and ability eventually prevailed as they added two second half goals to progress into the first round of the League Cup on a testing pitch at Jubilee Park.

The opening goal came after only five minutes. Matt Wright showed his pace getting down the right flank and cutting in before being brought down right on the edge of the box by Tom Hogg. Home skipper Mark Lloyd served up a tempting free kick to the back post where Anenou rose highest to power home a header into the top corner.

A similar opportunity arrived for the Ives only four minutes later as Sam Davidson sprinted down the right before being brought down by the corner flag by the struggling Hogg. Lloyd again served up the free kick and this time picked out Davidson in the centre of goal eight yards out. The winger got good contact, but directed his header straight at visiting keeper Charlie Hutchinson who did well to block the effort and the ball was scrambled away.

In these early stages Haverhill were struggling to get the ball out of their half with their only outlet being the ever willing Jamie Judge who was ploughing a lone furrow up front for the visitors. Even though Ives were enjoying the lion’s share of possession they were struggling to find a way to get through the massed ranks of the Rovers back line who were well supported by a deep lying midfield.

The next good opening did not arrive until the half hour and it fell to the visitors. Lloyd was caught out on the half way line by Harry Daniels who fed the ball down the right to Jamie Cullerton. His low cross to the near post was turned behind for a corner by Callum Sheppeard. The resulting corner was met at the near post by Luke Moule who managed to get his effort on target, but it lacked power and simply presented a comfortable save for Tom Smith.

Ives continued to probe away at the Rovers back line without any real success. The closest they came to increasing their advantage came seven minutes from the break. Patrik Polhos powered his way into the Rovers defence before feeding the ball into the feet of Wright who was brought down on the left corner of the box. Charlie McManus curled the free kick over the wall forcing keeper Hutchinson to push the ball away with a diving save low to his left. The resultant Lloyd corner from the right arrived at the feet of Anenou. He struck his shot well, but Keelan Boon was well positioned by the post to block the effort and it was scrambled out for another flag kick. This one from the left was headed just wide of the near post by Polhos.

McManus had another chance from a free kick right on the break. The opportunity was won by another surging run from Polhos as he carried the ball across the face of the Haverhill back line and was unceremoniously brought down on the edge of the D. McManus’s free kick failed to beat the five man wall and the ball was cleared.

The home side started the second period in identical fashion to the first as they caught their visitor’s cold, doubling their advantage after only four minutes. Davidson set off on a surging run into the heart of the Rovers defence and released the ball at the perfect moment to slip in Wright and Ives leading scorer made no mistake prodding the ball home from close range past the exposed Hutchinson.

Going a second goal behind forced the visitors to be a little more adventurous. Tom Smith in the home goal had a very quiet first sixty minutes of the game. In these circumstances a vital part of every keeper’s game is to maintain your concentration. Just after the hour Smith showed us not only how good his concentration is, but also what a good keeper he is as he pulled off the save of the night. Rovers substitute Jake Mingay went down the left and managed to get to the bye line before trying to pick out a colleague with the pull back into the centre. He did not quite succeed, but Ives attempt to clear the ball only succeeded in knocking it down into the path of Judge twelve yards from goal. He hit the ball perfectly and it was flying into the roof of the net until Smith flung himself to his left to palm the pile driver over the top and leave a disbelieving Judge with his head in his hands.

Smith was called into action again three minutes later as he did well to block a close range effort from Mingay who had got on the end of a long Rovers free kick into the box. The visitor’s continued to probe into the Ives half without really creating much more in the way of shooting opportunities. Smith was smartly off his line to beat Ben Tait to a through ball after Cullerton and Judge had combined down the right to create the half chance 13 minutes from time. The Ives keeper had to be even quicker to react three minutes later as a Sheppeard back past stuck in the mud and Judge almost capitalised on it.

Ives weathered the visitor’s mini storm and began to get back in full control of the game as their superior fitness began to come more into play in the closing ten minutes. A Lloyd free kick swung in from the left on 82 minutes was spilled by keeper Hutchinson and the ball ran out for a corner. The resulting flag kick was just tipped away from the head of Sheppeard.

By this point in the game Ives had introduced all five of their substitutes. One of these Kyrle Foster showed us a flash of his potential four minutes later as he jinked his way past four Rovers defenders to get to the bye line on the left. His attempted cross was blocked out for a corner by a covering defender. The corner arrived at the feet of another substitute Owen King at the back post. King did everything right hitting a clean shot on target only to be denied by a spectacular header off the line by Mingay.

