Manager Brady Stone ends wait for FA Cup victory in charge of Ely City
After six failed attempts, Brady Stone finally knows how it feels to guide Ely City to victory in the Emirates FA Cup.
Ever since Stone and his assistant Martin Grey were appointed in 2014, a win in the world’s oldest cup competition had eluded the Robins.
But the wait is now over thanks to Saturday’s 2-1 extra preliminary round victory at Potton United, where Steve Holder was the Ely hero with both goals.
Stone said: “We have achieved a lot of things at the club but we had not won in the FA Cup – it is great to tick that off.
“It is such a nice feeling, especially doing it in charge of your hometown club.
“That win lands the club around £2,500 and that is huge for us, but it also gets us a place in the next round and even if we lose that you still get £900, so we have earned more than £3,000 this season.
“That will allow the club to pay off a couple of bills which is great.
“We did not play overly well at Potton but it always felt like we were comfortable. We missed quite a few chances but the win is all that matters.”
Match-winner Holder has made a habit of scoring key goals for Ely since his arrival in November last year.
The former Newmarket Town and Mildenhall Town forward, who scored the goal that secured Ely’s Step 5 status in 2018/19, broke the deadlock at the weekend with a header in the 35th minute.
Potton drew level after the restart but a preliminary round tie at higher-league Wisbech Town on August 24 was secured 15 minutes from time when Holder scored again from the penalty spot.
“When Holds signed for us he had not played a lot of football at the time and I think maybe he had lost a bit of interest,” added Stone.
“He helped us to stay up and has continued where he left off last season.
“Steve not only scores goals, he gets important goals. He is great to have at the club – on and off the pitch he offers so much experience.”
Ely will aim for a third straight Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division win tomorrow evening with the visit of Long Melford (7.45pm).