Saints climb their highest peak so far
UCL Premier Division Yaxley 0 St Ives Town 3 A COMMANDING performance from Saints left them sitting proudly in second position in the UCL table. Jamie Blackwell scored an excellent double as St Ives climbed to their highest-ever league position. Only an i
UCL Premier Division
Yaxley 0 St Ives Town 3
A COMMANDING performance from Saints left them sitting proudly in second position in the UCL table.
Jamie Blackwell scored an excellent double as St Ives climbed to their highest-ever league position.
Only an injury to Scott Fielding put a dampener on Saints' day - the forward is set to be out for six weeks after suffering a ruptured calf.
Blackwell opened the scoring after 10 minutes when he cut inside and lashed a 25-yard screamer into the top corner of the goal from distance.
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Jason King cleared a Yaxley effort off the line as the hosts enjoyed a brief spell of pressure but St Ives soon began to dominate.
Fielding's injury on 30 minutes forced a reshuffle, with Liam Kennett coming on to join Graeme Thackray up front.
After the break it was Thackray who provided the cross for Blackwell to double the lead with a header on 52 minutes.
The final goal was a bullet header from Will Fordham, who latched on to a Craig Smith free kick to score his fifth of the campaign just before the hour mark.
Saints had chances to extend their lead but were already sitting comfortably.
Joint manager Jez Hall said: "It was a very impressive performance from us and we could have scored plenty more goals.
"It is our best performance for quite a while and although we will miss Scott Fielding, it will give the likes of Kennett and Thackray a chance to shine."
Meanwhile, St Ives reserves went down to a 2-1 defeat at home to Peterborough Northern Star reserves. Chris Parker was the goal scorer, while Steve Hastings, pictured, was man of the match.
n St Ives make the long trip to Lowestoft to play Kirkley & Patefield in the second round of the FA Vase on Saturday.