Gallery: Robins Fightback Not Enough
PUBLISHED: 11:04 26 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010
A SPIRITED second-half fight back came too late for Ely City as they lost 3-2 to high-flyers Wroxham. Two second-half goals gave Ely a glimmer of hope in the dying minutes of the game, but it wasn t enough as they slipped to their fourth defeat in five ga
A SPIRITED second-half fight back came too late for Ely City as they lost 3-2 to high-flyers Wroxham.
Two second-half goals gave Ely a glimmer of hope in the dying minutes of the game, but it wasn't enough as they slipped to their fourth defeat in five games.
Boss Denis Lightning said, "We only played for twenty minutes today and at this level you just cannot get away with that.
"I can credit the boys for the last 20 minutes because they got it back to 3-2, but it just wasn't enough."
The Robins were never at the races in the opening 45 and gave themselves a mountain to climb to salvage something from the match as they went in at the whistle 2-0 down.
Goals from Gary Gilmore and Gavin Lemmon did the damage for Wroxham who made the most of their wide men to forge some decent openings.
The situation went from drab to dire for Ely 10 minutes into the second-half as the referee gifted the away side a chance to all-but bury the tie by way of a penalty. Wroxham's Andy Key made no mistake as he blasted the spot kick high and hard to make it 3-0.
A three goal advantage caused Wroxham to switch-off however, and the deficit was quickly brought back down to two as a handball in the Wroxham area handed Ely a penalty of their own.
The resulting spot-kick was hit low and wide to ensure that - despite diving the right way - the visiting 'keeper was unable to make the save.
Spurred by the chink of light that had emerged, Ely ploughed ahead and could have made it 3-2 just minutes later when a long throw from Ben Lawrence was nodded mere inches wide.
Caution had long been thrown to the wind by the middle of the half and numerous good chances were coming Ely's way as a result. Richard Chadwick's poked shot was cleared off of the line to the exasperation of the gathered faithful and their woes were deepened yet further when a fine shot from Nick Impey slid inches wide.
Robbie Mason's return to Ely provided a welcome boost for the Robins as he provided the telling ball for numerous Ely attacks.
In the dying minutes Ely finally found a breakthrough to set up a frenetic final minute as Chadwick latched onto a Mason through ball and nudged past the 'keeper to make it 3-2.
With just a minute left Ely were given a dangerous free-kick 10 yards from the Wroxham area but the otherwise impressive Wayne Goddard was unable to provide the requisite killer ball and the referee quickly called time.