Category: Youth Team News

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 11 Feb

2 out of 3 for our Sunday sides

In a late fixture change, the Ladies 1st team played (for the 4th time this season) March Town United Ladies in the 1/4 final of the Cambs FA Invitation Cup running out 2-0 winners to progress to the semi-final.

Ladies manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say –

A really good performance from the Ladies again in the 1/4 final of the Invitation Cup against a fast improving March side. Huge thanks to Gary and everyone at March Town for arranging this game at short notice when thee original games were postponed.

Both goals for were scored by Tierney Coulson. The first a well taken penalty after a foul on Sasha Smith and a simple finish for the second after superb work by Georgia Stancombe. Players of the match were the excellent Hannah Seymour-Shove and Stephanie Ransome.

The postponed game against ICA Sports will now be this coming Sunday 18 Feb.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 25 Feb – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game against Isleham United was postponed. Their next game is this coming Sunday against Wisbech from the Championship North Division in the Junior invitation cup

Cambs Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Wisbech Town (H) – Cambs FA Women’s Junior Invitation Cup
  • Sun 4 March – Burwell Tigers (A)  – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won 4-0 at home to Leiston in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Great game today and 4 – 0 win for St Ives. Played some really good football in haìl & rain. Scorers Myles hamilton, Ben Smith, Jools Priest and Mitkov. Well done lads. Look forward to Bury Town at home next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 11.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Bury Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – Biggleswade Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s suffered a 1-2 defeat at Newmarket

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 11.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 18 Feb – Walsham Le Willows (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – AFC Sudbury (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s have a 2 week break and resume on Sun 25 Feb.

Cambs & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 March – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Round Up & Match Report – 4 Feb

The U13s are the sole winners for our Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st Team didn’t play this weekend and drop to 3rd in the table, but have games in hand over the 2 teams above them in the league table.

Cambs Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 18 Feb – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs FA Women’s Invitation Cup

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It was a game of 2 halves for the Ladies Development team. They were 3-0 up at halftime against current table leaders Fulbourn Institute. The Bluebirds however rallied in the second half to come away 4-3 winners.

Cambs Women’s Champioship South. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Isleham United  (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 18 Feb – Wisbech Town (H) – Cambs FA Women’s Junior Invitation Cup

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The U15’s lost 4-1 at Haverhill Rovers with Ben Smith scoring the Ives goal.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Well done to Haverhill Rovers who were deserved winners today in the EJA League. Best of luck for the rest of your season. For the Ives we re-group and move on to Leiston FC at home next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Leiston (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 18 Feb – Bury Town (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s also lost 4-1 at home to Haverhill Rovers

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 18 Feb – Walsham Le Willows (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s were 2-0 winners at Littleport in the Cambs & District U13A division.

Manager Jay Annis has provided the below match report –

We started really fast today to try and catch Littleport cold but nothing materialized, five or six real chances to put the ball in the back of the net in the first ten minutes. So Littleport started  slowly retreating towards their box giving us more time to pick a pass.

Littleport  were defending  like lions and had a few chances on the break, but finally from play from the back we managed to get Gino in behind to score in the 34 minute. Thankfully half time came and we could re-organise and focus on what we could do in the second half. Again Littleport had everyone behind the ball and making it very hard for us to get the second that would kill the game. We carried on threading the ball through and making chances with no end product. And you could sense that Littleport  might get something on the break.

But with a minute to go the ball was threaded through to Harry who shot hit the keeper for it to rebound and Gino to stick the ball in the net.

This was a difficult game the boys had to be patient to today and had to stay  focused in their job role a great performance by the team and more pleasing having our goalkeeper (Luis) back after four weeks and a clean sheet made the result more pleasing. Also to Harvey D back in the squad after being away with illness gave us another dimension to the team .

Goal scorer – Gino Giove 2

Man of the match  – Luke Dunn. Great work rate and determination to help the team.

Cambs & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 4.2.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 March – Panthers (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 28 Jan

Hunts County Cup Final beckons for the U14s

The Ladies 1st Team move in to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a 3-0 win over March Town Ladies

Hannah Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe & Tierney Coulson got on the scoresheet. Ellie Brown was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say after the game

A good second half for the Ladies and a 3-0 win against a very good March side today. A good game to watch. Fantastic free kick from Hannah Seymour-Shove to open the scoring, with Georgia Stancombe and Tierney Coulson adding second half goals.

