Robins pass a test of character
RIDGEONS LEAGUE, FIRST DIVISION Great Yarmouth 0 Ely City 2 FIRST-HALF goals from Robbie Mason and Martin Westcott kept Ely s unbeaten league run to four games. Ely manager Dennis Lightning kept the same base of the team that had endured two exhausting F
Great Yarmouth 0 Ely City 2
FIRST-HALF goals from Robbie Mason and Martin Westcott kept Ely's unbeaten league run to four games.
Ely manager Dennis Lightning kept the same base of the team that had endured two exhausting FA Vase matches against Wisbech, both of which went to extra-time, with Westcott the only player brought into the starting line-up.
But the players' strength of character shone through as they proved they were able to raise themselves and put the cup disappointment behind them.
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The Robins took the lead after four minutes when Mark Johnson crossed into the box and Mason cleverly let the ball run through his legs, before back-heeling into the net. Ely continued to attack and created several chances before doubling their lead in the 44th minute, when James Reeves made a good run down the right and crossed to the near post for Westcott to finish.
Ely then sat back and defended their lead in the second half, when tiredness kicked in, and a solid defensive performance ensured they picked up their third successive clean sheet in the league and took all three points.
Lightning said: "The disappointment of going out in the Vase could have easily affected the players, but it didn't, they showed maturity, professionalism, strength of character and self belief to put it behind them and concentrate on the league.."
n For a report on Ely's Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup match against Great Shelford on Tuesday, turn to page 39.