Five-star Yachtsmen proved too much to handle for Robins with a devastating display writes Darren Wiseman, leaving away keeper Jeckells with nowhere to hide.
Saturday was a beautiful, crisp November day by the broads. Trafford Park was a lush green, ready for the Yachtsmen to play the sort of football that had taken them to the second place in the Thurlow Nunn League.
The home team sheet went up just before kick-off, with many home supporters keen to know who was playing. The team was a strong one, George MacRae in goal with Chris Skipper and Isaac Burrage just in front of him at centre half. Mac Gee and Kieran Smith were full back with Joe Keeley and Jordan Bond on the wings. In central midfield captain Harley Black and Shaun Taylor with Nathan Stewart up front with Sonny Carey at 10.
A minutes silence was impeccably observed before kick off to remember the brave fallen this Remembrance weekend, and then we were off. Wroxham got play underway shooting towards the Kenny Cooke Stand, and the home side were soon setting the tone for a dominant half of football. Nathan Stewart discovered early that he had the pace to beat any of the Ely backline, and he was running in the channel to collect a long ball. He then cut inside but his shot was blocked from 10 yards.
On 7 minutes, Stewart was again involved, out running his marker to collect and play in Carey, his cross found Keeley, but his effort from the angle skewed wide of the near upright.
Ely were fighting hard to even get a toe-hold in the game, and on 16 minutes the Yachtsmen crafted another chance. A short corner routine set Stewart free along the byline, he played a sharp ball in but Isaac Burrage only managed to flick the ball just wide.
On 20 minutes Burrage would play a vital role in the home team taking the lead. Corner came in which Burrage did brilliantly to rise and meet, heading towards goal for Joe Keeley to turn and head home from one yard, ensuring the visiting keeper could not make a save.
Wroxham had Ely under pressure, but they did not let up. On the next attack Bond was set free and his cross bounced back off the crossbar and was cleared, but the Robins were having to deal with wave after wave of home attacks. As time ticked by you felt that the Yachtsmen would regret not having more to show for their dominance than a single goal, but on 30 mins they solved that issue.
Keeley and Gee linked together beautifully, and then as the ball came infield they found Stewart on the edge of the area. The lively number 9 took a touch and turned, and then bent his shot into the far corner, with Jeckells getting a hand to it but he was only able to help it in to the goal.
Wroxham scented blood now and they were all over the ragged visitors. With the front 4 or 5 repeatedly breaking at pace it only seemed a case of how many Wroxham wanted. On 32 minutes they had three goals with a wonderfully worked goal. Carey ran across the edge of the area, beating defenders for fun. When he reached the centre of the goal he simply stopped the ball right in the path of Stewart who grabbed his second with a perfectly placed effort into the bottom right corner from 20 yards.
Moments later, Stewart nearly had his first half hat trick. Set free by an inch perfect Bond through-ball Stewart raced clear, but on this occasion his touch let him down at the vital moment and Jeckells was able to gather.
10 minutes later Jeckells would be gathering the ball again, but this time from the back of his net. Ely conceded a free kick in the centre of the pitch, around 30 yards out. Black and Carey stood over it with a sizeable wall in front of them. Carey it was who took the shot, hitting the ball under the jumping wall to yet again put the ball in the bottom right corner of the net. It was the cherry on the top of a rather special first half cake, and the Yachtsmen trooped off at half time well pleased with their 45 minutes work.
Wroxham 4 Ely City 0
The second half could probably not start late enough for the visitors, but when we did get underway Wroxham were right back on it. Stewart, looking for a hat trick was again in the midst of the action, picking up the ball 25 yards from goal and having a try, but his effort was just wide of the upright.
Ely, to their credit, kept going and Scott Callaghan nearly grabbed them a good-looking goal. He picked the ball up 35 yards from the home goal and pinged a lobbed effort over MacRae but off the bar and behind. Wroxham had been warned that if they wanted a clean sheet to go with the potential rout, the needed to stay alert.
On 53 minutes Jordan Bond and Goodge came together in midfield. Bond came out on top with the ball going to Smith who was able to cross for Carey. His effort was excellently saved by Jeckells, but you could argue that he should have scored.
The game meandered a little in the middle of the second half, and rightly so. Wroxham had the points sewn up and Ely knew they were beaten. Both teams used their substitutes, and then we had a crazy couple of minutes to complete the match.
Firstly, on 83 minutes Harley Black was entrusted with a free kick in the middle of the Robins half. His ball to the back post found Mac Gee and the goal scoring full back was able to head into the left of the goal with the keeper well beaten for 5-0. This should have been it, but Wroxham chose this moment to fall asleep.
Ely kicked off and went straight up the other end. Substitute Rhys Mazey was in behind Smith and was able to cross for Sam Reed to bundle home from a yard out. After all the one-sided football that had preceded it, this goal came as a bit of a shock to make the final score 5-1.
Wroxham finish the day cementing their second place in the Thurlow Nunn League, with the El Clasico de Broadland to follow in the Senior Cup on the 17th against Norwich United at Trafford Park. If the Yachtsmen can keep up this form it should be a cracker!!
And Aston Cosford’s take on Saturday afternoon’s entertainment:
Autumn leaves flooded Trafford Park, as good times surely lurk in the distance for the Yachtsmen. They faced Ely City on a generally mild afternoon.
Wroxham currently on a roll, placed 2nd in the league and on a good run of results! Equal start for both teams, Wroxham almost finding a way to unlock Ely’s back three. Stewart for the Yachtsmen bursting quickly into this game, lots of energy.
Nineteen minutes in and Black came close to putting Wroxham 1-0 up from a very powerful shot from the edge of the area. That was until Wroxham did take the lead, Skipper made the most of a good cross into the Ely box, his header seemed to be claimed by Keeley who managed to get a touch on it before hitting the back of the net. Keeley couldn’t have scored one easier! 1-0 to Wroxham to supply their desired needs.
Wroxham cranked themselves into 6th gear, as Super Natty Stewart fired Wroxham 2-0 up. His thunderbolt from 20 yards out struck the right upright, and into the bottom corner. Superb from the young lad! Talking of Super Natty Stewart, surely he couldn’t repeat that cracker of a goal? Yes, he could. He put Wroxham 3-0 up in the 33rd minute and what a goal that was! A lovely bit of trickery from Carey, allowed him to find Stewart with the ball at his feet at the exact same place as last goal. He found the opposite corner of the net and what a first 33 minutes he has had!
A minute before half time, Wroxham made it 4! Yes before half time, you heard that right! Sonny Carey found the bottom left corner with delight from his free kick. Great strike, amazing half!
Following the second half whistle, MacRae was caught dangerously off his line and an outrageous shot from the Ely attacker bounced off the crossbar and out of play. Dangerous from MacRae. In the 54th minute Carey had a punt at goal from close range but was matched with a De Gea like save from the Ely keeper, top stuff. Carey almost found his third goal of the game, his shot from the edge of the box drifted towards the corner of the net, but the Karius lookalike keeper did well again to keep his side 4-0 down.
Wroxham truly showing their five-star class today, Ely had hardly any of the possession, the Yachtsmen’s counter attacking play ruptures Ely’s defence. Anddddd, Wroxham made it five with a headed goal from Gee. A teasing cross into the box was well put away. However, Ely hit back with a tap in from Reed totally against the run of play.
Full time, three points, 5-1, 2nd in the league! UTY!