The second half was a good display of passing from all the Ladies, but none more so than from player of the match Ellie Brown – a truly amazing performance from a 16 year old. So much composure, and didn’t put a foot wrong all game.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 28.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 11 Feb – Peterborough ICA Sports Women’s (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 18 Feb – Netherton United (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game was postponed for the second week running due to a waterlogged pitch.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 14/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Fulborn Institute Bluebirds (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 11 Feb – Isleham United  (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s went out in the 1/4 final of the Presidents Cup when they lost 4-2 at Witham.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Leiston (H) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s made it through to the Final of the Hunts County Cup with a 3-0 win over St Ives Rangers.

They will meet St Neots in the Final

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s game against Saffron Walden was postponed due to the opponents being unable to raise a team.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A. Table up to & including 28.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Littleport Town Colts (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 25 Feb – West Wratting Youth (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 21 Jan

A Hat Trick of Victories

The Ladies 1st Team progressed in the Cambridgeshire FA Invitation Cup with a 4-1 victory over Cambridge Rangers on the 3G at the St Ivo Complex.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram said the following via Twitter –

Awful conditions today for the Ladies first round tie against Cambridge Rangers in the Invitation Cup, but glad the game went ahead! Goals from Georgia Stancombe, Amy Seymour-Shove, Hannah Seymour-Shove and a screamer from Stephanie Ransome. Megan Stowe was player of the match.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Park Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 4 Feb – March Town Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development game was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch

Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South. Table up to & including 14/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Burwell Tigers Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 4 Feb – Fulborn Institute Bluebirds (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s league game at Stowmarket was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Witham Town (A) – EJA Presidents Cup
  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s won 4-2 at home to Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA League

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

Tricky conditions today for both teams, even on 3G, St Ives coming out on top in the end 4-2 with goals from Toby 2, Tom and Kieran.

EJA U14 Green Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 4 Feb – Haverhill Rovers (H) – EJA U14 Green Division
  • Sun 11 Feb – Newmarket Town (A) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s won 5-1 against West Wratting in the Cambs & District League

Manager Jay Annis has provided the below match report –

Today we were matched for fitness and passion to do well in the match the difference was In finishing in front of goal, and  very hard working midfield. The conditions were not great but the passing and movement we had today stretched the game and made it difficult for Wratting. The team are playing with great confidence and amazing commitment to one another.

We also welcomed back from injury today Ben and Gino also Billy who gained valuable minutes after several weeks out. Thanks go to Ollie for stepping up in goal today as we still have few on the injury list.

Goalscorers
Alfie  Baker 3
Harry Suttie 1
Daniel Legg 1

Man of the match – Alfie Baker. Great finishing and enthusiasm for the game.

A very satisfying result today for the team. They all played well in hard conditions and deserve praise for their performance.

Cambridge & District Colts U13A Division. Table up to & including 21/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 28 Jan – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 4 Feb – Littleport Town Colts (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Youth, Ladies & Colts Round Up – 14 Jan

3 Wins, 1 Loss & 1 Abandonment

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

A full match report by Nigel Howlett to follow.

Upcoming fixtures

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

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The Ladies 1st Team had a game free weekend.

Upcoming fixtures

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

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

Newmarket Ladies made the following statement via Twitter –

Game Abandoned after 80 Min due to a serious injury.

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

Upcoming fixtures

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

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

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

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

Upcoming fixtures

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

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

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

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

Upcoming fixtures

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

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

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

The U13 management reported the following via Twitter –

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

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

Upcoming fixtures

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

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 7 Jan

A mixed bag of results for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team did their championship claims no harm at all with an excellent 4-2 win over current leaders Netherton United Ladies.

Georgia Stancombe grabbed a brace with Hannah Seymour-Shove & Katherine Speed collecting a goal a piece.

