IKLEY Town secured their third consecutive win by winning 3-0 at Wyke Wanderers on Saturday.

The pitch was incredibly firm and a challenge for both teams to play on.

Town however started well and moved the ball around with confidence.

During the opening exchange, Town found a lot of joy down the right hand side through the positive play and running of full back James Hudson.

Hudson found space down the right and whipped a ball into the front post for Tom Smith to power his header past the Wyke goalkeeper, putting Town 1-0 up.

Town's midfield partnership of Sam Dexter and Harry Higgins started to dominate proceedings, and it did not take Town long in the second half to double their advantage. Harry Higgins won a header centrally and the Wyke centre half allowed the ball to bounce over him.

Joe Hendrie was on it in a flash and as he tried to got his shot away the Wyke defender managed to block it but man of the match Hudson was on hand to take a touch and finish low past the Wyke keeper to make it 2-0.

Shortly after, Town made three changes and after the re-shuffle Town were soon back in their stride, controlling the ball and making their opponent work.

Ed Croft, making his first start at this level, had a fantastic second half both in and out of possession and was a constant threat on the left hand side with his fine play creating opportunities.

The points were secured 20 minutes from time when a low cross struck the Wyke centre half on the hand.

A penalty kick was awarded, but seemed from the sideline as an extremely harsh decision.

Tom Smith stepped up and hit his spot-kick into the bottom corner to bag a brace and score his 13th goal of the season.

Smith could have grabbed a hat-trick when after some fine interplay on the left, he struck a shot with the outside of his right foot and saw it cannon off the outside of the post.

This result sees Town move 12 points clear in fourth place with one league game remaining, a tough away fixture at Knaresborough this Saturday.