Cambridge were the opponents for St Ives ladies at the weekend – and the city club went away with the better results, winning two of the three ties.
Victory for St Ives came via the ladies thirds who recorded a 1-0 victory against Cambridge City 4s – despite players getting caught up in the Cambridge traffic and the match staring with just nine St Ives players on the field.
But the visitors managed to remain in the game until the reinforcements arrived. They could then show their teamwork, especially up front through Anna Banks and Tracey Jago.
The St Ives goal came after some great inter-play from the two forwards, resulting in a shot on goal that was parried into the path of Emma Tudor who hit the ball into the backboard.
The St Ives midfield knuckled down in the second half, preventing Cambridge from equalising.
■ The St Ives ladies first team lost 2-1 to Cambridge City 2s – Carly McDonald got on the scoresheet – while the seconds went down 3-0 to Cambridge City 3s.
■ It was the teams lower down the St Ives hierarchy which grabbed the victories for the men.
While the first team went down 2-0 to Old Southendian, the seconds played out a 3-3 draw with Long Sutton, and the thirds lost to Horncastle 4-2, both the fourth and the fifth teams won.
The fourths overcame Long Sutton thirds 4-3, coming from behind and holding out for long periods of the second half to take the spoils.
The goals came from Daniel Baston, Ian Chitty and a Oliver Wood brace.
The fifths hit four without reply in their match against Ely City 4s.