Ellie Brown, Hannah Seymour-Shove & Katherine Speed were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram had the following to say –

Fantastic performance from St Ives Town Ladies today on a difficult pitch to beat the league leaders 4-2. Most pleasing was the desire they had to see the game out at the end when legs were tired. Netherton are a good side. Not many teams will get anything from them!

This result leaves the Ladies in 2nd place, 9 points behind Netherton, but with 4 games in hand.

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 7/1/18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – March Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 21 Jan – Cambridge Rangers (H) – Cambs Women’s Invitational Cup

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The Ladies Development side drew 3-3 with Histon Ladies Reserves in Group B of the Division One Cup which was good enough to send them through to the Quarter Finals knockout stage.

Molly Berryman, Connie Liddiard & Georgia Rebane scored a goal each.

Chloe Fegan-Webb & Kelly Holiday were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Division One Cup – Group B. Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Newmarket Town Ladies Res (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
  • Sun 21 Jan – Histon Ladies Res (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s won an exciting encounter 4-3 against Haverhill Rovers in the EJA League Yellow Divison

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Showed good character and strength to come from behind to get the 3 points – Well done lads. Looking forward to Leiston away in the Presidents cup next week.

EJA U15 Yellow Division. Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round
  • Sun 21 Jan – Stowmarket Town (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division

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The U14’s lost in the Quarter Finals of the League Cup going down 2-1 at Stotfold. This, however, was overshadowed by the injury to George Hiller.

The U14 management made the following comment via Twitter –

A bad day as knocked out of the cup losing 2-1. Played most of the 2nd half with 9 players, losing 1 with a long term injury….but very proud of the boys and the heart and fight they showed. Hurry back George.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 14 Jan – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 21 Jan – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA U14 Green Division

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The U13’s drew 1-1 at home to Littleport in the Cambs & District Colts League.

Alfie Baker scored the Ives goal, taking his tally this season to 12. This puts him in 2nd place in the division.

Luke Annis & Harvey Donaldson were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

The U13 management reported the following via Twitter –

Today’s game was a good performance with the majority of the possession. Plenty of chances, we just need to be clinical. But take nothing away from a resilient Littleport side.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 7.1.18

Upcoming fixtures

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

Ladies & Colts Round Up & Match Reports – 3 Dec

2 wins for the Ladies. A loss and a draw for the Colts

St Ives Ladies continued their recent good form with an outstanding performance and 8-0 win over March Town in the League Cup quarter final on Sunday. Georgia Stancombe was one of the stars in an all round team performance, and got the game of to a good start for the hosts when she opened the scoring after beating her marker and slotting calmly past the March keeper. Not content with that, she went on to score her third hat trick of the season before half time, with a fantastic run and finish from Hannah Seymour-Shove in between those goals. March were no pushovers, and came out from half time with the desire to press the Saints quickly, but no matter what they tried the home side rose to the occasion and played around their opponents. Inevitably, St Ives continued to push forwards and added further goals in the second half from Georgia Stancombe, Hannah Seymour-Shove and Katherine Speed to end the game with a 8-0 victory and put themselves into the hat for the semi-finals. Such was the performance from every player, that the whole team was awarded Player of the Match to reflect the complete nature of the performance.

Darren Marjoram said

“This was a fantastic performance from the whole team, not just in terms of their skill and ability but also importantly in their work rate and approach to the game. The entire Ladies squad that we have at St Ives is an amazing group who really are like one big family, and I think that is reflected in the performances both teams have been putting in recently. Paul Swannell, who is the Club goalkeeping coach, has been working hard with our keepers over the last few weeks, and that has also seen us improve further. Probably most importantly of all, adding Lisa Trigg to the coaching staff has been a huge positive for us this season, and the future of St Ives Ladies looks very good indeed. “

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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Lisa Trigg’s St Ives Town’s Development side also recorded a cup victory with their hard fought 1-0 win at Cambridge Rangers in the Division 1 cup. The game was a tight affair, as the score line suggests, but the sides were separated by another goal for St Ives captain Georgia Rebane. The Saints managed to see off the Cambridge Rangers attacks through the game with some determined defending to record their third clean sheet of the season and maintain their excellent start to the campaign. The result means they extend their record to only 1 defeat in 7 games across all competitions. Georgina Astley was awarded the Player of the Match for her flawless performance at the back.

