NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Sam Ives leaves St Ives after only two Town appearances

St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke.

St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke. - Credit: Archant

One of St Ives Town’s major summer signings has left the club after making only two appearances.

Boss Ricky Marheineke has mutually agreed to part ways with attacking player Sam Ives less than a fortnight into the new campaign.

Ives started Saints’ opening day draw against Stratford, but was relegated to the substitutes’ bench for a defeat at Chesham four days later.

He did not feature in their first-ever Step 3 victory at Cinderford last Saturday and Marheineke has now confirmed the player’s exit.

He said: “Sometimes things don’t work out. It didn’t happen how Sam or ourselves had planned.

“I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the lad and wish him well.”

It is understood Ives is due to undergo wrist surgery in the coming weeks and could miss up to three months of the season.

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