Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ely City 1 Whitton United 4

On Saturday Ely lost again, this time to Whitton United. If you can't say anything nice, you shouldn't say anything and I would prefer to forget about this game.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Cricket Field Road

A couple of photos of Newmarket's ground from the game against Ely.

Newmarket Town 4 Ely City 2

It's been a long time since I have visited Cricketfield Road, the home of Newmarket and luckily I didn't go there with high expectations of Ely getting a result. The Jockeys have showed good form and have a team full of ex-Ely players who played for the Robins when they were good. In the home game against Newmarket, Ely had played a lot better than in the two games against Thetford and to be honest yesterday evening they also put in a fairly decent performance.

The problems for Ely in this game started from kick off when Mark Webster put the home team ahead in the first minute. After this Ely were already on the back foot and chasing the game, but they did show some spirit and better movement than in the previous two games. They pulled a goal back from a speculative and spectacular shot from James Trick on 37 minutes, but nobody could argue that the Robins didn't deserve it. After going behind Ely had pushed forward and although ex-Robin Adam Dalby looked dangerous down the right they didn't really trouble the Robins defence after the first goal.

Unfortunately, though the goal by Ely seemed to wake the Jockeys up. On 41 minutes another ex-Ely man had a shot that bobbled up and went over the Ely keeper to make it 2-1 and on the stroke of half time clift scored to make it 3-1 to the Jockeys at the break.

Most of the second half was fairly balanced, although obviously it could be argued that Newmarket could afford to take their foot off the gas. On 73 minutes though Newmarket put the game beyond doubt and bundled the goal in the net to make it 4-1. In stoppage time again Ely got another consolation goal through Josh Townsend, which was what he deserved for all of his industry.

It was a better performance, but Ely don't look any closer to getting a win.

Ely City 1 Thetford Town 3

Ely started off strongly enough in this game and for the first few moments it looked like they might atone themselves for the poor performance against the same opponents from the week before. However on 24 minutes the visitors took the lead through a goal from Sam Bryant. After this Ely started to fall apart and the poor passing and positioning that had dogged them the previous week was back on show.

There were no further goals in the first half, but two goals on 66 and 67 minutes by Halen Smith and Ryan Skipp killed off the Robins. The home team managed to pull a goal back through James Carman in stoppage time, but it was too little too late.

Disappointment sets in

Since I last wrote on here, Ely's season has gone from bad to worse. The defeat in the Vase to Thetford was followed up by another defeat to Thetford, this time in the league and then a defeat away to Newmarket. I was at both games and will be posting the reports, but don't expect too much detail!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Thetford Town 2 Ely City 1

Yesterday Ely City visited Thetford Town in the FA Vase. It could have offered a distraction from the trials and tribulations of the league, but unfortunately it didn't work out like that. There have been a lot of positives to be taken from the league games recently, but there weren't many good things that can be taken from this game. The defending was shabby, the movement off the ball was non existent, the passing was wayward and although Josh Townsend put in some decent crosses from the wing there was never anybody in the box.

However, at one point it looked like the Robins were going to be in far more trouble. Thetford went ahead after just 9 minutes from an own goal and on 12 minutes doubled their lead when James Dean leaped on another defensive error to make it 2-0 to the home team. At this point we were expecting a walloping, but it didn't happen like that on 31 minutes the Thetford keeper cleared badly and kicked the ball straight into the path of Sam Goodge who fired home.

For the rest of the game Ely were pressing for an equaliser, but the closest they came was a shot from Ian Walters that hit the bar. In a way though they were their own worst enemies in this game.

Ely City 1 Newmarket Town 2

Ely's disastrous start to the season continued on Tuesday night when the Robins went down at home in the league against Newmarket Town. Like in the game at Mildenhall there were some encouraging signs, but again the Robins were unable to gain any points from the match.

Ely went behind early on when James Seymour conceded a penalty on 8 minutes and Lee Clift put the Jockeys ahead from the spot. Ely soon settled though and the game was pretty evenly matched with both sides playing some good gritty football. However, neither side were able to find a goal in the first half and Newmarket went in at the break with the lead.

The Robins started the second half off as the stronger side and James Seymour made amends for his earlier misdemeanour when he headed home on 67 minutes. At this point the Robins needed to keep their heads. That lasted all of a minute though and Scott Paterson found the back of the net with another header. The Jockeys remain unbeaten in the league and the Robins remain on zero points. There were several positives from the game and Newmarket had to work hard to get their win. Ely could really do with an out and out striker though if they are to take more of their chances.