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PUBLISHED: 12:14 07 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010
RIDGEONS LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION Ely City 6 Gorleston 0 ELY continued their perfect response to last Saturday s nightmare at Saffron Walden by smashing in three goals in each half to emphatically claim their second win in a week. After losing 4-1 and havi
Ely City 6 Gorleston 0
ELY continued their perfect response to last Saturday's nightmare at Saffron Walden by smashing in three goals in each half to emphatically claim their second win in a week.
After losing 4-1 and having two players sent off in their last league match, The Robins displayed tremendous character to bounce back with an impressive 2-1 victory over King's Lynn Reserves in the Ridgeons League Cup the following midweek.
Then, on Saturday, they produced a stunning display to outclass mid-table Gorleston in a game where The Robins could have scored 10.
Recent signing Tom Beech opened the scoring after 11 minutes when his mis-hit shot from inside the penalty area evaded the visitors' goalkeeper. Nick Impey doubled Ely's lead minutes later, when he made a clever run across his marker and finished clinically at the near post after a good cross from the right.
Ely continued to play at a high tempo right up until half-time and were rewarded when captain Andy Chatters whipped in a superb free-kick from the right and Simon Warren finished with a glancing header just before the break.
Gorleston have proved this season that they are capable of beating top sides so as the teams came out for the second half the next goal was crucial. And when Beech doubled his tally for the afternoon, by turning the ball into the left corner of the net from just inside the penalty area, early in the second period, Ely were cruising.
Spaces started to open up all over the pitch and Ely enjoyed a relentless assault on the visitors' goal.
Mark Johnson made it 5-0 when he calmly side-footed the ball home after a cross from the left, before Impey beat the offside trap and rounded the keeper to complete the rout 10 minutes from time.
Ely manager Dennis Lightning said: "We got it just right. Gorleston have some talented young players, so we got right at them and gave them no space or time on the ball. We played some magnificent football and it was pleasing to see that we continued playing at a high tempo, even when the game was won."
# Ely's next match is away to Stowmarket Town in the league on Saturday.