Match Preview – Ives v Coalville

Into the final furlong of the season, and the last month of the campaign starts on Saturday when Coalville Town visit the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

On paper, it points to a comfortable victory for the visitors against a St Ives side who haven’t won in the league since early February.  As a result of the bad run of form, the Ives have nose dive down the table, and are anxiously looking over their shoulders.  Next week won’t be easy with the visit of current leaders Tamworth.  Then the last three games see the visit of Bedford, a trip to Royston and a visit to Nuneaton to round the season off.  Ahead of tomorrow Ives boss Ricky Marheineke has injury concerns over midfielder Myles Cowling whilst the goalkeeping selection could be an interesting one.  Loan signing Eddie Brearey had to be replaced at half time last Saturday in the defeat at Rushall Olympic by outfield player, Ben Toseland.  Brearey replaced James Goff after he was recalled from dual registration at St Neots after losing his place to James Dadge who was also out with injury.  Elsewhere, striker Jonny Edwards is a concern after he missed out last week with a back injury.


Coalville are currently breathing down the necks of leaders Tamworth as they currently sit second, level on points and with a game in hand.  Despite that, Coalville haven’t had an easy week.  They were held to a 0-0 draw at Needham Market on Tuesday night and last Saturday looked on course to drop points at strugglers Kings Langley only for them to score an injury time winner as they returned with a 2-1 victory.  But the visitors have had an outstanding campaign, having lost only five times in the league so far and also knocked Notts County out of the FA Cup before losing 4-1 at League One Charlton Athletic in the first round.


It wasn’t so long ago that the Ives made the trip to Coalville.  It was a midweek road trip in February.  Coalville recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory.  In mitigation, the Ives will point to the virus that was running through the club at the time coupled with suspensions to several key players.


One thing is for the sure, and that is that Coalville will be bringing large numbers of travelling fans with them tomorrow, so the Ives will be relying on the home fans more than ever to give them that extra boost to get them over the line.  A reminder of the admission prices:

Adults – £11

Concessions (Over 65) £8

Military Discount (with ID Card) – £5

Students (With ID Card) – £5

U16’s to 12 – £2

U12’s – Free (Accompanied with an adult)


If you fancy a pre-match drink on Saturday, then look no further than the clubhouse at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road and take advantage of a special offer.  All pints and beers will be priced at £2.50 between 1:00pm and 2.15pm.  The club hopes home and away fans will take advantage of this in the build-up to the game.

Kick-off at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road is at 3:00pm.  Anyone not going to the game can keep up to date throughout the afternoon on social media with a report, highlights, and post match reaction available on the club website and YouTube channel over the weekend.