Wednesday, August 7, 2013

St.Ives Town 3 Ely City 0

It's always nice to get to a ground you haven't been to before and last night marked a visit to St.Ives Town at their Westwood Road Ground. The Saints recently gained promotion to the Southern League Division 1 Central, so play at a level above Ely. It also means that they may be moving ground in the near future, so it may have been my first and last chance to visit their ground. It was also my first chance to see the Robins in preseason action before the season gets underway. The weather was pleasent, so it seemed nothing could go wrong.

Unfortunately, at times the game was pretty bad-tempered with fouls being commited by both sides. However, St.Ives came across as one of those teams who moans and argues with every decision and one of their coaches seemed to spend the whole match with his mouth to the ear of the linesman. If that wasn't bad enough Ely really performed poorly. At times it looked like they were trying to pass a rugby ball rather than a football around. Ely started off strongly enough and created a few chances before Dubi Ogbonna, once of Soham and more recently of Wisbech managed to get past a flat-footed Ely defence and put the Saints in the lead. The Robins weren't down and out yet though and on 27 minutes Adam Murray directed a powerful header into the back of the goal, only for it to be chalked off for offside. After this things started to go bad though.

On 34 minutes the Robins were further behind when Adam Murray aimed a back pass to Lee Pacey in the Ely goal. From the minute it left Murray's foot you knew Pacey was in trouble. He hacked at the ball, but was left stranded with his own clearance and Ogbonna was on hand to make it 2-0. Unfortunately, from this point on Ely continued to be prone to poor passing and poor defending. the midfield also seemed to be losing out in the battles and the forwards were left starved. On 55 Kyle Gibbs scored the Saints' third after another uncharacteristic error by Murray and fortunately the scoring stopped there.

Let's hope this doesn't bode for the upcoming season, although I will be in Ukraine for the next couple of weeks, so the next game will probably be a match against Mildenhall at the end of the month.

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