WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Title-winning St Ives Town Ladies lose unbeaten record in final outing of fine season

St Ives Town Ladies lift the Eastern Region Women's League Division One title. Picture: GARY REED PH

St Ives Town Ladies lift the Eastern Region Women's League Division One title. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Title-winning St Ives Town Ladies saw their hopes of completing the Eastern Region Women’s League season in unbeaten style dashed in their final outing.

The already-crowned Division One champions were pipped 4-3 by King's Lynn Town Ladies as the curtain came down on a memorable campaign.

Saints were stung by two goals in the opening 10 minutes and conceded again on the half-hour mark.

Georgia Stancombe's reply on the stroke of half-time gave them hope of a comeback, but they were undone by a fourth Lynn goal early in the second period.

Stancombe saw a strong penalty appeal ignored before doing the honours from the spot after Hannah Seymour-Shove was sent tumbling - but her joy at a second goal soon turned to despair as she was sent off along with a visiting player following a clash as she attempted to retrieve the ball from the net.

Stancombe's sister, Katie, then took another chunk of out Saints' arrears but they were unable to claw themselves level in the closing stages.

But the defeat did little to dampen the celebrations as they were presented with the league winners' shield following the game.

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Manager Darren Marjoram, whose side finished six points clear at the summit, said: "Despite this result we can be very proud of what we achieved this season.

"We knew we had to make a lot of improvement stepping up to this level - and the players have responded to every challenge they have been set.

"They have worked tirelessly to improve physically and technically while we pride ourselves on our preparation for games which leaves no stone unturned.

"It's been a great season to see both of our teams promoted and we'll have the same aim again next season."

The club are holding open trials throughout June and further details are available from Marjoram by emailing darren.marjoram@ntlworld.com