ST IVES continued their push for promotion with a convincing win over local rivals Yaxley at Westwood Road on Saturday. Scott Fielding fired the home side ahead after seven minutes and then Junior McDougald missed a penalty after 12 minutes. McDougald mad

ST IVES continued their push for promotion with a convincing win over local rivals Yaxley at Westwood Road on Saturday.

Scott Fielding fired the home side ahead after seven minutes and then Junior McDougald missed a penalty after 12 minutes. McDougald made up for it by scoring a header to put the Ives 2-0 ahead at half time.

Fielding scored again four minutes after the restart to effectively kill the game, but Yaxley were awarded a penalty in stoppage time, which Ricky Hailstone converted for a consolation goal.

Yaxley failed to really make an impression on the game, and the win keeps St Ives fourth in the table and only three points behind second placed Stotfold. The only downside to game for Jez Hall's men was Will Fordham's sending off that resulted in the Yaxley penalty. They were however buoyed by the return of youth team striker Connor Washington at the end of the game, as he had been out injured since pre-season.

St Ives co-manager Hall described the game as a "pretty comfortable win after a great performance."

"We were in charge from the start and scored two early goals that really killed them off," said Hall. "They were awarded a dodgy penalty and even their manager said to me after that the ref must have been feeling sorry for them.

"It could've been 10-0 as we didn't really play for the last 40 minutes. It's a shame we didn't win by more but it's still three points. It was all over when the second goal went in as they never had a real shot until the last 10 minutes.

"It was a good performance all round. We controlled the midfield and completely dominated the defence and got the goals in attack. It's disappointing for Will [Fordham] to get the ban for what really was a soft penalty.

"We haven't lost now since October and we've only lost one in 17. We want to aim to get 80 points and then we can aim for a top three or even top two finish. The other top teams have still got to play each other so there are bound to be points dropped between them.

"There's hardly any easy games in the league and any team can slip up at any time. We slipped up a few times at the start of the season and can't afford to now. We've got the best squad we've ever had and with five winnable games coming up this month if we can get to February unbeaten then we really will be back in the title race. People rate us quite highly now."

Goal-scorer Scott Fielding said: "I am pleased with my goal scoring form at the moment and it is good to see that the team are still doing well and getting the three points we deserve from games like today."

St Ives next face Northampton Spencer at Westwood Road on Saturday.