07:00 Monday 06 January 2014

SLIDESHOW: The rain is no pain as Soham Town Rangers continue good run with victory over Redbridge

Written byMARC BEYELER

Steve Fallon was in bullish mood after seeing his Soham Town Rangers team demolish Redbridge at a rain-soaked Julius Martin Lane.

The Greens won 4-1 in the Ryman League, North Division match and could have won by an even bigger margin, such was the extent of their dominance.

Michael Simpson scored two goals, with Luke Stanley and substitute Ben Sawyer also on target.

Redbridge’s 85th consolation, scored by Eljay Worrell, was the only blot on an otherwise impressive copybook which lifted Soham to second place.

Teams around them have games in hand but only a fool would underestimate Soham’s promotion challenge at present. Assured in difficult conditions and strong at both ends of the pitch, the team displayed a real hunger to win.

It is true that Soham coped better than their opponents with the heavy pitch but to say that was the reason for their victory would understate how much better they were.

“If we can keep the players going who knows how far we can go,” said manager Fallon.

“We’re up to second now and we’ve got to keep pushing on.

“There’s still a long way to go. We’ve had a fantastic run to get where we are and we’ve got to continue that. At the moment the way the players are playing we can see that continuing.

“It’s still a job in hand and hopefully we can produce the same as we did today because at times it was very good.”

Saturday’s match began with both teams feeling each other out and chances were at a premium but once Stanley put the home side in front in the 32nd minute with a delicate lob from Buster Harradine’s through ball, it was mostly one way traffic.

Simpson made it 2-0 just three minutes later when a deep free-kick caused confusion in the Redbridge penalty area and Simpson bundled the ball home.

His second goal, which arrived five minutes into the second half, had more than a touch of good fortune to it but it was no less than they deserved.

Another dangerous ball was played into the penalty area and as Liam Thomas attempted to clear, the ball struck Simpson and rebounded into the net.

Substitute Ben Sawyer then came on and showed what he could do with some lively runs up front and he staked his claim for a starting place with a powerful header in the 72nd minute.

Soham should have seen the game out from there but they switched off briefly in the closing minutes and Worrell was rewarded for a persistent run when his well placed shot eluded Soham keeper Enol Ordonez.

But nothing could wipe the smile of the face of Fallon, who was delighted to see the game get the go ahead.

“We played really well today and created lots of chances,” added Fallon.

“There was some great play in those conditions.

“The ground staff have done a fantastic job. They worked tirelessly on the pitch to get the game on.

“We’ve had a good run and wanted to play. We’ve got everyone fit and available.

“It’s all about momentum, that’s the only way to go forward. You get into a winning mentality and we want to continue that. Redbridge have had one or two good results on their travels so we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. For 10 to 15 minutes it was an even game but from when we scored the first goal we created a lot of chances.

“It’s a bit disappointing to concede the goal because the players deserved a clean sheet but we’ll keep on them and keep working hard and see where that leaves us.”

Soham: Ordonez, McCabe, Wood, Bromwich, Gent, Lindsay, Sharman, Simpson (Davis 54min), Abbs, Harradine (Sawyer 64), Stanley (Darling 84).Subs not used: De’ath, Wilderspin.

Redbridge: McCarthy, Bansende (Sawyer 56), Worrell, D Smith, Thomas, Good, Bradbury (Parkinson 65), Carlile, Charge, Damali (Dobson 74), K Smith.

Booked: Soham – none; Redbridge – D Smith (36, foul), Thomas (61, foul).

Referee: Wayne Cartmel.

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