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.