The weather is the winner as rain forces Soham Town Rangers to postpone tonight’s Harlow clash

Action from Soham Town Rangers' 1-1 draw with Cheshunt.

Action from Soham Town Rangers' 1-1 draw with Cheshunt. - Credit: Archant

Soham Town Rangers joint boss Dave Theobald expressed his disappointment over the postponement of another Greens game after days of heavy rain caused their clash with Harlow Town on Tuesday night to be called off on Tuesday.

Soham Town Rangers celebrate Marcus Hall's equalising goal against Cheshunt on Saturday.

Soham Town Rangers celebrate Marcus Hall's equalising goal against Cheshunt on Saturday. - Credit: Archant

Soham’s groundstaff defied the torrential rain to make sure their meeting with Cheshunt went ahead last Saturday, but the sodden conditions finally took their toll ahead of their clash with Harlow Town and the decision to postpone the tie was made early on Tuesday morning.

Soham were hoping to take the momentum gained in a well-earned 1-1 draw against top-six side Cheshunt on Saturday afternoon into the meeting with Harlow, but the club decided the pitch wasn’t playable after an early pitch inspection.

“We’re disappointed that the game’s had to be called off but the pitch was saturated and it wasn’t playable,” said player-manager Theobald.

“We’d rather be playing games at this stage of the season and the more points we get on the board the better.”


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The postponement comes after Soham produced a gutsy performance on Saturday afternoon against an in-form Cheshunt side and pinched a point after Marcus Hall rounded the keeper to give the Greens a valuable home draw.

Soham welcomed new signing Craig Hammond into their starting 11, but fell behind early on when Lawton came out to clear in front of the advancing Hallett, with Adam Bolle following up to convert the loose ball.

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The Greens restricted the Cheshunt attacking threat on a rain-soaked afternoon at Julius Martin Lane, and were rewarded for their determined display when Hall slotted into an empty net after skipping past the Cheshunt stopper.

Joint boss Dave Theobald was pleased with his side’s performance, but was was disappointed to not take maximum points.

He said: “They’re a top six team and we’re quite pleased to get the draw but we’d have liked to have taken all three points.”

Soham now sit in 15th in the Ryman League Division North, seven points behind 14th-placed Aveley and level on points with rivals Great Wakering Rovers, meaning there is now even more impetus for the Greens to get a win over mid-table side Thamesmead on Saturday afternoon and move up the table.

The Greens face a third home game in a row when they take on Thamesmead (3pm kick-off), and Theobald hopes that the Julius Martin Lane pitch will recover in time to welcome the side in 11th.

He said: “We’re hoping that the rain will ease off and the pitch will be ok.

“It will be a tough game against Thamesmead who are doing well and have brought in a lot of new players but we’re playing with confidence at the minute.”

Soham have no injury worries ahead of the visit of Thamesmead, but Salim Relizani will serve the last game of his three-match suspension.

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