St Ives preparing for Tiptree tie after Vase win

FA Vase Third Round --- St Ives Town 3-0 Ely City --- ST IVES Town cruised through to the fourth round of the FA Vase with a victory over Ely City. They will travel to Essex Senior outfit Tiptree Utd on January 16 after a comfortable win over the Robins

FA Vase Third Round ---

St Ives Town 3-0 Ely City ---

ST IVES Town cruised through to the fourth round of the FA Vase with a victory over Ely City.

They will travel to Essex Senior outfit Tiptree Utd on January 16 after a comfortable win over the Robins at Westwood Road.

Goals from Carl Foreman, Conor Washington and Ozie Foster helped Saints to their tenth win on the bounce - and their 16th in 18 games - in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 338.

Co-managers Jez Hall and Warren Everdell, who received the November Manager of the Month award, paid tribute to the players and first-team coach Errol McCammon for the team's recent run of form.

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Hall said: "Everyone in the squad is buzzing at the moment. We have been playing well of late, and it was important to put together a winning run after the start we had.

"We have a tough set of games over Christmas, but none of the players want a rest because they all want to be part of the team spirit we have at the moment."

Hall added that the management team would be watching Tiptree before they meet.

"We know that they might be able to call on Ryman league players, but it's more important to see the way they play. The draw could have been worse for us, because we have been excellent away from home this season, and we will take a strong support."

Ives got off to the best possible start on Saturday when Foster eased down the right wing and crossed for Foreman to tap in the first.

On 16 minutes Conor Washington added a second, latching onto a through ball and firing into the bottom corner of Lee Pacey's goal.

Saints could have tied the game up before half-time when captain Will Fordham - making his 400th appearance for the club - crashed a header off the bar.

The Robins seemed reinvigorated after half-time, and Gavin Armitage was called upon to make two outstanding acrobatic saves to protect his clean sheet.

Foster grabbed the goal his performance deserved when he waltzed past two defenders to fire low past Pacey.

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