The third Ives goal arrived three minutes from time as skipper Lloyd exploited a tiring Rovers defence. He picked up a loose ball in the centre of the park and strode forward. Unlike earlier in the game he was not closed down quickly and unleashed a dipping shot from 25 yards that seemed to go under the body of the diving Hutchinson and then somehow found it’s way through a hole in the net sparking a debate between referee and his assistant over whether the ball had gone in or not. Justice was finally done when the pair concurred to award the goal.

Overall a good test for the Ives who had to learn how to be patient and break down a well organised defensive side. They march on to play either Saffron Walden Town or Royston Town away in the next round in two weeks time.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Ewan Smith (Kwiatowski 74), McManus, Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos (McDaid 68), Davidson (Morris 75), Eyles (King 75), Wright, Lloyd (capt), Anenou (Foster 63)

Unused subs : none

Goals : Anenou 5, Wright 49, Lloyd 87

Attendance :  40

 

 

Youth Team Result St Ives Town 2 Downham Town U18’s 0

St Ives Town Youth Team vs Downham Town U18’s

Date: Monday 20th February 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2NR
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division

The young Ives kept their hopes of winning the Western Division alive, but they made heavy weather of beating rock bottom Downham, who to their credit had improved considerably since the reverse fixture in October.

Things might have been very different had not the usually deadly Matt Wright failed to take advantage having been put clear by a perfectly weighted through ball by Tiago Dias after only five minutes. Wright took the ball in his stride and powered into the box, only to be defeated by a bobble off the firm pitch which meant he did not even hit the target.

However Ives were grateful to escape unscathed themselves only three minutes later as a deep cross from the right by Jamie Bowler picked out Joe Causton in space at the far post. His effort matched Wright’s as he completely miss kicked to fire well wide with the goal at his mercy.

The game in these early stages was quite even and the home sides next chance was carved out by the pacey Annoncio Anenou on 16 minutes. He battled his way past three defenders to get the bye line and then delivered a powerful cross to the back post where Sam Davidson met it with a diving header that was unfortunately straight at keeper Dan Clark who made the save look easy.

Downham were next to create an opportunity less than sixty seconds later as centre forward Jacob Sim dropped deep and picked up the ball by the half way line. He found space to turn and then set off on a powerful run down the right that took him past three Ives defenders before he cut inside and fired a well struck effort just past the far post.

Davidson was troubling his marker on the right hand side and he picked up two free kicks in quick succession around the half hour mark. Mark Lloyds delivered the second of these dangerously into the centre of the box where it evaded everyone and arrived at the feet of Wright by the fire post. He took a touch, but was quickly closed down and snatched his effort just wide.

Anenou was also enjoying some success down the left and he combined well with Wright only two minutes later. The two exchanged passes before Anenou fed the ball into Wright on the left hand corner of the box. Wright side stepped a defender before unleashing a shot the Clark could only push back into play. The ball arrived at the feet of Dias on the edge of the box, but his follow up effort thudded the boards just wide of the keeper’s right hand post.

Ives continued to push forward as half time approached and Anenou set up another opportunity four minutes from the break as he combined well with Joseph McDaid before delivering a teasing cross to the back post where Davidson arriving late went for the spectacular, but his first time volley flew high and wide.

The final chance for Ives to break the deadlock in the first half came in the last minute as Jamie Short picked fired a raking pass out of defence that picked out Davidson in space on the right. His low driven cross was just touched away from the inrushing Wright by Dan Cook.

Having failed to really get going in the first half Ives probably received a wake up call from manager Jack Cassidy at the break and the message seemed to get through as they immediately took the game to their opponents straight from the off with a much more positive high pressing game. They only had to wait 90 seconds before this change of tactics brought reward. Dias picked up a loose ball deep in Downham territory and worked space on the edge of the box before firing in a low shot that went through a defender’s legs and almost caught out Clark. The keeper reacted well to block the effort, but Wright was first to react to the loose ball and forced it home before the unfortunate Clark could smother it.

Wright had the ball in the net again two minutes later as he headed home a Lloyd free kick delivered from the right that had been headed up in the air by an under pressure Downham defender. Unfortunately for the Ives striker he had been offside when the initial ball had been delivered into the box and so was denied by the assistant’s flag.

Ives were now well on top with Downham struggling to keep them at bay. Full back Callum Battebee was fortunate to escape with only a talking to from the referee as he clattered Davidson for the second time in quick succession only one minute later. Lloyd delivered another dangerous free kick into the box that got through to Davidson, but he prodded the ball wide from ten yards.

