Great Yarmouth Town 2-1 Ely City: late heartbreak yet again for Brady Stone’s men

Yarmouth goalkeeper, Elvijs Putnins, punches the ball away. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Yarmouth goalkeeper, Elvijs Putnins, punches the ball away. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

Ely City were left heartbroken by a late goal for the second time in five days as they were sent to defeat to Great Yarmouth Town on Saturday.

The Robins made the trip to the coast to meet fellow promoted side Yarmouth, and looked to have snatched all three points after Ash Walters deft head 20 minutes from time.

However, another penalty and another late strike proved to be the undoing for Brady Stone’s men, who are now hovering above the relegation zone in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division after three consecutive defeats.

Stone reshuffled his pack for the Robins’ trip to Yarmouth, with Dominic Hunt and Spencer Saberton coming in to strengthen the Ely defence.

The first half was a cagey affair, with the only real chances falling to Alex Theobald and Yarmouth’s Mitch Forbes.

The Bloaters did have the ball in the net in the first period after Lee Roots ghosted in at the far post, but the assistant referee deemed him to be in an offside position.

The deadlock was eventually broken 25 minutes into the second half when Craig Neal’s cross was met in the air by Ash Walter, who flicked a neat header into the net.

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Sensing an unlikely home defeat Yarmouth flooded forward and Walter quickly went from hero to zero by conceding a penalty six minutes from time.

The spot-kick was duly converted by Forbes, who broke Ely hearts four minutes later when he was allowed to sprint through the Robins defence and slot the winner home past Harry Reynolds.

Stone’s men will look for redemption in their FA Vase clash with Kirkley & Pakefield this Saturday (3pm).