Boss fumes as lead is wasted
PUBLISHED: 15:44 14 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:39 04 May 2010
RIDGEONS LEAGUE, PREMIER DIVISION Diss Town 2 Soham Town Rangers 2 SOHAM manager Ian Benjamin described this as, the most frustrating match I have ever been a part of since joining the club , after watching his team throw away a two-goal lead against r
Diss Town 2
Soham Town Rangers 2
SOHAM manager Ian Benjamin described this as, "the most frustrating match I have ever been a part of since joining the club", after watching his team throw away a two-goal lead against rock-bottom Diss Town.
The Soham players went into this Tuesday night match, fresh, after Saturday's scheduled fixture against Woodbridge was postponed due to the Suffolk outfit had players called up for the county youth squad. But a second-half performance full of complacency ultimately cost them two points.
Soham had the better of the first half, in which midfielder Michael Simpson missed two good opportunities to give them the lead; firstly forcing a good save and then missing the target after racing clear.
All the goals came in the first 20 minutes of the second half, and Soham were 2-0 up within five minutes of the restart. The first goal came when Andy Furnell volleyed home after a good cross from Charles Libam, before Libam himself doubled the visitors' lead by heading in Keke St Hilaire's cross.
Diss pulled a goal back five minutes later when a striker sneaked into the penalty area unnoticed to finish after a cross. The equaliser then came when a Diss player struck well from 25 yards after being afforded far too much space.
The visitors lost Simpson midway through the half to injury and, for the remainder of the match, they continued to give the ball away cheaply, relying on hopeful long balls.
The performance of recent loan signing Aaron Turner on the left side of midfield was a rare highlight in a poor display.
Benjamin said: "I'm absolutely fuming with my players. They've let themselves down badly. When we went 2-0 up, we had players dribbling the ball out of defence and just taking liberties when we should have been shutting up shop. In the end it seemed like we were doing our very best to help them score the winner."
- Soham's next match is against Dereham at home in the league on Saturday (December 16).