Ely City 2 Bury St Edmonds 1
ELY require just one more point from their three remaining games to seal promotion from Division 2N after they squeezed past Bury on Saturday.
In a hard-fought game it was Ely who took all three points, goals from Dan Jolly and Nick Wells helping extend their unbeaten home record and putting them in a strong position four points clear at the top of the table.
Ely played well in the opening exchanges of the game and their hunger for the victory was evident from the off.
Ely still looked to be rushing the game though and repeated attempts to find the perfect long ball pass failed, and the ball was needlessly given away on the halfway line. It was not until Ely regained the patience that has become a crucial element of their play this season, that they started to make an impression on the Bury defence.
Tinof Ravioli found himself in space approaching the Bury D, but his pass to Kisby, arriving on the penalty spot, was poorly placed, leaving the striker in the back of the net instead of the ball. Ely kept up the fast pace, and it was Vincett that broke through from the left of the pitch and fired the ball across the goal in front of the Bury keeper – Chris Purllant and Dan Jolly arriving just in time at the far post, with Jolly making the vital contact to guide the ball into the back of the visitors goal.
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The second half saw the Bury team take advantage of Ely’s impatience and, seizing on loose balls in the middle of the pitch, they pushed forward and won a number of short corners, eventually drawing level with their hosts.
With 20 minutes to go, the Ely side needed to take back control of the game. Fitness levels started to pay dividends as the strong squad rotated players through the midfield and attack to good effect, tiring the legs of the Bury defence.
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Playing the ball around the back and the middle of the field with simple passing and good off the ball movement eventually yielded an opportunity. Jolly found space coming through from the midfield and took the ball around the back of the Bury defence. In a slick move, he pulled the ball back to Nick Wells who duly buried the ball in the back of the net. With the score at 2-1 with ten minutes to go, Ely defended hard, created space for one another in the midfield and on the flanks, and most importantly, retained possession; showing the class of a side that that works together as a true team, the very definition of synergy.
Ely play Cambridge Nomads on Thursday night, and will look to confirm their dominant performance when they play Norwich City at home this coming Saturday at 1.30pm