Friday, August 29, 2014
Mildenhall Town 4 Ely City 3
The stand at Mildenhall's Recreation Way ground.
Ely warm up before the game.
It's looking like it is going to be a long hard season for Ely City, who are still without a point never mind a win in the Eastern Counties League. I have been away on holiday, but the reports that I have heard are far from encouraging. The team, with the exception of James Seymour, Ian Walter- who has stepped up from the reserves and Richard Gammon who has returned to the fold are pretty much unknown to me at the moment. In fact Richard Gammon went off early with an injury and was replaced by Ian Walter. Of the mass of players who left at the end of the season Chris Sterecki and Adam Murray have gone to Tuesday's opponents Mildenhall, but only Sterecki was playing on Tuesday night.
Despite this game ultimately ending in defeat there were some encouraging signs. Ely over the last few seasons have had a bit of a reputation of being a bunch of route 1 bruisers, but at least there were some attempts to pass the ball around and play decent football on Tuesday night. Whether they are good enough to play this type of football, only time will tell.
Aron Turner put the home team ahead after a defensive error, but Ely didn't let their heads drop and managed to find an equaliser through another defensive error. The first half was pretty well balanced and when the teams went in at the break at 1-1 it was probably a fair enough result.
Half time proved to be a bad thing for Ely though, as they fell apart at the start of the second half, the impressively named Allicion Blake scored a wonderful goal to put the home team ahead again. Midenhall looked to have put the game beyond doubt a few minutes later when Turner grabbed his second and Hall's 3rd and Ely looked all at sixes and sevens.
It's a credit to the boys that they didn't let the loss of two goals allow them to sink. With time running out they managed to nick back 2 goals. However, as usual the Robins were out of luck when Adarian Judge got a stoppage time winner to send us home without even a point.