11 Dec 2011 - Cliff Bullen Cup - Soham Res v Littleport Town
Soham Res 0 Littleport Town 3
Cliff Bullen Cup - Saturday 12/11/11
Soham exited the Cliff Bullen Cup at the first stage, losing 3-0 at home to Kershaw Premier Division neighbours Littleport Town - The Greens third cup competition in as many weeks. Port opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a well hit strike from distance giving Martin no chance, before adding two more midway through the second half. Throughout the game, Soham created a number of decent chances but were unable to find a way past the visiting keeper who made numerous important saves.
The Greens return to League action next Saturday, when they visit local rivals Soham United.
S. Martin, R. Fitchett, W. Bell, K. Brasher, D. Mould, S. Hogg, Br. Fuller (J. Fuller), A. Clements, S. Fretwell (J. Brown), Be. Fuller (C. Robb), S. James
Former Wisbech Town striker Andy Furnell has insisted Paul Cousins will be a huge success at Step 4 of the non-league pyramid.Soham Town Rangers boss Furnell signed his former Fenmen team-mate - who will now play at his highest-ever level - after he was released by Step 5 outfit King’s Lynn Town following an internal dispute. Furnell said: “It was a marvellous bit of business, he is going to make a big impact. He will bring a bit of steel to the back line and he takes no prisoners. I’m Paul’s friend and I spent a lot of time with him last season at Wisbech so I know he will get on well here. I think once he settles in and sees what we are about he’ll want to stay.”
10 Dec 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 11/10/11 + 12/10/11
Two Division One North sides chalked up their first away victories of the season on Tuesday. The more surprising result came at Harlow, where 21st-placed Maldon came from behind to win 2-1 against hosts occupying a play-off slot. There was an early exchange of goals, with Pier Wixon’s opener for the home side being answered by James Lawson, and it remained 1-1 until the 70th minute, when Sos Yao struck to lift Maldon out of the relegation places. Redbridge, who have won their last seven away games, were seeking their first league success at home – and still are, after going down 2-0 to Potters Bar. Both sides wasted plenty of chances with the visitors having slightly the better of things, and they took the lead in the 69th minute when Matt Clifford arrived at the far post to touch in James Gershfield’s off-target shot. Redbridge should have drawn level but their finishing continued to let them down and Tom Pett clinched it in the 84th minute. It was almost three, but Elvis Balic’s drive crashed against the bar.
Ilford celebrated their first victory of the season on Wednesday. Their 2-1 home win over Heybridge not only broke their duck but lifted them above Ware at the foot of the table. Sean Crossley’s own goal in the 16th minute gave Ilford a boost and they stayed in front until the 55th minute, when Ashley Hawkins levelled matters. Heybridge must have fancied their chances at that point but it was the Foxes who landed the knockout punch through Sam Adejokun in the 70th minute. Every team in the league has now won at least once. Tilbury moved up seven places to fourth in the table with a 4-1 victory at home to Romford. Alex Read put Dockers ahead in the sixth minute, with Kurt Smith equalising 12 minutes later. Emiel Aiken glanced in a header from a corner moments before half-time to restore Tilbury’s advantage and they were rarely threatened after the interval, capitalising on some slack defence to add further goals from Tom Webb and Read.
The Club will be holding working parties at the Lane on both Saturday and Sunday, 13th and 14th August, to complete a number of essential jobs that have to be completed ahead of next week’s League ground grading.
The work begins at 8am on both days and everyone is welcome to attend and lend their support. There are a number of jobs to do from DIY, painting, sweeping etc, but please bring along any equipment which could help on the day (DIY tools, paint brushes, gardening equipment, brooms etc).
All help is gratefully received, even if you can only offer an hour.
The club have announced that Jake Gillingwater has left the club. The 18 year old defender re-signed for the Greens during the summer after finishing last season on loan at the Lane from Rushden and Diamonds. However despite featuring in the majority of the friendlies and following talks with the Management has moved on.
The club wishes Jake all the best for the future.
It has also been announced that two players have signed on loan for Ridgeons League First Division side March Town United. Current Youth Team Captain Scott Davis and former Under 18s defender Tom Norton, who played for the Hares in Tuesday’s friendly with the Greens, will play for March in order to gain experience.
Soham have organised one more game before they begin the season next Saturday at home to Waltham Forest in the Ryman League. On Tuesday night, 16th August, the Greens’ 1st Team will face Chris Gibson’s Under 18s at the Lane, with a 7.30pm kick off.
Andy Furnell was unable to get his Soham Managerial career off with a win, as the Greens opened their pre-season campaign with 2-1 defeat at UCL Premier Division side Holbeach United.
