Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's playlist

It's a bit off topic, but here is my traditional end of year play list of the bands that I have listened to most this year:

End of 2012 by jim_bomb on Grooveshark

Highs and lows of games in 2012

The year started off with an Ely victory at home to Mildenhall on 2nd of January in fact Ely continued their good form and I also saw them beat Walsham-le Willows. The only defeat that I witnessed was when Peterborough were convincingly beaten by Portsmouth, who themselves were on the verge of imploding.

The bad weather continued in February, although it did improve towards the end of the month and if Ely's 3-0 win over Felixstowe and Walton was convincing enough, I was in for a real treat when I saw the biggest win that I have ever seen when Thetford beat Cornard 10-0. It could have been far worse for the visiting team as Thetford were on electric form and were 5-0 up within 20 minutes.

March was a bumper month of mixed fortunes. It started with Ely beating a sorry Great Yarmouth team 2-0 at home before suffering a rare home defeat against fellow title contenders and eventual champions, Wroxham. Ely then faced Yarmouth again, but this time away. Ely won the game 4-2, but some ridiculous refereeing saws Pacey and Chadders sent off and Diaper having to play most of the game in goals. The Robins picked themselves up to beat Royston in the Semi Finals of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup. However, the suspensions would eventually play their part on Ely coming second instead of first in the league. One life line that we witnessed was when Wroxham went 1-0 down at CRC.

The effects of the poor refereeing and ensuing suspensions were there for all to see when the Robins started off April with a defeat to Stanway. We followed this up by seeing Peterborough lose 1-0 to Forest, who after being in a relegation position for most of the season pull clear of the pack. Then came the footballing highlight of the year. Ely took on local rivals Soham Town Rangers in the final of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup, a great performance by the team, a man of the match performance by Chris Strecki and an extra time winner by Adam Murray saw the Robins win 3-2 and take the trophy home. There was also some unfinished business left, and things went well for both Ely and Thetford, but perhaps not as spectacularly as we would have liked. We saw Thetford secure promotion with a 3-1 win over Long Melford, which was enough to secure promotion, but not enough to win the league, which went to Godmanchester. Ely beat Norwich United on the final day of the season, which secured them second place in a spectacular season.

The only game in May we went to was Stevenage against Bury. Stevenage ran out 3-0 winners and secured themselves a place in the play-offs, but it was a bridge too far this time for Boro.

The period for friendly games started off with a fixture which can't be considered very friendly in anybody's book when King's Lynn took on Wisbech Town. There was a huge crowd at the Walks and an experimental Lynn team went down 4-1 to Wisbech who even then looked like they were going to have an impact in the Eastern Counties this season. Meanwhile at the Unwin, Ely were finding out in the friendlies that it was probably best not to tinker with a successful team. The new signings weren't really gelling and a draw with Huntingdon was followed by defeats to Deeping Rangers and Histon.

The the month started off with Villa beating Posh in a friendly at London Road and not long after the competitive football was underway. Ely started the season with a draw at home to Kirkley & Pakefield. They then totally destroyed Rothwell Corinthians 7-1 in the FA Cup, which was marked by a terrific goal, as part of a hat-trick by Richard Gammon. Unfortunately things weren't going so well in the league as they followed this up with a home defeat against newly promoted Godmanchester Rovers. The month finished with a bizarre situation at the Abbey when the match between CRC and Mildenhall was abandoned due to torrential rain. Oh, yes the good old British Summer struck again. The next day the sun was out so I decided to go to Cambridge Women v Crystal Palace Women. It wasn't a great game and Cambridge won comfortably, 3-0 after being gifted goals by the Palace Keeper who wasn't getting much leverage on her goal kicks. After the fine win against Rothwell, Ely crashed out of the cup losing in a replay at the Unwin to lowly Bugbrooke St.Michael's.

September was another match filled month, and Ely began to find a little bit of form. In the home games in the league that I went to they beat a poor Wivenhoe 4-1, a strong Gorleston 2-0 and blotted their copy book by losing to Brantham. In the league cup the Robins comfortably saw off Downham Town with a 5-0 win. The other games that I went to were Cambridge Women 2 Norwich City Women 3 and Peterborough disastrous start to the season continuing with a 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves.

October was one of those months where I took on too much work and only managed to get to one game. The game was Sean's birthday trip to Villa and like last year the game was marred by a Villa sending off. Joe Bennett can't have too many complaints and Villa did well to hang on for a draw after Christian Benteke had put the Villa ahead.

