Greens fightback earns crucial win
PUBLISHED: 10:10 21 February 2011 | UPDATED: 10:10 21 February 2011
SOHAM came from behind to secure a much-needed win over basement side Beaconsfield on Saturday.
Beaconsfield SYCOB 1
Soham Town Rangers 3
A goal for the hosts midway through the first half had the Greens on the back foot but their steely resolve came to the fore in the second half as they ran in three goals to take the points.
The win sees Ian Benjamin’s men open up a four-point gap on Beaconsfield who sit bottom of the Zameretto Division One Central, with the Greens due to host fellow strugglers Burnham at Julius Martin Lane at the weekend.
After a sluggish start that saw both teams struggle on a sticky pitch, it was the hosts who broke the deadlock through Aaron McLeish who bought himself a yard of space from a cumbersome Soham defence to fire past Dan Bircham from the edge of the area.
The Greens best chance came minutes short of half-time when a freekick was awarded inside the Beaconsfield D after striker Tom Benjamin was felled. Unfortunately for Soham however, Declan Rogers subsequent effort sailed comfortably wide of the mark.
Some stern words at half-time from boss Benjamin appeared to work wonders on his young side as they came out firing for the second half.
It took less than 10 minutes for the Greens to restore parity, with veteran defender Andy Coleman poking home from close range following a flighted free kick.
Inspired by their breakthrough, Soham continued to press their hosts and moved into the lead for the first time in the match in the 64th minute through Cambridge City loanee Rogers, who continued to increase his stock by smashing home a Deakan Napier cross.
Midfield powerhouse Rogan McGeorge capped an excellent comeback for Soham in the 67th by converting from the spot after the referee blew up for a handball in the area.