The hosts went in 2-0 up at the break thanks to goals in the 14th and 24th minutes. Steve Bugg twice came close to pulling a goal back, before Denny Escorcio got on the score sheet, when he curled the ball wide of the Tigers’ keeper with twenty minutes remaining from 25 yards. Despite having the better of the play in the remainder of the match, Soham couldn’t find the important late equaliser.
Soham return to action on Saturday, when they travel to Fenland neighbours Wisbech Town.
S. Allen, S. Davies (A. Coleman 46), A. Austin, M. Bromwich, T. Liberatore, M. Simpson, R. McGeorge, D. Trutkowski (T. Norton 46), D. Escorcio, T. Taylor (A. Furnell 46), R. Gammon (S. Bugg 8)
Andy Furnell has made his first signing since taking over as Soham Manager with Jake Gillingwater agreeing to remain at the club for the new season, following his departure from Rushden and Diamonds.
The 18 year old defender arrived at the Lane in March on loan from Diamonds and started the final seven games at the end of the season. Whilst at Rushden, Jake made one 1st Team appearance, and was also Youth Team Captain.
As well as Jake, Assistant Manager Andy Coleman, Captain Michael Simpson, Dan Bircham, Martin Bromwich, Scott Carter, Rogan McGeorge and Richard Gammon have also re-signed for the new campaign with others likely to follow in the coming weeks.
16 Nov 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 15/11/11
Fast starting Potters Bar moved into the Ryman North play-off places with a convincing 3-0 victory at Great Wakering on Tuesday. They were two up in ten minutes thanks to James Gershfield and Tom Pett, his tenth league goal of the season, and Anton Agdomar converted a penalty just before half-time. That was the 43rd league goal Wakering have conceded, the poorest defensive record in any of the three divisions. Maldon were also beaten by a three-goal margin on home turf, crashing 5-2 to Waltham Abbey, who started almost as swiftly as the Scholars, with Matt Bedford and Loren Maxwell making it 2-0 by the 15th minute. Paul Shave pulled one back for Maldon shortly afterwards, but Daran Bern restored the two-goal gap before the interval. Sos Yao’s goal 13 minutes from time put Maldon back in the picture but it was the Abbots who produced the storming finish as Luke Webster and Tom Laxton wrapped it up. Malson & Tiptree managers Glen Knight and Brad King resigned after the home defeat; defenders Ian Cousins and Adam Flanagan will take charge as caretakers. A single goal was enough to give Heybridge a home win over Waltham Forest, but it was a visiting player who scored it. Josh Green put the ball into his own net a minute before the interval.
The draw has been made for the next rounds of the County Cups, with both the 1st Team and the Reserves receiving home ties in their respective competitions.
The 1st Team will entertain Lakenheath in the second round of the Cambs Invitation Cup at the Lane on Tuesday 10th January, with a 7.45pm kick off. This will be the second meeting of the season between the two sides with the current Kershaw Premier Division leaders beating the Greens in a friendly during the summer. Lakenheath progressed to this round having beaten Histon in the opening round, whilst Soham defeated March Town United.
The Reserves will host Cherry Hinton in the third round of the William Coad Cup on Saturday 14th January. Both sides made it through to this ties following 8-1 victories - Soham defeating Cambridge University Press Reserves, whilst Hinton won at Ely City A.
Cambs Invitation Cup
Mildenhall Town/CRC v Ely City
Royston Town v Cambridge City
Soham Town Rangers v Lakenheath
Wisbech Town v Haverhill Rovers
William Coad Cup
Duxford United v Fulbourn Institute Res
Soham Town Rangers Res v Cherry Hinton
Wisbech St Mary v Sawston United
Wisbech Town Res v Castle Camps/Cambridge City Res
After being sent off in Sunday’s defeat at Grays Athletic at the weekend, striker Dubi Ogbonna has received a three game suspension and will miss the home game with Maldon and Tiptree United on Saturday 3rd December, as well as the trips to Ilford (10th December) and Chatham Town the following weekend.
14 Nov 2011 - View From The Other Side - Grays Athletic
Blues won 4-1 against a very resilient Soham side who played with ten men for 82 minutes. Two goals from Lee Flynn, and one apiece from Danny Bunce and Leon McKenzie secured the win for the home side as they came back from a goal down.
Andy Furnell has made his second signing of the week with Dubi Ogbonna agreeing to return to the Lane.
The 19 year old striker originally arrived at the club at the beginning of the 2009 season from Histon, going onto scored 29 goals in 61 games. During this time Dubi also attracted interest from other clubs, included going on trial to Glasgow Celtic and Southend United. Since leaving the Greens in February this year, Ogbonna has had three spells with AFC Sudbury, whilst also appearing for Cambridge City and Kings Lynn Town.
