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Ely City manager Alan Alsop has warned his strikers that they need to start finding the back of the net soon if they are to avoid relegation.

So far this season the Robins have mustered just 20 goals in their 18 Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division matches.

Newmarket Journal - December 2013''Mildenhall v Woodbridge'Allicion Blake

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As a consequence of their woeful form in front of goal, it has seen City slide to one position above the relegation places.

“The people that were scoring for us last year don’t seem to be doing it this time around,” said Alsop. “Although they are working hard enough and getting plenty of the ball, they just can’t find the back of the net.

“That has got to change otherwise there is only one direction we will end up going in.”

Alsop believes City’s lowly position is not just down to his strikers inability to score goals, but that of their poor form at home in the league.

Ely have lost all nine of their home league games to date so far this season, the most recent a 1-0 defeat to second-bottom Wivenhoe.

“Not winning at home has been a big downfall,” said Alsop. “We desperately need a win at home just to boost our confidence. Of those games we have lost at home, six we should have won.”

City will be missing a host of first-team players when they visit Norwich United on Saturday (3pm).

Among those absent will be Chris Sterecki, Austen Diaper, Sam Parkinson and Nathan Burch.

“I am really struggling for players on Saturday,” said 
Alsop. “If we get a draw out of the game it would be a big result.”