NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Theobald strikes late on to hand Ely City their second straight victory

Alex Theobald was the match winner in Ely City's 2-1 victory over Haverhill Borough last night.

Alex Theobald was the match winner in Ely City's 2-1 victory over Haverhill Borough last night. - Credit: Archant

Brady Stone says everything went wrong in Ely City’s game with Haverhill Borough last night – apart from the result.

The Robins found it difficult to adapt to the 3G surface in Suffolk but managed to snatch all three points thanks to star striker Alex Theobald, who fired in a late winner to hand Stone’s men a 2-1 win.

Theobald lashed the ball home with seconds remaining after fellow substitute Jonathan Brown had cancelled out a Haverhill opener in the second half, but Stone admits that his side were lucky to take one point – let alone all three – from the encounter.

“Last night was a disaster. Everything went wrong until the last 15 minutes when we all pulled together and managed to win the game,” he said.

“We looked a little bit tired after the busy start we’ve had and we couldn’t get going on the 3G pitch.

“We couldn’t even manage five yard passes and Haverhill looked lively and were the better team but I can’t fault the work ethic from the boys.

“The performance was awful but the work ethic was fantastic and if you can play badly and still take all three points then it shows you are a good team.”

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Ely have now picked up six points from their last two games having defeated FC Clacton 1-0 last Saturday, and Stone has set his sights on making that nine points this Saturday when his side welcome Walsham le Willows to the Ellgia Stadium (3pm).

“It’s been a really positive couple of results,” Stone said.

“We said before the weekend that the goal was to take six points from these two games and we’ve done that.

“We want a top half finish and to take seven points from an available 12 isn’t a bad start.

“Overall it’s been a good week and if we can beat Walsham le Willows on Saturday then it will have been an excellent one.”

The Robins have also been boosted by the return of Sam Goodge. The midfielder, who rose through the youth ranks at Ely, trained with Newmarket Town during pre-season but goes straight into Stone’s squad for the visit of Walsham.