Video & Gallery: Robins lose 2-1 to Felixstowe
TREVOR Munns reign as boss of Ely City got off to a bad start as he saw his side beaten 2-1 at home to Felixstowe and Walton. Though Ely controlled the game for long periods, they were made to pay for two momentary lapses of concentration in the first hal
TREVOR Munns reign as boss of Ely City got off to a bad start as he saw his side beaten 2-1 at home to Felixstowe and Walton.
Though Ely controlled the game for long periods, they were made to pay for two momentary lapses of concentration in the first half which allowed the opportunistic visitors to steal the points.
New boss Munns, said: "I think a point was the least we deserved from the game. We had a lot of corners throughout the ninety minutes and I think we controlled the play in the second half."
Both sides started the game brightly with decent opportunities to take an early lead. Ely saw a headed effort scrambled clear following a good save while Felixstowe's Duane Wright slid wide from 18 yards when he perhaps should have done better.
Though the game settled somewhat after the frenetic opening exchanges, it still proved an absorbing contest as the respective midfields grappled for supremacy.
And it was to be Felixstowe who came off the better as a lurking Gavin Crane preyed upon a loose ball to poke past former Soham keeper Sean Greygoose, in the home goal to hand the visitors a lead.
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Ely were startled by the plundering setback and failed to reorganise quickly, affording Felixstowe a second goal as midfielder Paul Berry found a yard of space enough to flash across goal and into the bottom corner.
It became sorely apparent in the opening minutes of the second half that Felixstowe were keen to wrap up the points and they came within inches of doing so as a header rattled the bar.
Ely were stirred by their piece of good fortune and, for the remainder of the half, they launched wave after wave of attack on a weakening Felixstowe side, who were content to play no further part in attack.
The home side came close to scoring on a number of occasions in the ensuing minutes but good opportunities for Jamie Alsop and Simon Warren both slipped wide.
The introduction of Dale Archer gave Ely renewed energy going forward and it was the bustling strikers' fine volleyed goal that would make for a frantic last couple of minutes.
With little more than 30 seconds left Ely came within a matter of inches from netting an equaliser as the ball broke lose in the six yard area. Despite the ensuing pinball between goal line and attackers however, Ely failed to score and the felt the bitter frustration of the final whistle just seconds later.