Football: Andy hat-trick does the trick

PUBLISHED: 12:50 02 March 2006 | UPDATED: 11:33 04 May 2010

STAR MAN: Hat-trick hero Andy Furnell is congratulated by Steve Bugg.

STAR MAN: Hat-trick hero Andy Furnell is congratulated by Steve Bugg.

CAMBS INVITATION CUP SEMI-FINAL Soham Town Rangers 4 Mildenhall Town 2 SOHAM will face Great Shelford in the Cambs Invitation Cup final on April 11 after a controversial victory over their near-neighbours on Tuesday night. Soham will travel to the Abbey

GREG HARLOW

CAMBS INVITATION

CUP SEMI-FINAL

Soham Town Rangers 4 Mildenhall Town 2

SOHAM will face Great Shelford in the Cambs Invitation Cup final on April 11 after a controversial victory over their near-neighbours on Tuesday night.

Soham will travel to the Abbey Stadium in Cambridge for their date with destiny looking to add a cup to their impressive run in the league, after needing extra-time to overcome 'Hall.

An Andy Furnell hat-trick was the inspiration behind Soham's win, in a team containing a smattering of youngsters.

Furnell put the home side ahead on 15 minutes but a Simon Flanz own-goal put Mildenhall on level terms.

The Suffolk side then went 2-1 up through Soham old boy Neal Docking before Furnell got his second from the spot, after Matt Robinson was fouled.

Brian Liston-Clark added the third in extra-time before Furnell claimed the match ball, following a fine through-ball from Adam Dean.

"It will be nice to finish the season with a cup final, especially if we can get further up the league," said Ian Benjamin.

"I had to call on some youngsters because I had some players out but they didn't let me down."

Benjamin's son Tom enjoyed a fine display at right-back, clearing four 'Hall efforts off the line.

Mildenhall assistant manager Ricky Cornish said: "It was one of the worst refereeing displays I've seen. No one knew what the penalty was for!

"It's very disappointing."

Soham now face the task of beating the Kershaw Premier Division outfit to claim their only piece of silverware this season.

Soham have won the competition twice before, when they beat Wisbech Town in 1998 and Newmarket Town the following year.

Soham travel to Harwich and Parkeston on Saturday while Mildenhall entertain Woodbridge.

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