Ely City celebrate Christmas with commanding 3-0 triumph at struggling Cornard United

Ely City boss Brady Stone was pleased to see his side return to winning ways on Saturday.

Ely City boss Brady Stone was pleased to see his side return to winning ways on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Ely City gave travelling Robins fans a festive treat as they returned to winning ways with a commanding 3-0 victory at Cornard United.

There were worries that the Robins could be rusty after 14 days without a game, but Brady Stone’s men brushed off any cobwebs and goals from Alex Theobald, Nathan Littlefair and Sam Goodge ensured that the Robins would go into Christmas second in the Thurlow Nunn Division One.

Ely began the clash without the suspended Josh Sewell and both Craig Neal and Matty Simpson were unavailable. Luke Brown, who re-signed for the club on loan from Histon on Friday, came into the starting line up.

Ely started the game of the front foot and took an early lead after Alex Theobald netted from close range after some excellent work from Daniel Jeffrey and Luke Brown.

The Robins doubled their lead when a free kick from the half way line by Jamie Alsop was met in the box by Nathan Littelfair who headed past the home keeper after being left unmarked.

Cornard were reduced to ten men in the second half, and Ely made the most of their man advantage and secured a comprehensive victory when Sam Goodge converted an Theobald centre.

Ely’s win sees them stay second behind Wivenhoe Town, and Brady Stone was pleased to see his side respond so well after a two week break.

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He said: “After the defeat to Woodbridge and some time off it was nice to get back playing.

“The pitch was small and bobbly and we had to change the way we played around that; we went with the long ball and it worked as we scored two early goals.

“They only really had one chance and Harry Reynolds saved brilliantly and we really dominated the game.”

The Robins’ first away clean sheet will give them a boost in confidence ahead of their local derby with March Town on December 28 (3pm).

The club are offering half-priced tickets - adults £3 and under 16s free - for the clash at the Unwin Ground, and Stone is looking forward to welcoming the Robins’ Fenland rivals.

He said: “It’s always good to play over Christmas time and we’ve got everyone available for the game so hopefully we can give all the fans a Christmas gift by getting the three points.”