We started off November with a trip to the Walks and an exciting encounter saw King's Lynn defeat Halesowen in the last minute to win 3-2. Ely City recorded a league win against CRC and then in the 2nd Round of the Vase we went to Hatfield where the Robins won 7-3.

The weather got the better of most of the majority of fixtures in December. We had been looking forward to a trip with Ely to Bethnal Green in the Vase, but for an unexplained reason the game was called off. They played it when the weather was worse a week later, but I couldn't go. However, Ely won and have set up a mouth watering tie against Spalding in the next round. The only game I got to was a decent match in Mildenhall where Ely came away with a respectable point against a team who wee top of the league.

End of year info on live games seen

Here are the teams in order of games won and points scored from the games that I went to in 2012:

1 Ely City
2 Thetford Town
3 Aston Villa
4 Wisbech Town
5 Stevenage
6 Portsmouth
7 Cambridge Women
8 Stanway Rovers
9 Bugbrooke St Michael's
10 Deeping Rangers

The most goals that I saws in a match was 10 and these were also the biggest home and away wins:

25/2/12 Thetford Town 10 Cornard United 0
17/11/12 Hatfield Town 3 Ely City 7

The stadiums that I visited were
The Unwin Ground, Ely (23 times)
London Road, Peterborough (4 times)
The Abbey Stadium, Cambridge (3 times)
Mundford Road, Thetford (2 times)
The Walks, King's Lynn (2 times)
The Wellesley Ground, Great Yarmouth (once)
Broadhall Lane, Stevenage (once)
Villa Park, Birmingham (once)
Gosling Sports Ground, Welwyn Garden City (once)
Recreation Way, Mildenhall (once)

I saw a total of 39 games and a whopping 143 goals

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day Derby in Mildenhall

Today it didn't start raining until later in the afternoon, so it was a good job that Ely's trip to Mildenhall was scheduled for 11 o'clock and although it was cold it was sunny.

At the start of the day Mildenhall were top of the league, and Ely were 13th. However, Ely after a poor start to the season have managed to put a decent run of results together and due to the bad weather and an extended run in the Vase they have a fair few games in hand. We were hoping for a belated decking of the Hall, but it was always going to be a tough game.

Mildenhall were the team who were fastest out of the blocks and came close from a free kick on 6 minutes. Ely managed to get into the game at about the quarter of an hour mark when Porky Claydon came close with a header. The game was then end to end stuff, but it was Mildenhall who took the lead on 20 minutes when Kris Thomas put the hosts ahead. They only stayed in the lead for 2 minutes though when Adam Murray forced a diving save from Pope, who was excellent in goals from the Hall, but on this occassion Austin Diaper was the quickest to react and scored the equaliser.

The rest of the half was pretty even and Ely's best chance was when Claydon put the ball just over on 43 minutes.

The second half started with Ely going for the jugular and Adam Murray had a shot cleared off the line in the opening encounters. However, Mildenhall kept going and were soon in the ascendancy with a volleyed shot coming close on 55.

The closeness and the end to end action of the game was probably best illustrated in the 68th minute when Mildenhall hit the bar and then Luke Parkinson came close at the other end. There were no more goals in the game though and the game finished 1-1, which was probably the right result, but didn't do Mildenhall any favours as it led to them surrendering top spot to Walsham, who won later in the day.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

History of the Real Madrid shirt

Love them or hate them the Real Madrid shirt is probably one of the most iconic in the game. They have had such an influence that clubs have often tried to mimic their all white kit. In 1961 Don Revie took over at Leeds and changed the clubs strip from yellow and blue to all white in an attempt to make the club 'the Yorkshire Real Madrid'. Crystal Palace also had a brief stint in an all white kit between 1964-65 after they decided to honour the Madrid club who played them in a game to open the London club's floodlights.

Real Madrid were founded in 1902 and have always worn white shirts with white shorts, although the first kit was accompanied by black socks rather than the more familiar white socks of today.

Real Madrid were also open to outside influences though and in 1925-26 they introduced black shorts after seeing London side Corinthians wear this combination. They were impressed by the idea of having a kit that looked like an English team's. however after losing 5-1 and 2-0 to Barcelona they decided they might be better off going back to the white shirts.

Not many changes happened to the shirt in the next few years, but in 1931 the Third Republic came into power and Real Madrid had to remove the crown from the badge.

They got their crown back in 1942 after the Civil War when wrong won out against right.

The next changes came in the 1950s. In 1952 they lost the knots from the collar and in 1955 they changed the black socks to white socks. It seemed to do them well, as in 1956 they won the European Cup for the first time.