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s had a tough day losing 4-0 at Histon in the EJA Yellow Division.

Manager Paul Everest had the following to say –

Tough game for under 15’s v Histon in the EJA Leaguetoday. Lost to the better team, but we can learn from our errors and mistakes and regroup after a tough run of games. Next week we make the short trip to Leiston in the Presidents Cup.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s didn’t have a game and resume next week in the County Cup.

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s played out an exciting 4-4 draw at Mildenhall.

The Ives goals came from Damien Boakye, Harvey Donaldson, Luke Dunn & Daniel Legg

The U13 management had the following to say via Twitter –

A brilliant game, great football played by both teams. Our attitude and desire was outstanding today. Man of the match – Daniel Legg, his attitude and desire shone through. Topped of with a goal.

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 3/12/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 26 Nov

A Win and a draw for the Ladies. Disappointment for the Colts

The Ladies first team met Cambridge University Women’s again after handing them a heavy 15-0 defeat last week. To the University’s credit they gave the Ladies a much tougher test this time around which resulted in a 2-0 win for the Ives.
Amy Seymour-Shove & Georgia Stancombe got the goals. Ellie Brown & Mollie Flack were jointly awarded ‘Player of the Match’
They currently sit in 2nd position, 6 points behind Netherton, but with 2 games in hand
S-Tech Women’s Premiership. Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – March Town United Ladies (H) – Women’s League Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 10 Dec – Newmarket Town Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
  • Sun 17 Dec – Peterborough ICA Sports (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development played out 2-2 draw with current leaders Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds.

Molly Berryman & Connie Liddiard got the Ives goals. Leah Culpin was awarded ‘Player of the Match’

They are handily placed in 3rd spot, 3 points behind, but with 1 & 2 games in hand respectively over 2nd & 1st.

S-Tech Cambs Women’s Championship South – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Cambridge Rangers (A) – Women’s First Division Cup
  • Sun 10 Dec – Isleham United Ladies (H) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s visited local rivals Godmanchester Town narrowly losing 2-1 in the Eastern Junior Alliance.

Manager Paul Everest described the game as “Great tough game today…. Some really good football from both teams.”

They are still very handily placed in the league with over two thirds of the season still to play.

Eastern Junior Alliance Yellow Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Histon (A) – EJA U15 Yellow Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Leiston (A) – Presidents Cup 2nd Round

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The U14’s suffered a 4-0 reverse at leaders AFC Sudbury in the Eastern Junior Alliance, leaving them in 3rd place in the Green Division.

The U14 Twitter feed said of the performance “played poorly and gave our hosts too much time and respect…”

U14 Eastern Junior Alliance Green Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 10 Dec – Godmanchester Rovers (A) – U14 Hunts County Cup Quarter Final
  • Sun 17 Dec – Stotfold (A) – League Challenge Cup Quarter Final

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The U13’s met Waterbeach Colts for the 3rd time this season. Having won the previous encounters 14-4 & 3-0, the Ives were looking for a hat-trick. It was Waterbeach however, who landed the spoils on this occasion with a 4-1 victory.

The U13 Twitter feed said of the Ives display “An under whelming performance, beaten by a side who were more up for the game today.”

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Table up to & including 26/11/17

Upcoming fixtures

  • Sun 3 Dec – Mildenhall Town (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division
  • Sun 10 Dec – Saffron Walden Community Youth Blues (A) – League Challenge Cup
  • Sun 17 Dec – Exning United (H) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A Division

Ladies & Colts Match Reports & Round Up – 19 Nov

A penalty shoot out away from a clean sweep

Above photo – Katie Stancombe. Main photo – 4 goal hero Katherine Speed

St Ives Town Ladies 1st team recorded their biggest ever win on Sunday when blowing away Cambridge University by a record 15-0 scoreline. It wasn’t so much the score that impressed those watching, it was the performance that every player contributed to. The scoring started early with Georgia Stancombe neatly slotting past the home keeper after just 2 minutes to get Ives off to a great start, and this was followed quickly by goals from Katherine Speed, Amy Seymour-Shove and Katie Stancombe, as well as Georgia completing her hat-trick before half time to contribute to a 7-0 half time advantage to the saints. Although the goal scorers rightly get plaudits for their efforts, the midfield and defensive lines were equally as impressive, with Anna Hicks and Ellie Brown particularly deserving of praise.

