The mercurial midfield talent has failed to win back his place in the team following a hamstring injury late last year. Stead, pictured, made what proved to be a farewell appearance from the substitutes bench on Saturday as St Ives slammed lowly North Greenford 4-0 at ProEdge Westwood Road. He is now set to play in his home city with Peterborough Sports a club chasing promotion from United Counties League Division One. Another former Ives favourite, Jimmy Dean, is assistant manager there. Marheineke admitted: It has been a pleasure to work with Jonny. He is an excellent player and always conducts himself well. He had been thinking about his future at St Ives for a while due to the amount of game-time he has been getting. Jonny had been playing regularly until he picked up an injury in November and I had to bring in James Peters who has done very well. I never like to see good lads leave, but I understand Jonnys position. He probably realises that he wont be playing regularly in the long-term. But as one popular player departed, a debutant made an impressive St Ives entrance on Saturday. James Hall was thrown straight into the Ives starting line-up following his switch from near neighbours Godmanchester Rovers and impressed boss Marheineke. He added: James was outstanding. His movement and ability to link the play were terrific. His work-rate and attitude were also a credit to him and Im already confident he will be a big player for us in the remainder of this season and next term. Hall was denied an early goal by an offside call, but did provide a couple of second-half assists for Stuart Eason and substitute Jack Higgs to score. A deflected free-kick from Ben Seymour-Shove and an Eason effort had earlier put St Ives in command in the first half. Victory moved them to within a point of equalling the tally achieved in the whole of last season - their first at Southern League Division One (Central) level. They can surpass it when travelling to Potters Bar Town on Saturday. The currently suspended Kieran Fitzgerald has snubbed a move to Northern Premier Division side Stamford AFC.