Nothing much changed over the years of domestic and European glory which followed over the next couple of decades. The next big changes to the shirt came in the 1980s when shirts were changing everywhere with the introduction of synthetic fabrics and shirt sponsors.

The first visible shirt manufacturers were Adidas and the first sponsors were Zanussi in 1982, shown below by Miguel Porlan Chendo.

Between 1985 and 1994 Hummel were the kit manufactures and Kelme took over the mantle between 1994 and 1998. It was in 1998 that Real won the European Cup for the first time in 32 years.

Since 1998 the club have worn Adidas shirts and although there have been some experiments with the colours of the brands 3 stripes on the sleeves the white shirt has remained. In 2002 the company introduced a plain shirt to celebrate the clubs centenary.

And here are the 3 kits the clubs are wearing this season




Monday, December 10, 2012

Happy Football Day

If ever there was a day worth celebrating it would be World Football Day, and according to the United Nations that's today - 10 December.

I'm not sure if it is a real thing, as the only place I can find anything about it is on the Shakhtar Donetsk site.

Happy Football Day, everyone!

The curse of Winter continues

On Saturday I had been looking forward to what was going to be the highlight of the season so far with Ely travelling to Bethnal Green in the FA Vase. After a midweek snow alert when South Cambridgeshire and Essex was hit by a flurry of the white stuff I gave Dean a call to see what the situation was. I felt a bit happier to hear that in London it was cold but sunny and as the tube ran under the pitch at Mile End Stadium the chance of the game being off was slim.

The weather was pretty stable until Friday evening when there was a bit of a downpour, typically when I was standing outside at Crusaders' training session, but nothing to worry about. Therefore I was a bit shocked when an hour later Mick called me to tell me the game was off.

The next day was cold but sunny in both Ely and London. The Crusaders' game was on and I thought about going to either King's Lynn or Thetford in the afternoon. However, after the Crusaders' game I was suffering with flu and then spent most of the weekend in bed.

So another weekend without football, and to rub salt into the wounds it looks like Ely will now be taking on Bethnal Green next weekend, which would be great, but I've got visitors and could have gone to the scheduled home game against Stanway, but not have a trip to London.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Club focus - Bethnal Green United

Next weekend Vase fever returns when Ely visit Bethnal Green of the Essex League in the 3rd Round. Bethnal Green play at the Mile End Stadium in Tower Hamlets. Like Hatfield's ground in the last round it's a multi-sports complex, which includes facilities for most sports you could think of. Bethnal Green are fittingly a community club and share the ground with Sporting Bengal of the Kent League.

As a club that were founded for that very purpose they are a modern club. The club started out in 2000 and only became a senior club in 2009 when they won the Middlesex League and joined the competitive Essex League. In 2009 -2010 they finished fifth and won both the cups on offer, which is indeed commendable when you look at some of the quality on offer in the league.

At the time of writing they lie 4th in the Essex Senior League after finishing 9th last season.

That time of year again

It's that time of year again when the local football is at the mercy of the weather. At this time of year I usually volunteer for some extra Saturday work, as apart from anything else I could do with the cash. This year has been no different and I'm quite glad I volunteered for work last Saturday and this Saturday. Last week Ely's match against Haverhill fell foul of the weather, the pitch was waterlogged. This week I'm working too, but as Crusaders' game this morning was off due to a frozen pitch I would have probably been stuck at home anyway.

Let's just hope the weather improves next weekend for a trip to the Mile End Stadium when Ely take on Bethnal Green in the next round of the Vase.

Monday, November 19, 2012

A hat full of goals at Hatfield - Hatfield 3 Ely 7!!!

On Saturday Ely took on Hatfield in the Second Round of the FA Vase at the Gosling Sports Ground in Welwyn Garden City. We expected goals and we weren't disappointed.

Ely looked likely to be the first to draw blood when Chadwick came close with a header on 4 minutes. However, Ely have been vulnerable from set pieces all season and Hatfield scored from a free kick to take the lead just one minute later.

Hatfield didn't hold on to the lead for long though as on 11 minutes a great pass from Chadwick to Adam Claydon saw the Robins have a leveller. 4 minutes later and Claydon and Ely had their second. Ely were originally awarded a penalty, which Luke Parkinson saw saved, but the keeper couldn't keep hold of the ball and Porky pounced to make it 2-1.

On 24 minutes Claydon could have had his hat-trick, but he unselfishly passed the ball to Chadwick who was in a better position and Ely were 3-1 up.

