NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: A torrid Tuesday is followed by a terrific Thursday for St Ives Town while Eynesbury hold a team of table-toppers

Ollie Snaith fired St Ives Town to victory against Redditch. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY

Ollie Snaith fired St Ives Town to victory against Redditch. Picture: J BIGGS PHOTOGRAPHY - Credit: Archant

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.


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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.

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“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.

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