Soham let it slip against Bedworth

SOHAM Town Rangers boss Ian Benjamin bemoaned a series of poor decisions by his players as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bedworth United on Saturday.

SOHAM Town Rangers boss Ian Benjamin bemoaned a series of poor decisions by his players as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Bedworth United on Saturday.

Despite being the vastly superior side for much of the game, a profligate performance by the Soham front line saw them spurn countless opportunities to score a decisive third goal before United scrambled an equaliser in the dying moments of the match.

A dejected Benjamin blamed bad decision making by players in both defence and attack for letting the three points slip, in a game he said they should have won comfortably.

“I was sick of the opposition management coming up to me after the game telling me that they couldn’t believe we didn’t put more past them,” said Benjamin. “I was angry with how we had made a number of bad decisions in front of goal and in defence and I really let that be known to the players after the game.

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“I know we are a young side but we really should have the experience to be killing off games and to be looking after what we have.”

Despite a bright start for the Greens going forward, it was Bedworth who took the lead after a speculative ball flung forward from deep was seized upon by Levi Ramsey who slotted past Dan Bircham in the Soham goal.

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Soham were unfazed by the set back however, and their attacking endeavour was rewarded less than 10 minutes later as the ominously improving Dubi Ogbonna eluded several defenders with a well timed run to slot home the equaliser.

The game opened up once more in the wake of the leveller but it was Soham who managed to capitalise as Ogbonna doubled his tally for the day with a carbon copy run and finish from 12 yards.

Spurred on by a decent end to the first half, Soham emerged for the second with designs on a third goal and their play both delighted and frustrated the watching hundreds as they crafted - and subsequently wasted - a plethora of chances.

Flying wing-back Will Seymore was well placed from 10 yards after 48 minutes but dragged his shot wide before an astonishing turn of events that saw Ogbonna’s goalbound shot deflected off a defender on to a post, down on to the foot of the advancing Micheal Simpson and over the bar from three yards.

Ogbonna was clean through again midway through the half but squandered a good chance from 12 yards. Despite looking reasonable assured in defence through much of the match, Soham were ultimately exposed in the dying seconds of the game as defender Alex Austin deflected a dangerous cross past his own keeper.

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