A GUTSY performance from Ely City on Saturday was only left wanting for a goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw by high-flyers Kirkley and Pakefield.

A GUTSY performance from Ely City on Saturday was only left wanting for a goal as they were held to a 0-0 draw by high-flyers Kirkley and Pakefield.

Though the injury-hit Robins enjoyed the better of the play against a youthful Kirkley outfit, they were unable to find the all-important breakthrough to turn a decent performance into a winning one.

Manager Alan Alsop said: “I though the team played really well. Our keeper hardly had a shot to save and I thought we were in control against a team that have been in excellent form this season.

“We were forced to make a couple of changes today to our line-up but the lads that came in did very well. Our centre backs in particular were absolutely excellent and won every header.”


You may also want to watch:


The game itself began on a sombre note as the teams held a minutes silence for Robins committee member and stalwart Doug Cranwell who died following an accident last week.

The Robins were quick to hit their stride from the outset and were unlucky not to go ahead after two minutes as Dave Smith found himself unmarked at the back post. Unfortunately for City however, the midfield man could only glance wide when well placed.

Most Read

Alsop’s men went closer still three minutes later as Robbie Mason was allowed the space to turn and fire at goal from 20 yards. The frontman’s effort cannoned off the post and slid wide though, much to the ire of the crowd.

The visitors first real chance of note came after 20 minutes when striker Ryan Crisp was sent clear on Lee Pacey’s goal. A last gasp tackle from make-shift centre-back Adam Dalby saved the day for Ely however, with the striker looming large.

Though Kirkley managed to retain far more of the ball in the second half, the threat continued to come from Ely and there were plenty of heads left in hands just after the hour mark as Nick Impey blasted high and wide from 10 yards having been played in by Mason.

With 10 minutes left Adam Murray sent a powerful header goalbound after slipping his marker at a corner but the imposing centre back’s effort was cleared off the line by a vigilant defender on the post.

The Robins play host to rivals Wisbech on Tuesday night at the Unwin Ground from 7.45pm.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter