Spalding United 1 St Ives Town 3
Saturday, 01 September 2012
The Saints took the honours in this eagerly awaited meeting of two of the title favourites.
St Ives took charge from the off forcing a series of corners and forcing Spalding back on defence.
The opening goal arrived after 17 minutes, with a Karl Gibbs flick finding Conor Washington on the left. the striker cut inside and fired goalward with a deflection off defender Miles Chamberlain leaving keeper Lee Drury rooted to the spot.
Before Spalding could recover the uphill task became steeper. Scott Musgrove's clumsy challenge on Gibbs saw a penalty awarded, Jon Stead converting with 19 minutes on the block.
The Tulips improved towards the break and on resumption they quickly got back into the game with a 48th minute goal. Liam Bull's right wing run saw his cross deflected onto his own bar by Dan Newman, with Francis Green finishing from close range.
St Ives sealed their win four minutes past the hour with Newman's long ball finding Washington whose smart turn and shot took his season's goal tally to seven.
Spalding: Lee Drury, Liam Bull, Callum Earls, Miles Chamberlain (Tom James), Glen Fuff, Lee Canoville, Kieran Doherty, Scott Musgrove (Luke Kennedy), Shane Tolley (Jacob Joyce), Francis Green, Danny Steadman.
St Ives: Nick Bennion, Jordan Lambert, Jamie Alsop, Dan Newman, Will Fordham, Jimmy Dean, David Cobb, Lee Ellison, Conor Washington (Scott Fielding), Karl Gibbs (Stuart Cobb), Jon Stead (Junior McDougald),.