 

Georgia Stancombe. Photos by Angela Chapman.

The second half saw Sasha Smith and Megan Stow introduced to the action, and they also added to the goals tally along with further goals for Amy Seymour-Shove and Katie Stancombe to also complete their hat-tricks, plus Katherine Speed who ended the day with a total of 4 goals to complete the 15-0 score at the final whistle.

“This was by far the best performance we have seen from the Ladies team since we started, and on this form I don’t think anyone will want to play us! I can honestly say that every player played to an exceptional level today, and that is a reflection of the hard work they all put into training every week. I can not praise the players enough for their performance, and for their work rate and determination.
Report by Ladies Manager Darren Marjoram
S-Tech Womens Premiership. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Cambridge University Women (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development kept up their 100% league record with a 3-0 win at Cambridge Rangers.

Development Manager Lisa Trigg has provided the below report –

St Ives development squad make their league run 3 wins in 3 after defeating Cambridge Rangers today 3-0. After playing the same opponents in the previous week and striving to improve on the 2-1 win they went into this fixture with the mind set of working as a team to get the result. The first half was tough and the game at that stage could have gone either way. One of St Ives’ best chances was Connie Liddiard having a near miss after pulling the ball just wide of the goal. Sophie Marjoram managed to get her fingers to a fantastic 20 yard free kick from the Rangers striker , tipping it into the path of right back Megan Webb who managed to then comfortably clear the ball away from danger. Sophie also became under pressure shortly after but this impressive 16 year old committed to shutting down the opponents attack not once but twice after the Rangers player slipped a ball to an open player on the edge of the box. Fantastic reactions again for the second match in a row for a keeper with youth on her side, and brilliantly supported by her centre back pairing, Georgie Astley covering a runner into the box and Molly Berryman covering the goal line. New recruit Ebony Smith did a wonderful job at holding midfield to not only win the ball back out of possession but played beautiful through balls to her teammates finding feet and making plays in our favour. Down our right hand side play was diminished as the work rate of right back Megan and Right wing 16 year old Jess Stancombe was outstanding, shutting down any opportunities Rangers brought upon us with their pace.

Second half is where St Ives Town dug in and showed what they were made of. Creating the majority of the chances on display. Chances coming from Captain Georgia Rebane, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter, Charlene Martin and Kelly Holliday. However Connie was the first to find the back of the net making up for her near miss in the first half, beating several Rangers players before sending the ball across the box and the face of the keeper to hit the opposite top corner.
Not long after Georgia Rebane hit a cracking shot but found the woodwork before Emilee Steel was able to finish making this two goals in two games for the new 18 year old St Ives Town signing.
The Captain who had worked hard all match not only with her work rate but keeping moral high within her squad bagged her first goal this season. Receiving the ball on the outside of the box with her back to goal, she volleyed it on the turn into the top left corner. It was so perfectly placed the keeper could do nothing but watch.
These superb attacking scenes were matched by the defensive display the squad had put on throughout to ensure the ladies kept a clean sheet. Chloe Fagen Webb and Kaitlyn Petch new signings this season effected the second half of this game with fresh legs closing down players at any opportunity to ensure the lead was retained. As well as a tactical move of Jade to deeper in the field later on in the match saw her wipe out players with the desire to retain possession and secure the win.
Two players were named as player of the match this week. Chloe Stefanelli for her consistently affective defending, getting her job done, playing simple football and making it look easy as left back. Kelly Holliday also got the recognition she deserved playing out of position today with determination, desire and pace. Not forgetting her phenomenal free kicks that unfortunately on this occasion we could not get on the end of, and her well timed tackles throughout the match one of which cleared the ball out of the path of an unmarked Rangers player who had found the ball at her feet in our box.
Great performance all round from this new squad, long may in continue #uptheives
S-Tech Championship South. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Fulbourn Institute Bluebirds (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15’s bowed out in the Quarter Final of the U15 Hunts County Cup at Park Farm Pumas. it was 1-1 after 90 minutes and the Pumas went through 3-1 in a penalty shoot out

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Godmanchester Town (A) – EJA U15 – Yellow Division

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The U14’s progressed in the League Challenge Cup with a 3-1 win at Redbridge

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – AFC Sudbury (A) – EJA U14 – Green Division

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The U13’s won at home 3-1 against Ely City Crusaders.

