Turner takes the positives despite back-to-back defeats for Ely

Ely City FC v Walsham le Willows

Ely City FC v Walsham le Willows - Credit: Archant

Football Ely City 0 Fakenham Town 2

Back row: Sam Turner, Martin Grey, Ben Amery, Sam Goodge, James Tricks, Ash Walter, Jack Johnson, Be

Back row: Sam Turner, Martin Grey, Ben Amery, Sam Goodge, James Tricks, Ash Walter, Jack Johnson, Ben Fox, Nathan Littlefair, Richard Gammon and Brady Stone. Front row: Cameron Robb, Alex Bailey, Matt Morris, Josh Sewell, James Seymour, Liam Griffin, Luke Fretwell and Rory Hutton. - Credit: Archant

Ely City’s director of football remains optimistic for this season despite seeing the Robins lose both their opening league fixtures.

Sam Turner said Ely were unfortunate not to have come away with more from games against Walsham-le-Willows and Fakenham, in which they went down by identical 2-0 score-lines.

But Turner said there is more to come from a new-look and young Robins side, which has undergone wholesale changes over the summer.

He said: “We are more than happy with our performances, we just need that little bit of luck and consistency in front of goal.

“Although we did not dominate Fakenham as well as Walsham on Saturday, we created enough chances to gain some reward from the game, and although disappointed with the result, we move onto Saturday with alot of confidence in what is a big game for our club.”

The Ghosts took the lead in the 36th minute as James Page fired home from the penalty spot. And the visitors doubled their tally just a minute later as Ben Boyce mopped up from close range after Sam Garner had hit the bar.

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City went into Tuesday night’s clash on the back of 2-0 opening-day defeat to Walsham-le-Willows at the Unwin Ground.

Ely’s director of football, Sam Turner, said: “Despite a narrow defeat, the lads put in a great shift and played some nice attractive football.

“We could have scored three or four times in the opening 25 minutes and created good chances in the second half, so only positives have been taken and we move onto our next fixtures.”

The defeats leave Ely third from the bottom of the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, with only goal difference separating them from bottom side, Diss Town.

Ely will be back in action again on Saturday when they travel to Kirkley and Pakefield in the extra preliminary round of the FA Cup. Kick off is 3pm.