Late Impey super strike gets Robins back to winning ways


Ely City 2 Haverhill Rovers 1

Relief filled the faces of a threadbare Ely City squad on Tuesday after the side registered their first win in the league since early January.

After throwing away a two-goal lead at Godmanchester Rovers on Saturday, the Robins turned in a battling performance to fight back from a goal down before taking maximum points, despite being without six first-team regulars.

In a less-than-inspiring first half, chances were kept at a minimum for both sides with neither managing to find the back of the net.

The deadlock was finally broken 12 minutes into the second half as Callum Harrison struck at the second time of asking after seeing his initial shot saved by Lee Pacey.

City responded almost instantaneously through Richard Gammon, however his goal-bound header in the 61st minute was cleared off the line.

The Robins levelled matters up 21 minutes from time through leading scorer Andrew Claydon, who nodded home from close range.

Just as it looked as though the points were to be shared, up popped makeshift centre-midfielder Nick Impey in the dying minutes to lash home a stunning strike from the edge the area, which cannoned in off the post to secure the victory for City.

“I felt that in the first half we didn’t want it enough and we gave them too much respect,” said Ely manager Alan Alsop. “But we worked hard in the second half and in the end we got the result.”

City visit Woodbridge Town on Saturday (3pm).