Five-star Abbey pile pressure on Greens

Waltham Abbey 5 Soham Town Rangers 2

SOHAM’S woeful start to 2012 showed no signs of easing as they slipped to a resounding defeat at Waltham Abbey on Tuesday night.

Though Andy Furnell’s men were still in the game up until the 89th minute, with the score at 3-2, a late brace from the home side squashed any hopes of rescuing a point and consigned the Greens to their fourth defeat in five league games this year.

The result came just three days after the 4-1 drubbing they suffered at the hands of third-bottom side Ware.

The defeats leave the Greens teetering just six points clear of the drop zone, with crunch games against fellow strugglers Ilford and Great Wakering Rovers still to come.

On Tuesday, Waltham’s Daran Bern, Tom Laxton and Ayrton Coley all netted in a dominant opening 40-minute period to put the home side comfortably in the ascendancy.

To their credit however, Soham hit back with goals from Andy Furnell and Dan Cotton either side of half-time getting them back in the match.

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The Greens continued to battle until the dying minutes when Bern and Liam Farrell netted in quick succession to seal an ultimately emphatic win.