Battling Ely Lose Out To Dereham

A BATTLING performance from Ely went unrewarded at the weekend as they lost 3-1 at home to high-flyers Dereham. Ely, missing several players due to personal commitments and notably the prolific scoring capability of Sean Gilmour due to injury, started on

A BATTLING performance from Ely went unrewarded at the weekend as they lost 3-1 at home to high-flyers Dereham.

Ely, missing several players due to personal commitments and notably the prolific scoring capability of Sean Gilmour due to injury, started on the back foot and were soon 1-0 down following the open exchanges of play.

Ely, somewhat against the run of play, managed to pull the score level shortly after the setback following a fine solo run at the Dereham keeper by Matt Holden who finished calmly into the bottom corner.

Ely continued to battle against the odds and forced a number of short corners in the second-half but failed to capitalise from them. Dereham replied with some slick passing moves and created a shooting chance on the right hand side of the Ely circle which, with a miss struck shot, evaded two Ely defenders and the Ely goalkeeper for Dereham to finish calmly at the back post.


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Ely held firm for the remaining part of the game until a heavy tackle by the Dereham centre forward on skipper Chris Purllant meant Ely were down to 10 men when running repairs were carried out to repair a facial injury.

In this time Dereham extended their lead via another short corner past Neil Dodsworth in the Ely goal.

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