Five-star show on the road
UCL Premier Division Northampton Spencer 0 St Ives Town 1 St Ives extended their winning run to five games with a first success at Kingsthorpe Mill, and this despite the inclusion in the starting line up of two reserve players because of unavailability. M
UCL Premier Division
Northampton Spencer 0 St Ives Town 1
St Ives extended their winning run to five games with a first success at Kingsthorpe Mill, and this despite the inclusion in the starting line up of two reserve players because of unavailability.
Managers Warren Everdell and Jez Hall completely reshaped the midfield and even had to include themselves on the bench along with 18-year-old Max Francis-Johnson.
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The first half was a scrappy affair largely played out in midfield and it was down to visiting keeper Rob Mackney to inspire confidence in the team as he pulled off several important saves as the hosts looked to break the deadlock.
The teams went in at half-time all-square with few clear-cut chances made by either side.
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The second half was a different affair as the Saints got a grip of the game and dominated for large periods.
It only took eight minutes for Town to find the net. Liam Kennett picked up a ball on the halfway line and fed Dave Newman whose skill took him past his marker.
He continued his run and crossed into the path of Kennett who had sprinted into the box to coolly slot home the chance.
After that Jamie Blackwell hit a post and had another chance cleared off the line for the visitors and another Saints shot cannoned to safety off a post.
The hosts presented few problems to the St Ives side as they closed the game out for another valuable three points.
Manager Hall said: "With the confidence that our keeper instilled on the team from the back I never felt we would concede a goal.
"This continues a series of very good results but, more importantly, it was another very comprehensive team display".