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.
The Elite squad returned from Denmark with a successful work out. Flying out Wednesday, the Greens had a tour of Copenhagen and the Parken Arena, home of the national team and FC Kobenhaven. They then travelled to their training camp in Helsingor which is also the facilities used by the Danish national team, before entertaining a Copenhagen Youth side, losing 2-1 in a close friendly, but Coaches Chris Gibson and Robin Davis were encouraged by early signs.
On the Thursday morning, they did a full training session at the training facilities, then enjoyed in the evening special guest passes to Sweden, to see Helsingborg V Eab Tel Aviv in the Europa League Qualifier. A free Friday day time then saw Gibson, Davis, U18 skipper Scott Davis and two of the Elite players feature in a Kronborg Team against the Danish Allstars, made up of ex pro’s and internationals. Gibson was awarded Man of the Match for some excellent saves and Scott Davis scored a 20 yard screamer but lost 2-1 on the night. In front of a capacity crowd though, it was a great experience.
Saturday and Sunday saw the Elite in Kronborg Cup action and finished third in a strong group, to qualify for the UEFA Cup style knockout rounds. They eventually lost 2-0 to a Copenhagen Elite side, but never disgraced the club with their efforts throughout. On return Sunday evening, Gibson and Davis were delighted by the work rate and also behaviour of the lads, plus the excellent time they had experienced abroad.
Monday night though brought judgment night and Gibson had to cut the squad to 21. After much thinking and debate, he chose his squad for the 2011/12 season and released a total of seven players. On that, Gibson had this to say “I have to thank all the guys that worked hard to try get in. They made it such a tough decision, but we weighed up a lot of options etc. and came to an agreement. We wish those lads all the best and thank you for their time and efforts for Soham Town Rangers Elite.”
7 Oct 2011 - Away Travel - Holbeach United / Wisbech Town
Soham begin their pre-season campaign this week with trips to UCL Premier Division side Holbeach United on Tuesday (12th July, 7.45pm kick off), before making their first ever visit to The Elgoods Fenland Stadium next Saturday (16th July, 3pm kick off) to face new Manager Andy Furnell’s former club, Wisbech Town, who play in the Ridgeons Premier Division.
30 Sep 2011 - Ridgeons Youth League - Newmarket v Soham
Newmarket Town 1 Soham Town Rangers 6
Ridgeons Youth League North - Thursday 29/09/11
It was back to league action for Soham’s U18’s as they travelled to local rivals and reigning champions Newmarket Town. For most of the first half the Soham boy’s minds seemed to be elsewhere as they were second best to determined opponents who are always looking to gain local bragging rights. Against the run of play however Soham took the lead in the 43rd minute when after the only piece of flowing team play Dwayne Cohen received the ball and turned sharply only to be brought down with Cameron Robb dispatching the resulting penalty. Rather than seeing out the remainder of the half, the Greens contrived to allow Newmarket to leave the pitch level at 1-1 by conceding in injury time through some woeful defending. There was no ranting or raving in the dressing room, instead the Management Team reminded the boys that they weren’t losing and they had 45 minutes to put things right and to stake a claim in the team for forthcoming games. Within a minute of the restart Cohen outpaced the startled Newmarket defence and drilled the ball into the far corner. Again Soham almost gifted Newmarket an immediate equaliser but when through on goal the forward dragged his shot wide of the post. Five minutes later Newmarket were left to regret their miss as Robb ran onto a through ball for his second and Soham’s third. During the next 10 minutes Cohen, who had his best game in a Soham shirt, twice chased lost causes, closing down the keeper and defenders forcing errors and creating goals for Jim Orvis and then himself to put the visitors 5-1 up. With the game won Soham put on an exhibition of passing football at its best against demoralised opponents. Simpson ran through from the half way line beating four defenders before crossing for Orvis to score before Robb spurned his chance for a hat-trick by blasting a penalty into orbit after Foster had been upended.
With bragging rights firmly secured thoughts could now turn to next weeks FA Youth cup tie against Woodbridge who warmed up with a 9-1 thrashing of Diss Town.
29 Sep 2011 - View From The Other Side - Waltham Abbey
The Abbotts returned to winning ways with a well deserved victory at Julius Martin Lane with goals from Tim Shaw (2) and Ayrton Coley.
The Abbotts were 2-0 up after 12 mins with a brace from Tim Shaw. He beat the offside trap on both occasions; rounding the goal keeper and sloting home for the first and firing early for the second. He was unlucky not to have secured his hattrick when a thunderous header hit the cross and was hacked to safety.
The Abbotts dominated the first 45mins and really should have been out of site but Jay Abberly conceded a silly free kick in time added on and Soham, with their only real attempt at goal, reduced the arrears.
The second half started slowly and after about 15 minutes the hosts hit a purple patch. The Abbotts defended stoutly with Harry Ricketts pulling off a fine save to tip the ball onto the bar ensuring the advantage remained.Ayrton Coley scored an excellent goal - after turning their centre half he bent the ball into the top right hand corner to make sure of the points.
