Simpson’s solitary strike seals the points

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Ely City 1

March Town 0

Substitute Matthew Simpson proved the match winner for high-flying Ely City as his solitary first-half strike was enough to overcome visiting March Town.

In what proved a somewhat forgettable first 45 minutes, Simpson replaced the injured Alex Theobald after 36 minutes and had an quick impact breaking the deadlock seven minutes later.

Chasing a long punt upfield, the forward’s efforts looked in vain as Town goalkeeper David Beeney looked set to collect after racing off his line. However, what should have been a routine gather of the ball, saw the custodian fumble allowing Simpson to prod the ball into the unguarded net.

That momentum continued with the home side after the interval who again went close after 52 minutes. A flowing move from right to left saw James Seymour find Simpson unmarked in the area but the striker could not capitalise as his low drilled effort was well saved by Beeney.

Luke Brown then fired an effort straight at the goalkeeper, before the same player was denied to adding a second again aftewr 71 minutes as the visitors desperately cleared a goalmouth scramble from their line.

March began to grow into the game as Lewis McManus tested Harry Reynolds with a quickly taken shot in the area, before Matt Barber saw a drilled right-footed effort whistle past the upright with 10 minutes remaining.

Sam Goodge then missed a guilt edge chance to double Ely’s advantage with five minutes remaining, firing over wildly inside the area, while at the other end March substitute Matthew Cox headed over a cross from Barber.

Moments from the end, March spurned an opportunity to snatch a share of the spoils as Barber sliced a first time right-footed effort wide of Reynolds’ post as Ely held on for a second successive win to keep them second in the league.

Ely: Reynolds, Jeffrey, Saberton, Griffin, Littlefair, Sewell, Brown, Walter, Theobald (Simpson 36), Seymour, Goodge

Journal man of the match: Sam Goodge. A constant threat throughout.