Robins eye late surge to move off the bottom

Ely City manager, Brady Stone.

Ely City manager, Brady Stone. - Credit: Archant

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Robins boss Brady Stone says his side “still have plenty to play for” despite their relegation already being confirmed.

Stone is keen to see his side avoid finishing the season bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division and is aiming for two wins from his side’s final two games of the season.

He said: “We’ve said to the lads that they still have plenty to play for because we don’t want to finish bottom and there are to important games to come, including one against Wivenhoe Town, who are still fighting relegation.”

Stone was speaking after he saw his side miss out on all three points at Diss, with a late goal from the hosts handing them a share of the spoils. Stone said the point was “a fair result for both sides”.

He said: “It was tough game for us because we were missing two or three players with niggling injuries so we only had a squad of 13, which included myself.

“But we started really well and took the lead after about 15 minutes through Alex Knowles, who took his goal very well. For the first 30 minutes we worked hard and were the better team but after that we seemed to hit a wall.

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“In the second half Diss put us up against it and although we looked dangerous on the break, a draw was a fair result for both sides.”

Stone singled out youngster Lewis Hook for particular praise, the teenager from Ely having enjoyed an impressive start to his career in senior football with the Robins.

He said: “He has all the ability in the world and we are looking forward to making him a part of our squad for next season.”

The point kept Ely within two points of Diss, with two matches left to play.

Ely are back in action again on Saturday when they welcome high-flying Stanway Rovers to the Unwin Ground. Kick off is 3pm.

City finish the season on May 2 when they travel to struggling Wivenhoe Town.