NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Silly mistakes are costing us, admits Ely City boss Brady Stone after Haverhill Rovers draw

PUBLISHED: 10:09 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:09 25 October 2017

Sam Goodge scored from the spot but it wasn't enough to send Ely City to a win at Stowmarket Town on Saturday. Photo: Richard Marsham

Sam Goodge scored from the spot but it wasn't enough to send Ely City to a win at Stowmarket Town on Saturday. Photo: Richard Marsham

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Brady Stone says Ely City have to stop making silly mistakes after another error cost them three points last night.

Sam Goodge had given the Robins the lead in their Thurlow Nunn Premier Division clash with Haverhill Rovers but a defensive error allowed Mitchell Burr to equalise in the second half at the Ellgia Stadium.

“It was a scrappy game. It was only ever going to finish 0-0, 1-0 or 1-1. They didn’t really look like scoring and neither did we so a draw is probably a fair result,” Stone said.

“We gave away another sloppy goal which has been our Achilles heel this season.

“There were five opportunities to stop the goal which is disappointing. We need to stop these silly mistakes creeping back in because they’re stopping us getting the three points.”

Stone also praised midfielder Goodge who netted his third goal in two games in Ely’s draw with Haverhill.

The club stalwart missed the majority of last season through injury but has found the net four times so far this term – including both of Ely’s goals in their 4-2 defeat to Stowmarket Town last Saturday.

“We used to play Sam out on the wing when we didn’t have a lot of cover but since he’s been back we’ve played him in central midfield and he’s been brilliant,” said Stone.

“He’s massive for us – he’s an Ely boy, always gives 100 per cent and him and James Seymour have made a real partnership in midfield.

“His work-rate is brilliant and I’m delighted to see him fit and kicking on again.”

Ely now face a run of three tricky games before they begin this season’s FA Vase campaign on November 11.

The Robins were drawn with Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division side Tring Athletic on Monday but come up against Thetford Town, Wisbech St Mary in the League Cup on Tuesday and Ipswich Wanderers before their visit to Hertfordshire next month.

“I think the FA Vase is all about playing teams from other leagues and having good away days,” Stone said.

“We don’t know too much about them but it’s definitely a winnable game. But before that we have to think about the other games, starting with Thetford on Saturday which will be very tough as they’re a good side.”

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