Match Preview – Needham Market v The Ives

After two wins to open the season, St Ives travel to Needham Market on Tuesday night for their first midweek action of the 2022/23 campaign.

The Ives make the trip on the back of a thumping 5-0 win over Stratford at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road on Saturday.  Nabil Shariff was the hero with a second half hat-trick to ensure that the hosts got their second win of the season.

Dylan Williams will be missing from the Ives squad for the trip to Suffolk due to holiday commitments, but otherwise Ricky Marheineke has a full squad to select from.

Whilst St Ives were winning on Saturday, Needham Market lost 1-0 at home to Bromsgrove Sporting.  On the opening day of the season, the Marketmen secured a point courtesy of a 0-0 draw at AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

Last season, both Needham Market and St Ives met each other on four occasions – twice in the league and also in the FA Cup and FA Trophy.  In the league, the away match finished 1-1 with the same result at Westwood Road for the return match in February.  In the FA Cup, the Ives lost 1-0 and, in the Trophy, it was the Marketmen who got the better of the Ives courtesy of a 2-0 victory.  That win was part of a run for Needham Market that saw them progress all the way to the quarter finals before they were eliminated 3-0 by Stockport County.

Kick-off on Tuesday evening is at 7:45pm.


Needham Market FC
Quinton Road
Needham Market