Rangers' victory bid hits the Wrox

PUBLISHED: 09:41 15 February 2007 | UPDATED: 13:48 04 May 2010

ON THE BATTLEFIELD: Scott Johnson, above, was as committed as ever.

ON THE BATTLEFIELD: Scott Johnson, above, was as committed as ever.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Soham Town Rangers 2 Wroxham 2 SOHAM were desperately unlucky to not take three points from clinical title-contenders Wroxham. A 13th-minute screamer gave the visitors the lead. Lee Gilman cut in from the left and launched

Charles Libam was a constant threat.

RIDGEONS LEAGUE

PREMIER DIVISION

Soham Town Rangers 2

Wroxham 2

STRENGTH: Andy Furnell battles for possession with Matt Robinson looking on. Photos: HELEN DRAKE

SOHAM were desperately unlucky to not take three points from clinical title-contenders Wroxham.

A 13th-minute screamer gave the visitors the lead. Lee Gilman cut in from the left and launched a fierce drive into the top right corner of the net.

Matt Robinson was looking lively on the left of midfield, in his second game back from a 10-month injury, and his pinpoint diagonal cross found Andy Furnell in the penalty box but a strong challenge denied him a shooting opportunity.

A thunderous drive from the left hit Soham's crossbar in the 20th minute.

Rangers pulled level in the 34th minute when the all-action Michael Simpson made a driving run from midfield, played a neat one-two with Robinson, and a delivered a low cross for Keke St Hilaire to finish from 12 yards.

Rangers almost made a dream start to the second half when Robinson sparked a quick break and picked out Charles Libam, who beat a defender and the goalkeeper with a direct run but was denied by a strong challenge.

Soham remained solid, with left-back Scott Johnson outstanding and goalkeeper Sean Greygoose with little to do.

St Hilaire forced a fine save in the 52nd minute after a good Libam pass and Paul Hill headed narrowly over from the resulting corner.

Soham continued to penetrate the Wroxham defence with incisive passing on a heavy pitch and Libam again came close just after the hour-mark when his audacious lob landed just wide.

Aaron Turner replaced Michael Bisong in the 68th minute as Soham switched to 4-3-3 with St Hilaire joining the attack. The move had an immediate impact when Furnell forced a stunning save before a devastating Wroxham break was finished with Gavin Lemmon moving into the penalty area and delicately lobbing the ball over Greygoose and just inside the far post.

But Rangers hit back five minutes later when substitute Scott Carter made a strong run down the left and found Libam, whose delicate chip was confidently headed home by Furnell.

Soham boss Ian Benjamin said: "I think Wroxham will probably win this league - they have a lot of quality and don't concede many goals.

"I'm really proud of the way my lads dominated them in the second half. Charles (Libam) was a real handful, Scott Johnson had another great game for us and Matt Robinson showed a lot of quality. We just need to get him back to match-fitness.

"We have shown our pedigree and we now have to make sure that we carry this form into Saturday as we have often struggled against the lower sides."

Soham play King's Lynn Reserves away on Saturday.

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