Alsop looks to re-enforcements ahead of tricky Norwich tie

Relieved Robins boss Alan Alsop said the win "had been coming"

Relieved Robins boss Alan Alsop said the win "had been coming" - Credit: Archant

Kirkley and Pakefield 0 Ely City 2

ALAN Alsop is looking to bring in “two or three” new players to bolster his squad ahead of the key pre-Christmas run, he revealed this week.

The Robins have endured a difficult start to the season so far - losing five out of seven matches - and have suffered with regular injuries and unavailability but Alsop hopes a change in luck and some additions to the squad will help turn the tide.

He said: “I am talking to a few players at the moment about coming in and we are also hoping to bring in a Portuguese lad subject to him getting a work permit.

“We lost Luke Parkinson to Haverhill and we have quite a few players missing at the moment so we will need to add a few new faces, maybe two in midfield and another striker.”


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The Robins managed only their second win of the season on Saturday, a 2-0 win against Kirkley & Pakefield but the Robins boss hopes it is a sign that their luck is turning.

Alsop’s side survived a penalty shout before taking the lead in the 26th minute as a long throw was headed clear of the box and into the path of Stuart Walker, who rifled it into the top corner.

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Lee Pacey made some good saves from Tarren Grint and Kyle Baker to keep Ely noses in front before, with half-time looming, Austen Diaper got the better of defenders to bundle the ball over the line from close range.

Alsop said: “We have made some silly mistakes this season and we have punished for them every single time but I think we had a little bit of luck on Saturday and got the win which we deserved, it was a workmanlike performance.

“We are facing Norwich United on Saturday, who are top of the table, and we will be missing a few through work commitments so I am going to have to set up and try and compete with them. Hopefully the luck will stay with us.”

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