Position: Defender

Sam Tessler

American/British centre back Sam grew up in the USA playing for LA Galaxy and Pateadores Academy and represented the USA in Israel’s Maccabi Games in 2022. Sam played against the Ives in last seasons Hunts FA Senior Cup Final being a major influence in ensuring Yaxley kept a clean sheet in that game. This season he has been a regular with Northern Premier League East side Grantham Town and now looks to take the step up by joining Ives.

Ben Mensah

Hugely promising 20 year old Italian born right back Ben has had his career seriously interrupted by injuries and has arrived at quattro tech Westwood Road looking to re-build. He started as a youngster at Northampton Town Academy before moving on to Aston Villa Academy and then to Peterborough United where his performances earned him six appearances in the first team and a 2 ½ year contract. He was attracting interest from a number of higher level clubs before a serious hamstring injury unfortunately ended his time as a professional


Josh Tomlinson

Northampton Town loanee Josh holds a number of enviable records with the Cobblers. He became the youngest player ever to make his first team debut with the club when he played against Brighton in the EFL Trophy in November 2021 at the age of 15 years and 336 days. He has since gone on to make four more first team appearances in the same competition and on 18th October 2022 he became the clubs youngest goal scorer when he netted against Arsenal under 21. He already held the record as the youngest debutant for the clubs under 18 side when represented them as a 13 year old. The young professional has also spent successful loan spells at Harborough Town and Barwell and will look to further develop his career during his spell with the Ives. 

Murphy Culkin

Centre back Murphy has joined the Ives from Southern League Premier Division Central Redditch United where he was a regular in the first team squad last season scoring only one goal in the Reds 2-0 win over Ives last September. Also capable of playing full back, or in a defensive midfield role Murphy brings an added versatility to Ricky’s squad. He has also previously represented Barton Rovers, Eynesbury Rovers and Biggleswade FC

Aaron Smith

Aaron is another local lad who started his footballing journey with Mildenhall Town where his performances earned him a chance at Peterborough United. After a season with the Posh he was released and went on to join Ives local rivals St Neots Town where he has been a regular for the past couple of seasons. Now looking to make a step back up the football ladder he has arrived at quattro tech Westwood Road as a very solid defender that can play on both right and left sides and also has a very impressive long throw in his armoury.

Ashton Fox

Ashton is a 19 year old centre back who is currently on loan to us from Peterborough United.  He has also previously featured for England Schoolboys and Dereham Town.  

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Ben Toseland

Utility player Ben was Ives player of the year last season but left in the summer to try his luck with National League North side Kettering Town where he has made twelve first team appearances this season. But having suffered a period on the sidelines with the Poppies he has rejoined Ives on an initial one month loan to bolster manager Ricky Marheineke’s defensive options.

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Patrick Casey

22 year old defender Patrick is another who joined the Ives in during 2022/23 season from Northern Premier League Midland Harborough Town.  He started his career at Northampton own Academy and since leaving the Cobblers has also appeared for AFC Rushden & Diamonds, Bugbrooke St Michaels and Cogenhoe United. Since his arrival the ever reliable Paddy has made the right back spot his own with a series of solid performances.

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Charlie Johnson

Centre back Charlie is no stranger to the Quattro-Tech Westwood Road after playing for the Ives during the aborted 2019/20 season.  He started out at Cambridge United featuring in their Under 18 team and has played for Yaxley and St Neots Town since his first spell with the Ives. At St Neots he made over 30 appearances last season. He re-joined the Ives part way through the 2022/23 season from Isthmian League North Division Bury Town.

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Jordan Williams

A virtual ever present last season Jordan is a 25 year old commanding centre back who joined the Ives in summer 2022 from Stratford Town.  He started his career at Cambridge United before crossing the river Cam to enjoy two spells at Cambridge City.  He then switched to Stratford for his first spell with the Bards.  A move to Stourbridge followed before moving back to Stratford.  Jordan was part of the Stratford team that played against league one side, Shrewsbury Town in a televised FA Cup first round tie in 2021/22 season.

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Julien Saka

Julien, 21, is a left back who joins the Ives from Soham Town Rangers.  Born in France, he joined Soham in January 2022 from Ashford United.  His former clubs include Chessington & Hook, Tooting & Mitcham and Colliers Wood.

Julien joined Basildon Utd on a dual registration in Jan 23.

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Johnny Herd

Johnny, 33, is a left back who joins the Ives from Peterborough Sports in summer 2022.  He started his career at Southend United before being released in 2011.  After a brief spell with Ebbsfleet United he then went onto make nearly 150 appearances for Bishop’s Stortford over a 5-year period.  A move to St Neots followed before he made the move to Peterborough Sports.

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