FOOTBALL: St Ives boss looking to build momentum as cup final clash looms
PUBLISHED: 10:43 21 April 2017
St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke is hoping to build some momentum ahead of his side’s cup final clash at the end of the month.
The Saints will face off against Hayes and Yeading on April 29 and Marheineke wants his side to go into the Southern League Cup showpiece with a couple of wins to help build confidence.
St Ives secured the first of those victories on Monday as they welcomed King’s Lynn Town to Pro Edge Westwood Road and secured a 2-0 victory that came on the back of consecutive defeats.
With that mini-slump snapped, Marheineke has now set his sights on claiming a second morale-boosting win at league champions Chippenham Town, with his side making the trip on Saturday.
“Win or lose it has been a great season, our first at this level, but it would be even better if we could finish it off with some silverware for the fans,” Marheineke said.
“We want to carry some momentum into that final and the best way to do that is to get a positive result at Chippenham on Saturday. They have already won the league and will be going for a points record when they face us but we want to go there and enjoy the experience of playing against a top side, which will stand us in good stead for the final.”
After a first half of few chances, St Ives took control after the break against King’s Lynn and moved into the lead through Liam McDevitt in the 67th minute.
Victory was assured with 10 minutes to go as Danny Kelly headed home superbly
after stooping low to meet Jack Bradshaw’s inch-perfect cross.
Post-match, Marheineke said: “I was delighted to sign off at home with a win and I was delighted for the fans because, although the attendance wasn’t as high as what we had hoped, those who did come really got behind the team.”