Mens 1st   St Ives 1st 3 Cambridge City 2nds 2

A STRONG second-half display saw St Ives overcome their city rivals in a gritty home win. City completed the double over Saints last season and started with that momentum in mind, controlling much of the po

Mens 1st

St Ives 1st 3

Cambridge City 2nds 2

A STRONG second-half display saw St Ives overcome their city rivals in a gritty home win.

City completed the double over Saints last season and started with that momentum in mind, controlling much of the possession in the opening 20 minutes.

The visitors play generated a flurry of goal attempts from open play, short corners and a penalty flick, but the Saints' rear guard was equal to it all. The flick was well saved by Alex Ginns while Wayne Tunnah and Chris Duncan put in some vital tackles and Ben Scarrow completed a goal line clearance.

When Ives did start to see the ball they scored. In their first notable attack of the match, some good work down the right wing and some neat play by Derrick Pope allowed Jamie Moise to fire home.

The counter punch hit City and St Ives were not finished. Chris Bollom made good ground sawing through the right where the ball fell to Ben Griffiths to hammer in at the far post.

City came back with wave after wave of attacks, but were left unrewarded.

With half time approaching City managed to score after some scrappy defending left a loose ball in the D.

The second-half saw St Ives match the visitors' strong midfield - Andy Land, Matt Chitty and Dave Land all playing well - but it was City who struck first mid-way through the second half from a short corner.

With chances at both ends, Alex Prestage drove the midfield attacks and applied the pressure. With the clock running down Paul Swanell stepped up to fire the ball home and allow Ives to regain the lead.

City turned the screw, but Ginns, who was named man of the match, kept them out.

nSt Ives next game is away to Upminster.

St Ives 2nds 1

Peterborough 1

A BARE 11 faced a confident Peterborough side riding high on the back of a two wins.

Neither side were able to establish a smooth pattern to their play and left the goalkeepers mostly untroubled.

The visitors broke the deadlock through a penalty flick after 25 minutes while a late run by Alfie Brennan, resulted in a penalty corner and provided a last ditch opportunity to level the game. Ashley Brown slotted the ball home from close range after the keeper blocked the initial strike.

St Ives 3rds 3

Market Deeping 1

THE team gained their first victory of the season at their third attempt, beating Market Deeping.

Playing some fast, one-touch hockey St Ives created the better chances throughout and were 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes -James Cahill scored the first and Alan Campbell added a second from a short corner.

A host of missed chances followed before Deeping pulled a goal back just before the break.

Saints started the second-half brightly and piled on the pressure. James Reeson saw his 'goal' ruled out before man of the match Campbell got his second of the game from another well-worked penalty corner.

Wisbech 4th 2

St Ives 4th 1

TWO careless goals allowed Wisbech to steal a game that should have been St Ives.

A fine goal by Alex Slater proved the team can find the net, something they have got to do more frequently.

On the plus side there were fine debuts for Alex Clenand and Trevor Jones.