28 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 27/09/11
A four-goal salvo by Nathan Dewberry earned Great Wakering Rovers their second Division One North victory of the season on Tuesday. Their home game against Ware was goalless until the 57th minute, when Dewberry broke the deadlock and went on to complete an eight-minute hat-trick. Ware hit back through Tony Martin in the 73rd minute and their first away goal of the season was immediately followed by a Ricci Crace penalty. Wakering must have had visions of their game against Potters Bar last season, when Dan Trenkel scored five and finished up on the wrong end of a 6-5 scoreline, but the Ware comeback finished there and Dewberry made it 4-2 in the closing stages. Trenkel’s present club, Redbridge, have made a habit of fighting back from two goals down. But their efforts were in vain last night as they went down 3-2 to table-topping visitors Grays. Joao Carlos struck for Grays in the fourth minute and Joe Sweeney added another in the 26th, with Nathan Gordon halving the deficit shortly before halftime. It seemed that the Motormen had done it again when Ryan Murray equalised with 20 minutes left but Louis Dennis promptly restored Grays’ lead and they held on. A Bradley Barber double lifted Needham Market to third spot. He scored after 33 and 65 minutes to set up a 2-1 victory at struggling Maldon, who pulled one back with ten minutes left through Sos Yao. It was a night to forget for Needham’s Suffolk rivals, however. Leiston’s home game against county rivals Sudbury had to be abandoned because of fog after 26 scoreless minutes. Thamesmead missed the chance to take over second place when they could only draw 1-1 at Cheshunt. Kevin Ashwood put Cheshunt ahead with only 15 minutes left but James Donovan soon replied. Heybridge, who suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday, slipped up again, losing 2-1 at Potters Bar despite being gifted a seventh-minute lead by Josh Urquhart’s own goal. Tom Pett equalised in the 64th minute and Fabion Simms grabbed a last-gasp winner. Two goals in the last nine minutes of the first half earned Enfield Town a 2-1 success at Brentwood. Dean Pennant and Jon Moore were the marksmen. Jason Mason pulled one back soon after the break. Tilbury ended a five-match winless run, scoring in the third minute of each half to beat visiting Harlow 2-1. Bradley Barnes and Tom Webb were on target for the Dockers and a Docker – Jon Docker, that is – replied for Harlow with 20 minutes left. Goals early and late in the first half from Paul Clayton and Olawale Odedoyin gave Romford a 2-0 home victory against Ilford, who remain marooned at the foot of the table with only one point. Two goals in five first-half minutes from Tim Shaw set up Waltham Abbey’s 3-1 win at Soham. Will Fordham replied just before the interval and Soham’s hopes remained high until Ayrton Coley hit Abbey’s third in added time.
28 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 28/09/11
Waltham Forest took over second place in Division One North from Chatham with a 3-1 victory over the Kent club in a lively affair at Cricklefield on Wednesday. A Josh Green own goal gifted Chatham an early lead and they held it until three minutes after the interval, when Gaz Dauti headed the equaliser from a free-kick. Chatham had a similar effort disallowed before Joel Palmer rifled Forest in front and, after the visitors had a penalty claim turned down, late substitute Billy Healey finished it off seven minutes into added time.
25 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 24/09/11
Grays Athletic came from behind to win 2-1 at Brentwood yesterday (Saturday), opening up a three-point gap at the top of Division One North. Ryan Doyle gave the hosts the lead with a penalty just before half-time but Louis Dennis turned things round after the break. His shot was parried for Joe Sweeney to nab the equaliser and Dennis himself headed the winner in the 62nd minute.
25 Sep 2011 - Kershaw Senior A - Soham Res v Cambridge City Res
Soham Reserves 2 Cambridge City Reserves 2
Kershaw Senior A - Saturday 24/09/11
Soham Reserves drew their third consecutive game as they were held 2-2 at the Lane by Cambridge City Reserves, managed by former Soham assistant manager Brett Matthews. After City had taken the lead, the Greens took the lead through long range efforts from Jake Fuller and Jonathon Brown, only for the visitors to equalise at the end of the first half.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, W. Bell, K. Brasher (M. Simpson), D. Mould, J. Fuller (T. Christie), S. Hogg, J. Brown, A. Clements (Br. Fuller), S. James, C. Robb
Next Saturday, 1st October, Soham continue to search for their first away victory of the season when they travel to Harlow Town. The Hawks, who were second in the table before yesterday’s defeat to Waltham Forest, are now sixth having won four of their eight League games, with two draws and two defeats from the other games.
Following the U18s late victory over Stowmarket Town on Wednesday, the Greens will now entertain Woodbridge Town in the second qualifying round of the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday 5th October, with a 7.45pm kick off. The winners of this tie will be at home in the third qualifying round against either Kettering Town or St Neots Town, week commencing 17th October.
25 Sep 2011 - View From The Other Side - Great Wakering Rovers
Honours were even in this highly entertaining encounter. Great Wakering Rovers shaded the first half with the impressive Bradley Nobbs giving the Soham Town defence a torrid time. Marc Gorbell was desperately unlucky early on, his goal bound header being cleared off the line by Alex Austin. On the half hour, Rovers threatened again after Luca Frankis hit the post, Soham then had two good efforts from beneath the crossbar. It took Rovers who took the lead on 62 minutes, with Bradley Nobbs bursting through and his powerful shot nestling in the back of the net. This spurred Soham into life and David Cobb shot wide of the upright from a great position. Luka Frankis might have doubled Rovers tally but his shot went wide with only the keeper to beat. Soham Town Rangers equaliser arrived with a minute remaining, Rovers defence failed to clear the danger and Tom Liberatore shot home from close range to give Soham a deserved share of the points.
23 Sep 2011 - Youth Development - Soham Elite v Coggeshall Town
Soham Elite 3 v Coggeshall Town U16 4
Youth Development Friendly - Thursday 22/09/11
A scrambled goal two minutes from time denied Soham a draw which their overall team performance surely deserved in a fast high standard game against Alliance League opponents. The Greens started well with some good attacking football and Harry Sorenson had two efforts, one just over and one well saved by the Cogs excellent keeper. Rangers fluid midfield play posed the visitors constant problems but against the run of play Coggeshall took the lead when a speculative long range shot hit the bar and bounced back straight to their centre forward for an easy finish. Soham continued to press and Mason Newman and Charlie Russell produced excellent individual moments whilst Noah Brown showed some neat touches. On the stroke of half time the visitors were two up when Kane Munday failed to deal with a right wing cross and the ball was headed in. Rangers fell further behind on the hour when a poor clearance fell to a Cogs player 12 yards out who drove it home. Generally the Greens’ new back four looked solid and grew in confidence as the game progressed before pulling one goal back; Charley Irvine's precision low cross was met at the far post by Dave Crowley. Then the excellent Scott Callaghan split the Cogs defence with the pass of the match setting Newman away who dummied the defender and keeper before slotting home for 2-3. With the visitors clearly rocked Crowley was tripped as he cut in from the right and from the resulting free kick the outstanding Alex Martin headed home the equaliser. In the final ten minutes both teams went all out for the winner, both keepers needing to make good saves. When Rangers failed to deal with a corner the ball was somehow scrambled in at the near post. In the dying seconds both Irvine and Sean Reed were just inches away from yet another dramatic equaliser. Overall this was a good start for the season in the squad's first match against a settled side in regular league action with plenty of positives to build on.
