Friday, September 25, 2015

Ely City 1 Haverhill Borough 0

Last Saturday the groundhoppers descended on the Unwin Ground for Ely's game against Haverhill Borough and hopefully they enjoyed what they saw.

Several of Ely's regulars were missing, but it was good to see Lewis Hook and Paul Summerskills given a chance as well as young Jake Alsop from the under 18s given a chance in goal.

It was a very competent display from the team and Jack Saunders also caused a lot of problems for the visitors who seemed to kick him up in the air every time he got near the ball. The referee seemed to have forgotten his cards though, so they continued to get away with it.

Several chances were given to Theobold and Knowles up front, but it wasn't until the 65th minute that Knowles was able to  slot home to give the Robins the win in one of the most one sided 1-0 wins you are ever likely to see.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Ely City Reserves 3 Fulbourn Institute Reserves 6

Last Saturday there wasn't time to do much else than get down the Unwin to see the reserves take on Fulbourn's. It was a poor game for Ely who were 5-0 down by half time.

The Robins came back a bit in the second half and one of the highlights was an increasingly rare Gammo goal. Ely pulled another one back in the last few minutes, before Fulbourn got a decisive 6th in stoppage time and Ely added another with basically the last kick of the game.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Ely City 2 Diss Town 1

On Saturday Ely were back at home and faced Diss who were one of the other relegated teams from the Premier last year. Both teams will be hoping for better this season after disastrous records last time out.

The first half hour was a scrappy affair and the official seemed a little whistle happy, which interfered with the flow of the game. Ely looked quit competent going forward, but at the same time looked vulnerable to set pieces. However, on the half hour mark James Seymour, who had been moved into midfield from defence latched on to a through ball and put the Robins in the lead. It was to remain this way until half time with few further chances to be had for either side.

At the start of the second half Diss looked the more determined team and after just five minutes had an equaliser when a long throw caused confusion in the box. The equaliser seemed to awaken the Robins though and after Jack Saunders had come close he found Alex Theobold to stab home what was to be the winner after Ely managed to hang on to the win after keeping possession for most of the remainder of the game.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Aston Villa v Sunderland player ratings

Brad Guzan - 6 - wasn't that busy and couldn't do too much about the Sunderland goals. His distribution as always was pretty awful though.

Alan Hutton - 6 -I am not a big fan of Hutton, but he got forward and provided crosses and defended well when needed.

Jordan Amavi - 7 - this guy is something special. Defended well, terrorised the defence and set up Sinclair for his second.

Ciaran Clark - 5 - didn't always clear his lines and wasn't that inspiring.

Micah Richards - 5- ball watching in defence and to keen to go forward without giving anything up front when he did.

Carlos Sanchez -9 - a brilliant performance. He seems to be finally living up to his reputation in Colombia.

Ashley Westwood - 6- has bags of ability and showed some great ability, but he needs to go forwards as well as sideways, especially against clubs like Sunderland.

Leandro Bacuna - 5 - did a lot of running, but more in the headless chicken rather than in a good way. Was subbed for Carles Gil.

Idrisse Gana -8- another player with a big future, must have been disappointed that  other players didn't make the most of what he provided.

Scott Sinclair - 8- thankfully somebody seems to be willing to score some goals.

Rudy Gestede -5- showed some good touches, but looked like what he is basically a poor man's Benteke. He really needs to step up.

Carles Gi - 7- came on for Bacuna, provided a fresh impetus and surely has to start against Leicester.

Aston Villa 2 Sunderland 2

On Saturday we went to Villa to see Villa take on Sunderland. Hopefully, it's too early to call this a must win game as Villa did everything but win it. The statistics show that Villa dominated, but despite having a collection of decent players aren't quite a team yet.

The game got off to a frantic start, but Villa went behind to a superb free kick by M'Vila. Sunderland's lead was short lived though as on 11 minutes, just 3 after the visitors took the lead Scott Sinclair was fouled and took the resulting penalty to restore parity. After this it was an onslaught by Villa with Amavi and Gana creating a spark in midfield with Sanchez also passing the ball around well. Unfortunately, despite his aerial presence Gestede didn't seem to be able to get on the end of anything and you can't help but think that with Benteke it would have been a different story. Not that big Rudy is completely to blame, if some of the other players had looked for a shot instead of a pass ( you know who Mr. Westwood) it could have been a different story. Villa did restore their lead though just before half time when Scott Sinclair slotted in a second after some wonderful work down the left by Jordan Amavi. 

Unfortunately, Villa got off to a sluggish start and Jeremy Lens punished some ball watching by the defence with an equaliser. Villa continued to dominate after this, but they continued in the same vane as the first half with chances not being converted. Carles Gil had a good chance of being awarded a penalty but the ref didn't agree and gave Carles a card for his troubles. 

The match ended 2-2. Villa should have won, but it seems Gestede isn't quite Benteke and if Sherwood isn't going to give Kozak a chance he needs to get a new forward before the window sls shut.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

King's Lynn Reserves 2 Stowmarket 2

The day after the Ely game we were back at the football and back in the Eastern Counties League Division 1 as King's Lynn reserves took on Stowmarket.

It was a really entertaining game and couldn't have got off to a better start when Simon Bird put the home side ahead on 4 minutes. Both teams were keen to attack and there could have easily been more goals when Jack Frohawk doubled the Linnets' lead on 23 minutes. Stowmarket were keen to get back into the game by fair means or foul and a brilliant counter attack by Matt Dylon led to Josh Cheetham converting to make it 2-1 at the break.

The second half was equally frantic and at times bad tempered, but chances were fewer and further between. On 70 minutes a wonder strike by Wayne Proctor gave the visitors an equaliser. The game finished 2-2. It was probably a fair score, although the Linnets may have regretted not putting all their early chances away

Ely City 3 Downham Town 0

Friday night saw a bumper crowd at the Unwin as Ely took on local rivals Downham Town to try and get off the mark in the league.

It was a nervy start for early and Downham looked the most likely to score in the 25 minutes. The first real chance fell to Ely though when Alex Theobold seemed to have put the home side ahead on the half hour mark. Theobold seemed to have headed the ball over the line, but the officials didn't agree and the game stayed at 0-0. A few minutes later Ely seemed to have been wrongly done by the officials again when Jack Saunders was fouled in the box. However, a free kick was awarded and Ely failed to convert. Some justice was done in the last minute of the half though when Theobold scored from a header to put the Robins in the lead.

At 1-0 Ely still looked vulnerable and Downham took the game by the throat. They were unable to find a breakthrough though and Craig Neal scored another to put Ely 2-0 up, a bit against the run of play. Ely settled though and when Theobold was fouled in the box he got up to convert the penalty to give Ely what was in the end a comfortable 3-0 victory.