NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Ives Town need to find a winning home formula after sampling away success

PUBLISHED: 13:52 05 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 05 April 2017

Josh Dawkin hit St Ives' second goal at Redditch.

Josh Dawkin hit St Ives' second goal at Redditch.

Archant

St Ives Town boss Ricky Marheineke admits his players must find a way to overcome their pitch problems.

Ben Seymour-Shove opened the scoring seconds after coming on as a substitute at Redditch. Ben Seymour-Shove opened the scoring seconds after coming on as a substitute at Redditch.

The Saints entertain Weymouth in a Southern League Premier Division clash at ProEdge Westwood Road on Saturday, 3pm. They failed to find the net while losing their last two games on a pitch described as ‘horrendous’ by the boss.

But Marheineke certainly had no complaints with the slick 3G surface at Redditch last weekend, as Saints swooped for a 2-0 success.

A Ben Seymour-Shove collector’s item put Saints ahead midway through the second half. The little wideman made an instant impact when rising to head home a Jordan Jarrold cross with his first touch barely 20 seconds after being introduced as a substitute.

Josh Dawkin sealed the points with 10 minutes to go when benefitting from a fumble from home goalkeeper Bradley Catlow.

“The fact we could go to Redditch and play some good stuff just highlights how difficult it is to perform on our horrendous pitch,” said Marheineke. “I was impressed with what I saw in the second half especially.

“I have to admit I was a bit frustrated with our first-half performance, but we were a different team in the second period.

“We got on the front foot, we were aggressive, we played with more purpose and we got the goals to win the game.

“Unfortunately at home we can’t play in the same way as we have to try to win ugly due to the state of the pitch.

“It’s not always entertaining for our fans, but we have to play the cards we’ve been dealt and we have to make the best of the situation by picking up points.”

Saints now sit 14th in the Premier Division with four games to go.

* St Ives have confirmed tenants Cambridge City will continue to ground-share at ProEdge Westwood Road next season.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Emergency repairs taking place to the A14 near Huntingdon today (Friday) should be completed before the evening rush hour, Highways England has said.

14:21

A new local plan which will help shape the face of Huntingdonshire until 2036 has cleared a major hurdle.

Students from Longsands Academy presented their Christmas hampers to the St Neots foodbank on Monday.

Pupils and staff at Priory Park Infant School and pre-school have been celebrating following a recent Ofsted inspection.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter