Chris in seventh heaven!

PUBLISHED: 13:16 16 March 2006 | UPDATED: 13:17 04 May 2010

Ely City 5 North Walsham 1 CHRIS Purllant scored his seventh goal in three games as Ely hit North Walsham for five on Saturday. Ely took the lead early, Grant Gilmour returning from injury hammered the ball at the keeper on the back post, he was first t

Ely City 5 North Walsham 1

CHRIS Purllant scored his seventh goal in three games as Ely hit North Walsham for five on Saturday.

Ely took the lead early, Grant Gilmour returning from injury hammered the ball at the keeper on the back post, he was first to react to the rebound and flicked the ball into the net, Ely sensing goals pushed forward, a route one ball from North Walsham found Ely light at the back and their striker duly despatch the ball into the Ely net.

Ely regained their advantage minutes later a fantastic move involving man of the match Nick Wells, Julian Palmer on the right wing and Chris Purllant in the middle.

Palmer drove to the by-line pulled the ball back for Chris Roberts to hammer the ball home. Ely continued to dominate and increased the score line first through a clinical penalty stroke by Purllant before the same player added a his second before half-time.

With five minutes of the game remaining, a goal-line scramble was prodded in by Purllant to complete his hat-trick.

Peterborough Town V 0

Ely City III 7

ELY finally managed to convert their flair and determination into a positive result.

Ely were awarded a penalty corner. The push out was poor and Ely were put on the back foot but the ball was eventually played out to Rich Marley who drove forward and crossed for Peter Jones to sweep the ball into the Town goal. Several minutes later, Ely again broke forward, Jones received the ball and struck the ball past the Town keeper and into the corner.

Further attacking play saw a short corner awarded to Ely again. This time a good push out was met by Bill Gilmore, who struck the ball only to see his shot saved but Jones was there to lift the ball over the stranded keeper.

Great attacking play from midfield by Rob Skilton and Marley saw Jones receive the ball and hit it low into the Town goal.

Every ball was chased down by the Ely team and Jones took the ball from a Town defender, worked his way into the area and hooked the ball through the Town keeper's legs, the ball travelling into the top corner of the goal. Another attack saw an excellent strike from the Ely centre back Trevor Hopkinson only for the ball to be parried into the path of Jones, who dispatched his sixth goal of the match.

A short time later, Skilton launched an attack from just inside the Town half and with excellent interplay, received the ball back in the Town area where he dispatched the ball under the falling opposition keeper.

Man of the match was Peter Jones.

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