Striker Andrew Phillips steers St Ives Town into second spot while the young guns fire Godmanchester Rovers into a semi-final
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One goal was enough to launch St Ives Town to within a point of top spot last night.
Andrew Phillips’ solitary strike earned Saints a hard-fought 1-0 success against Bedford Town on a freezing night of Southern League Division One (Central) football at ProEdge Westwood Road.
Phillips made the vital breakthrough with 20 minutes to go while a fine defensive effort secured a third successive victory and a rise into second spot in the standings.
Manager Ricky Marheineke said: “It is always a tough game against Bedford who have a lot of strength in their side.
“But we managed to put in another really professional performance to pick up the three points and keep our good run going.
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“Sometimes it can be too easy to get carried away coming off the back of a big win like we had against Arlesey last Saturday.
“I sensed there was a bit of frustration from the lads at half-time, but they have to remember that 6-0 games are very few and far between.
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“Thisone was always going to be considerably tighter and fortunately we were able to get the goal that mattered thanks to a great move and a great finish.
“The boys were then really solid defensively, just as they have been so many times this season, to keep a clean sheet.
“It’s an important result to take us up a couple of places in the league.”
Marheineke confirmed the departure of midfielder Peter Clark following his side’s victory.
Clark has agreed a return to hometown club St Neots Town.
There was a fine glimpse into the future for Godmanchester Rovers as they reached the semi-finals of the Thurlow Nunn League Challenge Cup last night.
Boss Matt Clements featured seven of the club’s teenage prospects in his squad for a 3-1 success at lower-level Downham Town in a quarter-final tie.
And two of the young talents – Jake Bennett and Chris Hartley – hit their first goals at first-team level to help Rovers advance.
Senior player Austen Diaper had earlier broken the deadlock.