ST IVES Town slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Saffron Walden in a desperately poor game at Westwood Road. Walden s Richard Chadwick stole in to net the winner with a scrappy header just before half time while Town barely mustered an effort on target. St

ST IVES Town slumped to a 1-0 defeat at home to Saffron Walden in a desperately poor game at Westwood Road. Walden's Richard Chadwick stole in to net the winner with a scrappy header just before half time while Town barely mustered an effort on target.

St Ives joint-manager Jez Hall said: "It was important for the players to get 90 minutes under their belts but it was a pretty poor performance.

"It's not about results at this stage and we were missing quite a few first teamers through injury. Jason King, Lloyd Howard and Dan Attfield all put in decent performances which is encouraging from some of our younger players."

St Ives begin their United Counties Premier League season with a tough-looking visit to Raunds on August 12.

* HUNTINGDON Town's scheduled trip to Bedford United on Saturday was called off due to the home side's inability to raise a team.

The fixture has been rescheduled for Tuesday, August 15 at Town's Jubilee Park ground.

Manager Paul Swannell said: "It was disappointing not to have a fixture and we'd rather the lads were playing but it was not to be.

"We play Hoddesdon at home on Saturday, then Stevenage on August 9, so it'll be interesting to see how the lads get on in a match situation."

Meanwhile, Swannell announced the signing of goalkeeper Dave Beanie and suggested he is still looking for some new faces for the squad.

Huntingdon start their United Counties League Division One campaign with a visit to Peterborough Northern Star on August 19.

* GODMANCHESTER Rovers were without a fixture at the weekend but travel to St Ives this Saturday for a friendly fixture, kick off 3pm.

The club are also concerned about the state of their home pitch, which has dried out in the hot weather.

Manager Ian Jackson said: "Unless we get two weeks of solid rain we're going to have to ask our first opponents to reverse the fixtures and let us travel to them.

"The pitch is bone dry and there's no way it can be used at present."

Meanwhile Jackson reiterated his call for people to get involved in the club. He continued: "We want people to get involved in the club and we encourage them to come along and do so."

The club train on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at 2pm and begin their Ridgeons League Division One campaign with a trip to Swaffham Town on August 12.

* ST NEOTS Town face Langford in a home friendly tomorrow evening (Thursday) and have another home fixture against Higham Town on Saturday. St Neots kick off their United Counties Premier League season against Newport Pagnall on August 12.