Mildenhall soar above rivals
RIDGEONS LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION Soham Town Rangers 0 Mildenhall Town 2 TWO goals in five minutes earned Mildenhall the bragging rights over their local rivals. On Saturday Mildenhall became the second team, after Dereham, to do the league double over
Soham Town Rangers 0
Mildenhall Town 2
TWO goals in five minutes earned Mildenhall the bragging rights over their local rivals.
On Saturday Mildenhall became the second team, after Dereham, to do the league double over Soham this season.
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The hosts started brightly and Mildenhall goalkeeper Ben Nower was called into action three times in the first 15 minutes. Nower dived to push Matt Robinson's shot from distance around the post in the third minute, before palming Charles Libam's shot behind and then racing off his line to clear from the edge of the area when the same man was clean through.
But Craig Hammond's 10th goal of the season gave Mildenhall a 25th-minute lead. Niall Inman's corner was headed across the area by skipper Andy Eady and Hammond out-jumped Soham keeper Lea Jordan to head home from a yard.
Five minutes later Matty Clements made it 2-0 when he turned and unleashed a stunning volley from 12 yards, after Soham failed to clear Wayne Goddard's corner.
'Hall came close to adding a third before the break when Simon Head's cross-come-shot looped just over the crossbar.
Mildenhall continued to attack in the second half without creating any clear-cut opportunities.
Soham's best chance came in the 70th minute when lively winger Keke St Hilaire sprinted on to Andy Furnell's ball over the top but Nower was quickly down at his feet before he could get a shot away.
Mildenhall had two penalty appeals for handballs waved away, and Hammond forced a good save from Jordan with a shot on the turn after Clements' knock down.
Soham's Scott Carter had a shot across goal roll just wide after a cutting in from the left touchline with a quick turn, and both St Hilaire and Carter failed to make contact with a Robinson free-kick to the back post in the final minute.
Soham boss Ian Benjamin said: "We were on top at the start but switched off for five minutes and conceded two goals from set pieces, and never really recovered. We've struggled to find the net for the last few weeks and, to be fair, they defended very well and made life difficult for us.