St Ives Town chief out of cause an upset in clash of the Huntingdonshire titans

Andrew Phillips hit the only goal for St Ives Town. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON

Andrew Phillips hit the only goal for St Ives Town. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON - Credit: Archant

Ricky Marheineke reckons an upset could be on the cards when the top two teams in Huntingdonshire football clash tonight.

Marheineke takes his St Ives Town team – flying high in fourth position in Southern League Division One (Central) – to St Neots Town, languishing in 18th place in the Southern League Premier Division, for a Hunts Senior Cup semi-final at the Premier Plus Stadium (7.45pm).

And, buoyed by a terrific success away at table-topping Chalfont St Peter last Saturday, which featured goals from Jared Cunniff, Ben Seymour-Shove, Andrew Phillips and Peter Clark, Marheineke’s men will make the short journey in confident mood as they aim to avenge a Red Insure Cup loss at the hands of their local rivals earlier in the season.

Marheineke said: “St Neots are obviously having a tough time this season after seeing their squad depleted by injuries.

“I’ve also heard a few grumbles about the way St Neots play, but that approach got them to within minutes of playing Conference football.

“They still have a lot of good players and should be capable of beating us. But as they are the higher-level team playing at home, all the pressure will be on them.

“The way St Neots celebrated after the league cup game showed it meant a lot to beat us that night.

Most Read

“They will be out to do it again, but we’re going there to win and we’ll try to give ourselves the best possible chance of doing that.

“I definitely see it as a game we are capable of winning.”

St Neots were reliant on two late goals to provide a dramatic turnaround when the two teams met in the Red Insure Cup back in October.

They scraped through 2-1 on that occasion and will probably settle for a similar outcome this time around after failing to win any of their last nine league matches.

David Batch’s side have also suffered three successive defeats.

The match hinges on a 1pm pitch inspection.