The Downham goal was living a charmed life at this stage and they were fortunate not to fall two behind on 52 minutes. Dias played in Wright down the left and he cleverly pulled the ball back to Lloyd who struck his shot well only to be denied by a combination of Clark and Cook on the line. Keeper Clark just managed to dive on the loose ball ahead of Davidson.

The visitors created one good opportunity to get level in the second period and that came on 54 minutes as Louis Garrett put Josh Ford away down the right. He delivered a low cross into the box where Garrett had continued his run and looked to have the goal at his mercy only for Ewan Smith to come across from right back and make a crucial block.

The speedy Wright was put clear by a delicate clip over the top by Charlie McManus one minute later. Wright took a touch, but keeper Clark was very quickly off his line and closed him down making a brave block at close range as Wright tried to clip the ball past him.

Eager for more goals in case the title comes down to goal difference in the end manager Cassidy made two very positive changes either side of the hour mark. Strikers Sam Bond and Martin Saunders replaced midfielder McDaid and centre back Callum Sheppeard. Bond got on the end of the next Ives chance on 74 minutes as he got clear down the left channel. He was clipped by Bowler, but stayed upright and was unlucky to see his shot blocked by Clark who had again sprinted from his line to close down the angle.

Clarke was again his side’s saviour one minute later as he got down quickly to his right to keep out a powerful drive from Saunders cutting in from the left after he had picked up a quick McManus free kick.

Ives had a penalty appeal turned down ten minutes from time as Jamie Short put Wright through on the right. He in turn picked out Bond in the centre who turned and fired in a shot that beat keeper Clark, but was stopped on the line by the hand of Cook?.

With time running out for Ives to increase their advantage it looked like they would only close the differential in goals on PNS by one until Bond popped up on the end of ball into the box by Anenou in the first minute of added time. He took a touch away from the tiring defenders and fired a low drive from ten yards that beat Clark at his near post.

The result leaves Ives now realistically needing to win their remaining two games to pip PNS to the title a hard task as both are against teams Ives have yet to beat this season. But we must continue to believe and winning silverware would be an excellent end to their course for the second year scholars amongst this team.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Ewan Smith, McManus, Jamie Short, Sheppeard (Saunders 68), McDaid (Bond 58), Davidson, Lloyd (capt), Wright, Dias, Anenou

Unused subs : Kwiatowski, Morris, King

Goals : Wright 47, Bond 90 + 1

Attendance :  52

 

Youth Team Preview (H) PNS U18’s

St Ives Town Youth Team vs Peterborough Northern Star U18’s

Date: Monda 6th February 2017
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2NR
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division

 

Youth Team Result Yaxley Lynx U18’s 0 Saints Youth Team 1

Yaxley Lynx U18’s 0 St Ives Town Youth Team 1

Date: Friday 20th January 2017
Kick Off: 7:30pm
Ground Address: In2itive Park, Leading Drove, Yaxley PE7 3NA
Competition: Hunts County U18 Semi-Final

Ten man Ives overcame a six week break, an icy surface and a very stubborn opponent to reach the final of Hunts County Cup for the first time in five years.

The all important goal arrived on 23 minutes thanks to the persistence of full back Adam Parmenter who battled his way into the home box to set up a close range finish for Sam Bond.

Prior to this opener the visitors had struggled to come to terms with their long lay-off and the 4G Astroturf surface. They were fortunate not to fall behind after only 22 seconds as Yaxley’s Liam Hatfield sprinted clear down the right and delivered a dangerous cross to the near post that Callum Sheppeard managed to block. But he only succeeded in teeing the ball up for Liam Sanderson who fortunately snatched at his chance and fired over from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.

The home side enjoyed the majority of possession in the early period with Ives over hitting their passes on the frost slickened surface. But although Hatield and Sanderson continued to look dangerous they were denied any further clear opportunity thanks to the well organised visitors defence.

Ives were just beginning to work their way into the game when the goal arrived as Parmenter started his run from deep and got into the box, before apparently loosing out to Dan Seaman in the home defence. But Parmenter never knows when he is beaten and he managed to battle back and rob the Yaxley man before delivering the perfect cross to the centre where Bond dived in to head home.

The goal seemed to settle the Ives and they enjoyed a period in the ascendency. An excellent run down the left by Tiago Dias only three minutes later sparked off a flowing passing move involving Mark Lloyd and Bond that ended up with the ball played into the feet of Matt Wright on the edge of the box. But his first time effort was always rising and comfortably cleared Miles Shire’s crossbar.