Munday (C Jones), Smith, Pitt, Clayton, Morgan, Martin, Newman, Edgeley (Irvine), Russell (Callaghan), Brown (Crowley), Sorensen (Reed)
Soham have bolstered their defence with the signing of Will Fordham from Southern League side St Neots. The 28 year old goal scoring centre half found the net nine times in 43 appearances last season as the Saints claimed the UCL Premier Division title. Before moving to The Hunts Post Community Stadium at the beginning of last season, Fordham played for St Ives Town, where he was Captain.
However as Fordham arrives, it has been announced that two players have left the Lane - Luke Hipwell, to UCL side Peterborough Northern Star, and Steve Bugg. Utility player Hipwell arrived at Soham at the beginning 2009 season following his release from Cambridge United, going onto scored seven goals in his 91 appearances. Having previously spent four years at the Lane, striker Bugg returned to the club at the beginning of last season from Newmarket Town to manage the Reserves alongside Peter Hinde, but after resigning from the position at the end of the last campaign, returned to first team action during the summer scoring once in five games prior to his departure. Alex Austin will also be unavailable after tomorrow's game at Great Wakering Rovers as he leaves to go to University in Birmingham. The defender arrived at the start of last season from Peterborough United and has been a regular this season at fullback.
The club is also likely to be without Scott Carter for up to a month after the midfielder broke his hand whilst at work.
Soham Town Rangers U18s 2 Stowmarket Town U18s 1
FA Youth Cup Qualifying Round 1 - Wednesday 21/09/11
Soham produced the goods in magnificent fashion as Jim Orvis scored deep into injury time to give Chris Gibson's side the win. Gibson gave a surprise debut to 15 year old Greg Pitt in defence and changed his formation for the game against the inform visitors. Stowmarket boasted an unbeaten start to the season and showed good promise in the early stages of the game. Their physical presence and age seemed to boss the game and took the lead on 22 minutes. That kicked Soham into life and Orvis, Cameron Robb and Matt Simpson all went close. On 42 minutes, Soham equalised in marvellous fashion as from a brilliant Chris Munday pass, Robb sped away and his chipped effort was nodded home by Simpson. The second half started with typical Soham play as Gibson's side totally dominated. Robb again went close and Simpson was dangerous too, but Dec Turner kept Soham in it with two smart saves when Stowmarket attacked. Gibson increased the attacking tempo and the young greens were all over the visitors and deep into injury time, a flick header from Simpson found Orvis, who drove home from 18 yards, to send the home crowd into hysterics! This was the last kick of the game and Gibson's side celebrated a great victory.
"I was delighted with tonight. We went in underdogs against an older and more physical opposition, but we played some outstanding football on the floor tonight. I took a few risks before the game, but they paid off thanks to the boys having trust in me. They are the heroes tonight!" said the Greens boss.
THE League's cup competition for the next three seasons is to be sponsored by Boon Building Services Ltd and will be known as the ‘ALAN BOON CUP’ in memory of the former Staines Town Football Club Chairman who died in August.
Alan Boon was an immensely popular figure in non-league football and the Isthmian (Ryman) League in particular, having been involved with Staines Town from the time that they joined the League in 1973. He served on the League’s Board of Directors for many years and was elected as an Honorary Vice-President in 2009 for his service and commitment to the League over many years, following his club’s promotion to the Football Conference. Alan owned Boon Building Services Litd which did a great deal of electrical work for clubs at all levels including Chelsea and readily gave advice on floodlighting and other matters. The company invested heavily in substantial improvements to Staines' home ground at Wheatsheaf Park, a lasting monument to Alan. League Chairman Alan Turvey said: "I was a good friend of Alan and he will be missed. At the end of last season Alan spoke with me and said that he would like to do something with the League and we discussed some form of sponsorship. Tragically Alan passed away before anything could be finally agreed. On discussing this matter with Alan’s son Matthew, the Managing Director of the company, daughters Corrine and Michelle, all were happy to respect Alan’s wish and support the League, and the sponsorship of the League Cup is the result." Matthew Boon commented: “We are delighted to be able to respect Dad’s wish and continue the association with the League by way of the sponsorship of the League Cup.”
This time of year for the Under 18's is always a special one, as players get to represent their club in this prestigious tournament. It’s something manager Chris Gibson relishes, through his own experience in the competition as both player and manager. "When I was at Wisbech, we contested in the Youth cup and got through a few rounds, eventually knocked out one year in the first round by Wembley FC. So that’s kind of making it to Wembley I guess?! It’s a tournament we all loved as a kid, I was fortunate to play in it and I am now at the stages where I am managing in it too. Last year we absolutely peppered Leiston but lost 1-0, but the two years before that in charge we got through a few rounds and knocked out at latter stages of qualifying. This year will be ultimately more difficult, with a youthful side against a team that have come into their prime in Stowmarket. They have been fantastic in their start to the season and will come here with no fear and expect to progress through. But this is cup football and this is also my team. I never have a team that didn’t believe they could do something, no matter how hard it may seem to do! We'll go in there to play and to win, like any game I would expect them. This is the FA Cup though and it should double people's will to win.”
