St Ives Town 1 Desborough Town 0

ST IVES extended their unbeaten league run to ten games with a narrow victory over Desborough Town at Westwood Road on Saturday. Scott Fielding s miss-kick fell to Jamie Blackwell to score after 11 minutes, and his goal was enough to beat the visitors wh

ST IVES extended their unbeaten league run to ten games with a narrow victory over Desborough Town at Westwood Road on Saturday.

Scott Fielding's miss-kick fell to Jamie Blackwell to score after 11 minutes, and his goal was enough to beat the visitors who are now without a win in six. A looping shot from Fielding and a 25 yard free kick from Will Fordham tested the visiting keeper but did not extend their lead before the break.

Just after the break Desborough had a 30 yard free kick from Jamie Gilsenna tipped over by Rob MacKney as Ives held out for another clean sheet. There were few chances in the rest of the second half as the hosts continued their promotion push.

St Ives co-manager Jez Hall said: "Today was a good battle for us, they have a false position in the league at the moment because they are a much better side than their league placing. We have kept seven clean sheets in the last nine games and that is a testament to the hard work the lads are putting in at the moment."

Ives, who have won their last seven games, next play Newport Pagnell Town at Westwood Road tomorrow and then host league leaders Deeping Rangers on Saturday.

They are outsiders in the championship race lying 14 points of league leaders Deeping Rangers, but a fixture backlog means Ives have six games in hand over them and could go top of the league if they win most of those matches.