A hard, even scrap
RIDGEONS LEAGUE, FIRST DIVISION Ely City 0 Saffron Walden Town 0 ELY manager Dennis Lightning came away with mixed feelings after this scrappy goalless draw against unbeaten Saffron Walden Town on Saturday. The visitors had the better of the first half,
Ely City 0
Saffron Walden Town 0
ELY manager Dennis Lightning came away with mixed feelings after this scrappy goalless draw against unbeaten Saffron Walden Town on Saturday.
The visitors had the better of the first half, but Ely goalkeeper Tim Catley was in good form. Catley was called upon to tip two well hit shots over the crossbar and the visitors were also denied by the woodwork.
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The scrappy football continued in the second half, with both teams working hard to gain control of the match.
Catley made good stops to deny efforts from Steve Leys and Ben Smith, before a Ben Green free-kick clipped the crossbar.
The Robins dominated the last 15 minutes of the match, during which Mark Johnson had a golden opportunity to score from two yards out, but he was slow to react when the ball bounced to him off a defender, and hit the post. Vinnie Long's headed effort forced a good stop from the Saffron Walden goalkeeper, before Dean Blackman scraped the top of the crossbar with a stunning drive from 35 yards out.
Lightning said: "If I'd paid to watch that match, I'd want my money back. There was very little football played out there, it was a hard scrap between two evenly matched teams. They are a decent side and I was glad not to lose the match but, at the same time, I felt we could have won."
- Ely's next match is against Wisbech Town at home in the FA Vase on Saturday.