On the half hour mark it was 4-1 when Chadwick was fouled in the box and Josh Bridgeman made no mistake from the spot.

Claydon did have his hat-trick before the break when Murray worked the ball in from the left for him to make it 5-1 just before the break. And for once we weren't worry about a cup game going to extra time.

The second half started the way the first half had finished. From the kick off Ely broke away and Chadwick crossed for Impey to make it 6-1.

Things were slowing down at about the hour mark, so Austin Diaper was put on and with his first kick of the ball at the far post it was Hatfield 1 Ely 7.

In the last 10 minutes Ely took their foot off the pedal and Hatfield got 2 constellation goals, but it was too late and Ely were in the next round.

Match action from Hatfield V Ely

First half action from Hatfield v Ely

Lee Pacey looking a bit bored in the second half.

Pre-match warm-up at Hatfield v Ely

Ely's Alan Allsop thinks about the afternoon ahead.

Hatfield Town players warm-up.

Pre-match photos from Hatfield Town V Ely City

Sean tries out the athletics podium.

A closer look at the stand.

A trip to Hatfield ... sort of

On Saturday Ely took on Hatfield in the Second Round of the FA Vase. We didn't exactly go to Hatfield though, as the team from the Spartan South Midland League play at the Gosling sports Ground in nearby Welwyn Garden City. The ground itself is an athletics ground, which doesn't really suit football, but you can understand why they would want their own ground. That said whether many people from Hatfield have bothered to carry on following them and if they have gained fans from Welwyn is debatable, as the home support seemed to be in single figures. They weren't even going to bother putting soup on until they found out that over 40 were coming from Ely.

The entrance to the ground, well one of them as they have a really complicated entry system looks quite impressive.

The dressing rooms were also up the side of a hill, so a pretty long way for the players to get to the pitch and with a running track and a cycling track going round the ground it was an unusual distance to watch non-league football from.

The stand looked pretty impressive in the distance, but it had seen better days and the toilets left you needing to have a tetanus jab. Anyway, it was a good day out if not a little surreal in terms of atmosphere.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Short report from Ely v CRC

After a few weeks away I was back at the Unwin to see Ely take on CRC on Saturday.
I have to admit to getting a bit distracted. First of all Jon Birkin was in town, secondly the kids were with me and thirdly the phone kept ringing.

The first half was a bit dreary with one long stoppage for injury at half time the score was still 0-0.

At half time I had my own injury time when I slipped on the steps and then spent most of the second half winded.

Darren Coe, who was playing in central defence in place of Ben Lawrence, was having a great game in defence and it was him who put the Robins in the lead. A miscued goal kick from Lee Pacey allowed CRC to get back in the game with a flukey lob before Austin Diaper got the winner.

A poor first half and an excellent second half all in all. Hopefully, I'll be back with a proper report next time.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

King's Lynn 3 Halesowen 2 - Linnets leave it late

King's Lynn have carried on where they left off last season in the United Counties and are currently second in the Northern Premier League Division 1 South. It seems like they are going to be locked in a two way fight for the Championship again with Coalville, who are top of the table, being their competition for a second consecutive promotion.

They must have fancied their chances yesterday as they took on Halesowen, who are currently in mid-table and who had a number of first team players out injured. The Yeltz did have one secret weapon though in the shape of Ben Haseley, who is the division's highest scorer.

The Linnets started the game off on the attack and came close on four minutes Dan Quigley shot the ball in and it narrowly missed.

Lynn continued to attack and had several chances to get in the lead. In the opening encounters Russell Dunkley was causing the Halesowen defence all sorts of problems and they seemed to be unable to cope with his strength. On 18 minutes an inch perfect pass from Dunkley to Danny Beaumont drew a fantastic save from Halesowen's Paul Evans. Lynn came close from the corner, but the Yeltz were weathering the storm.

Soon after this though Lynn's winger and fans' favourite, Stephen Spriggs sprang to life on the right wing and after some characteristic trickery Lynn were ahead on 28 minutes. It seemed like Spriggs had got the beating of the Yeltz defence as he tore their defence apart twice in the two minutes which followed the goal, however he was unable to extend the Linnets' lead.

As long as Lynn couldn't extend their lead Halesowen were still in the game and they proved this in the last minute of the half when Haseley scored an equaliser with their first meaningful attack of the game. The Yeltz weren't satisfied with that though and despite Lynn's dominance of the first half Halesowen almost had the lead when they hit the bar with the last touch of the half.

