Down and out
FA Cup Second Qualifying Round Soham Town Rangers 0 Solihull Moors 3 A SECOND-HALF Jason Moore hat-trick dumped Soham out of the FA Cup. A win would have seen Rangers net close to £7,000 but the visitors, who play at a level four leagues higher than the
Second Qualifying Round
Soham Town Rangers 0
Solihull Moors 3
A SECOND-HALF Jason Moore hat-trick dumped Soham out of the FA Cup.
A win would have seen Rangers net close to £7,000 but the visitors, who play at a level four leagues higher than the Ridgeons Premier, were clinical.
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It was an even first half with little goalmouth action but Soham were instantly overpowered in the second half.
Carl Mottram rattled the crossbar three minutes after the re-start and Moore opened the scoring a minute later, after a spectacular 50-yard run.
The goal sparked a response and Soham's best chance came after 56 minutes when Paul Jones ran in from the left and forced a full-stretch diving save from Matthew Ghent, who then reacted quickly to block Stuart Williams' follow-up.
But it was 2-0 after 65 minutes when Moore converted a low cross from the right. And four minutes later Moore completed his hat-trick by racing on to a flick-on and finishing from 10 yards.
Soham boss Ian Benjamin said: "Their quality showed in the end and they kept their concentration for longer than us.
"We've had a decent cup run but the league is our priority. Confidence is high and it won't be affected - we always manage to bounce back."
n MILDENHALL Town remain third in the Ridgeons Premier Division after a 5-2 win at Wisbech Town on Saturday.
The Wisbech Town management team of Ian Jones and Mel Mattless had resigned 24 hours before the game but the home team responded by scoring two goals in the opening quarter.
Billy Smith and Grant Rider hit the target to put the home side ahead but, crucially, Mildenhall reduced the deficit in first-half injury time when Ben Cranfield finished from three yards out.
The second half proved to be one-way traffic and substitute Matt Robinson levelled the scores on the hour.
Dave Werthman netted his first for the club on 70 minutes. Robinson headed a fourth with two minutes remaining and Andy Claydon scored his first for Mildenhall in the dying seconds.
n ELY City missed out on a chance to move into the top three of the Ridgeons First Division when they lost 3-2 at Halstead Town on Saturday.
City trailed 3-0 with 10 minutes remaining but the visitors almost completed a dramatic comeback.
Both sides squandered chances but it was Halstead who forced their way through with first half goals from Chris Bryan and Luke Passfield's deflected header.
It got worse for Ely when Paul Abrahams headed Town into a 3-0 lead in the opening minute of the second half.
But the game was far from over and Simon Warren cut the deficit in the 80th minute before Dave Daniels made it 3-2 with five minutes remaining.
A frantic finish saw both sides hit the woodwork and Warren was dismissed for picking up a second yellow card.