NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Beat Wivenhoe Town and we’ll stay up, says Ely City boss Brady Stone

Ely City are all but safe from relegation if they beat Wivenhoe Town this Saturday, according to man

Ely City are all but safe from relegation if they beat Wivenhoe Town this Saturday, according to manager Brady Stone. - Credit: Archant

Ely City boss Brady Stone has identified this weekend’s game with Wivenhoe Town as the game that could secure the Robins’ Thurlow Nunn Premier Division status.

Ely flirted with the relegation zone throughout the first half of the season but lifted themselves clear of the drop zone thanks to an impressive post-Christmas run of results.

The Robins now sit 11 points above Wivenhoe, who occupy the first of the relegation places, and Stone says that if his men can beat the Essex side at the Unwin it will all but secure their safety.

“Wivenhoe are fighting and it’s still tight down at the bottom of the table,” he said.

“If we can beat them then we’ll go 14 points clear of the relegation zone, so Saturday’s game could be the game that makes us safe.

“We wouldn’t be mathematically safe but it would mean that Wivenhoe would have to win five of their last seven games and getting the win would give us a massive psychological boost.”

Ely missed the chance to extend the gap between themselves and the drop zone this week with two consecutive 2-2 draws.

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The Robins were denied the three points by a late leveller in their trip to Thetford Town on Saturday, before snatching a point late on themselves when they hosted lowly Swaffham Town last night.

“The most disappointing thing is we’ve started to concede goals again,” Stone said.

“We’ve conceded eight in our last four now and although we’re not losing the games, we’ve started to let goals in.

“The players are still working hard and putting the effort in but I think we’ve been guilty of switching off at certain stages and we’ve been made to pay for that.

“The concentration levels have dipped and we need to make sure we stay fully focussed.”