Match Preview – The Ives v Basford Utd

It’s back to the league this weekend for St Ives Town as they welcome Basford United to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road.

It’s been seven days since the Ives were last in action which was a FA Cup fourth qualifying round defeat to FC Halifax Town.  The visitors were also in cup action last weekend as they lost narrowly 1-0 to fellow National League side, Solihull Moors.

For both teams it’s a chance to focus on the league campaign as both have made promising starts to the season.  The Ives currently sit ninth in the table whilst Basford are two places, and a point above them.  Ives manager, Ricky Marheineke hopes to have much of his squad available for selection.  This includes left back Julien Sakka who was on the bench last week after making his way back from injury that kept him out of selection ahead of the Halifax game.  Due to their exploits in the FA Cup, the Ives haven’t been in league action since 4 October when they won 3-2 at Ilkeston.

Introducing the visitors

It’s the first season for Basford in this division after switching from the Northern Premier League, Premier Division during the summer.  They arrive unbeaten in their last three league matches with wins against Hednesford, Stourbridge and a draw against Bromsgrove Sporting.  During all of that was an FA Cup 3rd qualifying round penalty shoot-out victory over Boston United.  They also progressed in the FA Trophy courtesy of another penalty shoot-out win against Harborough Town.

Star Man

Look out for striker Anthony Dwyer.  He arrived at Basford this summer after scoring 20 goals for Nuneaton Borough last season.  He has already hit the net on 10 occasions so far this season and looks to be on course to at least match or beat his tally from the last campaign.

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)

Kick-off at the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road is at 3pm.

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