Winning run comes to an end for Steve Fallon's Soham
PUBLISHED: 09:02 18 December 2013 | UPDATED: 09:02 18 December 2013
Soham Town Rangers 2
AFC Sudbury 2
Soham Manager Steve Fallon said he was “disappointed” to see his side’s seven game winning streak come to end against Sudbury.
Soham could not force a winner in the local derby even when Sudbury were reduced to 10 men.
In a feisty affair, fuelled by a boisterous crowd, Soham took the lead in the 19th minute.
James McCabe, receiving a short corner from Buster Harradine, whipped in a cross to the back post for Luke Stanley to score his 18th goal of the season.
Two minutes later and Sudbury were level.
Jack Cawley powered a long throw in to the box which was flicked on before being tapped in from close range by Stephen Spriggs.
Sudbury took the lead in the 36th minute, Spriggs turning provider to lay off for Ollie Hughes to fire low into the corner.
Sudbury left-back, Cawley had been given a torrid time by Soham full-back McCabe, already seeing yellow for a cynical foul.
His day got worse in the 37th minute when he turned in a Connor Wood cross into his own net to make it 2-2.
Although there were no more goals in the match, Soham can feel aggrieved that they did not take full advantage when Sudbury were reduced to ten men in the second half.
Ross Watson, already booked, was giving a second yellow for a dangerous tackle in an aerial challenge with Stanley.
Both sides could have won it but for excellent saves from the two keepers.
Fallon, although disappointed not to win against ten men, agreed the draw was “a fair result”.
He criticised the referee for failing to control the match when tempers flared and said he felt there was “nothing wrong with the disallowed goal”.
The Greens’ gaffer added that the club were looking to sign another striker and claimed the Rangers’ missed the pace of Ben Sawyer, who was playing in a national five-a-side tournament at Wembley Stadium.
Soham next face the in form Harlow Town away on their synthetic pitch, before welcoming Witham Town to Julius Martin Lane for the traditional Boxing Day fixture.