The below is from the U13 Twitter feed –

Goals – Keates 6mins, Baker 10mins, Suttie 40mins

A good comfortable win today! All played a part in today’s win. Jay, Ross and Steve want to thank all players for there hard work up to this point!

Men of the Match Oliver Coatsworth & Harvey Donaldson

Cambridge & District Colts League – U13A Division. Table up to & including 19/11/17

Next game – Sun 26 Nov – Waterbeach Colts (A) – U13A Cambridge & District Colts League

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 29 Oct

3 out of 3 for our Sunday Teams

The Ladies Development side won their inaugural game in the Cambridgeshire Women’s Championship South with an away 4-1 victory at Isleham United Ladies.

Sasha Smith returning from 7 weeks out injured got on the scoresheet with a brace. Katherine Speed on her Ives debut also scored 2.

Three 16 year olds made debuts today, Jessica Stancombe & Sophie Marjoram being two of them.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – March Town United Ladies (A) – League Cup

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The U15’s moved to the top of the U15 EJA Yellow division with a 4-1 home win over Newmarket Town.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – Cambridge City (H) – EJA League

Up to & Including 29/10/17

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The U13’s had a convincing 11-0 win at Exning United Blues in the Cambs & District U13A division.

The goals came from Carlo Giove, Ben Hunter, Harvey Keates x3, Alfie Baker, Damien Boakye, Billy Chambers x2 & Lois Rowsell x2

‘Players of the Match’ were Harvey Donaldson, Luke Dunn & Harvey Keates.

Next game – Sun 5 Nov – Waterbeach Colts (A) – U13 League Cup

Cambridge & District Colts League U13A Division – Up to & including 29/10/17

 

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 8 Oct

Another good weekend for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team moved up to 2nd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a superb 7-0 win over March Town United Ladies.

The goals came from Tierney Coulson x 2, Amy Seymour-Shove, Georgia Stancombe x 2, Connie Liddiard & 1 own goal.

Katie Stancombe was awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Peterborough ICA Sports Womens (H) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The U15s won their 3rd league game on the spin win a 8-1 over Felixstowe & Walton in the EJA league.

Manager Paul Everest has provided the below match report

The Saints Under 15’s continued to shine in their first season at the new Eastern Junior Alliance league. After two successive wins against Newport Pagnell and Biggleswade, they welcomed Felixstowe and Walton to St.Ives for their 3rd league game.

Felixstowe started the game well and strong, making it very difficult for St.Ives to get into any real flow or rhythm, Felixstowe got their reward and took the lead. St.Ives got straight back at them and through some good football, got themselves back in the game. One goal lead to two, three and four with a half time score at 4 – 1. The second half carried on very well for the Ives, with a further four goals. The game finished 8 – 1. Goals were 3 Julian Priest, 2 Ben Smith, 2 Josh Williams and 1 for Mihayl Mitkov.    

Well done to all the lads for their hard work.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Priory Parkside Colts White (A) – Hunts County Youth U15 Cup

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Needham Market 5-1 which moves them to 2nd in the table.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Barkingside (H) – EJA League Challenge Cup U14 Round 2

Many thanks to PSS Hire for providing the tracksuits for the season. (See main photo)

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Yaxley Juniors in the Hunts County Youth U13 Cup

Alfie Baker scored the St Ives goals.

‘Player of the Match’ – Daniel Legg

Next game – Sun 29 Oct – Exning United (A) – Cambs & District Colts League U13A

Ladies & Colts Round Up – 1 Oct

4 out 5 for the Sunday sides

The Ladies 1st team progressed into the 2nd round of the Women’s League Cup at the expense of Newmarket Ladies Reserves with a 7-0 win

Hanah & Amy Seymour-Shove got 2 goals a piece. The others came from Katie Stancombe, Tierney Coulson & Connie Liddiard.

