Ely Tigers narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt.

PUBLISHED: 15:11 06 November 2018

Ely narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt.Alex Milne becomes the centre of attention from both sides. Picture: STEVE WELLS

Ely narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt.Alex Milne becomes the centre of attention from both sides. Picture: STEVE WELLS

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Ely Tigers had a nightmare start when Holt put two tries past them in the opening ten minutes.

Ely narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt. Luke Turner breaks free to score for Ely. Picture: STEVE WELLSEly narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt. Luke Turner breaks free to score for Ely. Picture: STEVE WELLS

Ely then fought back a try themselves when Luke Turner danced through the opposition defence and had enough gas to touch down under the posts.

The Tigers bad start continued when Holt gained a penalty and opted to go for the posts. The shot at goal bounced of the inside of the upright and then off the crossbar and landed straight back in the opposition’s hands, a try came soon after.

The Tigers then gained a penalty in the opposition half and kicked for the corner. The Ely forwards set up a dominant rolling maul and Jim Storey dotted at the back.

In the second the Tigers were chasing the game and Holt had their lead lengthened when they shipped the ball wide and dotted down in the corner.

Ely narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt. Ryan Clark gets tackled. Picture: STEVE WELLSEly narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt. Ryan Clark gets tackled. Picture: STEVE WELLS

Man of the match Jacob Muncey answered their score with one of his own after dotting down for a converted try which narrowed Holt’s lead. Ely then ran out of time and were behind by 9 points.

Their only hope was 2 losing bonus points. In the last play of the game Mitchell Kennett crashed over touched down for a converted try which brought the score to 32-34.

The club said Jacob Muncey received his man of the match award from “our chief referee greeter, match day confectioner and all round club legend Kim Coulson”.

The club spokesman added: “Thanks also to Cambridge Commodities for sponsoring the man of the match award this season, it was great to see so many representatives at the club yesterday to cheer the team on.”

Ely narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt.  John Tibbs tries to release the ball before being tackled. Picture: STEVE WELLSEly narrowly lose at home against top of the league Holt. John Tibbs tries to release the ball before being tackled. Picture: STEVE WELLS

In other club news 1st XV players Joel Scott-Paul, Matt McCarthy, Jacob Muncey and Jim Storey were called up to the midweek Cambs RFU County squad for the game away to Suffolk RFU.

The club said it was also proud to be able to kit out every mini and youth player in new playing shirts this season.

The spokesman said: “They look great and thanks should go to our sponsors for putting us in the position where we can do this for all our teams.”

Mini’s shirts sponsored by: Pocock & Shaw and CAMSAR

Youth shirts sponsored by: Cambridge Commodities and CAMSAR

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