'We killed ourselves' against league leaders, believes Ely City chief

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City in action with league leaders Gorleston at the Demcom Stadium. - Credit: Nick Bowman

Luke McAvoy believes Ely City “killed themselves” against the league leaders who he feels were fortunate to come away with a handsome victory. 

Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to leaders Gorleston in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division left Ely with back-to-back defeats on home turf. 

It’s now one win in seven at home in all competitions so far this season for a Robins team who are desperate for an upturn in results. 

“The game was disappointing and we started poorly,” joint-boss McAvoy said. 

“The only little bit of credit the lads can take is they never gave up and created a few good chances, but they never really tested the ‘keeper.   

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City in action with league leaders Gorleston at the Demcom Stadium. - Credit: Nick Bowman

“It was disappointing as we've given them all three goals.” 

McAvoy feels the home reverse was rather fortunate for a team who have won 11 out of 13 league games in dreadful conditions at the Demcom Stadium. 

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City battle for possession at home to Gorleston in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. - Credit: Nick Bowman

“The conditions were awful and should of made it a bit of a leveller,” he said.  

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“But we've killed ourselves as the result looks like we've been battered when we haven’t.” 

Ely edged away from the relegation zone with a 1-0 win at neighbours Newmarket Town on Tuesday, before a trip to Norwich United on Saturday off the back of their impressive FA Cup run. 

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City go on the attack against league leaders Gorleston. - Credit: Nick Bowman

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City in action with Gorleston in the Eastern Counties League Premier Division. - Credit: Nick Bowman

But McAvoy hopes that by giving less “cheap goals away” and a more consistent squad, Ely City have a chance of improving on a mixed run of form of late. 

“I'd say the mixed spell is down to inconsistencies with team selection, which I know is the same for everyone at the moment but it's a matter of fact,” he said. 

“And we are conceding to many sloppy goals early in the game. 

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

A battle for possession between Ely City and Gorleston. - Credit: Nick Bowman

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Head on hands time for Ely City against Gorleston. - Credit: Nick Bowman

“When we are playing teams like Gorleston, Norwich United and Newmarket, we have to make it as difficult as possible for them to score and make sure they earn everything they get.    

“We know exactly who we are and how tough this league is for a club like ours, but we enjoy the challenge of trying to keep improving and bettering ourselves each season.” 

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City deliver a cross in towards the Gorleston penalty area. - Credit: Nick Bowman

Ely City vs Gorleston OCT 2 2021

Ely City try to strike back with a header against league leaders Gorleston. - Credit: Nick Bowman

*Soham Town Rangers’ mini winning run in the Northern Premier League Division One Midlands ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Belper Town last weekend. 

That loss left the Greens two points above the bottom two places, and after their 1-1 draw at Chasetown on Tuesday, host Shepshed Dynamo in an FA Trophy second round qualifying tie on Saturday, 3pm.  

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