NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: City chief admits his men face a ‘must-win’ clash

Harry Reynolds was back between the sticks for Ely City in their draw at Framlingham last Saturday.

Harry Reynolds was back between the sticks for Ely City in their draw at Framlingham last Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Ely City manager Brady Stone admits his side face a ‘must-win’ fixture this Saturday.

The Robins host rock-bottom Great Yarmouth Town in a crucial Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division clash at the Ellgia Stadium, 3pm.

And Stone insists it is vital his side collect all three points to continue their mini-revival and ease their relegation fears.

City went 10 league games without a victory until beating Long Melford in their last home outing on November 24 and they followed that up with another positive result when drawing 3-3 at second-bottom Framlingham Town last Saturday.

The Robins twice came from behind before being pegged back by a late leveller in six-goal thriller.

The hosts hit the front before Sam Reed levelled for City in the first half, but they fell behind again early in the second period.

They saw a stonewall penalty appeal, after what appeared to be a handling offence on the line, ignored but were then given a spot-kick following a far less obvious handball.

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Recent signing Steve Holder made no mistake to tuck away his second goal in as many appearance since arriving at City from Diss Town.

And Holder was also involved as they hit the front with a quarter-of-an-hour to go courtesy of a high-class goal.

The frontman linked with Alex Brown who then laid on a second for Reed, but City couldn’t hold onto their advantage as the hosts hit back to level with eight minutes to go.

“It was important not to lose at Framlingham after the long overdue win the previous weekend,” said Stone. “But in all honesty we probably should have got another three points.

“We missed some good chances and we could have done better with the goals we did concede. We pinpointed the main Framlingham threat and it was disappointing we didn’t take that on board as he created their second goal and scored the equaliser.

“But we played some good football going forward and it’s great to see us scoring plenty of goals after seven in the last two games.

“We now have to make sure we win this Saturday. We’re at home to the team sitting bottom of the league and, while we know it won’t be easy, we need three points.

“It’s a must-win for us in all honesty. We managed to beat them at their place and that’s the goal again.”

A familiar face was back between the sticks for City last Saturday.

Harry Reynolds, who was the club’s number one for the last two-and-a-half seasons, was drafted in with regular keeper Evan Jeckells unavailable due to work commitments.

Reynolds left City in the summer for Step 3 side St Neots Town and has played regularly for them lately until being replaced by Cambridge United youngster Finlay Iron as that club’s first-choice last week.

Stone added: “Harry is the best signing I’ve made in my five years as manager of this football club. He is a terrific goalkeeper and no-one was more delighted than me to see him step up a couple of levels in the summer.

“It doesn’t seem to be working out for his at St Neots for one reason or another, and we were delighted to be able to welcome him back for the game at Framlingham.

“Harry is still a St Neots player as things stand, but we’ll keep an eye on the situation.”