07:00 Wednesday 15 January 2014

SLIDESHOW: Relief for Steve Fallon as 'lucky' Soham Town Rangers see off Foxton in Cambs Invitation Cup

Written byMARC BAZELEY

Soham 9 Foxton 3 (AET) – Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup quarter-final

Where to even begin with this one?

Cup competitions always have a capacity to astound and surprise due to the one-off nature of the matches, but few do it as much as last night’s Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup quarter final tie at Julius Martin Lane.

Holding a 3-1 lead inside the final 10 minutes, it looked as if Kershaw League, Premier Division outfit Foxton would be claiming another higher league scalp in the form of Soham after dumping holders Ely out in the previous round.

But it was not long before the Greens were level through Luke Stanley and a 95th minute Chris Lindsay equaliser, before running riot extra time.

“We made a few changes and we struggled to get going, but we kept going until the end and the game isn’t over until the final whistle,” said Soham boss Steve Fallon.

“We’re lucky to still be in it, but it doesn’t matter when you score and you have to keep going to the end, and we did.

“They were unlucky and they played well. We’ve got a lot of players who come from the Kershaw League and we know if they’re up for it then they’re up for it.”

Foxton’s prolific striker Martin Turner gave Soham a scare in the opening minutes, firing wide after intercepting a wayward pass from Martin Bromwich.

But it was the Greens who took the lead in the third minute. Luke Little switched the play to opposite wing-back Dan De’Ath, whose cross from the right to the far post was headed home by Ben Sawyer.

But Foxton were playing the ball around well on a difficult surface and their efforts were rewarded on 23 minutes when Archie Lenton poked home a Carlow Lawrence corner, despite Little’s best efforts to keep it out.

Scott Kinsbury then gave Foxton the lead, chesting down a long ball forward before turning his marker and rounding Soham keeper Callum McDermott.

A treble substitution at half time stated Fallon’s intent to avoid an upset, but they fell further behind when dynamic duo Turner and Kingsbury combined for the latter’s second on 47 minutes.

Stanley finally made the breakthrough with a header seven minutes from time and then in the fifth minute of added time - caused by Kingsbury being down injured for a lengthy spell - saw Lindsay scramble home from a late free kick.

Stanley hit four more in extra time, with Sawyer adding his second, and by the point a Jason Gray own goal completed the scoring it was merely cruel and unusual punishment for a tired Foxton side.

The night’s other match saw Liam Hurst’s 87th minute goal give CRC a 2-1 win over Wisbech.

Elliot Hogan put CRC ahead but they were pegged back on the stroke of half time.

However, they had the last word as Liam Hurst got an 87th-minute winner to send them through.

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