Robins go down as Wisbech strike late

ELY City boss Dennis Lightning said his side were unlucky not to take at least a point from their tussle with Wisbech Town on Tuesday night.

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ELY City boss Dennis Lightning said his side were unlucky not to take at least a point from their tussle with Wisbech Town on Tuesday night.

Despite taking the lead early in the first half and having much the better of the play, the Robins were caught twice by Wisbech late on to loose out, a fact that boss Lightning said did not reflect the pattern of the match.


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“I was very dissapointed to be honest,” said Lightning. “I thought we outplayed them throughout the 90 minutes and should have been two or three goals up in the first half.

“I thought that we deserved a point if not more and it was a shame to lose out 100 per record this season like that.”

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After a frantic opening at the Fenland Stadium, the Robins were awarded a penalty following a clear handball from a Wisbech defender. Despite Ben Lawrence being well placed to nod home before the offence, the defender went unpunished by the referee but Dave Smith made no mistake from the spot and have Ely the lead.

Lawrence went close again minutes later for the visitors but he sent his close range header over the bar with the target beckoning.

The Robins continued to boss the game in the second half and could have stretched the lead once more through Andy Pettit only for the midfielder to head wide when well placed.

Wisbech grabbed their equaliser with 15 minutes remaining as veteran Andy Furnell rounded the keeper to slot home and in a manic last five minutes, the home side scored once again as Cousins floated into the Ely box and headed home.

Despite throwing numbers forward in the dying minutes, Wisbech held firm to register the win in front of a bumper 300 crowd at the Fenland Stadium.

Ely City will face Stanway Rovers at the Unwin Ground on Saturday in a bid to get back to winning ways but boss Lightning will be without six first team players due to injuries and work commitments.

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