Stowmarket Town have indeed made a good start to their season, beating a good Woodbridge side, before thrashing Framlingham Town by double figures and Copelstonians in the League Cup. Stowmarket compete in the Central Division of the Ridgeons setup and Soham have faced them a few years back when they too competed in that league. Soham picked up maximum points in each encounter. Gibson doesn't expect it to be that way this time around though. "On previous games, we have won a few against them, but that was nearly five years ago and both setups have changed. We have bought in a lot of Youth Development factors and produced a lot of young players into this setup. A few years back we had a much older and physical side but they weren’t as technically gifted and the game we played was more direct. The last few years we have produced far better quality and more exceptional play too. Stowmarket have also upped their game and with the catchment area of Bury and Ipswich, they will produce their own starlets!"
Soham are still without the influential Joe Shippey and Jake Cotton. Labelled as 'Rio and Vidic', Gibson feels these two will bring a physical presence into his side in the next few weeks (On return from injury) and will also help the younger players with their games too. "They are a lot like the Manchester United pair, one is physically brutal and the other skilful and full of vision. I have Courtney Pettifor too, who is a young lad and also Greg Pitt. Both have a lot of promise and still lots to learn, but I have confiidence in both. Along with James Poulton too in the side, we have some defensive back bone still to come in!"
Soham Under 18s progressed to the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-1 home victory over Stowmarket Town. After the visitors had taken the lead, Matty Simpson equalised for the Greens right on half time, only for Jim Orvis to score with virtually the last kick of the game, in the eighth minute of stoppage time. Soham will now be at home to either Bury Town or Woodbridge Town in the second qualifying round.
18 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 17/09/11
Three goals in the first 25 minutes lifted Harlow to second place in Division One North with a 3-1 home win over Great Wakering on Saturday. Mark Taylor put Hawks ahead with an eight-minute penalty after Rhys Henry had been fouled, and strikes by Luke Marshall and Piers Wixon effectively settled matters. Wakering pulled one back with a Jack Carlile penalty two minutes from time. Honours were even in the only other game: Tom Pett put Potters Bar ahead after only five minutes at Soham, who saved a point when substitute Richard Gammon netted in the 53rd minute.
Striker Dubi Ogbonna has left Cambridge City. Ogbonna, who signed for the club during pre-season, has been unable to maintain a place in the first team squad. Manager Gary Roberts said "It hasn't worked out for Dubi and rather than him spending a lot of time on the bench it was thought best for him to find another club so he can get regular first team football. We wish him well for the future and thank him for his efforts whilst a player with Cambridge City".
After the AFC manager’s post Chris Tracey was soon in the business of player movement. His first task was to bring in a striker, with James Baker likely to be missing for at least two weeks, Tracey found out that there was a possibility that Dubi Ogbonna might be available. That was the case and AFC Secretary David Webb was off to Cambridge on Friday morning to complete the necessary paperwork that allowed his to make what was his third AFC ‘debut’ in the FA Cup tie at Leiston.
Soham’s Youth Development Manager Gavin Stevenson is delighted to announce that accountants Price Bailey are the new Youth Development sponsors for the 2011-12 season. Price Bailey are one of the largest independent firms of accountants in East Anglia and their name will now appear on the Elite Squad's new change strip.
Price Bailey's Nick Pollington, a Partner in the firm's Broad Street, Ely Branch adds: "Price Bailey is very pleased to be associated with Soham Town Rangers Youth Development programme and this fits well with our commitment to supporting the local community in Cambridgeshire"
Soham Reserves remain fourth in the table, three points behind leaders Wisbech St Marys, after they were held to a 1-1 draw away at Hundon. The Greens created a number of chances but could only find the net once through Adam Clements.
Soham are back in action next weekend, when they entertain newly promoted Cambridge City Reserves at the Lane.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, W. Bell, K. Brasher (Br. Fuller), D. Mould, J. Fuller, S. Hogg, A. Clements, Be. Fuller, S. James, C. Robb (J. Brown)
Unused: J. Greenley
Next Saturday, 24th September, Soham travel to Great Wakering Rovers in the League. Rovers are currently third from bottom with one win, one draw and five defeats from their opening seven games, and yesterday lost 3-1 away to Harlow Town.
Nicky Smith has quit as manager of AFC Sudbury. The former Colchester United player’s resignation comes with AFC Sudbury in 17th place in Ryman League Division One North. AFC Sudbury, who lost 4-0 at leaders Grays Athletic last night, have taken just five points from six league games so far this season.
A statement issued by the club said: “AFC Sudbury regret to announce we have accepted the resignation of First Team Manager Nicky Smith. The club thanks Nicky for all his efforts during his time both as a player and during his tenure as manager. We wish Nicky all the very best for the future. First team assistant manager Chris Tracey will take temporary charge of first team affairs.”
