NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Super St Ives Town sink table-toppers; St Neots Town continue to struggle; Godmanchester Rovers roar on in the FA Vase; Eynesbury Rovers and Huntingdon Town triumph in the UCL
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St Ives Town produced a stunning performance to slam the Southern League Premier Division Central leaders today.
Ricky Marheineke’s side continued their recent revival with a 3-0 success at table-topping Kettering Town.
The damage was done in the first half by an Ollie Snaith opener, a smart Sam Cartwright header and a stunning Danny Kelly free-kick before Kettering were reduced to 10 men just before half-time.
The victory came complete with a second clean sheet in three games for recent goalkeeping recruit Martin Conway. He saw Kettering man Ben Milnes blaze a last-gasp penalty over the bar.
St Ives have pulled five points clear of a relegation zone still occupied by fellow locals St Neots Town after they suffered a third successive league defeat.
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Matt Clements’ men were beaten 2-1 by second-placed Stourbridge at the Premier Plus Stadium, succumbing to two second-half goals after leading at half-time courtesy of a Dylan Williams goal.
Godmanchester Rovers booked their place in the last 32 of the FA Vase with a poignant success.
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Their 2-0 triumph against Holbeach United in a third-round tie at the David Wilson Homes Ground was immediately dedicated to the late grandfather of manager Ollie Drake. John Drake, also the founder of the club’s sponsors J & J Drake, passed away on Tuesday.
Rovers skipper Micky Hyem was denied by the woodwork in a first half in which he and Jack Chandler were unable to take glorious chances.
They eventually hit the front with 18 minutes to go through a classy Joe Furness free-kick before substitute Austen Diaper’s fine finish sealed victory with seven minutes to go.
Both local clubs in the United Counties League enjoyed excellent away victories.
Eynesbury Rovers climbed back into the Premier Division top six after a 5-0 win at Wellingborough Whitworth. Steven Gentle, Jemale McKenzie, Jordan Brown, Robert Ducket and Callum Milne all scored.
A brace from Adam Richardson earned Huntingdon Town a welcome 2-1 success at Irchester in Division One. Jimmy Brattan’s side snapped a run of six successive league defeats in the process.