Simpsn ensures Rangers maintain gap
Ridgens League Premier Divisin Sham Twn Rangers 1 Ipswich Wanderers 1 SOHAM missed the pprtunity t mve eight pints clear at the tp f the table, but in the end were grateful fr a draw as bth Needham Market and Wrxham bth failed at hme t,
Ridgens League Premier Divisin
Sham Twn Rangers 1 Ipswich Wanderers 1
SOHAM missed the pprtunity t mve eight pints clear at the tp f the table, but in the end were grateful fr a draw as bth Needham Market and Wrxham bth failed at hme t, drawing 1-1 and 0-0 with Kirkley and Leistn respectively.
The first real chance f the game fell t Darren Jimsn, but he vlleyed inches wide frm Aarn Turner's 15th minute crss.
Lee McGlne went equally clse when just heading wide frm a Mills free-kick, but Jimsn respnded fr Sham when ndding a Charles Libam free kick against the Ipswich crssbar.
Sham cntinued t create the better chances as the secnd half gt underway, but it was Wanderers wh pened the scring after 56 minutes.
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McGlne fund space inside the Rangers penalty area, and after receiving a lfted thrugh ball frm Lwe placed his sht inside the pst.
Ipswich galkeeper Hammnd denied Libam an immediate equaliser by blcking with his legs, and it lked like being ne f thse days fr Sham as they twice rattled the wdwrk midway thrugh the secnd half.
Martin McNeil headed against the bar frm a Paul Jnes crner, and Turner's gal-bund sht was deflected n t the bar by Mills as Sham pressed hard t get back n terms.
Turner was bked fr diving in the 74th minute, whilst at the ther end Ipswich created pprtunities t put the result beynd dubt.
Tw minutes f nrmal time remained when Jimsn flicked the ball hpefully int the Ipswich penalty area, and Michael Simpsn managed t hld ff a challenge frm Symnds befre steering the ball past Hammnd fr his 10th gal f the campaign and the equaliser.
Jimsn had the chance t win it but fired straight at Hammnd, whilst at the ther end McGlne had a similar pprtunity but placed his effrt just the wrng side f the pst.
"It was a tugh game," said Rangers bss Ian Benjamin afterwards. "We had enugh chances t win it, but have stpped scring gals in recent weeks. We need t start kncking ne r tw in and t be hnest I culdn't see us scring in the last 15 minutes."
Sham entertained champinship rivals Wrxham n Tuesday night and travel t seventh-placed Dereham Twn n Saturday.
"They are difficult matches," said Benjamin, "but I'm lking frward t them all. There's an pprtunity here, and it's up t the players t take it.