St Ives Town out to continue sizzling start to 2016 while Godmanchester Rovers give youth a chance

Ben Seymour-Shove hit a hat-trick for St Ives last Saturday. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON

Ben Seymour-Shove hit a hat-trick for St Ives last Saturday. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON - Credit: Archant

St Ives Town can climb to within a point of the Southern League Division One (Central) summit tonight.

Saints entertain Bedford Town at ProEdge Westwood Road in a match which goes ahead following a successful pitch inspection.

And boss Ricky Marheineke is bracing himself for a tough test as his side attempt to continue an exhilarating start to 2016.

Saints have won both league games so far this year, slamming leaders Chalfont St Peter 4-1 10 days ago and bashing Arlesey 6-0 last Saturday when Ben Seymour-Shove hit a hat-trick.

Those results also sandwiched a notable Hunts Senior Cup semi-final triumph at higher-level St Neots Town last Tuesday.

Marheineke said: “We are playing well and we are backing up good results with more of them.

“We’re also in a position where have lots of depth to the squad which means we can make changes, keep everyone fresh and keep everyone hungry.

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“I’m expecting a very difficult game against Bedford though. They are a better side than their league position might suggest and they have some very good players.”

Godmanchester Rovers are also in action tonight as they tackle the first of two cup quarter-finals on successive Tuesdays.

They go to lower-level Downham Town in the last eight of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup.

Teenagers Chris Hartley, Peter Southee, Ryan Wood, Jake Bennett, Jamie Osborne, Ash Hehir and Evan Jeckells will all feature in a youthful squad named by boss Matt Clements.

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