Rovers get the better of Alsop's 10-man Robins
PUBLISHED: 13:49 31 December 2012
ELY City's seven-match unbeaten run was brought to an end at the weekend as they went down 2-0 at Haverhill Rovers.
Alan Alsop’s men enjoyed a superb festive period, winning six and drawing one of their seven matches before two first half strikes from Haverhill consigned them to defeat.
The Robins were looking to get back on track again last night as the Ely Standard went to press (Wednesday) as they faced off against rivals Wisbech Town at the Unwin Ground.
Ely came into the match on the back of a creditable 1-1 draw with league leaders Mildenhall but looked out of sorts on Haverhill’s rain-sodden pitch.
Captain Lee Pacey was called upon to make two good savings in the opening 20 minutes before, in the 22nd minute, the hosts finally opened the scoring as the ball was poked home off an Ely defender following a scramble in the goalmouth.
The opening goal rattled the Robins and the hosts needed just a further four minutes to double their tally, a cross-shot from Neil Cogger catching Pacey unawares and sailing into the goal.
Josh Bridgeman forced an excellent save form the Haverhill keeper with a volley from range and Richard Chadwick headed narrowly wide as Ely tried to rally.
Any momentum they managed to achieve was quickly curtailed in the minutes before half-time though, as Luke Parkinson was handed a straight red card for reacting to a bad challenge.
Much of the play in the early stages of the second half was dictated by Haverhill as they made the most of their one-man advantage, though Ely kept Elliot Anderson honest in the home goal with some shots from distance.