14 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 13/09/11
Match of the day in Division One North on Tuesday was at Waltham Abbey, where Romford held out to win 5-4 after storming into a 4-0 lead by the 26th minute. Olawale Odedoyin put Boro ahead and Abs Seymour added the second before a lob by Nick Reynolds and a Jack Barry completed the fizzing start. Tom Laxton pulled two goals back before half-time but Barry’s second goal in the 73rd minute seemed to have made quite sure. The Abbots had not given up and Laxton completed his treble in the 80th minute before Tim Shaw reduced the arrears still further. Needham Market became the first team in the league to reach the 20-goal mark as they hammered Great Wakering 7-0. Danny Thrower scored at either end of the first half, with Danny Bloomfield and Gavin Johnson also contributing to a 4-0 lead. The visitors had a man sent off shortly before the interval and found themselves in deeper trouble when Sam Newson scored within a minute of the restart, his seventh league goal of the season and eighth in all, making him the league’s joint top scorer in both departments. Ryan Foster got the sixth and Deakan Napier completed the rout in the last minute. Thamesmead also went on the goal trail, scoring five without reply at home to Potters Bar. Theo Fairweather-Johnson starred, scoring two and making two. He opened his account on 16 minutes, Dean Standen quickly added a second and Fairweather-Johnson struck again ten minutes after half-time, followed by late efforts from Rikki Cable and Bradley Killick. Unbeaten Heybridge moved into second place with a 3-1 victory at Tilbury. It was all square at the interval after Jack West’s penalty wiped out the lead provided by Luke Callander for the visitors. Ashley Hawkins restored Swifts’ lead early in the second half and Luke Hammond made sure with four minutes left. The position at the top end of the table would have been very different had three matches ended after 90 minutes. One was at Cheshunt, where a victory would have taken Waltham Forest to the top of the table. It looked as if Gaz Dauti’s fifth-minute goal would do the trick, but Chris Meikle levelled the scores in the 85th minute and Cheshunt snatched a 2-1 victory when Anthony McDonald netted in the fifth minute of added time. That meant that a win at Redbridge would have lifted Leiston into first place, but it was a similar story here. Headers by Leon Ottley-Gooch and Nathan Stone gave the visitors a 2-0 lead after 27 minutes. An injury to keeper Nathan Munson meant that midfielder Neil Calver had to serve between the posts in the second half. He pulled off one fine save from Dan Trenkel but otherwise he was well protected until the 85th minute, when Ben Bradbury volleyed home. Trenkel then made it 2-2 in the 93rd minute. Harlow were another team to suffer a last-gasp setback. Getro Kilapi’s goal four minutes after half-time almost gave them three points and second place, but Adam Wallace equalised for visitors Enfield Town in the fourth extra minute.
14 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 13/09/11 (Cont) & 14/09/11
So Grays remained a point clear at the top even though they were without a game. They entertain Sudbury tonight. Goals midway through the first half by Dean Green and Ryan Doyle put Brentwood in command at Soham. Luke Croll made it 3-0 with eight minutes to go. Two sides with only a point apiece to their credit met at Maldon, and it was the hosts who improved their record by beating Ware 2-0. Dave Collins put them ahead in the 15th minute but it was the 91st minute before Freddie Ladapo nade sure.
Grays Athletic opened up a three-point lead in Ryman League Division One North on Wednesday by hitting four unanswered goals against visiting Sudbury, whose poor start to the season continued. A superb strike by Joao Carlos put Grays ahead in the 15th minute and Louis Dennis was unlucky not to make it 2-0 when his shot hit a post. David Cowley claimed his first goal for the club on 52 minutes with a deflected 20-yard shot and Dennis converted a low, driven cross by Carlos to make it 3-0 in the 76th minute. Harry Agombar completed the scoring with a late penalty. Chatham reclaimed second place with a 1-0 victory at Ilford. Joe Fuller got the goal after 15 minutes.
11 Sep 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 08/11/11
Needham Market are the new Ryman North leaders, and it was no surprise that Sam Newson was largely responsible. The league’s most prolific marksman fired a hat-trick in a 4-0 home win over Ware on Tuesday. He scored the only goal of the first half in the 34th minute and added a second five minutes after the restart. Danny Bloomfield headed the third on 74 minutes and Scott Chaplin set up the chance for Newson to complete his treble in added time. With exactly a third of their league programme complete, Needham have scored 45 goals. Newson has claimed 18 of those and now has 26 in all competitions. It was a tale of two penalties at Brentwood, who moved up to fourth place with a 1-0 home victory over Potters Bar. Tom Pett missed a spot-kick for the visitors with the last kick of the first half and Ryan Doyle won it from the 12-yard mark in the 89th minute. The result was decided even later at third-placed Leiston, where Michael Shinn’s goal in the fifth minute of added time earned Sudbury a 1-1 draw. Leiston had led since the 21st minute, when Danny Smy was on target. Maldon won 2-1 at Thamesmead thanks to an 85th-minute goal by Leon Antoine. It was 1-1 at half-time but the scoreline could have been much higher. Thamesmead had a penalty saved by Darren Behcet after Chuck Duru gave them a 23rd-minute lead, while Maldon, who equalised on the half-hour through Kevin McLeod, also hit the woodwork three times before the interval.
Whitehawk must feel they have spent most of the week on a coach. Their 100-mile journey from Brighton to Maldon on Tuesday ended in an FA Cup replay defeat but their 135-mile trip home from Soham yesterday (Saturday) was made in a rather happier mood after the Division One South side powered to a 7-1 victory over their hosts from the North section. Josh Jones put Hawks ahead after three minutes, James Fraser made it 2-0 at half-time and further strikes from Sam Gargan and Ben Godfrey put them out of reach before Richard Gammon netted for the home side on 66 minutes. Hawks completed the rout with three goals in the last eight minutes from Callum Saunders, Pat Harding and Fraser.
