Three wins down, six to go as Ely City march on towards FA Vase success

Brady Stone.

Brady Stone. - Credit: Archant

Ely City are just six wins away from realising their Wembley dream.

The Robins booked their place in the second round proper of the FA Vase courtesy of a classy 3-1 success over UCL Premier Division side Northampton ON Chenecks last Saturday. There they will face Essex Senior Division side Wadham Lodge on November 12.

If Ely can overcome the London club next month then only five matches will stand between them and a place in the final of the competition, which takes place at the country’s most iconic stadium on May 21, 2017.

However, manager Brady Stone is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and praised his men for their recent winning display.

“It was an excellent all-round performance,” he said.

“They have a lovely pitch there so we were allowed to get the ball down and play. We had great chances and it’s pleasing to see us score two goals from set plays as we worked on them in training on Tuesday.”

Ely fell behind early on but fired back through George Darling and a Tom Williams double to arrange a meeting with Wadham next month.

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The Londoners have experienced a similar campaign to Ely and sit in 15th in their division, and Stone admits he is pleased with the draw.

“We always want to play someone in a different division to us,” he said.

“They’re in a similar position to us but they’ve come off a good result at the weekend [a 2-1 win over Hertford Town].

“We’ll have to be careful, but it’s definitely a game I think we can win.”

Ely return to Thurlow Nunn Premier Division action this weekend with a tricky tie away at second-placed Stanway Rovers.

The Rovers have won their last three matches in all competitions, but Stone believes his men can cause an upset.

“Stanway is always a tough place to go,” he said.

“They’ve been in good form this season and play very direct.

“We played well there last time and only lost 3-2, so if we can go there with the right attitude then I’m sure we can get something.”

Stone also plans to bring in two new recruits to replace James Seymour and Mason Newman, who left the club last week.

“We’ve already put in a seven day approach for one player and will hopefully be able to bring the other in within the next two or three weeks,” he said.