UCL Premier Division Yaxley 1 St Ives Town 2 A GOAL in added on time earned St Ives Town a victory at near-rivals Yaxley and lifted them into third place in the league. Time seemed about to run out on Jez Hall and Warren Everdell s men until Barry Albone
UCL Premier Division
Yaxley 1 St Ives Town 2
A GOAL in added on time earned St Ives Town a victory at near-rivals Yaxley and lifted them into third place in the league.
Time seemed about to run out on Jez Hall and Warren Everdell's men until Barry Albone popped up to head home a Dan Newman cross at the death.
The win was St Ives' third in a row following their 8-2 rout of Bourne last week and narrow cup win against Sleaford in the week.
Joint-manager Everdell praised his side, who he said were coming good after a slow start to the season. He said: "We are very satisfied with the performance. Things are taking shape for us and, once again, we are proving ourselves a difficult team to beat."
Saturday's match provided some revenge for St Ives, who lost out to Yaxley on penalties in the final of the Hunts Senior Cup back in May.
In a match that saw Saints win an incredible 21 corners, it was something of a surprise that the scoreline wasn't more in favour of the Westwood Road outfit.
After their 1-0 League Cup win against Sleaford, St Ives started the game with a couple of changes but soon settled and took the lead when Liam Kennett found himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and neatly slotted home.
Kennett and his fellow strike-partner Scott Fielding have established themselves as the United Counties League's form pairing, with 11 goals between them in the six league games so far.
The first half had been fairly even but St Ives came out and pressed the home side for almost the full 45 minutes of the second, but in between the pressure Yaxley equalised when Rob Mackney's stunning save bounced kindly for Matt Parrott to slot home.
St Ives continued their assault on the Cuckoo's goal and corner after corner yielded nothing. However, deep in added time, Albone, back from his short spell at St Neots, marked his return by heading home Newman's pin-point cross.
*St Ives go to Rothwell Corinthians on Saturday.