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Looking Ahead to St Ives Town

Saturday, 03 February 2018 20:57




The Tuesday evening scheduled Huntingdonshire Senior Cup semi-final at Westwood Road is entirely dependant on the weather between now and then.   Saturday’s Central Division match between Cambridge City and Barton Rovers was postponed early on Saturday morning and prospects of the Tuesday match are already looking grim.


The only match to be played since Christmas at Westwood Road was the rearranged New Years’ Day fixture with St Neots on 9th January that ended in a 1-1 draw after St Neots had suffered the first half dismissal of Johnny Herd.


A glance at the records shows that St Neots last Senior Cup victory over St Ives was four years ago in the Cup Final at the Premier Plus Stadium when goals from Shane Tolley and Lewis Hilliard in front of a noisy crowd of 563 won the day.   Two years ago (also at home) St Neots were beaten in the semi-final by the odd goal in three and after that match Manager David Batch resigned his post.    St Ives are beginning to build up a backlog of league matches (three in hand of St Neots at present) and to have to fit in a Cup match might prove tricky because of their groundshare with Cambridge City who also have games to be rearranged.   The other semi-final will  be between holders Eynesbury Rovers and Yaxley who last won the trophy in 2008.


Qualification for the Senior Cup was reduced in 2012/13 to sides playing at Step Six of the National league system and above which means that in addition to the quartet of teams due to compete in the semi-finals, only Huntingdon Town and Godmanchester Rovers competed in the competition this season.   Having won the Senior Cup a record number of times St Neots would love to win it this season for Manager Matt Clements.




John Walker










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