9 Nov 2011 - View From The Other Side - Heybridge Swifts
Heybridge were denied a a late come back victory with an even later Soham equaliser.
The start and the end of this game was the lively part, just the bit in the middle which seemed a bit flat. A Bertie Brayley header clipped the top of the bar after just four minutes for the home side, two minutes later a low drive from the right by Hawes flashed across the face of goal and just evaded Callander who was sliding in at the far post. It was the number Soham number eleven who was eventually going to inflict the sting in the tail of the game but long before that he went close with a run and shot flashing wide on 28 minutes. Bertie Brayley completed a darting run towards the Soham goal by squaring the ball to Pond in front of goal but keeper Bircham made a save. Daniel Cotton finished off a run with a drive that had Willis in the Swifts goal at full stretch to push the ball away, defender Chris Ribchester managed to clear just as Cotton raced in on the rebound. Just before the interval a shot was driven across goal and narrowly wide from Cobb for the visitors. The opening goal fell on 68 minutes not long after Heybridge had made some subs. The goal though fell to Soham, a cross from Libertore was side footed home from inside the box by Soham skipper Michael Simpson. Heybridge found themselves again in the final ten minutes to turn the game on its head; first a cross from Hawes was smashed home by Brayley from close range on 81. The confidence rose and Sub Tom Broadhurst scored a superb individual goal four minutes later, his run on the right beating two defenders also saw him go to ground under a challenge but he managed to quickly rise and continue before shooting into the bottom left corner for a 2-1 lead. Heybridge had two late spectacular chances to score a third deep in stoppage time beyond the allocated two minutes a breakaway goal from Soham snatched a point as David Cobb raced away and slotted the ball past Willis where it clipped the post and trickled in to sink Heybridge hearts.
9 Nov 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 10/09/11
THE top two sides in Division One North met at Chatham, and it was Grays who came out on top 2-0 thanks to a Harry Agombar double. His first came from a penalty after 36 minutes and, after Chats had tried hard to hit back, he scored again, direct from a corner, in the 54th minute. Grays are a point clear of Waltham Forest, who came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 for the second time in four days. Having seen off Ilford in Wednesday’s FA Cup replay, they performed the same trick to see off Maldon in an eventful affair at Cricklefield.
9 Nov 2011 - Kershaw Senior A - Soham Res v Hemingsford United
Soham Res 4 Hemingsford United 4
Kershaw Senior A - Saturday 10/09/11
Soham Reserves made a remarkable recovery as they came from behind to draw 4-4 at home with Hemingfords United. After going in 3-0 down at the break, the Greens conceded a fourth early in the second half, before a brace from sub Cameron Robb, including a penalty, and strikes from Kevin Brasher and Ben Fuller gave Soham a share of the points.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, S. Lines, K. Brasher (W. Bell), D. Mould, J. Fuller, S. Hogg (M. Simpson), A. Clements, Be Fuller, S. James, T. Christie (C. Robb)
Unused: Br. Fuller, J. Greenley
The Ridgeons League have confirmed that Mildenhall Town have withdrawn from the Youth League for the 2011/12 season. This means that the North Division will have nine teams for the new campaign whilst the other four Divisions have ten teams.
Full Northern Setup:
Soham Town Rangers
Wisbech St Mary
30 Oct 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 29/10/11
Division One North leaders Grays were beaten 2-1 at home by Thamesmead after an exciting finish at Rookery Hill on Saturday. Theo Fairweather-Johnson gave the visitors the lead just before half-time and, with Harry Agombar missing a penalty for Grays, it looked likely to stay that way. Bradley Thomas thought he had salvaged a point with an 87th-minute header but then home keeper Andy Hall was sent off for bringing down Brad Killick and Ashley Probets made no mistake with the penalty.
A fine penalty save by Rhys Madden and a first half strike by Ricci Crace helped Ware climb off the bottom of the league, although the ten-man hosts were left feeling they could have taken maximum points after a frenetic outing at Wodson Park.
Soham U18s FA Youth Cup 1st round proper tie at home to Charlton Athletic has been arranged for Monday 7th November, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Admission prices for the game have been set at £3 for adults and £2 conessions.
28 Oct 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Ware Town v Soham Elite
Ware Town U16 9 v Soham Elite 1
Youth Development Friendly
Soham were sunk by a first half goal blitz from an experienced and powerful Ryman League outfit. The Greens squad showed, due to player rotation, nine changes from the side that had played really well against Brentwood a few days earlier, and never really got a foothold in the match. Ware took the lead after seven minutes but Rangers quickly equalised through Mason Newman. From then on Ware provided a lesson in clinical finishing, which Soham, despite making several decent second half chances, never matched. The Greens’ Youth Development Manager Gavin Stevenson commented "Sometimes these things happen, just ask Sir Alex! We have only been playing matches for one month and for quite a few of the boys this was the highest standard game they have played in. We'll dust ourselves down and get to work and enjoy the rest of the season's programme"
E Jones (Serpent), Smith (Radford), Pitt, Clayton, Sterna, Childs (Edgely), Russell, Reed, Ferrier (Marston), Sorensen (Wall), Newman
The Ryman League has published the draw for the third round of the Alan Boon Cup.
