The player who fired St Ives Town to play-off glory back in 2016 is expected to leave the club today.

Ben Seymour-Shove (far right) celebrates his winner in the Southern League Divisoon One (Central) play-off final in 2016.Ben Seymour-Shove (far right) celebrates his winner in the Southern League Divisoon One (Central) play-off final in 2016.

Locally-based winger Ben Seymour Shove, who hit the extra-time winner in their famous Southern League Division One (Central) play-off triumph gainst AFC Rushden & Diamonds, is set to depart.

Seymour-Shove, who also struck Saints’ first-ever goal at Southern League Premier Division level on the opening day of last season, is closing in on a move to their ProEdge Westwood Road tenants Cambridge City.

Seymour-Shove trained with City last night and is likely to be available to play for them tomorrow providing the necessary paperwork can be completed by the two clubs in time.

Saints manager Ricky Marheineke said: “It has been clear that something has been on Ben’s mind for the last few weeks. He hasn’t been himself and that’s been reflected in his recent performances.

“We had a conversation a few days ago and Ben made me aware of the fact his heart is no longer at St Ives Town. He felt it was time for a new challenge so we respect his wishes and allow him to move on.

“Everyone at the club will remember Ben for the wonder-strike in the play-off final that got us promoted. He has played a big part in helping us get to where we are today, but things change over time and we will now focus on moving forward with players who do want to be at the club.

“However, we part on great terms, Ben still works for the club and the door will very much remain open should he ever wish to return in a playing capacity.”

Seymour-Shove has spent three-and-a-half seasons at St Ives. He was one of Marheineke’s first signings after being appointed boss in the summer of 2014 after previously playing for him at Huntingdon Town.

Marheineke had quickly filled the void left by Seymour-Shove’s likely exit by drafting in Kettering Town winger Ben Baker on a 28-day deal.

Full-back Luke Warner-Eley has also arrived at ProEdge Westwood Road. He has been playing at Step 4 side Uxbridge this season.

Both of the new recruits will feature in the Saints’ squad when they travel to Chesham tomorrow.