They’re cup for it
SOHAM Town Rangers hopes of a profitable FA Cup campaign are still alive but Mildenhall are out of the competition after a heart-breaking defeat on penalties. Rangers booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-0 w
SOHAM Town Rangers' hopes of a profitable FA Cup campaign are still alive but Mildenhall are out of the competition after a heart-breaking defeat on penalties.
Rangers booked their place in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-0 win at UCL Premier side Boston Town.
Rangers came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders and opened the scoring as early as the sixth minute when Aaron Turner fired home Martin Bromwich's cross.
The home side looked for a way back into the game but two goals in three minutes put the visitors in control.
Darren Jimson headed Rangers into a 2-0 lead before his dangerous cross was diverted into the Boston net by home midfielder Liam Ogden.
Soham keeper Ian Pledger made a good save to maintain the lead and the game was killed off in the 72nd minute when Turner scored his second and Rangers' fourth.
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Soham's reward is a home tie against Blue Square Northern League side Solihull Moors on Saturday, September 29.
Soham kick-off their FA Vase campaign on Saturday when they travel to St Neots Town for the second qualifying round tie. Rangers will be hoping to repeat the result of August 18 when they beat St Neots 5-2 in the FA Cup extra preliminary round.
But the story was different for Mildenhall who were eliminated from the cup after a replay defeat to Haverhill Rovers.
Saturday's match ended in a 1-1 draw after Adam Salmons returned to Recreation Way to haunt his former club with a controversial equaliser.
Ben Cranfield's first-half penalty had put Town ahead but Salmons' equaliser on 75 minutes was allowed to stand despite the linesman flagging for offside.
And Mildenhall's FA Cup run came to an end in the replay on Tuesday evening.
Penalties were needed to settle the tie after a goalless match and Rovers went through after winning the shoot-out 5-4.
Both Soham and Mildenhall return to Ridgeons Premier action on Tuesday when they entertain Wisbech Town and Dereham Town respectively.
- ELY City moved up to third in the Ridgeons First Division thanks to a 4-1 win at Cornard United.
City's fourth league win on the bounce was not in doubt after they opened-up a 3-1 half-time lead.
Chris Hunter gave Ely a flying start with a goal on two minutes and skipper Simon Warren bagged a brace in 11 minutes to put the visitors in a commanding position.
An own goal with 15 minutes remaining sealed Cornard's fate.
Ely now turn their attentions to the FA Vase second qualifying round with a home match against Lincoln Moorlands Railway on Saturday.