Draw with Stanway Rovers was a fair result says Ely football manager

Ely City manager Brady Stone

Ely City manager Brady Stone - Credit: Archant

Ely City manager Brady Stone believes Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Stanway Rovers was a “fair result for both teams”.

Alex Theobald salvaged a point for the Robins, with his side coming from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against the Essex outfit at the Unwin.

Stanway looked to be heading home with all three points after James Crisell handed them the lead in the 15 minute, but a case of right place at the right time for Theobald ensured Stone’s side earned themselves a share of the spoils after a competitive and evenly fought affair.

“I think a draw was a fair result for both teams,” said Stone.

“Stanway started really well and were the better side for the first half but I thought we were on top throughout the second half and the equaliser could have come a lot sooner.

“When you leave it late, like we did on Saturday, it is always a good feeling when that goal goes in.

“For a long time, it looked and felt like it was going to be one of those days.

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“So, when it goes in at the end it feels like you have taken all three points at the time but then on reflection it can be a couple dropped but I am happy with a point.”

Saturday’s draw leaves the Robins 10th in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division standings, one of three sides tied on 49 points.

Ely travel to Walsham Le Willows this weekend and Stone is looking to break his Summer Road duck, a ground which hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for the Unwin boss throughout his career.

“I don’t think, as a player or manager, I have even been to Walsham Le Willows with a side and won,” he said.

“Walsham are a good side and you know that you are always in for a tough game over there, it is a difficult place to go.

“We will have a couple more players getting closer to returning to full match fitness, which may give us some more options for Saturday.

“We want to try and build on the Stanway draw and turn it into all three points this weekend.”