The second half started off at a frenetic pace and both teams had chances in the opening passages of play. However it was the visitors who had the upper-hand and Haseley was causing the Lynn defence all sorts of problems. The best chance coming on 55 minutes when he missed from point blank range after following up from a free kick.

This time though it was Lynn's turn to score against the run of play and on the hour mark Beaumont put the ball in the back of the net for the home team. After this the game turned into a bit of midfield battle. Lynn were passing the ball around nicely, but Halesowen looked more decisive on the attack. With just 9 minutes left on the clock the visitors had an equaliser when some superb team play saw substitute Mitchell Botfield stab the ball home for the visitors.

Lynn could have settled for the draw, but it was clear that they weren't going to be satisfied with a point. The home team threw everything forward in search of a winner and in the last minute substitute Jason Turner had the winner for the Linnets in a thrilling game.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Not all doom and gloom at Villa Park

We went to Villa Park for Sean's birthday and like last year the game was marred by Villa having to play a large part of the match with 10 men after Joe Bennett was sent off for a second bookable offence.

A lot of pundits who probably watch about 3 minutes of highlights of the games have been knocking Villa, yes you Alan Hansen, and the worst Premier League start by the club ever is raising a few eyebrows. Paul Lambert has remained upbeat, although on the face of it there doesn't seem much to be upbeat about. That said I still think that some positives can be taken from the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw and that's not just me wearing claret and blue tinted glasses, things are definitely not as bas as under Mc.Leish last season or as depressing as the final days of Deadly Doug and David O'Leary.

Villa played well in the first half and although Norwich were still in the game and threatening at half time, the stats show that Villa dominated and created a lot more than the Canaries. Mark Albrighton looked lively, Brett Holman looked ready to die for the club and Christian Benteke scored a great goal on 26 minutes to show why Villa paid 6 million quid for him and why Darren Bent is finding it hard to get back in the team. Gabby Agbonlahor is still finding it hard to score, but he put plenty of pressure on the Norwich forwards and a fitter referee might have spotted the amount of manhandling of him the Norwich defenders did. Brad Guzan in goals is making the number 1 shirt his own and Ron Vlaar looked great in the centre of a makeshift defence.

To be fair though there is obviously room for improvement or the Villa wouldn't be in the position that they are now. Yep, the defence was hit by injuries and Villa were clearly missing Ciaran Clarke and Richard Dunne, but the full backs look a little green behind the gills. Matt Lowton didn't really do much and Joe Bennett's naivety led to him picking up two cheap yellow cards, which ultimately cost Villa the three points. As I said Albrighton and Holman really put themselves on the line for the club, but Delph still seems a bit lost and El-Ahmadi tries to be a bit too clever. It's also quite a lightweight midfield and a Petrov or Reo-Coker type of player is needed to add a bit of grit to the creativity.

As I have said though Villa dominated for the first period and Albrighton came close in the opening exchanges of the second half, but then on 54 minutes Joe Bennett got sent off and the dynamics of the game changed. After this Norwich bombarded Villa and although Ron Vlaar defended well and Guzan pulled off save after save, Norwich finally scored through Michael Turner with 10 minutes left. Villa dropped 2 much needed points and with the two Manchester clubs, Arsenal and Chelsea coming up it's going to be a difficult time for Villa. Like Paul Lambert I think that they aren't far off finding some form, but a bit more grit and experience is needed in defence and central midfield. If they can start picking up points from the lesser teams and strengthen in these two areas, everything should be OK.

No trip to Mildenhall

I didn't make it to Mildenhall on Tuesday, which was perhaps just as well as the Robins lost. I did make it to Villa park yesterday though.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Quiet October, so far

After a busy start to the season it has been a quiet month so far with only 10 days left until we head into the part of the season that often sees a drop in the number of games I get to, mainly, but not exclusively because of the weather.

At least I've got a big match planned for next Saturday with Villa taking on Norwich in the Premier League, not that I expect there both of them to be there next season as neither of them are showing decent format. Hopefully Villa will still be there, but after Norwich beat Arsenal yesterday it looks like they might be in a better position to escape the drop than Villa at the moment. The game will have a bit of an extra bite though with Lambert now in charge at Villa after working miracles at Carrow Road. His magic wand hasn't been working at Villa yet but he needs to get busy with it soon.

A team that is on format are Mildenhall, and Ely are visiting there in the League Cup on Tuesday and hopefully I'll make it to that game too. Making it a paltry two game October.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ely City v Gorleston 2nd half pics

Ely in defence in the early part of the second half.

