Yesterday Ely City visited Thetford Town in the FA Vase. It could have offered a distraction from the trials and tribulations of the league, but unfortunately it didn't work out like that. There have been a lot of positives to be taken from the league games recently, but there weren't many good things that can be taken from this game. The defending was shabby, the movement off the ball was non existent, the passing was wayward and although Josh Townsend put in some decent crosses from the wing there was never anybody in the box.
However, at one point it looked like the Robins were going to be in far more trouble. Thetford went ahead after just 9 minutes from an own goal and on 12 minutes doubled their lead when James Dean leaped on another defensive error to make it 2-0 to the home team. At this point we were expecting a walloping, but it didn't happen like that on 31 minutes the Thetford keeper cleared badly and kicked the ball straight into the path of Sam Goodge who fired home.
For the rest of the game Ely were pressing for an equaliser, but the closest they came was a shot from Ian Walters that hit the bar. In a way though they were their own worst enemies in this game.