A blocked effort from Dias and a Wright shot into the side netting followed in the next ten minutes as the visitors remained on top. But having failed to add to their advantage Ives had goalkeeper Tom Smith to thanks for keeping them in front at the break. A deep cross from the left by Sam Royle was headed away at the back post by Kwiatowski, but under pressure from Hatfield his clearance fell just outside the box where Charlie Farrance caught it perfectly on the volley. The ball was arrowing in the top left hand corner of the net, but the excellent Smith flung himself high to his left to fingertip the ball onto the post and the loose ball was scrambled away by Kwiatowski.

The second half started with a small fracas on the edge of the Yaxley box after Wright had slid in on Billy Robinson. Both players picked up yellow cards as did goalkeeper Shire for needlessly getting involved. The first opportunity of the second period came Ives way only 30 seconds later as a Lloyd free kick into the box was headed down by Jamie Short and Dias stabbed in a shot that Shire saved comfortably low to his right.

This was Ives last real chance of the evening as Yaxley began to take control of the midfield, but they were struggling to break through the well organised and resolute Ives back line. When they did find any sort of way through they found keeper Smith was still in imperious form. He was next called into action on 54 minutes as he bravely gathered a low cross from the right by Sanderson just ahead of Hatfield and Matt Dole.

Smith also did well three minutes later as he stayed big when Sanderson was put clear by Hatfield. Again the Yaxley man lacked composure and failed to hit the target from a very good position.

Hatfield himself was guilty of failing to hit the target as he time his leap to perfection to get in a clean header on a Sanderson free kick from the right. He made good contact, but his effort from ten yards was a good three feet wide of Smith’s left hand post.

The Ives did manage a brief sortie into home territory on 75 minutes as Dias managed to win a corner. But it was almost their undoing as the home side broke at pace and the unlucky Patrik Polhos picked up his first yellow of the evening by pulling back Hatfield in the centre circle to take one for the team.

Smith was called into action again to preserve his clean sheet nine minutes from time as a cross from the right by Adam Newton was headed up in the air by a stretching Short. Seaman met the dropping ball on the volley ten yards out, but Smith was down smartly to his left to block the shot and his defenders helped out by hacking the loose ball clear.

Polhos picked up his second yellow on 90 minutes for a clumsy challenge on Jordan Harris that looked worse than it was as the Yaxley substitute was moving at pace. The free from 30 yards was curled over the bar by Hatfield and any anticipated late onslaught by the home side did not materialise as Ives cleverly kept the ball to play out the remaining six and half minutes added time at the end.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Parmenter, Kwiatowski, Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos, Davidson, Lloyd (capt), Wright (Saunders 71), Bond (Anemou 79), Dias (Morris 88)

Unused subs : Ewan Smith, King

Goals : Bond 23

Attendance :  40 approx

The Under 18’s are the first of an historic four sides to make County Cup Semi-Finals this year so if you are free please go along to support our boys in the following up-coming matches :

Sunday 29th January – Under 14’s – 10.30 am kick off – Home at St Ivo Outdoor Centre Astro v Fenstanton

Tuesday 1st February – First Team – 7.45 pm kick off – Away at Eynesbury Rovers

Sunday 7th February – Under 13’s – 10.30 am kick off – Away at Warboys Colts Black

Youth Team Result St Ives Town Youth 5 March Town United U18’s 2

St Ives Town Youth Team 5 March Town United U18’s 2

Date: Monday 28th November 2016
Kick Off: 7:45pm
Ground Address: Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 2NR
Competition: Thurlow Nunn Youth League West Division

The young Ives moved to the top of the table with what on paper looks like a comprehensive win over the Hares. But they certainly did it the hard way in a very much Jekyll & Hyde performance where their first half display was probably as poor as they have been all season and the half time whistle arrived with the visitors two goals to the good and well worthy of their advantage. A change of formation and some wise words at half time saw a transformed Ives lift themselves back to their normal selves to blow their opposition away with five unanswered second half goals.

Having beaten their visitors quite comfortably only a few weeks previously it is quite possible that the home side came into this game thinking they had only got to turn up to win it. They also started very well and had the ball in the net after only six minutes as Sam Davidson latched onto a Matt Wright flick, out muscled Brett Liddy and rifled the ball home only to have the goal chalked off for an alleged foul on the defender.

