National league hopes are over

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Ely Roller Hockey Club’s hopes of winning National Division One effectively ended after a heavy defeat to Soham.

The Cambridgeshire side looked to have got 
their tactics spot on 
against the England Under-17 side as they established a two-goal lead through Nico Pembrey’s brace.

England hit back with a goal either side of half-time to level, but Ely were rewarded for a last-gasp push as Max Dunand found a winner with 20 seconds to go.

Ely thrashed Sheffield in their next game, with Max Dunand scoring the bulk of the goals after netting on six occasions.

These were added to by a second successive brace for Pembrey and a goal for Heather Dunand.

A mixture of clinical finishing and poor back post marking saw Ely go in 8-0 down at the break against Soham.

Ely were rewarded for their spirited display by with late goals from Max Dunand and Barrow, but Soham scored a further four times to make the final score 12-3 in their favour.

In the latest Eastern Counties Schoolboys League fixtures, Ely mustered a draw and a win by default.

After losing to King’s Lynn 5-1 and Letchworth 
7-2, Ely claimed a 
draw against Peterborough, before being handed the points against Sudbury, who fielded an over-age 

In the Eastern Counties Minors League, Ely gained their first win with of the campaign with a 7-4 victory over Walpole with Alfie Newton netting on four occasions and Connor Adams bagging a