Yesterday Ely took on Walsham-le-Willows on a day that almost, but not quite threatened to be Spring like. Ely have been on a bit of a run of late and Walsham at the start of the day were in third and having the kind of season Ely had last time out. It looked like it was going to be a tough game for the Robins and they were pretty much under pressure from the start, Ely had a few chances, but Walsham looked the most dangerous and their impressive striker Ollie Hughes was proving a handful. He came close on 15 minutes, but the visitors finally took the lead on 36 minutes when an attempt at the offside trap by Ely failed miserably.
The second half started with Ely looking like getting back into the game, although they seemed to be lacking imagination up front. Therefore when Adam Murray was fouled in the box on 59 minutes it looked like a penalty might offer them their best chance of drawing level. Chadders stepped up to take the penalty, but it rebounded off the post. Fortunately, he didn't miss his second chance and Ely were on level terms.
Ely were given a numerical advantage on 66 minutes when a Walsham midfielder, who was already on a yellow, claimed to have been brought down by Sam Parkinson, who was a good yard away from him. The referee didn't think twice about pulling out a red card. Ely started to bombard Walsham now, but again seemed to lack the killer punch. Luke Parkinson came close 75, but the game finally ran out a draw.
An interesting enough game with Walsham having the best of the first and Ely the best of the second. A draw was probably a fai enough result.