It's been a long time since I have visited Cricketfield Road, the home of Newmarket and luckily I didn't go there with high expectations of Ely getting a result. The Jockeys have showed good form and have a team full of ex-Ely players who played for the Robins when they were good. In the home game against Newmarket, Ely had played a lot better than in the two games against Thetford and to be honest yesterday evening they also put in a fairly decent performance.
The problems for Ely in this game started from kick off when Mark Webster put the home team ahead in the first minute. After this Ely were already on the back foot and chasing the game, but they did show some spirit and better movement than in the previous two games. They pulled a goal back from a speculative and spectacular shot from James Trick on 37 minutes, but nobody could argue that the Robins didn't deserve it. After going behind Ely had pushed forward and although ex-Robin Adam Dalby looked dangerous down the right they didn't really trouble the Robins defence after the first goal.
Unfortunately, though the goal by Ely seemed to wake the Jockeys up. On 41 minutes another ex-Ely man had a shot that bobbled up and went over the Ely keeper to make it 2-1 and on the stroke of half time clift scored to make it 3-1 to the Jockeys at the break.
Most of the second half was fairly balanced, although obviously it could be argued that Newmarket could afford to take their foot off the gas. On 73 minutes though Newmarket put the game beyond doubt and bundled the goal in the net to make it 4-1. In stoppage time again Ely got another consolation goal through Josh Townsend, which was what he deserved for all of his industry.
It was a better performance, but Ely don't look any closer to getting a win.