WHEN St Ives Town went 1-0 down at home to Harborough Town on Saturday, joint manager Jez Hall thought: “Oh my god – here we go again…”

But he needn’t have worried. After the visitors had opened the scoring in the first minute, they rarely troubled the Saints who were 5-1 up by half time and ended up 8-1 winners.

“We must have had 30-odd chances,” said the boss, who was relieved to see his team relaxed and scoring goals after a shaky few weeks in the FA Vase and at the top of the United Counties League.

St Ives had dropped to third in the division but bottom of the table Harborough had nothing to offer as strikers Karl Gibbs and Robbie Harris, who scored four of the goals between them, clicked up front and caused the visitors a massive headache.

“They look really sharp together,” said Hall. “They are really beginning to hit it off.”

The Saints’ equaliser came in the ninth minute when Jimmy Dean headed the ball home. Jon Stead made it 2-1 from the penalty spot before three goals in two minutes killed the game off.

Lee Ellison got the first in the 34th minute, Gibbs added another, and Harris followed up to make it 5-1.

Stead got his second after the break before Gibbs scored his second and Harris finished off the rout. Harris now has three goals in two games since joining from Holbeach United, while Gibbs has scored 21 for the Saints this season. “It was a nice feeling to sit back at half time and feel relaxed,” said Hall, who handed a second half debut to Jack Baker.

The Saints were due to play Desborough Town at Westwood Road on Tuesday night in the UCL Cup – but that game was called off because of a frozen pitch.

Now back up to second after their win over Harborough, and Quorn’s 1-0 loss at Yaxley, St Ives are at home again on Saturday when Blackstones visit Westwood Road.

St Ives: Niall Conroy, Stuart Cobb, Jamie Alsop, Dan Newman, Will Fordham, Jimmy Dean (Ben Walshe), David Cobb (Jack Baker), Lee Ellison, Robbie Harris, Karl Gibbs (Scott Fielding), Jon Stead.