The whole team were awarded ‘Player of the Match’.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – March Town United Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership

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The Ladies Development won their first ever competitive game with a fantastic 8-0  win over Milton Ladies in the Women’s League Cup 1st round.

Goalscorers – Georgina Astley x2, Olivia Baker, Jade Carpenter x2, Drew Jenkins, Chloe Stefanelli & Megan Stowe.

Georgina Astley was awarded the ‘Player of the Match’

Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report –

Sunday saw the first game for St Ives Town Ladies Development side in the League Cup and they did not disappoint. The game was played at away at Milton Ladies. St Ives captain Drew Jenkins lead by example from the warm up until the final whistle with superb leadership on and off the pitch, and used her experience well to support and encourage all the players from start to finish. Left back Chloe Stefanelli opened the game with a fantastic 30 yard strike to give St Ives the lead they deserved. This was closely followed by number 10 Georgie Astley finding the back of the net before the half time whistle. With a comfortable 2-0 lead the girls did not sit back and started the second half determined to increase the score line. Player of the match Astley started the second half how she finished the first and bagged her second goal of the day with an outstanding volley from the edge of the box. It was then the turn of St Ives striker Jade Carpenter to show what she was capable of, finding the net not once but twice within ten minutes; finishing with a fantastic strike into the top left hand that could not have been more perfectly placed. The next two goals came from captain Jenkins and Megan Stow returning from injury in the best way possible. Finally Centre back Kelly Holliday took the ball from her own 18 yard line to the opposition box, easily passing any of the opposition that got in her way. Milton keeper did well to save her powerful strike but new signing Olivia Baker was there to finish the impressive goal feast with a left foot finish. So the final score was 8-0.
Manager Lisa Trigg speaks with nothing but admiration for the effort and drive the ladies played with.
A fantastic overall squad performance and hopefully the start of a very successful season for this newly formed side.

Next game – Sun 15 Oct – Milton Ladies (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South

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The U15s continued their winning streak win a 4-2 over Biggleswade Town in the EJA league.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Felixstowe & Walton (H) – EJA  League U15 Yellow Division

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The U14s also enjoyed a win the EJA league beating Whitton United 5-1.

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Needham Market (A) – EJA League U14 Green Division

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The U13s narrowly lost 2-3 at home to Bluntisham Blasters in the Cambs & District U13A Colts League

The goals came from Ben Hunter

‘Players of the Match’ – Oliver Coatsworth & Luis Sarchet

Next game – Sun 8 Oct – Yaxley Juniors (H) – Hunts U13 Cup

Youth Team Result Wisbech St Mary U18 0 St Ives Town 5

Match Report

Wisbech St Mary U18  0  St Ives Town Youth Team  5      

Thurlow Nunn Youth League Western Division – 29/08/17

The young Ives visited Beechings Close where they had always previously struggled and made their first win at the ground a handsome one in a game that they ruled from start to finish. But for some very good goalkeeping and some wasteful finishing from the Ives the score line could have been considerably more. But Kyrie Foster filled his boots with a hat trick with Vitor Vaz and Martin Saunders completed the rout.

In only the second minute Foster and Billy Mobbs worked their way through the heart of the hosts back line and set up a shooting opportunity for the usually deadly Tiago Dias, but he fired his effort from the edge of the box inches wide.

Ives keeper Tom Smith generally had a very quiet evening, but he was called upon to make a save in 6th minute as Robbie Knight burst through on the left side and fired in a low drive that Smith had to palm away at his near post.

Mobbs battled his way to the bye line on the left in the 18th minute. His attempted pull back was half cleared to Patrik Polhos in the D. He took a touch and curled a right footed effort just wide with keeper Ashley Clarke looking on.

