Ely teams tighten grip at top
BOTH Ely under 15 teams maintained their grip at the top of the Eastern Counties Division 2 with stirring performances at their latest tournament.
Ely’s impressive Blue and Green teams have been in excellent form so far this season and cemented their place in the promotion places with another round of wins on Saturday.
First up were the Greens who played Roller Village from Norfolk, a team that had beaten them earlier in the season. Ely started well, with some excellent passing opening up numerous opportunities.
In what was one of the best performances of the season Ely won 7–1. Scorers Emily Barrow (2), Vicky Moffat, Kirsty Moffat, Hattie Ford and Hannah Barrow.
The Blue team’s first match was against the same team, Ely played well creating several opportunities. The only blemish being some slack defending allowing the opposition to score two with the final score 8–2. Jake Kendall (3), Jordon Chambers (2), Paul Masterton (2) and Nathan Ellis scored for Ely.
The Greens then played Norwich A, one of the pre-season favourites. Hannah Barrow scored a solo goal but then Ely lost their shape and allowed Norwich to get into some unmarked positions, they capitalised and Ely found themselves 4–1 down at the break.
The second half was different story with Barrow and Ford causing Norwich problems, it wasn’t long before the pressure paid off with Barrow pulling a goal back. This seemed to lift the team and Ely eventually won 6–4. Scorers were Hannah Barrow (4), Ford and Vicky Moffat.
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The Blues seemed to have less trouble against Norwich and dominated from the start. Kendall, in particular, hit some superb shots and netted seven times. Two goals from Masterton and one from Chambers completed the 10–2 victory.
The Greens game against King’s Lynn started poorly with a break from defence giving Lynn an early lead which they kept until half-time. Ely raised their game considerably in the second half, scoring nine without reply. Ford and Hannah Barrow scored twice and there was a goal apiece for Heather Dunand, both Moffats and E Barrow.
The last match of the day saw the two Ely teams meet. The Blues started the brighter with Chambers netting early on. The Greens however started to find their best form and scored four.
Chambers scored again but the Greens soon added another for a 5–2 lead. They then used their passing to good effect to keep the ball, a further goal and limited chances for the Blues giving a final score of 6–2. Goals came from Hannah Barrow (2), Ford (2), Dunand and Vicky Moffat.