Aaron Turns game
RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Soham Town Rangers 2 Newmarket Town 1 AARON Turner led a teenage master class as Rangers came from behind to take derby honours. The 18-year-old loan signing from Bury was sublime, scoring the first goal before setting up
RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION
Soham Town Rangers 2 Newmarket Town 1
AARON Turner led a teenage master class as Rangers came from behind to take derby honours.
The 18-year-old loan signing from Bury was sublime, scoring the first goal before setting up 17-year-old winger Steve Bell for the winner.
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With the Cambs Invitation Cup Final in mind, Soham boss Ian Benjamin rested many of his regular players. Bell was given his second successive start after several impressive appearances from the bench, and youth team defender Richard Grimster was handed his debut
Benjamin also took the opportunity to experiment tactically, employing an unusual 3-2-3-1-1 formation.
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Bell had the first chance after 10 minutes, blasting over from a narrow angle after a neat move between Andy Furnell and Paul Jones.
Newmarket midfielder Matt Willey had a great chance in the 32nd minute, when put through by Ben Mhishi, but Lea Jordan got down well to tip the ball around the post.
Soham fans were treated to the sight of injured captain Michael Simpson showing off some skills with the substitutes in the half-time warm up, but their joy was short-lived, as the visitors went ahead two minutes after the re-start.
A long diagonal free-kick fell to David Grainger, and after his first shot was blocked by a defender, the striker slotted into the bottom corner.
Soham had a strong penalty appeal turned down when Bell was taken out in the 60th minute, but eight minutes later Turner struck the equaliser. A quick break finished with Jones slipping the ball through and the right winger displayed great composure to beat his man and finish in the bottom corner.
Twelve minutes from time substitute Charles Libam picked out Turner on the right touchline and after a good run and cross, Bell headed home from eight yards.