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.