Ely City 2-1 Stowmarket Town: Seymour snatches late winner for plucky Robins

Matty Simpson races clear in Ely City's 2-1 win over Stowmarket Town. Pictures: Helen Drake

Matty Simpson races clear in Ely City's 2-1 win over Stowmarket Town. Pictures: Helen Drake - Credit: Archant

Ely City kept their promotion push on track in dramatic style on Saturday afternoon, with a 94th-minute James Seymour winner sealing a terrific turnaround for Brady Stone’s men.

The Robins welcomed a Stowmarket side high in confidence following their midweek Division One Knock Out Cup semi-final success, and it showed in the first half, with the visitors carving out a number of chances before taking the lead ten minutes before half time.

An Ely corner was cleared, and Stowmarket raced down the other end of the pitch, with Matthew Dixon adding the final touch to give his side the lead.

Ely looked for an equaliser before the half time whistle, and a chance fell to Matty Simpson, but the attacker couldn’t control his header and Brady Stone’s men went into the break a goal down.

The Robins came out for the second half on the hunt for a leveller, and they found it after 20 second half minutes when Alex Theobald rose to head home an Ash Walker cross for his 14th goal of the season.


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Notching an equaliser galvanized the Robins, and they pushed for a winner, with chances falling to Theobald and Seymour but the visitors weathered the Robins’ storm and the teams seemed set to share the points.

Ely’s hearts were in their mouths late on when some heroic defending from Daniel Jeffrey, Josh Sewell and Harry Reynolds on the line denied an unlikely Stowmarket winner, before Theobald spurned another opportunity when the goal was gaping.

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Theobald’s blushes were spared when, with only seconds remaining, Ely skipper James Seymour rose highest and headed a Jamie Alsop corner home to seal a superb turnaround for the promotion chasers.

A fourth consecutive Thurlow Nunn Division One victory for third-placed Ely sees them go four points clear of Halstead Town in fourth, with a trip to Debenham LC up next for Stone’s men.

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