Agonising miss costs Rangers
RIDGEONS LEAGUE, PREMIER DIVISION Kirkley 3 Soham Town Rangers 2 PAUL Hill came desperately close to salvaging a point for Soham at the death, but it just wasn t their day on Saturday. Soham attacked from the start and Paul Jones almost gave them the le
Soham Town Rangers 2
PAUL Hill came desperately close to salvaging a point for Soham at the death, but it just wasn't their day on Saturday.
Soham attacked from the start and Paul Jones almost gave them the lead, but his stunning volley was blocked, before Kirkley went ahead after 30 minutes.
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Andy Furnell equalised five minutes later, but Soham gave away a sloppy goal from a straight forward free-kick before half-time, when two Kirkley players were left unmarked in the penalty area and one of them chested the ball and volleyed home.
Soham dominated the second half when Keke St Hilaire started to get on top of the Kirkley left-back and create problems, and Jones saw two more volleyed efforts blocked by defenders.
But, as with the second goal, Soham were made to pay for lapses in concentration when the home side extended their lead to 3-1 in the 75th minute.
Soham won a penalty for handball five minutes later and Furnell, who looked to be the best player on the pitch, scored his second when he smashed in the rebound after the keeper parried his initial effort.
Then, in the dying seconds of the match, Hill had a golden opportunity to equalise, but his header from five yards out flew agonisingly over the crossbar.
Soham manager Ian Benjamin said: "I'm really disappointed for the lads, they gave me 100 per cent effort and that's all I can ask for.