Ely look to end FA Cup hoodoo
Assistant manager Martin Grey is hoping Ely City can tick off another achievement on Saturday when they travel to Northampton Sileby Rangers in the extra preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup (3pm).
Grey and boss Brady Stone have accomplished plenty since taking over the Robins in 2014, including winning promotion back to the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division and lifting the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup last season.
However, in three previous attempts the management team have not been able to win an FA Cup tie, going out to Holbeach United twice and Deeping Rangers once.
It is a trend that Grey is keen for the Robins – 3-1 winners over Framlingham Town on the opening day – to break this time around.
“Saturday is for the players and them trying to go on a run, but for me and Brady it would be another thing to tick off the list,” said Grey, who oversaw Tuesday’s 2-0 derby win over Newmarket Town in the absence of Stone, who was ill.
“We are always trying to achieve new things and not being able to win an FA Cup game is a big thing we want to change.
“Hopefully we are due a decent run in the cup and the finances that would bring to the club would be massive for us.”
This weekend’s opponents play a step lower than Ely, having been relegated from the United Counties League Premier Division last season.
Nevertheless, after experiencing the same fate with Ely shortly after arriving, Grey has insisted there will be no complacency from his side.
“We are not going there thinking it will be easy,” he added.
“They got relegated last season, but we know from when we got relegated you can completely change your squad and that gives you a lift.
“They won their first league game so they will be confident, but we have won our first two as well so it should be a good game.”
Jamie Alsop, Lee Reed and Lewis Hook will all miss the game.