Defence fails for Rangers

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Clacton Town 5 Soham Town Rangers 4 SOHAM striker Charles Libam was up-staged by Clacton s Sean Hillier, whose first of four strikes was his 100th goal in his 200th appearance for the Seasiders. It was a nine-goal treat

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION

Clacton Town 5

Soham Town Rangers 4

SOHAM striker Charles Libam was up-staged by Clacton's Sean Hillier, whose first of four strikes was his 100th goal in his 200th appearance for the Seasiders.

It was a nine-goal treat for the neutrals, but Soham boss Ian Benjamin was left exasperated by his team's defence, which leaked three goals in nine minutes to ensure that Libam's hat-trick was in vain.

Rangers got off to a dream start when Libam headed home Keke St Hilaire's corner in the fifth minute.

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The hosts pulled level five minutes later when Keith Hetherington scored his 50th Clacton goal, after Soham failed to clear a free-kick.

The Soham backline then caved in and conceded three goals in nine minutes.

Hillier's landmark goal in the 23rd minute put Clacton in front, and the same man made it 3-1 when he beat Simon Flanz to a challenge in the goalmouth after Dean Greygoose had been lobbed.

Hillier then completed a first-half hat-trick with a finish from close-range after a low cross from the by-line.

Soham gave themselves a life-line when Libam made it 4-2 in the 48th minute, by knocking in the rebound after Andy Coleman headed into the crossbar following a corner.

But Clacton re-established their three-goal cushion when Hillier scored a diving header at the far post after a fine cross from the right.

Soham refused to surrender and Libam made it 5-3 with a close-range strike after another St Hilaire corner in the 84th minute, and their final goal came three minutes later substitute Scott Carter coolly finished from a one-on-one situation after being played in by Libam.

Benjamin said: "Our defence was very, very poor and I really feel for our forward players, and Michael Simpson in midfield, who deserved a lot more."

- Soham's Cambs Invitation Cup fixture at home to Over was postponed on Tuesday because of a waterlogged pitch. Re-arrangements are to be confirmed.

Soham are away to Norwich United in the league on Saturday and they play Fakenham at home in the Ridgeons League Cup Quarter-Final the following Tuesday.