Robins start season with disappointing defeat

Ely pulled a goal back late on but it wasn't enough against Gorleston Picture: James Bass

Ely pulled a goal back late on but it wasn't enough against Gorleston Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

Thurlow Nunn Premier Division Gorleston 3 Ely City 1

Gorleston, in green, ran out comfortable winners over Ely Picture: James Bass

Gorleston, in green, ran out comfortable winners over Ely Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

THE Robins opened their 2013/14 account with a disappointing defeat at league favourites Gorleston.

When Alan Alsop’s side visited this part of Norfolk late last season, they were subjected to an 8-1 hammering, albeit with their status in the league secure and the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup already in the trophy cabinet.

It was all to play for on Saturday, however, but the Robins were again left wanting as Gorleston eased to the win.

Keegan Middleton opened the scoring in the 25th minute for the hosts after following up Bradley Hough’s effort to ram the ball home. The made it 2-0 when Hough finished off some fine approach play by Finch.

It was game over midway through the second half when Nathan Stone fired home. Richard Chadwick pulled one back for Ely but it was too little too late.

Alsop’s charges will be back in action again on Tuesday evening as they host Newmarket Town at the Unwin Ground.