By Rob Binns
Woodbridge Town’s first home match since November saw their four-month winless run finally come to an end, beating Ely City 2-0.
Andrew Crowe netted both goals inside the opening 10 minutes to ensure the return the Homestyle Ground was marked with a win.
The Peckers took the lead after two minutes when Callum Harvey switched the play to his fellow wing-back Ryan Keeble who whipped in a delicious cross to the back post which Crowe was on hand to head home expertly.
The visitors almost instantly equalised when Alfie Stronge was called into action to beat the striker to a long ball but he could only clear as far as Rocco Smith. He took a touch and got a shot away but The Peckers got bodies back and Sam Allen cleared it off the line.
Woodbridge extended their lead in the 8th minute when Ben Monteith-Weed did brilliantly to keep a loose ball alive in the box, beat his man and pick out Crowe who tucked away from close range for his second of the afternoon.
The Robins spurred a chance to pull one back 10 minutes later when Jack Friend was played in behind before riding Dan Leggett’s challenge to open up space for a shot but he fired wide of the target.
The Peckers went close to a third in the 35th minute when Monteith-Weed broke down the right and pulled the ball back for Jamal Wiggins to strike from the edge of the box but his driven effort was well held by the keeper.
The visitors went close again in the 58th minute when Louis Jenkins turned brilliantly in the box to create space for a shot which he fired towards the near top corner but Stronge caught it well.
Crowe almost netted his hat-trick in the 74th minute when he was put through on goal in a race with the goalkeeper. He just got to the ball first on the slide but was too close to the keeper to score and the ball pinballed away for Ely to clear.
The Robins went straight down the other end and nearly scored following some lax defensive play from the Peckers which allowed Friend through on goal but Stronge charged out brilliantly and made himself big to make the save.
The Peckers almost capped the game off with a third when Evan Bolt picked out fellow substitute Armani Schaar from a corner. His header was well placed but the Ely defender on the line did his job and cleared it away.
The Peckers held on to secure their first win since the 3rd of October and now the aim will be to push on and build a position run of results starting with Soham Town Ranger’s visit to the Homestyle Ground next Saturday.
Woodbridge: Stronge, Harvey, Keeble (Barber 66), Rea, Allen (Bolt 78), Leggett, Wiggins, Southgate, Crowe (Webster 78), Trotter (Clark 78), Monteith-Weed (Schaar 61)
Ely: Murfitt, Kerr, Hunt (Wyman 66), Harnwell (Hamer 61), Partridge, Beslel, Smith (Sulman 66), Webster, Friend, Jenkins, Mansfield (Brown 33) Unused: Brannan