Match Preview – Belper Town FC vs The Ives

There’s more cup action for St Ives Town this weekend as they head to Belper Town in the FA Trophy.

The third qualifying round tie at the Raygar Stadium will see the Ives make their second trip to Derbyshire in a matter of days coming hot on the heels of the last gasp league victory at Ilkeston on Tuesday night.

Despite the victory, there was several injury concerns with Jonny Edwards, Tyrone Baker and Kane Lewis all being forced out of the action during the game.  With that in mind, Ives boss Ricky Marheineke may look at starting with players such as Ethan Johnston, Owen Sherriff or Greg Sandiford to give the trio time to recover ahead of the big FA Cup clash at home to FC Halifax Town next Saturday.  Also missing will be Julien Saka who is recovering from an ankle injury he sustained at Mickleover earlier in the season.

Belper won promotion via the play-offs from the Northern Premier League Midlands last season.  However, they have struggled at the beginning of this season in their new surrounds of the Northern Premier League, Premier Division.  Just two league wins to date against Stalybridge and Stafford Rangers and their last league match finished in a 1-1 draw at Lancaster City last Saturday.

Belper are nicknamed ‘The Nailers’ due to the nail making industry in the town, and a player to watch will be Brodie Litchfield who despite the difficult start to the campaign for his team, has still managed to find the net on several occasions in the opening two months of the season.

Kick-off at the Raygar Stadium is at 3:00pm.


Admission Prices:
Adults (16-60) – £11.00
Concessions (under 16 and 60+) – £7.00
Students (with valid ID card) – £7.00
Children under 11 (with accompanying adult) – Free

Raygar Stadium
Bridge Street
DE56 1BA