Benjamin’s power Rangers
FORMER Wisbech Town manager Ian Benjamin had a happy return to Fenland Park. He came away with a sweet victory that moves his Soham Town Rangers team up to third in the Ridgeons Premier League. Soham s title challenge is still on course thanks to Saturday
FORMER Wisbech Town manager Ian Benjamin had a happy return to Fenland Park.
He came away with a sweet victory that moves his Soham Town Rangers team up to third in the Ridgeons Premier League.
Soham's title challenge is still on course thanks to Saturday's impressive 3-0 win that left Benjamin delighted.
He said: "It is always a difficult game at Wisbech and it is a fantastic result for us.
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"I thought that both teams were evenly matched during the early stages, but once we got going we passed the ball around really well."
Good passing and movement resulted in the game's opening goal after 33 minutes when Michael Simpson dribbled into the area and finished past home keeper Nick Conroy.
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The game hung in the balance until the 66th minute when substitute Paul Jones made an immediate impact and unleashed a fierce volley a minute after taking to the field.
Fittingly, it was former Fenmen striker Andy Furnell who wrapped up the game with another fine finish.
Benjamin said: "I was impressed with Michael Bisong's debut in midfield but I thought all the lads played well."
Benjamin is set to name the same side for Saturday's derby at table-toppers Mildenhall Town. The only change will be to give another new signing, Nick Reeson, his debut.
n MILDENHALL Town's match at Woodbridge Town on Saturday was postponed but they bounced back with a 3-2 victory at lowly Diss Town on Tuesday evening.
Mildenhall's home match against Soham Town Rangers will kick-off at 3pm on Saturday.
On Sunday, Town will be hosting a charity match between a Veterans XI and a team from Cambridge company Knapp.
The game will kick-off at 3pm and money raised will go to Wamil Court Residential Home, Mildenhall.
n IN THE Ridgeons First Division, Ely City manager Dennis Lightning had a day to forget on Saturday when his side had two players sent off on their way to a 4-1 defeat at Saffron Walden Town.
But it got better for Lightning on Tuesday evening when they beat King's Lynn Reserves 2-1 at home in the second round of the Ridgeons League Cup.
Against Saffron Walden, the Robins looked set for a good result when Robbie Mason opened the scoring after five minutes but then things turned against the visitors.
Saffron scored twice before the break and, as the game became more heated, Mason received a second yellow card for a bad challenge.
The home side extended their lead and Dean Blackman received his marching orders for reacting to a mistimed tackle before Town hit a fourth.
Lightning said: "We have had a good run against the top sides in the league and I was confident that we could continue it on Saturday.
"I am very disappointed and I apologise to the fans who made the journey. You get these kind of games during the season and it is important that we bounce back from it as soon as possible."
Ely City entertain Gorleston in their league fixture on Saturday.