Ely City have overachieved in FA Vase, says boss Brady Stone ahead of Saturday’s massive fourth round clash

Ely City manager, Brady Stone.

Ely City manager, Brady Stone. - Credit: Archant

Brady Stone believes his men have overachieved in the FA Vase – but does not want their time in the competition to come to an end any time soon.

The Robins take part in arguably their biggest fixture in recent seasons when they welcome Shepshed Dynamo to the Unwin in four days’ time for their fourth round clash (3pm), and Stone says that whatever happens in the game, he will be proud of his side’s achievements.

“We’ve said that we’ve over-achieved in the Vase and whether we win, lose or draw, we’ve done brilliantly,” he said.

“We’ll go into the game in the same way we’ve done in the other rounds – with nothing to lose and with big smiles on our faces.

“Hopefully we’ll see a lot of the locals at the Unwin and hopefully, come 5pm, we can have gave them something to cheer about.”

The Robins will go into Saturday’s encounter full of confidence after they bagged their second straight Thurlow Nunn Premier Division success yesterday afternoon.

Braces from Matty Simpson and Ash Walter and a Kelvin Enaro strike saw Ely take the spoils in a nine-goal thriller with Walsham le Willows, and Stone says he is relieved to see his men move two points clear of the relegation zone.

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“All of the bottom four sides won on Monday, which means it’s tight,” he said.

“But we’ve also made ground on the sides above us, which is encouraging.

“It’s been a great Christmas period for us. The last two games have been very different in terms of score line, but we approached them in the same way.

“The game at Godmanchester Rovers last week was very tight and it took one hell of a free-kick from Jamie Alsop to get the win, but then yesterday was like a basketball match.

“We looked solid last week but yesterday it was end-to-end and that’s not usually how we play.”

It’s also been a successful start to 2017 in terms of personnel at Ely City.

The Robins have secured the services of experienced midfielder Adie Cambridge, who recently resigned as manager of Godmanchester Rovers.

Cambridge, who was at the helm at the Huntingdonshire outfit for four months, has had playing spells at Histon and Royston.