It’s the first of a double header of games against Stourbridge for St Ives Town on Saturday.
The Ives make the trip to the West Midlands having not played their hosts yet this season and also looking for a much needed victory.
The Ives were last in action on Saturday when they lost at Basford United. A mistake from Ives skipper Michael Richens allowed the hosts to collect a victory. That, together with other results, has seen the Ives suddenly look over their shoulder with only six points separating them from the relegation zone. Ives manager Ricky Marheineke could be tempted to name goalkeeper James Goff once more in the starting line-up after he put in a fine performance at Basford last week which included saving a penalty. Goff was recalled from dual registration at St Neots after James Dadge injured his hand in the recent away game at Coalville. By next Saturday both teams will certainly know a lot about each other as the reverse fixture is at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.
Stourbridge have had an indifferent season and in truth have not fully recovered from their slow start. Their first ten league matches only yielded ten points before a decent run finally got them out of the bottom four, but have not been able to move much more from mid-table. They currently sit ninth and go into the game having won two of their last six games against struggling Kings Langley and Bedford Town. In those six games, they have also taken a point off promotion chasing Leiston but on Monday night in their last outing they lost 2-0 at improving Alvechurch.
A reminder if you are not going to the game, then you can keep up to date with all the action from the War Memorial Athletic Ground throughout the afternoon as their will be updates on social media and a report available on the official website over the weekend. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.
GOING TO THE GAME
The War Memorial Athletic Ground
High Street, Amblecote
A reminder that if you do fancy your Ives football fix this weekend, then St Ives Town Reserves are in action at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road as they host Chatteris Town in the semi final of the Percy Oldham Memorial Cup. The winners will face either Melbourn or Hardwick in the final. In previous rounds the Ives have beaten Debden and Comberton United. Kick-off is at 3:00pm.