Ladies Match Reports – Sunday 7 January

St Ives Town Ladies 4 Netherton United Ladies 2

Cambridgeshire Women’s Premiership

St Ives Town Ladies met Netherton United Ladies in a top of the table clash in the Cambridgeshire Premiership on Sunday. After all the recent rain, the pitch was heavy and this was always likely to be a factor as the game went on. The Ives Ladies started the day in second place, 12 points behind Netherton but with 4 games in hand and both teams had been in excellent form going into this fixture, with each team only losing once so far in the league. St Ives started the brighter of the two teams and took the lead in the 6th minute of the game when Katherine Speed slotted the ball past the visiting keeper after running onto a perfect defence splitting pass. The second goal arrived soon after when Hannah Seymour-Shove got on the score sheet to register her fifth goal of the season with a excellent finish past the Netherton keeper. St Ives continued to break up the Netherton attacks successfully and to create their own attacks, and it was Georgia Stancombe who turned a continued spell of pressure into another goal when scoring in the 33rd minute. The excitement of the first half continued when the Saints were awarded a penalty with minutes of the first half to go, but unfortunately Georgia Stancombe put her spot kick straight at the Netherton keeper to mean the half time score was 3-0 to St Ives. The second half was always going to see Netherton make a renewed effort to attack the Ives back line as much as possible, but it was St Ives who scored the next goal with Georgia Stancombe scoring after fine work from Katherine Speed. Netherton did not let up with their attacking instincts and pulled a goal back on 60 minutes when Georgina Parrett bravely scored from an acute angle, making contact with the post in the process. Thankfully she was able to continue after treatment. The visitors got their second on 75 minutes when Parrett scored her second of the game after Ives failed to clear their lines as legs began to tire. Netherton had another chance to score and set up a nervy finish for the hosts with a shot aimed at the near post, which was only prevented by an amazing sliding clearance from the recovering Ellie Brown. St Ives managed to see out the remainder of the game without further scare to make the final score 4-2. Player of the Match went to three players in amongst a host of stand out performances – Ellie Brown, Katherine Speed and Hannah Seymour-Shove.

St Ives Town Ladies Development 3 Histon Ladies Res 3

Cambridgeshire Women’s League Division One Cup – Group B

St Ives Town Ladies Development hosted Histon Res in group stages of the League 1 cup on another heavy pitch. Histon took the lead after Ives had withstood their early pressure, but the hosts got themselves back on level terms when Leah Culpin’s run was ended by what looked to be a robust challenge in the box only for Georgia Rebane to cleverly score when the referee played an excellent advantage. The game was played at a furious tempo with both teams battling away to try to win control, but it was Ives who scored next when Molly Berryman scored with a perfectly placed header from a corner. Histon then got the game back level within a matter of minutes, and then went on to score their third and take a 3-2 lead. But this pulsating game was not over yet! Ives got their deserved equaliser when Connie Liddiard scored with a neat finish late in the game to give St Ives a well deserved draw. Players of the Match were Chloe Fegan-Webb for a superb performance in goal, and Kelly Holliday for her tireless work rate.

Reports by Darren Marjoram