Alsop looks to re-enforcements ahead of tricky Norwich tie
PUBLISHED: 15:39 12 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:39 12 September 2013
Kirkley and Pakefield 0
Ely City 2
ALAN Alsop is looking to bring in “two or three” new players to bolster his squad ahead of the key pre-Christmas run, he revealed this week.
The Robins have endured a difficult start to the season so far - losing five out of seven matches - and have suffered with regular injuries and unavailability but Alsop hopes a change in luck and some additions to the squad will help turn the tide.
He said: “I am talking to a few players at the moment about coming in and we are also hoping to bring in a Portuguese lad subject to him getting a work permit.
“We lost Luke Parkinson to Haverhill and we have quite a few players missing at the moment so we will need to add a few new faces, maybe two in midfield and another striker.”
The Robins managed only their second win of the season on Saturday, a 2-0 win against Kirkley & Pakefield but the Robins boss hopes it is a sign that their luck is turning.
Alsop’s side survived a penalty shout before taking the lead in the 26th minute as a long throw was headed clear of the box and into the path of Stuart Walker, who rifled it into the top corner.
Lee Pacey made some good saves from Tarren Grint and Kyle Baker to keep Ely noses in front before, with half-time looming, Austen Diaper got the better of defenders to bundle the ball over the line from close range.
Alsop said: “We have made some silly mistakes this season and we have punished for them every single time but I think we had a little bit of luck on Saturday and got the win which we deserved, it was a workmanlike performance.
“We are facing Norwich United on Saturday, who are top of the table, and we will be missing a few through work commitments so I am going to have to set up and try and compete with them. Hopefully the luck will stay with us.”