Full review: rymanleague.goalrun.com/leagues?league_news_item&id=2755896&lid=256&did=2102
10 Sep 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Soham Elite v Hadleigh United
Soham Elite 1 v Hadleigh United U16 1
Youth Development Friendly - Saturday 08/10/11
Soham were left to rue missed chances in a game they dominated but ultimately allowed their Suffolk league visitors to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Right from the start Rangers attacked almost relentlessly but found the Hadleigh defence to be resilient and determined. Twice the visitor's keeper made point blank stops whilst at the other end Greens' keeper Kane Munday was a virtual spectator not having to save a single shot on target though the half, although from breakaway attacks Soham did have to defend several corners. Rangers finally broke the deadlock when Mason Newman's low cross was drilled in at the far post by Ryan Marston. On the stroke of halftime the Hadleigh keeper made a seemingly impossible save from Newman. The second half was much the same. Charlie Irvine and Noah Brown both hit the bar and numerous openings came and went with Irvine and Scott Callaghan running midfield. Midway through the half the otherwise excellent Alex Martin was caught in possession 40 yards out, the ball was moved quickly to United's centreforward who hit a first time shot from 25 yards which dipped in under the bar to level; their only serious shot on goal. Despite laying siege to the Hadleigh goal in the last ten minutes Soham could simply not find the winner being denied by a shot cleared off the line and two top drawer pieces of goalkeeping. A disappointing final score but nevertheless this was overall a sound Greens performance.
Munday (C Jones), McGrath, G Pitt, Clayton, Morgan, Martin (Smith), Newman, Irvine, Ferrier (Reed), Marston, Childs (Callaghan)
10 Sep 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Soham Elite v Downham Town
Soham Elite 7 v Downham Town U16 5
Youth Development Friendly - Friday 07/10/11
Soham ended Norfolk youth league Downham's unbeaten start to the season in an open and entertaining match. Rangers were a goal ahead in two minutes Scott Callaghan turning in Matt Child's low near post corner but almost from the restart Downham won a corner and Callaghan lost his marker allowing a far post headed equaliser. Soham had an excellent 15 minute spell and Callaghan grabbed a second with Pete Maskell and Harry Sorensen shooting the Greens into a 4-1 lead. With Edgeley and Callaghan buzzing in midfield Rangers looked in control only for two defensive blunders to gift a spirited Downham team goals to peg back to 4-3 before Sorensen scored a brilliant solo effort on the stroke of halftime for 5-3. In a scrappy second half neither team found any lasting rhythm. Sorensen completed his hat trick for 6-3 only for a late flurry of Downham attacks and some sloppy defending reduced the arrears to 6-5. With four minutes remaining Sorensen capped a fine night's work with fiercely struck 20 yard shot for his fourth and Soham's seventh. There was no lack of effort or endeavour but clearly Rangers will need to become more polished and improve concentration levels in the coming weeks. Youth Development Manager Gavin Stevenson commented that the performance reminded him of a post-match quote from Paul Jewell (Whilst Wigan Manager) "Going forward we were world beaters but at the back we were panel beaters."
E Jones (Serpent), Smith, Radford, Reed, Sterna, Edgeley, Childs (Ferrier), Maskell (Marston), Callaghan (A Pitt), Wall, Sorensen
The Under 18's finished pre-season, with an overview of what is to come. In their last two friendlies of the August calendar, they were marginally defeated by stronger outfits. Firstly on Monday 22nd they succumbed to a narrow 2-1 loss at Ridgeons West side Huntingdon, in a game they largely dominated. The hosts scored against the run of play in the first half, only for Cameron Robb to equalise after fine work from Mark Foster and Chris Munday. They had plenty of opportunities to finish the tie, but as the game went on, the older opposition dominated the last quarter as Huntingdon grabbed a winner eight minutes from time. Although defeated, the young Greens felt they should have won and would learn from this U18 experience against physical sides. In the second game, Soham played men's side Shelford and Stapleford Strikers, a highly regarded Sunday side in the Cambridgeshire Leagues. After again a very good effort and some excellent play throughout the night, Soham fell behind on 15 minutes; Will Holmes in the green goal making an error for an easy Shelford tap in. Rangers equalised in the second half though, Cameron Robb slotting home, but could have won it, but Kane Munday playing in the Shelford goal for experience kept the Sunday side in it and after another mistake in the Soham defence, Shelford snatched in with ten minutes to go. Will Ellis nearly equalised with a thunderous effort but it was cleared off the line. Gibson learnt a lot from both fixtures before the opening league game, physical elements the game and experience some of the things Gibson highlighted. "We have a very young side and inexperience. We will look to push home these elements in the next 3-4 weeks to get us moving but we have a large proportion of the things we want to do in sight. It’s going to be a 'gain as you play' kind of experience for some, but that’s football and development!"
U18's v Wisbech Preview:
Wednesday's fixture against Wisbech sees the sixth consecutive season the old foes compete against one another.
From senior sides, this is still seen as a big Cambridgeshire rivalry and in recent years, Soham have come out on top.
Last year saw Soham take four points from two games, a 4-1 away victory and then a 1-1 draw at the Lane. Wisbech always have been competitive in the league and are a brilliant example of Ridgeons sides bringing youth through their system.
