NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: St Ives Town on the rise as they jump out of relegation zone

St Ives Town striker Danny Kelly hit the only goal against Cinderford.

St Ives Town striker Danny Kelly hit the only goal against Cinderford. - Credit: Archant

St Ives Town continued their winning streak to leave the Southern League Premier Division relegation zone behind them yesterday.

An early Danny Kelly header earned a 1-0 victory against bottom side Cinderford at ProEdge Westwood Road.

It was a fourth successive win in all competitions for a Saints side who have been revitalised since a 7-0 home drubbing at the hands of Kettering a fortnight ago.

And the latest victory came complete with a rare clean sheet for a makeshift Saints defence.

They lost central defender Lee Chaffey to a metatarsal injury in the opening half. It meant midfielder Jack Bradshaw had to drop into a back-four which also featured a left-back - Jordan Jarrold - having to operate on the right side of defence.

Manager Ricky Marheineke said: “The game lacked any real quality from either side.

“Cinderford have a new manager and a lot of new players, and they came within a plan to try to stay in the game for as long as possible.

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“Thankfully we got an early goal which was very important, but we missed a couple of good chances to kill it off.

“That led to a nervy final 10 minutes, but we got the three points and that’s all that matters in a results-based industry.”

Saints now sit 18th in the Premier Division standings - three points above the drop-zone and one point above Huntingdonshire rivals St Neots Town.