THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION
Ely City 1
Haverhill Borough 0
Haverhill Borough slipped to a second successive 1-0 loss as they were defeated by a dominant Ely City outfit away from home on Saturday.
Borough had to weather early Ely pressure, with the home side gaining a number of corners in the first quarter of an hour.
The hosts’ Alex Theobald then broke through the right hand side of the Borough defence, forcing goalkeeper Charlie Turner into a good save.
Theobald’s strike partner Jack Saunders then shot wide from the edge of the penalty area, before Jonny Milne’s near post header finally brought the Borough attack into the game.
As the half ended, Ely gained in the ascendency again with Theobald and Saunders both peppering Turner’s goal but the visitors held firm.
Borough started the second half the better of the two sides and in their best period of the game created a couple of good opportunities.
First debutant Charlie Sigler reached the Ely by-line and pulled the ball back to striker Craig Pruden whose shot was well saved by Jake Alsop in the Ely goal.
Then Pruden broke through the Ely defence, and bore down into the penalty area, before the ball seemed to get stuck under his foot and the chance was cleared.
And he was left to rue his missed opportunity as Ely punished Borough in the 63rd minute, as Alex Knowles fired past Turner from the edge of the penalty area.
Ryan Swallow almost responded with a snap shot from the edge of the area a minute later that flashed wide of the post.
But despite late Haverhill pressure, Ely held out in the closing stages to earn a hard fought victory.
Borough: Turner, Geoghegan, Hardwick, Pater, Watson, Thomas ( Bailey 71) Halls (Farlie 76) Milne, Pruden, Swallow, Sigler.
nBorough were due to face Long Melford in a Thurlow Nunn League Cup tie last night, ahead of hosting March Town United on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to Wivenhoe Town on Wednesday (7.45pm).