Football: Benjamin admits to tactical error
RIDGEONS PREMIER LEAGUE Harwich and Parkeston 1 Soham Town Rangers 0 GREENS boss Ian Benjamin admitted a tactical error on his part cost his side as they went down at Harwich on Saturday. Benjamin saw Aron Rutter and Andy Furnell miss chances for his side
RIDGEONS PREMIER LEAGUE
Harwich and Parkeston 1 Soham Town Rangers 0
GREENS boss Ian Benjamin admitted a tactical error on his part cost his side as they went down at Harwich on Saturday.
Benjamin saw Aron Rutter and Andy Furnell miss chances for his side, but overall felt a 1-0 result in favour of the home side was justified.
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"I've been playing three in midfield all season, which has worked for us, and we switched to 4-4-2 on Saturday," said Benjamin, who watched his side stumble to their second successive defeat.
"I thought we lost a bit of strength in the midifield area. I should have pushed Michael Simpson in from the right but I think I made an error in judgement there."
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A second-half goal secured the win for the home side, but Benjamin maintained that he still had goals for the remainder of the season.
"I still want us to try and get into the top six," he said. "But what the last two defeats have showed is that the squad is not strong enough to cover for the players who have been missing.
"I want one or two young players to still be involved next season, though, as I know that the budget will not be as high."
Histon Reserves 0
Soham Town Rangers 0
BENJAMIN said he was happy with a point against a strong Histon second-string on Monday night.
Aron Rutter missed the Greens' best chance, just failing to connect with a cross after a good team move in the first half.
"It was the best we've played in three or four weeks," the Soham manager told the Standard. "I felt we dominated for the first 25 minutes and then they put us under some pressure.
"But the back-four played as well as ever and we coped with it well. They had some first-team players playing, which is always the case when you play them during the week, but I felt we deserved a point. If anything, in the second half, we looked like the team who were more likely to score."
Thomas Benjamin had a fine game down the right in a solid Soham display.
Peter Hinde should return to the squad after injury for Saturday's league trip to Wroxham
# Ely's First Division match at Thetford Town on Friday night was called off due to a frozen pitch.