All matches are to be played in the week beginning 14 November 2011.
Bury Town v Chatham Town
Canvey Island v Ware
Corinthian Casuals v Eastbourne Town
Dulwich Hamlet v Walton & Hersham
East Thurrock United or Redbridge v Thamesmead Town
Enfield Town v AFC Sudbury
Harrow Borough v Cheshunt
Hastings United v Tooting & Mitcham United
Leatherhead v Bognor Regis Town
Leiston v Billericay Town
Lewes v Folkestone Invicta
Maidstone United v Carshalton Athletic
Maldon & Tiptree or Romford v Lowestoft Town
Metropolitan Police v Margate
Needham Market v Brentwood Town
Ramsgate v Chipstead
Soham Town Rangers U18s 2 St Neots Town U18s 1
FAYouth Cup 3rd Qualifying Round - Wednesday 26/10/11
Soham U18's have made their dream tie a reality, beating St Neots 2-1 in a near perfect display as Chris Gibson's Green's made the FA Youth Cup 1st round Proper, with the visit of Charlton Athletic to the Lane in November. Gibson tinkered with the side from last weeks abandoned game, with Baba Camara coming in for Dwayne Cohen and Scott Davis literally jumped off the plane from holiday to step in for the unfortunate Chris Munday, who broke his leg last week. Soham attacked St Neots from the start, with some good tackling and movement showing more intent and hunger from the home side. St Neots looked dangerous though and had the first effort on goal, but a fine point blank save from Turner and then a header off the line from Potter off the rebound kept the Green's level. On 18 minutes, great work by Orvis and then Robb saw Camara charge down the away keeper and dink a lovely ball into an empty net over the advancing stopper. Julius Martin Lane erupted and straight from the restart, the Green's hunted the ball down. Twice Robb came close and Camara blasted over but it needed Turner to make another fine stop for the Green's lead to stay. That advantage was doubled on half hour though, as again Soham harassed the Saints back line and after Robb nipped in off a back pass, he coolly blasted the ball over the keeper for 2-0. It was a committed Green's performance, as Davis threw himself in front of a goal bound effort and Potter again denied the Saints striker with a great challenge. At halftime, Gibson urged his team not to sit back and they didn't. A stunned Saints side expected the Soham bus to be parked in front of goal, but Orvis and Simpson caused problems and again Camara and Robb went close with efforts, Cotton also had a shot saved. Turner pulled off a great tip over from a corner from a Saints’ set piece and Simpson almost got a third but shot straight at the keeper. Soham had frustrated their visitors all through the game, but St Neots grabbed a goal in the 85th minute after the ball was deemed to have crossed the line after an effort from their striker crashed off the bar and down. Instead of defending their one goal cushion, Soham attacked and forced a number of corners and free kicks, of which one St Neots' player was shown a red card for. The final whistle went; Soham had won the game and a glamour tie against League One Charlton. An emotional Gibson said; "I knew that if we upped our tempo, fought for every ball and chased everything, we would cause trouble! They only had a long ball game and we played some tremendous football around them. My boys had a hard time putting Munday's injury behind them, but this is for him. I cannot say how proud I am!"
After the final whistle blew on the game, it wasn’t the end for the young Green's FA Youth Cup journey, as a 2-1 win secured their passage into the first round proper, and a home game with Charlton Athletic in November. After Manager Chris Gibson had come down from an almighty high, he paid tribute to his battling side and confessed to not really knowing his line up even as he approached the ground. "I have to admit, after training on Monday, it’s been a nightmare. They work so hard and we worked on some specific things I felt we needed to work on and they all gave one hundred percent. We didn't want to come across too predictable and to be honest I don't feel we gave anything away last week to how we can play. I tweaked the side and Scott Davis returning from holiday was a boost, as he stepped in for Chris Munday. Baba Camara was the difficult one, as Dwayne Cohen has played so well this year, but Baba gives us something very different on the ball. We played with a lot of tempo and with a controlled emotion. If we had let that get away from us, I feel we may have lost our heads slightly and fell to the occasion rather than the match itself. I'm so proud of the boys. They have given me everything and more and did exactly what I asked of them. I can't fault any of them and praise them enough, it was a team performance. Young Andy Potter stands out for me, his first season has been excellent so far and has headed every ball and made every challenge needed to be made. Dec Turner kept us in it with some good stops and the whole back line looked commanding. We have a great 'Team' ethic in our setup and other teams can have all these great facilities, reputations and skilful players but I would not swap any of that for the team I have! They play football the right way, the play is attractive and the work rate to the maximum. I would like to thank everyone again who helped us out to host these last few games and a plea to help us host one of the biggest ties at the Lane for years. A lot of planning is already underway. We deserve this, not only as a team, but a club and a town. We want to put our club on the map and something like this will now hopefully give us some much appreciated status. We will go into the Charlton game with a relaxed attitude but I never go into a game expecting to lose. We will fight long and hard to do our very best, if we do that I’m happy whatever the result. I'm going to enjoy this feeling, but we have an important league fixture first, so back to training Monday and more hard work!"
