Blockbuster seals a hard-fought win

PUBLISHED: 14:55 01 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:45 04 May 2010

Ridgeons Group marketing director Steve Sutton presents Ely City officials with their charity cheque

Ridgeons Group marketing director Steve Sutton presents Ely City officials with their charity cheque

RIDGEONS FIRST DIVISION Ely City 2 Thetford Town 0 City remain top of the table on goal difference after a hard-fought victory against lowly Thetford, sealed by an 87th minute blockbuster from Andy Chatters. Up until that point City had struggled justify

RIDGEONS FIRST DIVISION

Ely City 2 Thetford Town 0

City remain top of the table on goal difference after a hard-fought victory against lowly Thetford, sealed by an 87th minute blockbuster from Andy Chatters.

Up until that point City had struggled justify the 14-place gap between the two sides at the start of play, despite taking a 10th minute lead.

A powerful header from Robbie Mason was ruled out for offside as Ely tried to establish an early foothold in the game, but Nick Impey's strike did count following some good work by the lively Mark Johnston.

Thetford's Mark Fowler blazed a header over the top when well placed to equalise after 25 minutes, and soon afterwards a free-kick from Chatters was turned over the bar by Snowdon in the Thetford goal.

Impey might have scored again two minutes after the interval, but his acute-angled drive was cleared by a sliding Thetford defender.

Brady Stone then nodded a corner over the bar before the visitors pressed forward once more in search of the equaliser.

They were unlucky not to receive a free-kick in a dangerous position after a foul on the edge of the box, but continued to look threatening until Chatters clinched the points with just three minutes remaining.

Snowdon didn't even have time to move as the 25-yard shot from

Chatters ripped into the roof of the net behind him.

- Before the match, Ely were presented with their December Ridgeons Team of the Month Award, having been adjudged to have the best overall playing and disciplinary record during that month. City received a cheque for £150 and a further cheque for £100 to their chosen charity - the East Anglian Children's Hospice in Milton.

- City travel to Haverhill Rovers tomorrow night (Friday) for a 7.45 kick off. They go to Suffolk again on the following Tuesday for a Ridgeons League Cup quarter-final tie at Lowestoft Town.

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