Soham’s winning-run ended by clinical Sudbury
- Credit: Archant
AFC Sudbury 3 Soham Town Rangers 1
A sluggish start from Soham cost them dearly as they lost out to play-off rivals AFC Sudbury, on Tuesday evening.
The hosts were two goals up inside 26 minutes as Soham were slow out of the blocks and, despite a penalty for Joey Abbs, left themselves too much to do to get back into the game.
It was a first defeat in five for Steve Fallon’s men after a surge in form over the festive period and sees them slip back into ninth place in the Ryman League Division One North.
The Greens will be looking to get back to winning ways again on Saturday as they travel to mid-table Waltham Abbey.
You may also want to watch:
Ollie Berquez put Sudbury ahead in the 13th minute as the hosts made a fast start, with the lead doubled barely 10 minutes later by James Baker.
Soham halved the deficit in the run up to half-time though, as Joey Abbs slotted home from the penalty spot.
- 1 Shocks all round as police pull over 'white van man'
- 2 Fire destroys family bungalow in the Fens
- 3 HGV driver courses set up to help meet critical shortages
- 4 G's to help save Christmas for poultry industry
- 5 New Ely cinema, royal visit, Welney gets a hall and Thomas a new car
- 6 Triple judo Olympic champion to give masterclass for Ely Dojo
- 7 High-flying 'humble' gymnast, 9, top of the tree on county debut
- 8 Yellow weather warning issued for Cambridgeshire
- 9 80 ‘pieces of graffiti’ removed by council in just six months
- 10 Lets get Cambridgeshire back on the buses says mayor
But the Greens were again caught out early on in the second half as Kris Newby restored Sudbury’s two-goal advantage in the 51st minute, putting the match beyond Soham.
Fallon’s side came into the Sudbury game in super form, having beaten rivals Dereham Town 2-1 at Julius Martin Lane, on New Year’s Day.
After a strong start, it was the visitors who opened the scoring inside 20 minutes, with Dan Murphew smashing home from close range after slipping his marker at a free-kick.
But Soham hit back minutes later through Matt Simpson, the front man heading home a cross from Joey Abbs.
And things quickly got better for the Greens, with Simpson again on the scoresheet in the 33rd minute, pouncing on a half-cleared ball to poke home from inside the area.
It was Soham’s fourth consecutive league win and was their best run of form of the season so far after a lacklustre November.