The rule of thumb as far as any pre-season match goes is to never take the results too seriously or draw too many conclusions. If you do, you may end up going into a mild panic about what the season ahead may hold for your beloved team.

It was only back in 2006 when Real Madrid took on Plymouth Argyle in a hastily arranged pre-season fixture in Austria. Eventually, the game was decided by the most controversial of penalties that was scored by Julio Baptista, which helped the Galacticos run out 1-0 winners against the lowly Argyle. Needless to say, away from the exquisite peaks and serenity of the mountains of Kapfenberg and back in Madrid, fans were going into meltdown at the performance of their team.

Yet, only 11 months later after huffing and puffing in a summery Austrian village, Real Madrid would win their 30th La Liga title and be crowned champions of Spain. It’s just not worth getting worked up at the goings-on during pre-season, but for the mighty Ely City, there is reason to be cautiously optimistic after they ran out 2-0 winners against Comberton United in what can be described as a tidy display.

Winning is always a good habit to get into and starting as you mean to go can lift a team’s spirits and build morale as the season edges closer. Ultimately, it’s all about getting up to speed for the first fixture of the season with the focus on fitness rather than trying to replicate a Manchester City type of performance. Even Pep Guardiola’s City, who are at odds of 1/1 to win the Premier League next season in the football betting, use these fixtures to get the team up to match fitness, tactics are then saved for the training pitch in between pre-season friendlies.

As far as The Robins’ preparation for the new season goes, their pre-season fixtures will conclude on the 27th of August with a home tie against Haverhill Borough. They only have one away fixture and that will be against Wisbech St Mary FC which gives Ely City the chance to begin turning the Unwin Ground into a fortress.

Winning your home fixtures gives a team a great chance of going up and this could be the season for Ely City. We’ve seen some wonderful storylines unfold in the Conference and Football League over the summer that should give every Robins fan hope of a prosperous future.

The pick was probably Harrogate Town gaining promotion to the Football League for the first time in their 106-year history. There was also Wycombe’s promotion to the Championship which was as impressive and a special mention must go the extremely talented Gareth Ainsworth, for taking a club devoid of any real direction and driving them into the spotlight of English football.

All these stories started with a single step and on the 4th of August, Ely City took theirs against Comberton United. With so many inspiring stories to draw on, now, more than ever is the time to dream for the courageous Robins.


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