WOMEN’S FOOTBALL: Super St Ives Town Ladies have a little bit extra to claim terrific cup triumph

Tierney Coulson hit St Ives Town Ladies' winner as they made Eastern Region Women's League Cup progr

Tierney Coulson hit St Ives Town Ladies' winner as they made Eastern Region Women's League Cup progress. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The St Ives Town Ladies success story now comes complete with another fine chapter.

St Ives Town Ladies goalkeeper Kira Markwell claims a cross against Acle United. Picture: GARY REED

St Ives Town Ladies goalkeeper Kira Markwell claims a cross against Acle United. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Darren Marjoram’s side celebrated arguably their best-ever result when claiming a higher-level scalp in the last 16 of the Eastern Region Women’s League Cup last Sunday.

An extra-time goal from Tierney Coulson earned unbeaten Division One side Saints a 1-0 victory against Premier Division table-toppers and cup holders Acle United at Westwood Road.

It was reward for a battling performance which unsurprisingly left their manager oozing pride. Marjoram said: “This is definitely one of our best results so far – not just because Acle are the highest-ranked team we’ve beaten, but also due to the fact we had players missing and others carrying injuries.

“We knew it would be a very tough test, but we saw it as an opportunity to see where we are compared to a top team in the division above us.

Emily Stephenson helped St Ives Town Ladies claim a terrific cup scalp. Picture; GARY REED PHOTOGRAP

Emily Stephenson helped St Ives Town Ladies claim a terrific cup scalp. Picture; GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant


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“I really believed we could win the game as I have seen how hard my players have worked and how much they have improved.

“It helped us that Acle were without their leading scorers, but they still posed a massive threat going forward that we dealt with well all game.

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“It’s a huge boost to be able to beat them. The confidence of the players is certainly high right now and the competition for places is fierce.”

Chances were at a premium in a tight opening half. Georgia Stancombe came closest to a breakthrough for Saints when guiding a free-kick just wide.

St Ives Town Ladies celebrate their extra-time winner against Acle United in the Eastern Region Wome

St Ives Town Ladies celebrate their extra-time winner against Acle United in the Eastern Region Women's League Cup. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

The hosts found themselves under plenty of pressure from higher-level Acle in the second period, but stood firm despite being forced to employ midfielders Fran Worrall and Caitlin Jarman as emergency full-backs.

Saints began brightly in extra time and hit the front midway through the first period when top-scorer Coulson held off a defender, darted past the goalkeeper and finished coolly.

That was the cue for a bombardment from Acle, but they were unable to find a way through a Saints defence impeccably marshalled by player-of-the-match Mollie Flack.

They return to the league action this Sunday with a trip to Hertford Town where victory would earn a rise to the top of the Division One table.

Harriet Ford of St Ives Town Ladies during their cup win against Acle United. Picture: GARY REED PHO

Harriet Ford of St Ives Town Ladies during their cup win against Acle United. Picture: GARY REED PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

Saints are two points behind pacesetters Bowers & Pitsea with two games in hand – and the leaders are involved in a county cup competition this weekend.

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