It appears that 48 hours is rather a long time in the world of non-league football.
That’s a conclusion which can be drawn from St Ives Town’s two midweek outings in the Southern League Premier Division.
Struggling Saints were humbled by Stratford on Tuesday when slumping to a 6-2 home defeat, but they responded in fine style last night.
A terrific Ollie Snaith strike seven minutes into the second half earned a 1-0 success against Redditch for Ricky Marheineke’s men.
It was just an eighth win of a torrid season for third-bottom Saints – and only their third victory gained on home turf at ProEdge Westwood Road.
Marheineke made seven changes and it had the desired effect. The only disappointment was that Saints didn’t triumph by a wider margin.
He said: “I’m really pleased for the players who did themselves proud.
“The whole season has been difficult and that’s definitely been the case in the last couple of weeks.
“There has been a lot of negativity in our performances and results, from myself and from supporters, so this result is a real positive coming so soon after such a disappointing defeat against Stratford.
“We defended really well and the clean sheet is a particularly pleasing after conceding too many goals this season.
“We should have won the game more convincingly given the amount of chances we had. A 5-0 scoreline would not have been an unfair reflection, but we’ll certainly take a 1-0.
“I’ve always said that while we have rightly questioned the ability of the lads to play at this level, their attitude and work-rate has never been in question.”
Eynesbury also had their second fixture of the week last night – and it came complete with another pleasing result.
A depleted Rovers side held United Counties League Premier Division leaders Yaxley to a 0-0 draw at Hall Road.
Rovers had defender Michael Mackrell sent off in the dying moments for collecting a second caution, but it didn’t prevent them from gaining a fine point.
Eynesbury are now unbeaten in five league games, four of which have ended in draws.
Godmanchester Rovers’ fixture backlog increased when their Wednesday home clash against Kirkley & Pakefield in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division was postponed.
Ollie Drake’s still have eight games to go as they chase a third-placed finish and a possible promotion.