Clarke’s goal was breached only two minutes later with Polhos again to the fore. He won the ball in the centre circle before driving forward and sliding it into the run of Foster who unleashed a low drive from 25 yards that beat Clarke low to his left and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

The Ives tails were well up now and they continued to put pressure on the hosts all over the park. Vaz cut out and intended cross field pass 30 yards from goal in the 20th minute. He drove onto the edge of the box and fired in a low skimming effort that Clarke did well to turn away low to his right. The keeper made an even better save to deny the same man from the resulting corner. Mobbs delivered a hanging ball to the edge of the six yard box that Vaz attacked. But Clarke pulled off an amazing reaction save at point blank range to turn over his powerful header.

The Ives pressure continued and they went close to adding to their lead four times in the next five minutes. Saunders fired into the side netting after being put through the left channel by Dias. Vaz was again denied by the diving Clarke having turned his marker inside out and then fired in another low drive from the corner of the box. Foster was denied by the post after he was teed up inside the box by Vaz. The all action Vaz also fired a volley wide from a good position having got on the end of a cross from the left by Saunders.

With the second goal not coming it almost seemed that the game needed to come up for air and although the Ives continued to run the affair they did not create another good opportunity in the next 15 minutes. But by this point the rain was sweeping down and with the ground still firm underneath the ball was skipping around very nicely. Vaz took advantage of a slip by Jack Dida to add the second four minutes before the break. A cross from Saunders from the left skidded off the turf in front of Dida and he made a complete mess of his attempted clearance leaving Vaz with the simple task of side footing home at the back post.

There was still time before the break for Dias and Saunders to combine to set up an opportunity for Mobbs, but his well struck shot from the edge of the box was deflected just wide.

Ives started the second half as they had spent most of the first, in the ascendency. The difference this time was that the goals started to rattle in and a three goal burst around the hour mark completely finished off the game. Before the goals came there was still time for more heroics from Clarke as he made another good low save to his right to deny Dias who had got on the end of a Vaz cross from the right and looked certain to score from ten yards.

The first of the three goal salvo arrived in simple fashion on 56 minutes as Foster used his pace to get beyond the last defender and get on the end of a long ball out of defence. He kept his composure to beat Clarke low to his left.

Saunders added the next two minutes later in somewhat more dramatic fashion. He picked up the ball forty yards from goal and ran at the tiring Wisbech defence scything his way through before eventually finishing with a toe poke past the advancing Clarke from just inside the box.

The fifth goal arrived six minutes later as Dias laid a ball into the feet of Mobbs by the near post. He found room to turn and squared the ball across goal to Foster who took a touch before firing home past the exposed Clarke to claim his hat trick from eight yards.

This was Foster’s last action as he and four of his colleagues were replaced in the next two minutes with the game completely dead. The hosts were also now making wholesale changes, including replacing the excellent Clarke. With all of the changes and the game now finished as a contest it was no surprise that the pace dropped off and chances became more at a premium.

Each side created an opportunity in quick succession around the 75 minute mark. Ives substitute Owen King got away down the left and flashed a cross across the face of goal just inches ahead of his inrushing fellow replacements Cobi Thomas and Sam Bond. Another sub Ashley Morris was on hand to deny the hosts a consolation as he cleared a header from Keenan Hall off the line after the big centre back had got on the end of a rare Wisbech corner delivered from the right by Tom Lindsay.

Bond went close to adding a sixth goal eight minutes from time as he got put through by King. But although his attempted lob beat substitute keeper Alex Bishop it floated the wrong side of the post.

The game finished as it had started with Dias thudding a low drive into the boards just to the right of the Wisbech goal. This time he had picked up a half clearance from a King cross from the left and took a touch before trying his luck from 25 yards.

Overall a very comfortable win, there will be much tougher challenges to come. But as they say you can only beat the sides that are put in front of you and this was another excellent all round performance. The thing that is perhaps a little scary is that this side will get better as the season develops and the new intake continue to jell with the second years. Get along and give them a look you will not be disappointed with the entertainment.

St Ives Team : Smith, Kwiatowski, Makeham (Oldale 67), Short (capt), Locke, Polhos (Morris 67), Vaz, Dias, Mobbs (Bond 67), Foster (Thomas 65), Saunders (King 65)

Unused subs : none

Goals : Foster 18, 56 & 64, Vaz 41, Saunders 58

Attendance :  73

Match report by Nigel Howlett

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