Welcome Boost for Soham Town Rangers in FA Trophy

SOHAM Town Rangers gave their season a much needed boost at the weekend with a superb 3-1 win over Cheshunt in the FA Trophy.The Greens have been in a miserable rut of late, going some seven games without a win, but a vastly improved team display ensured

SOHAM Town Rangers gave their season a much needed boost at the weekend with a superb 3-1 win over Cheshunt in the FA Trophy.

The Greens have been in a miserable rut of late, going some seven games without a win, but a vastly improved team display ensured they were seldom out of control against a plucky Cheshunt side.

Many of Soham's recent troubles have emanated chiefly from their tendency to start sluggishly, but they had no such trouble on this occasion as they started at an irresistible pace, with front men Dubi Ogbonna and Paul Jones combining well.

It was Ogbonna who opened the scoring for Soham on the 15 minute mark as he fired home from some 10 yards after getting on the end of an intelligent cut-back.


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Custodian Jamie Chamberlain went some way to banishing the memories of his dismissal against Marlow last week, pulling off some superb saves as Cheshunt began to grow into the game.

Soham continued to dictate the pace of play after the break but were powerless to stop the visitors getting back on terms with 20 minutes remaining as Boniek Forbes' deflected shot squeezed past Chamberlain.

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Unfazed by the set-back though, Soham regained control after the restart and moved into the lead once more with a little less than 10 minutes remaining as talisman Michael Simpson nodded home from a well-placed Jones corner.

The goal forced an immediate response from the visitors and they began to commit numbers to the attack, exposing their defence, as they desperately searched for a way back into the tie.

Ian Benjamin's men took full advantage of the change of tack from the visitors and wrapped up the win with minutes to go as Simpson tapped-in a Libam cut-back.

The Greens will go forward to face Harrow Borough in the first qualifying round of the trophy later this month, with the visit of Atherstone their next league encounter this weekend.

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