The players take a bit of a breather in the middle of the field.

Ben Lawrence clears for the Robins.

Ely on the attack.

Ely v Gorleston first half pics part 2

Gorleston get on the attack after Ely's opener.

Gorleston clear as Ely come close

Luke Parkinson comes close for Ely City

Action from the middle of the field.

Ely v Gorleston first half pics part 1

Luke Parkinson passes the ball to Adam Murray.

The Gorleston goalkeeper clears.

The pass from Adam Murray to Paul Claydon that lead to Ely's first goal.

Photos from Ely V Gorleston - pre-match pics

The players shake hands at before the game kicks off.

Gorleston players get in a huddle

Ely captain Lee Pacey and the Gorleston captain meet up

Ely get the game under way.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

More improvement at the Unwin

Yesterday Ely met Gorleston at the Unwin Ground. The visitors have had a decent start to the season and are among the early pacesetters, so despite the fact they lost last week they were going to prove a tougher test than Downham did on Tuesday night. Ely, however did have a full strength squad to choose from for the first time this season so hopes that they were finally going to turn the corner were also high.

Ely started off dominating the game and a clever through ball by Adam Murray on 10 minutes was met by the head of Paul Claydon and the Robins took an early lead. The visitors started to get into the game shortly after and on 14 minutes Pacey made a great save from the visitors, although the linesman was flagging for offside.

After this Gorelston put Ely under increasing pressure, but the defence was finally at full strength and the Parkinson brothers looked dangerous on the break. Neither of the sides had any real chances in the first half until Gorleston hit the post on 41 minutes, but it was certainly an entertaining half.

Gorleston came out with all guns blazing in the second half and Pacey pulled off a fantastic save on 48 minutes to keep Ely in the lead. Fortunately though on 63 minutes a piece of skilled play and a brilliant finish from Nick Impey put the Robins 2-0 up and settled nerves. After this Ely started to attack more after having spent periods of mopping up pressure. There were no further goals, although Luke Parkinson hit the post on 82 minutes.

Finally a second league win for the Robins and with other results going their way has seem them create a big of clear space between them and the relegation fodder. Let's hope this really is a turning point in the season.

Many photos from Nadiya to follow.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Something to cheer about in the League Cup

Last night Ely took on Downham Market (Downham Town) in the league cup. Downham are in the first division and have never been one of the stronger clubs even in the lower division. Therefore it was a chance for the Robins to either give themselves a confidence boost after an indifferent start to the season or could have been an early nail in this season's coffin. Fortunately, it was the former rather than the latter that we witnessed last night.

Ely got off to the perfect start when a Luke Parkinson cross got the faintest of touches off Adam Murray (well, he seems to be claiming it, although it may have been an own goal) to put the home team in the lead. Ely continued by bombarding the Downham goal with shots. Downham had their first, and probably their only chance of the entire game on 20 minutes, but managed to almost hit the corner flag when they should have scored. We weren't to know that Downham weren't going to create much then though, so it was a great relief when a bit of Taz trickery saw him beat a few defenders and put the ball in the back of the net straight from the goal kick after Downham's wayward shot.

The onslaught continued and Impey nearly made it 3 when he tried to lob the keeper from the half way line on the half hour mark. Gammon should have done better 5 minutes later when his shot was charged down 5 from close range 5 minutes later. The Robins weren't finished with their scoring before half time, as on 39 minutes a clever pass from Adam Murray was headed in by Austin Diaper to put the Robins 3 up at the break. It looked like they had killed the game and although some Downham fans in the bar were saying it was a game of two halves, we for once thought that we would be avoiding extra time in a cup match on a cold Tuesday night.

It really wasn't a game of two halves as the second half was almost a carbon copy of the first. On 54 minutes Ben Lawrence squeezed the ball under the keeper from a corner. Ironically, I think that one was chalked up as an own goal by the keeper, but there was more contact from Ben than there had been from Muzza for the first.

Austin was tripped on 67 minutes and Taz stepped up to score the penalty. On 73 minutes some great work on the wing from Luke Parkinson culminated in an inch perfect cross and Gammon put it in the back of the net. Game over and 6-0 to the Robins.

In the League version of the League Cup Villa won 4-2 at Man City. Now hopefully both Villa and Ely can find some of this form in the league.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Photos from Posh v Wolves

A Wolves attack is broken down in the first half.

Mark Little in Peterborough's defence.

Gabriel Zakuani

Robert Olejnik getting ready for Ebanks-Blake's penalty

Sean gives a press conference at London Road