27 Oct 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 25/10/11 + 26/10/11
Will the real Cheshunt please stand up? Is it the Cheshunt who lost 5-0 at home to Brentwood in Division One North on Tuesday, following an 8-1 thrashing by Needham Market in their last home league game? Or is it the Cheshunt who, in between those two shockers, outplayed Premier Division leaders Hornchurch and deservedly beat them 3-1 in the Alan Boon Cup? Dean Green didn’t stop to ask questions. Green, a former Hornchurch player, claimed a first half-hat-trick, with goals in the 13th, 15th and 40th minutes, to put the visitors in command. Ryan Edgar made the most of the rebound after his first shot had been blocked to make it 4-0 in the 55th minute and Ryan Doyle completed the nap hand with a 70th-minute free-kick. To complete Cheshunt’s unhappy night, Jordan Lumsden was sent off in the closing stages. Brentwood moved up to fifth and Needham Market climbed to third with a 2-0 home win over Redbridge. Both goals came from the prolific Sam Newson, who scored after 14 and 85 minutes to take his season’s tally to 20, of which 12 have come in the league to make him the clear leader of the Golden Boot race. Chatham looked set to return from their long midweek journey to Soham with a point but failed to do so. David Cobb netted the only goal of the game in added time to give Soham all three points.
Grays returned to the top of Division One North on Wednesday. Harry Agombar slotted home a penalty at the end of the first half to give them a 1-0 home win over Leiston.
Soham Under 18s are through to the 1st round proper of the FA Youth Cup, and a home tie with Charlton Athletic, after beating St Neots 2-1 in the replayed third qualifying round tie at the Lane; Baba Camara and Cameron Robb gave the Greens the advantage at the break before the visitors pulled one back late on for a nervy finish.
A confirmed date for the game is still to be arranged, but it will be played within the next two weeks.
Match report and full details for the next round to follow…
The club have confirmed that the past week has seen another two players leave the Lane for new clubs.
After only two weeks at Soham, Paul Cousins has signed for Wroxham, who are currently second in the Ridgeons League. The 29 year old defender only arrived at the start of October following his release from Kings Lynn Town, and played in three games. Prior to that, Cousins played alongside Manager Andy Furnell at Wisbech Town last year, where he was the Fenmen’s Captain.
Following the departure of former Soham keeper Lea Jordan, March Town United have signed Greens’ Reserve Team keeper Simon Allen as his replacement, with Allen making his Hares’ debut in their defeat to Soham on Tuesday in the Cambs Invitation Cup. The 20 year old progressed up through the United 18s and was a regular for the Reserves last season where he was named Managers Player Of The Year, before making his 1st Team debut at the start of this campaign, playing two games with Dan Bircham unavailable.
23 Oct 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 22/10/11 + 23/10/11
Tilbury are the new leaders of Division One North. They made the most of the FA Trophy involvement of neighbours Grays on Saturday to move ahead of them at the top with a 2-1 home victory over bottom club Ware. It was Ware who led at half-time with a tenth-minute goal by Ryan Mattos but two strikes in three minutes by Alex Read soon after the break fired Dockers into first place. The other game brought a return to winning ways for Chatham thanks to a goal in added time by Garry Tilley which edged out visiting Heybridge 3-2. After a scoreless first half, Adam Marsh struck for Chats in the first minute of the second period only for Tom Broadhurst to produce a swift equaliser. Lee Hales put Chats ahead again with a penalty midway through the half but Swifts thought they had snatched a point when they were handed their own chance from the spot with four minutes left and Russell Hawkins converted.
Leiston leapt from 11th to fourth in the Division One North table on Sunday with a 2-1 success at Romford that ended Boro’s unbeaten home record. Romford could themselves have moved into third place with a victory, but they were up against it from the seventh minute when a handling offence allowed Danny Heath to give Leiston the lead from the spot. There was almost an extraordinary second goal in the 76th minute when Luke Hammond hit the bar with a free-kick from the touchline inside his own half. It led to a goal, but from seven inches rather than 70 yards. The rebound was cleared for a corner, which was allowed to drop at the far post for Joe Jefford to tap in. Romford brought lanky Paul White off the bench and he hooked the ball over the line in the 84th minute for what proved to be only a consolation goal.
