Cambridge City Ladies Development v St Ives Town Ladies
Cambridgeshire Women’s S-Tech Premiership – 8 April 18
Double Header – 0-3 & 0-2
St Ives Town Ladies travelled to Trinity College Sports Ground in Cambridge to play a double header against Cambridge City Ladies Development on Sunday, and came away with the full 6 available points in difficult conditions. Despite the rain falling continuously throughout the morning, the pitch was, as always, in excellent condition and allowed both sides to play some good passing football. The first game saw both teams start well, with some good spells of possession, but little initial threat on either goal. The visitors finally broke the deadlock when Katie Stancombe found some space to beat her defender before driving into the box and then firing a low shot past the Cambridge keeper. The goal gave the Ives some impetus to drive forward, and they scored again when a corner was only cleared as far as Mollie Flack, who floated a fantastic shot over the keeper and into the roof of the net. The goal was Flack’s first ever goal for St Ives after nearly 3 years at the Club. Cambridge continued to have some success of their own at the other end, especially from the wide areas, and despite the 2 goal lead for Ives, there was still little to choose between the sides in overall play. In the second half, St Ives continued to repel the home side’s attacks while still managing their own with several attempts narrowly wide. The game was put beyond doubt late in the second half when the returning Katherine Speed received a pass beyond the defender before expertly placing her shot into the bottom corner. So the final score in game 1 was 3-0 to St Ives, with Mollie Flack picking up the Player of the Match award for her excellent defending and for her first ever Ives goal.
Game 2 started after a short break with the rain finally starting to ease, but once again the pitch remained in good condition which was a real testament to the grounds staff at Trinity. Again this game started relatively evenly, with both teams having opportunities to attack after periods of possession. As all the players began to tire in the conditions, it was always going to take an extraordinary effort to get forward in numbers and create scoring opportunities. St Ives reintroduced Georgia Stancombe after a break, and she had the desired effect to help increase the tempo. This led to the Saints winning a penalty 20 minutes into the first half, which Katherine Speed scored in some style. Georgia Stancome then got the reward she deserved for her efforts a few minutes later when she received a pass on the edge of the box before taking a touch and firing a low drive past the home keeper. Into the second half, and Cambridge really started to trouble the visitors now with some sustained attacks. Tierney Coulson epitomised the effort St Ives were prepared to put into the game by constantly pressing from the front, while backed up by her team mates. Cambridge won two corners midway through the second period, and both looked extremely dangerous before eventually being cleared by the Ives defence. Ellie Brown in particular was showing her skill and desire in defence to continue to prevent Cambridge from scoring. In the final few minutes, Kira Markwell pulled off a fantastic save to preserve the clean sheet for her team when diving at full stretch to her right to turn a low shot around the post when it looked certain to find the back of the net. So the second game of this double header ended 2-0 to St Ives. Huge credit must also be given to Cambridge City for their excellent play in what was a gruelling 2 hours of football. The Ives Player of the Match was Ellie Brown for her outstanding defensive play and assured passing throughout the game.
Report by Darren Marjoram