Yesterday Ely took on CRC in a fixture that Ely hardly ever get anything from. However, Cambridge United parted with their manager Martin Ling and this had ramifications for CRC, so it was probably the best chance Ely had of registering a result against an even younger than usual CRC side.
The weather was warm for the time of year but the wind speed, which had seen the market in the city being abandoned meant that the game was always going to be played under difficult circumstances.
Ely were playing against the wind in the first half, however CRC never really looked like capitalising on their advantage, despite Ely keeper Lee Pacey doing his best to help them out by booting the ball in the wind under every opportunity. CRC could also have perhaps considered themselves lucky not to have been down to 10 men when a late, late tackle on Ebanks-Blake was punished only by a yellow card. It was arguable if he was the last man, but the lateness of the tackle would have been dealt with more seriously by a different referee on a different day. That was on 14 minutes and just 2 minutes later Ely had the only clear cut chance of the half with some good work in the area by Mason and Impey went unrewarded. All in all the game in the first half was a bit of a stalemate with both teams struggling in the wind, although as I said CRC should have taken more advantage of having the wind behind them.
Ely could not be accused of not using the wind to their advantage in the second half. Robbie Mason put the Robins ahead from the spot on 53 minutes after the inexperienced CRC defence gave away a bit of a soft penalty when Mason was brought down by a fairly inocuous challenge. Two minutes later and Ely were 2 up when James Wallis got on the end of a cross. Things continued to get better when Dave Wilson (formerly Dave Smith) used the wind to his advantage to put in a free kick that eluded everyone and went straight into the back of the CRC net from 35 yards. 65 minutes gone and the Robins were 3 up
Ely don't like to make it easy for themselves, as I've said on several hundred occassions in the past and and from the kick off after Wilson's goal Eades went down the other end and scored to make it 3-1. However this time Ely clinged on and Andy Petit, on for Ebanks-Blake, despite seeming to have lost his pace continued to make it difficult for CRC. The game finished 3-1, which was a good result and a good performance was put in. Some people might say it was even a shock result, as I notice that I was the only person on the Eastern Counties Forum Predictions League to have it down as a home win.