Details & Stats:
Wednesday 31st August
Wisbech Town FC (H)
Kick Off: 7:45pm
10/11 RYL: Soham U18s 1-1 Wisbech U18s (C. Robb)
10/11 RYL: Wisbech U18s 2-4 Soham U18s (J. Orvis, C. Robb, J. Seymour, M. Simpson)
09/10 RYL: Soham U18s 1-0 Wisbech U18s (D. Sterna)
09/10 RYL:Wisbech U18s 0-1 Soham U18s (T. Norton)
Leiston began the game on a blustery day with the wind in their favour and were soon on the attack. A great Free Kick from Patrick Brothers was met at the far post by Nathan Stone who narrowly missed the target. Some free flowing football was causing Soham all sorts of problems and it came as no surprise when they opened the scoring in the 15th Minute. A corner from M Brothers was headed back out to him and he put in an excellent first time cross which was met by Neil Calver to score with a great header. Soham were causing no problems at all to the away defence and their long ball game was being easily dealt with. Leiston could have doubled their lead in the 30th minute. A great move involving Brothers, Stone and Saker left Gooch in for a one on one opportunity but he miscued his shot and it went harmlessly wide. The game though had its major turning point in the 32nd minute. Michael Brothers was carrying the ball and the Soham Number 8 attempted to get to the ball. Brothers raised his arm to protect himself from the challenge and whilst his arm was high, the Soham player made the most of it and rolled on the floor whilst it was very apparent he was not hurt in any way. This coupled with the oppositions attempt to persuade the referee that their player was hurt led to the inevitable, a red card for Brothers. We all know that in that situation a player is going to do the best for his team but what followed was a disgrace. The Soham number 8 on seeing he had 'done his job' proceeded to wink at the Leiston bench and smirked as he came back on to the pitch. Leiston looked more than comfortable for the rest of the half and came in at half-time with a very much deserved 1 nil lead. Coming out on the front foot Leiston were controlling large parts of the 2nd half. They didn't resort to the standard 4-4-1 but went to a 4-3-2 and this seemed to further surprise the home defence. Gooch again had a golden opportunity to extend the lead in the 70th minute. Great work by Stone led to Gooch powering in on the 6yrd line but he unfortunately didn't get great contact on the ball and it went wide. Still Soham huffed and puffed and from possibly their first attempt in the 2nd half they hit the inside of the post and Leiston managed to clear the ball. However in the 81st minute Soham equalised. Yet another hopeful punt down the middle managed to elude the pairing of Jefford and Goldfinch and the Soham number 11 lobbed Stannard. The game entered the final minute and heartbreak for Leiston as a corner was played into the box and as Calver attempted to clear the ball off the line he put it into his own net. Leiston will certainly feel aggrieved by the result but for the most part they controlled the game, even with 10 men, so can take many positives out of the match.
30 Aug 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 29/08/11
Grays are back on top of Division One North after fighting back from 2-0 down to beat Great Wakering 3-2 at Rookery Hill. Nathan Dewberry gave Wakering a 20th-minute lead which was doubled by Canvey loanee Danny Curran eight minutes into the second half. It was the injury-plagued Curran’s first Ryman League goal since January 2008.
Cambridgeshire became the 16th county to host Isthmian League football when Soham Town Rangers kicked off against Waltham Forest on Saturday. The six original teams of 1905 were all based in Essex or Middlesex. Surrey was added when Dulwich and West Norwood joined the league in 1907, when there was also an expansion to distant Oxfordshire with the admission of Oxford City. Bromley became Kent's first Isthmian club a year later, Wycombe were Buckinghamshire's first representatives in 1921 and Hertfordshire was added to the list when St Albans joined two years later. After that, league membership was fairly stable and it was to be 50 years before further counties welcomed Isthmian football. Sussex (Horsham) and Berkshire (Maidenhead and Slough) staged their first games in 1973. Hampshire came as late as 1977, with Farnborough, and Barton provided a 1979 debut for Bedfordshire. Far-flung Somerset was next when Yeovil became members in 1985, after which there was an 18-year gap before Kettering provided what is, so far, a lone season of Isthmian action in Northamptonshire. A year later, in 2004, Salisbury's admission brought a one-off season in Wiltshire. Suffolk, now something of an Isthmian hotbed, had no members until 2006, when Bury and Sudbury joined. That was it until this season. Next? Perhaps Norfolk, with a promotion link from the Eastern Counties League now apparently firmly established.
28 Aug 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 27/08/11
Chatham Town are two points clear at the top of Ryman League Division One North after two early goals by Matt Newman, one a penalty, set Kevin Watson's men on course for a 4-0 home win over Cheshunt on Saturday. Bertie Brayley’s 79th-minute goal gave Heybridge a 1-1 draw at home to Grays, who forfeited their 100 per cent record. So did neighbours Tilbury, held 2-2 at Sudbury for whom Richard Howell scored both. Joining the two Thurrock clubs on the seven-point mark are newcomers Leiston, now in second place after a 3-0 win over Ilford with all the goals coming in the first 34 minutes, and Waltham Abbey, 3-2 victors at Potters Bar with the help of an Ayrton Coley double. Just behind that group, with two wins apiece, are Waltham Forest and Harlow. Forest enjoyed a 3-1 home with over Needham Market, in which Josh Bonnett netted his fourth of the season, while Danny Brown’s penalty was all Harlow needed at Brentwood. Ware remain bottom of the table without a point, after going down to a 10th-minute Vinnie Durrrant goal for visiting Redbridge. By half-time Ware were down to nine men after the dismissals of Jon Stevenson and Dan Johnson, and Ben Andreos had missed the chance to equalise with a penalty. Stuart Blackburne scored twice in Enfield Town’s 4-0 home win over Maldon and there were two goals for Romford’s Nick Reynolds as his side were held to a 3-3 draw by Soham, for whom it was the second such result away from home this week. Great Wakering came from behind to beat Thamesmead 2-1. The late winner came from Nathan Dewberry.
28 Aug 2011 - Kershaw Senior A - Soham Res v Hundon
Soham Res 1 Hundon 2
Kershaw Senior A - Saturday 27/08/11
Soham Reserves suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 2-1 at home to Hundon, who themselves recorded their first victory of the campaign. The visitors took a two goal lead, before Tom Christie, who also missed from the penalty spot, pulled one back for the Greens. Both sides were reduced to ten men late on following a melee, with substitute Paul Skinner seeing red for the hosts.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, S. Lines, D. Mould (P. Skinner), K. Brasher, J. Fuller, J. Brown, S. James (A. Clements), Be. Fuller, C. Robb (Br. Fuller), T. Christie
Unused: W. Bell, J. Greenley
Soham turn their attention to the FA Cup next weekend, Saturday 3rd September, and a preliminary round tie at Kings Lynn Town. The Linnets currently top the UCL Premier Division, and are the League’s top goal scorers with 19 goals in their four games, including eight in their last game at Yaxley. Lynn progressed to this round with a 6-1 victory at home to Ridgeons League 1st Division side, Whitton United.
