Ives target comeback against Irchester

THERE was yet more frustration on Monday for St Ives Town as their UCL Premier trip to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

THERE was yet more frustration on Monday for St Ives Town as their UCL Premier trip to Stewarts & Lloyds Corby was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

It means Ives have been without a league fixture since the end of November. They are only scheduled to be in UCL action twice this month, both against sixth-placed Irchester United.

The away fixture is due to take place on Saturday, January 15, with the return a fortnight later.

On yet more postponements and their forthcoming league tussles, Saints’ joint-manager Jez Hall said: “It has been difficult and we haven’t been able to do a great deal.


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“We were on a really good run, although the last league game was a while ago.

“We only placed twice in December and that was in the League Cup and the FA Vase.

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“Hopefully, we’ll get four points out of those two games against Irchester – that’s our target.

“Barring our slow start, we were aiming to be around sixth or seventh this year, so we’ll try to get as close to that as we can. I certainly think we need to be finishing around the top eight and there’s no reason we can’t.”

Ives are in Hunts Senior Cup quarter-final action this weekend when they are due to host Peterborough & District League outfit Ramsey Town, with Hall promising to field a full strength side.

Also on the horizon is an FA Vase fourth-round trip to Wessex Premier outfit Poole Town, on January 22.

“Apparently they are the St Neots of the south coast,” said Hall.

“They’ve got loads of money and have won their league for the past couple of years and are just waiting for their new stadium to be built and then they can step up to a higher standard.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we’ll always back ourselves in the cup competitions.”

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