Soham striker Cameron Robb scored on his County debut as Cambridgeshire Under 18s came from behind to beat Hertfordshire Under 18s 2-1 at Letchworth.
With the game at 0-0, Robb came off the bench for the final twenty five minutes. The hosts then took the lead, only for Cambridgeshire to equalise, before Robb secured the victory with ten minutes remaining.
1-0 Cambridge City v Great Shelford
3-2 Ely City v Over Sports
2-1 Haverhill Rovers v Godmanchester Rovers
1-2 Histon v Lakenheath
3-1 Royston Town v Cambridge University Press
5-1 Soham Town Rangers v March Town United
5-0 Wisbech Town v Littleport Town
Mildenhall Town v CRC to be played Tuesday 1st November
Soham U18's big night on the FA Cup stage was shortened after a horrible leg injury to stand in skipper Chris Munday saw their game abandoned after 35 minutes. The injury saw a half and hour stop in play, as paramedics treated Munday on the field, whilst shocked players and supporters were ushered inside and eventually informed the referee had chosen to abandon the game.
Green's manager Gibson commented "My main concern is Chris. It's a horrible one, a broken fibula and ligament damage; it's a sad end to a night that should have resulted in a great game and prize at the end. Ok, it can be replayed, but our thoughts are with Chris."
Munday is thought to be out till the New Year with his injury and the club wish him all the best in his recovery. Soham would also like to thank the physio of St Neots with his assistance beside our own physio Nathan Nicholls in their treatment of Munday.
The match will be replayed on Wednesday 26th October at the Lane, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Tonight’s FA Youth Cup 3rd Qualifying round tie at home to St Neots Under 18s was abandoned after 35 minutes following a serious leg injury to Chris Munday, which resulted in the midfielder receiving lengthy treatment on the pitch by paramedics before being taken to Addenbrookes Hospital by ambulance - As yet the full extent on the injury is unknown.
The Saints were leading 2-1 at the time, Cameron Robb scoring for the Greens. The game will now be replayed next Wednesday 26th October, with a 7.45pm kick off.
Chris is wished well for a full and speedy recovery.
16 Oct 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 15/10/11
Division One North was the place for goals on Saturday, with 42 of them coming in nine games. Eight of them were scored by Needham Market, who had already netted seven twice this season and are the league’s top scorers with 33 in ten games. This time the Marketmen went goal-crazy on the road, wrecking Cheshunt’s unbeaten home record by inflicting an 8-1 thrashing.
Soham Reserves suffered their first defeat in seven matches as they lost 3-1 away to League leaders Debden; Jonathon Brown scored the Greens only goal.
Soham have no game next weekend, but return to action on Saturday 29th October with a home game against Cambridge City Reserves in the William Cockell Cup - The first of three consecutive cup games.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, W. Bell, K. Brasher (S. Hogg), D. Mould, J. Brown(J. Poulton), Br. Fuller, J. Fuller (H. Thompson), S. James, T. Christie, C. Robb
16 Oct 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Brentwood Town v Soham Elite
Brentwood Town U16 2 v Soham Elite 0
Youth Development Friendly - Saturday 15/10/11
The Elite were undone by two late goals in a tight competitive match against their Ryman League counterparts. In a goalless first half of few chances both teams had efforts cleared off the line and both keepers made top notch saves. For Soham the excellent Sean Reed somehow produced a seemingly impossible goal line clearance whilst Kane Munday's near post save after a momentary defensive lapse on the left which allowed Town's pacey winger to cut in and shoot, kept the Greens’ goal intact. At the other end Harry Sorensen produced some neat individual play but was denied by a double point blank save from the Town keeper, yet still managed to slide the ball goal wards only to see it cleared off the line. The lively Mason Newman was a constant menace to the home defence twice having shots just off target. In the second half the home side just edged the possession but Dave Crowley's pacey runs produced Rangers best goal threat. Soham made four changes at half time including keeper Chris Jones who pulled off three excellent saves. Alex Martin had a far post header blocked on the line, but with just thirteen minutes to go the solid Rangers defence was finally breached with Town's best move for 1-0. Within a minute the hosts had a slice of good fortune. Before the Greens could settle after the goal, a long Brentwood clearance eluded everyone and Town's left winger had the run of the ball to race through for a simple finish. Soham pressed forward in the last ten minutes but could not grab a lifeline goal. Overall this was a decent display against good standard opponents with several excellent individual performances.
