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PREMIER DIVISION Sham Twn Rangers 2 Nrwich United 1 SOHAM mved six pints clear at the tp f the table after a nerve-jangling last-gasp victry against Nrwich United. They tk the lead after 15 minutes when Simn Flanz and Aarn Turner created spac
Sham Twn Rangers 2 Nrwich United 1
SOHAM mved six pints clear at the tp f the table after a nerve-jangling last-gasp victry against Nrwich United.
They tk the lead after 15 minutes when Simn Flanz and Aarn Turner created space dwn the right fr Charles Libam, and his crss was laid ff by Darren Jimsn fr Turner t steer the ball in ff the far pst.
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United were denied a penalty when Stuart Williams appeared t handle in the bx, but sn afterwards fund themselves playing against 10 men because Sham captain Peter Hinde was sent-ff fllwing an ff-the-ball incident.
Rangers cnsequently had t defend fr lng perids in the secnd half, and the visitrs inevitably equalised with 17 minutes remaining, Craig Rberts ndding a free-kick beynd the reach f returning galkeeper Lea Jrdan.
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Jrdan's fine save denied the visitrs a secnd gal mments later, but with just three minutes remaining it was Sham wh snatched all three pints.
Libam crssed hpefully int the Nrwich penalty area, and substitute Sctt Carter fired the ball under the bar with an acrbatic verhead kick fr his 10th gal f the seasn.
Michael Simpsn and Carter were bth bked in the time remaining as Rangers successfully managed t run the clck dwn.
Stanway Rvers 1 Sham Twn Rangers 1
STANWAY dminated the early exchanges f this midweek encunter and almst tk the lead when Sam Newsn evaded Simn Flanz, Stuart Williams and the challenge f galkeeper Martyn Margarsn, but was unable t frce the ball hme past Sctt Jhnsn at the ft f the pst.
Sam Newsn was then denied by Margarsn's save befre Rvers deservedly established a 13th minute lead thrugh Ben Newsn's clse range effrt.
Sham gradually gt themselves int cntentin and went clse when Darren Jimsn hit the pst, but Sam Newsn cntinued t cause Rangers prblems at the ther end.
In the secnd half Sham started brightly and gt back n terms with a 55th minute penalty.
Ed Kirby received a straight red card fr fuling Michael Simpsn, and Charles Libam stepped up t scre his secnd spt-kick in successive games.
Bth sides lked fr a winner in the time remaining, but eventually had t settle fr a share f the pints.
Sham entertain Ipswich Wanderers n Saturday.
Diss Twn 2 Ely City 1
ONLY 10 pints nw separate the six teams immediately behind leaders Tiptree United after third-placed Diss beat secnd-in-the-table Ely.
City manager Dennis Lightning admitted that he was "disappinted" with the cmmitment f his players fllwing a decent first half display.
His team had the wind in their favur after the break, but accrding t Lightning "they just didn't turn up".
The hsts led after 65 minutes after Ely thught they had wn a thrw-in, and Tny Brwn - wh had been caught ut by the referee's decisin in that pening gal - then gave away a penalty which Diss cnverted with five minutes remaining.
Simn Warren pulled a gal back in stppage time, but it was nt enugh fr Ely t salvage anything frm the game.
"They (the players) will have a training sessin frm hell n Wednesday," said Lightning afterwards, with his mind quickly fcussing n this week's hme encunter with Tiptree. "The annying thing is we culd have made sme decent grund n them at the tp, because they lst at hme t Debenham."