Normal service resumed as St Ives Town return to form with valuable Easter Monday point

St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke. Picture: HELEN DRAKE

St Ives Town manager Ricky Marheineke. Picture: HELEN DRAKE - Credit: Archant

The real St Ives Town returned on Easter Monday.

That was the view of manager Ricky Marheineke following a goalless Southern League Division One (Central) draw at Bedford Town.

Declan Rogers fluffed their best chance when firing wide in a one-on-one situation on the stroke of half-time and Saints had a lucky escape late on when Bedford hit the bar in the final minute.

But Saints chief Marheineke was delighted with the response to a disappointing home defeat at the hands of Chalfont St Peter 48 hours earlier.

Marheineke said: “We asked for a reaction after Saturday and I think we got it at Bedford.

“We looked like a St Ives Town team again. We were very well-organised, very disciplined and limited Bedford to very few chances.

“We threw an extra forward on to try and get the goal that won the game, but we could have ended dup losing it when they hit the bar right at the end.

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“Of course we would have preferred three points, but I’m happy with one to keep us ticking over.”

Saints remain fourth in the Division One (Central) table, but their latest point came at a cost as full-back Scott Sinclair was forced off with a knee problem at half-time.

They were the only local team in action yesterday as games involving four other sides were postponed.

A derby date between Huntingdon Town and Eynesbury Rovers in the United Counties League Premier Division and Godmanchester Rovers’ clash against Newmarket in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division both fell victim to the wet weather.

St Neots Town’s trip to King’s Lynn in the Southern League Premier Division was also postponed due to an unplayable pitch, but it was swiftly re-arranged for tomorrow (Wednesday).