13 Oct 2011 - View From The Other Side - Brentwood Town
Brentwood recorded their second 3-0 win at Soham in four weeks as they repeated their league win from last month in the league cup on Tuesday.
With so many changes, it was not surprising that Brentwood started a little shakily and Soham, as they did for long periods of the game, enjoyed some good possession with David Cobb and Dubi Ogbonna impressing in their attack.
But Brentwood scored in the tenth minute when Emmanuel Osei got clear on goal. He could not get a clean shot at goal but set up Dingli, whose effort was smothered by home keeper Dan Bircham, only for Rees, following up, to strike the loose ball into the corner of the net.
The second goal came in the 41st minute following s free kick by Rees on the edge of the Soham area. The ball deflected off the wall and Dingli was the first to react and slotted in from an angle on the right.
Brentwood must have expected a tough second half but they got some more breathing space in the 51st minute when Mason hit a free kick into the top corner, giving Bircham no chance.
The home side battled to get back into the game but it was not until late in the game that they seriously threatened Elliot Justham’s goal. But Justham was in top form, making three fine saves to secure another clean sheet for the Brentwood defence.
13 Oct 2011 - Ridgeons Youth League - Soham v Newmarket
Soham Town Rangers U18s 1 Newmarket Town U18s 0
Ridgeons Youth League - Wednesday 12/10/11
Chris Gibson's Soham side ground out a derby win against Newmarket, with a first half effort from Matt Simpson separating the sides. After a mixture of last week’s jubilation and the impending FA Youth Cup fixture with St Neots next week, Gibson's side could be excused for having one eye elsewhere. But Newmarket arrived more than happy to make the Green's battle for their three points and to capitalise on any focus that was lost. The away side started the brighter on a fast and damp pitch, Soham defending well though with James Poulton and Jake Cotton controlling the backline. Newmarket did breach the two once though, but Declan Turner stretched out a right leg to block the shot to safety. Up the other end and Cameron Robb and Dwayne Cohen went close, both should have done better in promising positions. Jim Orvis and Matt Simpson attacked down the wings and they combined to see Orvis' cross flicked on and Simpson arrived back post to bundle home the opener on the half hour. That next ten minutes and Soham could and should have increased their lead, Robb and Cohen going just wide and Simpson had a goal chalked off for an apparent foul on a back peddling keeper. Gibson at half time changed a little in the dimension of the play and played a higher line, with Cohen chasing down and pressurising the Newmarket back line. For the first fifteen minutes of the half, Soham had upped the tempo, but couldn’t find their opening as Newmarket's defenders were excellent. When they did break through, Simpson was denied by the Jockey's goalkeeper with a header and then Robb was denied again by the stopper with a blast destined for the net. Newmarket nearly found a way through, but the exceptional Poulton again blocked and cleared. Orvis sliced wide and Newmarket's nine should have been far more clinical when saw a sight of goal, but Soham withstood the pressure for a tense 1-0 win.
After the game, Gibson was in two minds over the game but was happy with the three points. "It was scrappy, niggly, boring at times even and we didn’t really get out of second gear. They at times had more time and pressure it seemed and credit to them for that, but if we had to have upped our game more, I believe we would have been more than comfortable. I get the feeling that some minds are on next week and not wanting to get an injury or be blowing has affected us. But I’m happy with three points and it doesn't have to be pretty to be successful. They say that sometimes you have to win ugly to be a good side, well that was pretty minging to me - So we must be awesome!"
You have just had the 90 minutes of your season and made it to the third qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup, England's most prestigious of tournaments at Youth Level. You are set to face a side that have grown in stature over the years in St Neots to take your place in history. You then get the call that the first round proper draw has been made at Soho Square and that the prize of beating St Neots is Charlton Athletic of League One.
That feeling gave Soham manager Chris Gibson that joyous feeling of a fixture that looks to be the tie of the round - But the obstacle of St Neots is a massive one.
"When I got the call, I nearly fell off my chair. It’s a fantastic draw and the chance to get to this stage of the competition is massive. I had already been informed that we had made history reaching this stage; I like to push that a little bit further though. The boys were all buzzing too and the phone messages came through with 'Gaffa - Top draw, we need to beat St Neots!' But after that stage of an hour, we have had to nail our feet down to the floor and focus on the two games leading up to it. Newmarket was a tough game, I think the distraction of the St Neots game has affected us, but it means now that that is out the way and three points won, we can focus on that game. We have banned the 'C' word from training and any talk on our forum, but to be fair to the lads they have been focussed on the training and other games beforehand."
