Robins Snatch Injury Time Winner
PUBLISHED: 11:38 09 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010
ELY City pulled off a stunning late comeback to snatch a 3-2 victory against a hapless Norwich United side. Two goals in three minutes, including a ninety-second minute winner, saw Denis Lightning s men grab all three points from the very precipice of a d
ELY City pulled off a stunning late comeback to snatch a 3-2 victory against a hapless Norwich United side.
Two goals in three minutes, including a ninety-second minute winner, saw Denis Lightning's men grab all three points from the very precipice of a damaging defeat.
Chairman Bob Button, said: "At 2-1 down going into the final minutes we would have settled for the point, but we managed to take all three and that was great.
"Most of the teams around us lost out so it was especially good to have got the three points on the day."
Notwithstanding the late flourish, the Robins were made to work hard throughout the game and found themselves up against it early as they slipped behind.
Ely's Tim Catley found himself caught in the goalkeeping void for the opener as, just shy of half-time, he was stranded well clear of his goal allowing the opposition striker to streak home and score.
Clearly stung with the consequences of the possible loss at half-time, the Robins soon got themselves back on terms in the second-half as Nick Impey fired home.
Despite their lowly league standing, Norwich United performed with all the guile of the average promotion chasing side and kept up the fight admirably. Their hard work was rewarded midway through the half as they were gifted, and duly converted, a penalty.
The home side toiled at length to salvage something from the game but looked to be chasing a lost cause as the game entered the last two minutes.
Not so however, as Ben Lawrence, as strong a contender as any for player of the season, resumed his mantle as go-to man in times of crises, fired in one of his now customary long throws which, following the now customary defensive panic, was volleyed home from six yards by Dale Archer.
Riding the wave of momentum that had swung in their favour, Ely swept upfield from the restart and inexplicably netted again as Simon Warren stooped low to nod home from a corner which missed the mass of bodies in the United box.
The win sees Ely climb toward mid-table respectability with a tally of 31 points now aside their name.
Ely City will be holding a sponsored walk on May 9 to raise funds for the club. The walk, which aims to raise money for new nets, stanchions and goalposts for the club, will start and finish at the Unwin Ground with anyone interested in taking part advised to visit the website: www.elycityfc.com.