Robins Edge Thriller Against Haverhill
ELY City came from behind twice to secure a 3-2 victory over a plucky Haverhill side on Friday night (Nov 20). Though they had much the better of the running, the Robins contrived to hand the visitors the advantage on two occasions but a late rally saw th
ELY City came from behind twice to secure a 3-2 victory over a plucky Haverhill side on Friday night (Nov 20).
Though they had much the better of the running, the Robins contrived to hand the visitors the advantage on two occasions but a late rally saw them seal the a decisive victory.
The win moves Denis Lightning's men up into 18th position with five wins and 17 points to their name.
Despite a sodden pitch that conspired to make passing play difficult, the Robins settled quickly and forged the first real opening as Simon Warren fired just wide.
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After battling through the openings exchanges, the visitors also began to find their feet and made inroads into the Ely half via their wide men who, on several occasions, tested the respective full backs with some incisive runs.
It was just such an incisive run which saw the deadlock broken after 18 minutes as Harry Halls smashed home from 10 yards after the pull was pulled back from the by-line.
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The Robins regrouped after the setback and their quest for an equaliser was almost immediately rewarded when a Jamie Alsop free-kick was spilled by the Rovers keeper, only to be re-gathered on the line.
Richard Chadwick then had heads-in-hands around the Unwin ground as his turn and volley clattered off of the bar and down onto the line.
The tide of red attacks finally broke the home resolve with five minutes of the first-half remaining as another Alsop free-kick eluded the keeper and sailed straight into the net.
Ely resumed their assault after the half-time break but were stopped in their tracks four minutes in as Robins' centre-back Brady Stone, fired high into his own net.
The three-points were inches from being sealed for Haverhill on the hour mark as a scuffed clearance from Lee Pacey fell to a Haverhill striker yards from goal, only for the custodian to redeem himself with a dramatic point blank save.
Just two minutes later and parity was restored as Chadwick was hauled down in the visitors' box for a penalty which Robbie Mason made no mistake in netting.
With the scores level, both sides toiled at length to find the winner and the visitors once again came within inches of doing so when a whipped corner was scrambled off the line by Ely.
With a little more than 10 minutes left Ely were awarded another penalty after Scott Fielding was felled following a superb solo run into the box. Mason duly converted and sealed an arguably deserved win for the Robins.