On their opposition, Gibson spoke highly of their setup and growing reputation in the Non-League pyramid. "St Neots are a massive side, you only have to look at their set up and the whole feel around their club after their 1st team gained promotion to know they are really going somewhere. They play some excellent football and have some great young individuals that they have attracted to the club. The attraction in the quality of facilities and setup's is unrivalled around these parts. But I will take that, as they have become favourites. And if they think it, then let’s hope we are a surprise package and give them a game!"
Gibson has called upon the town of Soham and the surrounding areas to support his side in their quest and knows that no matter what the result, he will be just as proud. "We need to really get behind the lads; that’s the club, the town and everyone to support a team that has really impressed with their football and mentality this year. I have always said, I will chase the dream, not the competition but dreams are played in your head and the competition is on that field next week! We have so much to gain but with that kind of prize at stake, there feels more to lose."
Soham striker Cameron Robb has this week received his first call up to the Cambridgeshire Under 18s side for their game against Hertfordshire Under 18s at Letchworth on Sunday 23rd October.
This is Robb’s third season with the Greens, and has been a regular for both the Under 18s and the Reserves over the last couple of years, making his 1st Team debut in the recent defeat at Harlow Town.
After Soham U18's exited the FA Youth Cup, Manager Chris Gibson was left defeated but not ashamed. After seeing his side overhauled by the size, strength and experience of Charlton Athletic, his reflection on the game saw more positives than anything else. "We are leagues apart, quite literally. But my boys earned the right to be dazzled by a team of such calibre. If I am honest, I ask myself certain questions about the night and where we could have been better. I thought we were a little star struck and like rabbits in headlights and maybe could have given a better account of ourselves, but I don't think it would have changed the game’s outcome! They train five days a week, spend hours in the gym - which is clearly visible, and they have one to one professional coaching as a unit throughout their club. We cannot compete with that and although as the goals went in we got downhearted, we kept going to the very end! For that, I am proud and I have to say what a pleasure it has been leading the U18's and the club as a whole forward in this competition. But we won't rest on our laurels. I have a job to do at this club right up till the end of the season and with that, lift the boys to compete in the league. It’s given us a thirst to do more and to learn off the professional clubs, Charlton being an absolute role model of a club. As a football club, we put on a wonderful spectacle and created a good atmosphere. We battled and appreciated the support given to us, the crowd were fantastic! I was so proud of every single volunteer and helpers that night and must thank some very special 'club' orientated people. Karen Prewett and Heather Smart were my angels throughout the build-up and along with Des Camp, Peter Allen and Simon Cullum, they drew people in so that we could concentrate on the game itself. I thank them all."
Soham went behind early in the early stages and although Cameron Robb almost got in, Charlton added three more to make a half time score of 4-0. The young Green's lost Robb and Andy Potter to serious looking injuries and luck didn't fall their way as Charlton were clinical. Scott Davis had a moment of magic to lighten the night but was well saved by the Charlton keeper. At the final whistle, a sad end to such a journey for the Under 18's but most of all a proud and courageous effort throughout.
10 Oct 2011 - William Cockell Cup - Cherry Hinton v Soham Res
Cherry Hinton 3 Soham Reserves 4
William Cockell Cup - Saturday 08/10/11
For the second time in a week, Soham Reserves faced Cherry Hinton, but after drawing in the League the previous week, the Greens came from behind to progress through to the next round of William Cockell Cup with a 4-3 victory. Sam James notched his fifth goal in the two games by scoring a hat trick, with Tom Christie getting the other goal.
Soham are now at home to Cambridge City Reserves in the next round.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, K. Brasher, P. Skinner (J. Greenley), D. Mould, Br. Fuller, Be. Fuller, A. Clements, J. Brown (H. Thompson), T. Christie, S. James
Soham have added to their squad ahead of the trip to Heybridge Swifts by signing right sided attacker Dan Cotton.
The 25 year old arrives at the Lane from Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South side AFC Stamford, and has previously appeared for Blackstones and Boston United, where he played a handful of Football League games.
Soham completed their pre-season campaign with a 0-0 draw away at Ridgeons First Division side March Town United. Both sides created some good opportunities, but couldn’t find the break-through, with Dan Bircham and former Soham keeper Lea Jordan, now playing for the Hares, making some important saves, whilst Rogan McGeorge, Andy Furnell and Scott Carter all saw efforts hit the woodwork.
D. Bircham, S. Davis (S. Flanz 50), M. Bromwich, T. Liberatore, J. Gillingwater (A. Coleman 63), R. McGeorge, L. Hipwell, S. Carter, M. Robinson (J. Fuller 55), S. Bugg (R. Gammon 60), A. Furnell
For the second consecutive friendly, Soham Reserves were held to a 1-1 draw against a Kershaw Premier Division side, this time away to a strong Ely City Reserves side. The Robins opened the scoring during the first half, before Cameron Robb equalised from the spot after the interval.