3 Wins, 1 Draw & 1 Postponement
The Ladies 1st team move up to 3rd place in the Cambs Women’s Premiership with a 3-1 win over Cambridge City Ladies Development.
Team manager Darren Marjoram has provided the below match report -:
St Ives came into this game on the back of a 2-1 extra time Cup win over the same opponents the previous week and looking to continue their good run. Ives started brightly and had more possession without really troubling the City keeper. All that changed on 26 mins when 16 year old Katie Stancombe picked the ball up in midfield and lobbed the stranded visiting keeper from 30 yards out after spotting her off her line. Ives continued to attack and create opportunities, but were hit by a Cambridge equaliser, City scoring with their first shot on target 2 minutes before half time. Impressively, the Saints didn’t allow this to change their belief in the second half, and again it was Stancombe who scored her second of the afternoon and gave Ives the lead again on 50 minutes, finishing well past the keeper following a good spell of possession. Ives continued to keep the ball well and patiently look for opportunities to create more chances, with Stancombe and Katherine Speed both going close. Ives wrapped the game up with the goal of the game on 79 minutes when Mollie Flack found Katie Stancombe with an impressive pass after winning the ball in her own half, Stancombe then beating 3 players and running the length of the opposition half before slotting the ball neatly to the left of the City keeper to complete her hat trick and ensure the 3 points for the Saints. Ives Player of the Match was Katie Stancombe for her impressive all-round display.
Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Cambridge University Women (A) – Cambs Women’s Premiership
The Ladies Development also won defeating Cambridge Rangers 2-1.
Development manager Lisa submitted the below report -:
This was very well fought match between these two sides. St Ives who had dominated the opportunities went 1-0 down in the first 45 minutes but this did not dampen the way they continued to play and they went from strength to strength in the second half to secure a 2-1 win.
Captain Georgia Rebane did an outstanding job of keeping team moral high throughout the whole match and during the half time talk, which was no easy job as Cambridge Rangers had taken the lead in the last minutes of the first half after St Ives had just been disallowed a goal due to be offside.
St Ives came back strong though and, like the first half, dominated the second causing problems for their opponents in the box time after time. Connie Liddiard got herself into fantastic striking opportunities but unfortunately this week it was not meant to be on several occasions with her attempts just missing the target. New signing and one of the named players-of-the-match Emilee Steel was an absolute bulldozer in midfield throughout the full game and got the equaliser in the second half. If ever there was a player to deserve a goal from effort being put into a game this was it, what a fantastic way to start her first ever season of ladies football for a player of 18 years old. Captain Rebane hit the ball top right corner from outside the box after an amazing half pitch run beating several of the opposition, but unfortunately her attempt was just wide and so it was down to the last 20 minutes for the game to be decided.
Sophie Marjoram who was named as the other well deserved player-of-the-match, managed to pull off two of the best saves we have seen this season across both St Ives Ladies Squads. Both times Cambridge Rangers managed to infiltrate our defence she was left at 16 years of age to finish the job herself, outstanding work from this young player. Manager Lisa Trigg is very excited to see how the season progresses with such strength throughout the full squad shining through.
In the last 15 minutes Georgie Astley sent a wonderful ball over the Cambridge Rangers midfield finding Connie’s feet who read the run of Striker Jade Carpenter before receiving, without hesitation flicked forwards for Jade to put this away top bins.
It would be wrong to not mention the superb partnering of Georgie Astley and Molly Berryman at the back who controlled the game flawlessly not only through their ability but information they gave to the rest of the in some cases less experienced squad.
Manager Lisa Trigg cannot sing this squad’s praises any higher, not only did they look like they wanted to win through every minute of the game but they worked hard and pressed the ball at every opportunity to win it back in the oppositions half. The one thing however she is most pleased about is the attitude of the group and how supportive they are of each other. It is very easy to lose your head when a game is not going your way especially if you feel you deserve to be them team in front, but this squad only thought about what they as individuals could control and focused on themselves and their team mates, that is why they came away with this week’s win. Well deserved smiles all round. 2/2 league wins for this squad, long may it continue.
Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Cambridge Rangers (A) – Cambs Women’s Championship South
The U15’s progressed in the Presidents Cup with a 4-2 win at Newmarket Town
Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Park Farm Pumas (A) – Hunts County Cup 3rd Round
The U14’s drew 2-2 at home in tricky conditions against a good Dereham side.
The Ives remain second in the league having played 1 game less than the teams around them
Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Redbridge (A) – League Challenge Cup 3rd Round
The U13’s game at home to Burwell Swallows was post-poned due to Burwell being unable to raise a team.
Next game – Sun 19 Nov – Ely City Crusaders (H) – U13A Cambridge & District Colts League