From this point the Ives seemed to take their foot off the gas and allowed March to take control of the game. The visitors should have gone in front from their first corner on 13 minutes as a poor clearing header was only directed onto the head of Archie Murfitt who failed to hit the target with a free header from inside the six yard box.

Patrik Polhos seemed to be the only man playing up to his usual standard for the Ives and he went close to putting them in front on 18 minutes as he broke into the box at pace and fired in a rasping drive that Hares keeper Mitchell Smith did well to tip over the top.

This proved to be only a sporadic raid into Hares territory as the visitors continued on top and were winning the ball all over the park. The opening goal arrived with the run of play on 22 minutes as Brendan Robinson robbed Jake McFarlane in the centre of the park and strode forward in spite of McFarlane’s attempts to pull him back. He finished the run with a low drive from 25 yards that Tom Smith got a hand to and will be disappointed that he failed to keep out.

Worse news followed for the home side on the half hour as the all action Polhos limped out of the game with a recurrence of a knee injury that saw him replaced by Joseph McDaid. The pain was heaped on Ives even further as six minutes later the Hares doubled their advantage. Danny Atkins powered through the left channel before pulling the ball back to Will Curtis who saw his well struck shot pushed away at close range by Smith, but Rob Conyard was following up and fired the loose ball home.

Still Ives did not lift themselves and they were very fortunate not to go in at the break three down as Conyard sprayed an excellent cross field pass to pick out Murfitt cutting in from the right. He skilfully clipped the ball over the advancing Smith and was only denied by an excellent covering header off the line by Callum Sheppeard.

Manager Jack Cassidy made two changes of personnel and a switch to a 3-4-3 formation at the break and suddenly Ives were transformed. Skipper Mark Lloyd had a shot well saved by keeper Smith only ninety seconds after the break. But the rampaging Ives were not to be denied for long as pacey substitute Annoncio Anemou raced into space on the left and slid the ball through to Wright who calmly slotted the ball under the advancing Smith to halve the arrears on 49 minutes. Three minutes later the home side were level as a low Lloyd corner from the left was flicked on at the near post and smashed home from point blank range by Jamie Short arriving at the back post.

Sam Davidson thought he had put the Ives in front only thirty seconds later, but for the second time on the evening he was denied by the match officials this time a flag from the assistant for a marginal, but probably correct offside decision.

The Ives continued to pour forward in search of the winner and Liddy was perhaps a little fortunate to escape with only a yellow card as he hauled down Wright to prevent the speedy striker getting clear on the hour. Wright’s free kick went through the wall, but was well held by keeper Smith.

The game evened out a little for the next fifteen minutes as Ives seemed to take a breather and home keeper Smith was twice called into action to keep the scores level. On 75 minutes he stood up well to parry a fierce Curtis drive after the powerful striker had fought his way into the box on the left. He pulled off a fantastic save to deny Conyard only sixty seconds later Murfitt delivered a cross from the left and Conyard got across his man at the near post to power in a header from eight yards that was destined for the top corner, but Smith flung himself to his right to fingertip the ball over the top to earn the admiration of all in the ground.

Having had their breather the home side began to exert their authority on the game again as the battling Hares began to tire and two goals in two minutes from substitute Sam Bond settled the issue. His first arrived with eight minutes to go as Lloyd clipped a ball over the top that Wright raced onto beating keeper Smith to the ball on the left. Wright had the presence of mind to look up and float the ball over the retreating keeper to the far post where Bond arrived with a well timed run to head the ball home from close range. The young striker’s second came two minutes later this time set up by a sprint and excellent cross from Anemou on the left. Bond attacked the cross at the near post to bullet a header into the roof of the net.

The icing on the cake was provided one minute from time as Sheppeard ranged forward from defence before playing an excellent through ball to put Bond clear. Keeper Smith came racing off his line to try and beat the striker to the ball, but got it all wrong and simply took out young Bond. Lloyd calmly placed his spot kick low past the keeper to make the final score 5-2 to the Ives and take them to the pinnacle in the Western Division.

St Ives Team : Tom Smith, Parmenter (Bond 45), Ewan Smith, Jamie Short, Sheppeard, Polhos (McDaid 30), Davidson, McFarlane, Wright (Texter 87), Lloyd (capt), Foster (Anemou 45)

Unused subs : none

Other substitutions roll on/roll off : Parmenter for Ewan Smith 67

Goals : Wright 49, Short 52, Bond 82 & 84, Lloyd 89 (pen)

Attendance :  42