NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Ely City see off the relegated Wanderers to end wait for a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division win
PUBLISHED: 09:48 02 May 2018
Ely City's long wait for a Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division win is over.
The Robins snapped a nine-match run without league success when beating relegated Ipswich Wanderers last night.
Brady Stone’s men delivered a dominant display in a 3-0 triumph at the Ellgia Stadium when only the combination of the woodwork and an impressive visiting goalkeeper denied them a far more emphatic margin of victory.
Sam Reed made an early breakthrough when burying a Deakan Napier pass.
City doubled their lead 10 minutes into the second half when captain Jamie Alsop’s corner was headed in by Ash Walter.
And victory was sealed late on when Reed struck for the second time after producing another cool finish following an Alex Theobald pass.
“It’s great to get the result and a clean sheet was an added bonus,” admitted Stone.
“The run without a win was disappointing, but we only really played poorly in two of the games during that time.
“We produced a very good performance against Ipswich Wanderers. We worked hard, we were disciplined, we created good chances and we could have scored a lot more.
“We hit post and bar, their goalkeeper made good saves and others were cleared off the line.
“The lads could have switched off after winning the county cup last week, but they’ve kept going and got their rewards for the hard work.”
Ely were beaten by the same 3-0 scoreline at Kirkley & Pakefield last Saturday when fielding a depleted side. Stone only had nine first-team regulars available for that trip.
City complete their season this weekend when having their final two Premier Division outings.
They host relegated Hadleigh on Staurday when running a ‘pay what you want’ admission initiative which they hope will attract a big crowd to the Ellgia Stadium.
And the curtain comes down on the campaign on Bank Holiday Monday when Stone’s side travel to Godmanchester Rovers.
Stone added: “We’ve already hit our targets for the season by winning a trophy and reaching 60 points in the league. We’ll now aim to finish as strongly as we can.”