Eight more wins required for St Ives Town to hit their play-off target

Stuart Eason has joined Spalding United on a dual registration. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON

Stuart Eason has joined Spalding United on a dual registration. Picture: LOUISE THOMPSON - Credit: Archant

Ricky Marheineke has set his St Ives Town players a target of eight more wins to clinch a Southern League Division One (Central) play-off berth.

Marheineke believes 78 points will be enough to secure a spot in the top five and a tilt at promotion.

Saints have racked up 54 so far with 12 fixtures remaining following the postponement of a clash at fellow play-off hopefuls Aylesbury last Saturday.

“We have felt all along the 78 points will earn a play-off place,” said Marheineke. “We know what is required from here.

“We’ve played all four of the teams above us twice already and that might work in our favour.

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“We also have home games to come against a couple of the teams just behind us in the table and we’ll need to make the most of them.”

The trip to Aylesbury has been re-arranged for April 19 and will be Saints’ penultimate fixture.

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They host mid-table side Petersfield at ProEdge Westwood Road this Saturday.

Marheineke has completed the capture of goalkeeper Brendan Brown from higher-level Histon. The former Northampton Town scholar, who is based locally at Hemingford, will provide competition to number one Tim Trebes.

But striker Stuart Eason has left Saints after signing a dual-registration deal with Northern League Division One South side Spalding United.

“Stuart needs football and I can’t guarantee him that at the moment,” added Marheineke. “The beauty of a dual-registration move is that he is still eligible to play for us if required.”

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