Should a replay be required, the game will take place at the Lane on Tuesday 6th September, with a 7.45pm kick off.
27 Aug 2011 - View From The Other Side - Romford Town
Romford fell behind twice to good Soham goals and stumbled to a 3-2 second half lead only to let in a late equally impressive equalizer.
David Cobb opened the scoring for the visitors on 11 minutes when he cut in from the left and put in a right foot shot across Lamar Joseph-Johnson in the home goal. Boro’s Nick Reynolds equalized on 18 minutes when he converted a Joe Oates left wing cross via the goalkeeper and an upright. Soham took the lead again on 26 minutes with a powerful shot from Luke Hipwell on the right only for Kurt Smith to level the scores for the home side again ten minutes later with a powerful left foot volley from the edge of the area. After the restart play swung from end to end but it was Romford who next took the lead on 53 minutes when Reynolds scored from close in when the visitors’ keeper Daniel Bircham seem to scoop out a Smith shot which had already crossed the line. Soham fought hard to get back into the game and were rewarded on their efforts on 86 minutes when Matthew Robinson cleverly looped the ball into the net over James Ishmail and Joseph-Johnson. For the remainder of the match including six added minutes the visitors tried hard to get a winning goal and it took stubborn defending by the home side to prevent them being rewarded for their efforts.
25 Aug 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 24/08/11
Tilbury’s stay at the top of Ryman League Division One North lasted no more than 24 hours. They were overtaken by neighbours Grays on Wednesday, though only just. Kenny Beaney grabbed an 89th-minute goal to secure a 2-1 win at Waltham Forest. Joe Sweeney’s fourth goal in two games, ten minutes after half-time, put Grays in front but the visitors drew level with a Josh Bonnett penalty 13 minutes from time and were set to share the points until Beaney struck. There was even later drama in the division’s other game. Dean Standen converted a low free-kick from Scott Mulholland to equalise for Thamesmead in the fourth and last minute of added time against Brentwood. Both sides thus collected their first point of the season and, indeed, scored their first goal. The Essex club, playing this home game at Aveley because their own pitch was not ready, had taken the lead in added time at the end of the first half when Jose Espinosa headed in a perfect cross from James Love. Brentwood’s home game against Harlow on Saturday will be played at Billericay but they hope it will be the last fixture that has to be moved.
24 Aug 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 23/08/11
Tilbury are the surprise early leaders of Division One North after an action-packed last halfhour ended with a 4-3 victory over Enfield Town at Cheshunt, the Enfield club’s temporary base. The hosts led at halftime with a Liam Hope goal but had to play the second period with ten men after Leon Osei’s dismissal just before the break. Aaron Matthews equalised in the 62nd minute and Gary Henty fired Dockers ahead six minutes later. Mark Kirby made it 2-2 only for Andrew West to restore Tilbury’s lead in the 84th minute. A Walid Matata penalty two minutes into added time seemed to have got Town off the hook but Tilbury grabbed an instant winner, Henty’s third goal of the season. Chatham, transferred from the Division One South, are the only other side on six points. They fell behind to a Danny Brown goal for visiting Harlow four minutes before halftime but turned round on level terms thanks to a Lee Hales strike and claimed a 2-1 victory when Joe Fuller netted in the 62nd minute. Needham Market, 7-0 winners over Potters Bar on Saturday, had to settle for a single point in a 1-1 draw at Heybridge. Both goals came in the first half with Oliver Fenn’s header for Needham answered by Michael Toner’s spectacular 35-yard drive. Much-travelled striker Bertie Brayley had the chance to win it for Heybridge after a foul on Chris Bryan, but his penalty was saved by Andrew Plummer. As for Potters Bar, another unhappy result beckoned when they trailed 3-1 at home to Soham with ten minutes left but they battled back to draw 3-3. David Cobb gave Soham an early lead and after Matt Clifford equalised, Matt Robinson made it 2-1 to the visitors at halftime. Steve Bugg added another on the hour but Josh Urquhart pulled one back in the 80th minute and Clifford struck with three minutes left to deny the former Southern League outfit their first Ryman victory. Ware proved generous hosts conceding two own goals in the last 12 minutes to hand Waltham Abbey a 3-1 win. Two late goals in the first half, Ben Andreos for the home side and Louis Bristow for Abbey, left it all square at the interval. Vince Rispoli chested the ball past his own keeper during a goalmouth scramble to put Abbey ahead for the first time and Jack Friend settled it when his headed backpass sailed over keeper Obey Murefu. Ilford held out for 88 minutes at Sudbury, only to be left frustrated when a late James Baker penalty provided the night’s only goal. Promoted Leiston chalked up their first Ryman victory, 2-0 at home to Cheshunt. Both goals came in the first half, from David Head and a Gareth Heath penalty. Honours were even at Great Wakering, who took a 63rd-minute lead through Michael Pinder only for Colchester loanee Freddie Ladapo to rescue Maldon with three minutes left. Kurt Smith’s goal three minutes before halftime was enough to earn Romford three points at home to Redbridge. Hyun-Jin Lee almost added a second against his former club but was denied by the crossbar.
24 Aug 2011 - View From The Other Side - Potters Bar Town
The Scholars came from behind to take a share of the spoils and claim their first point of the season. Soham took the lead as early as the fourth minute with a well taken goal from David Cobb. Matt Clifford levelled in the 27th - first to the rebound following his own header. Matthew Robinson restored the lead for Soham just seven minutes later with a fine long range effort beating Matt Bennett in the Scholars goal. Bar went further behind as Steve Bugg took advantage of some slack defending to make it 1-3. With 10 minutes left Soham looked to have sealed the points but a fine headed goal from a corner from Josh Urquhart brought the Scholars deservedly back into the match. The comeback was complete with three minutes remaining with a Matt Clifford header from an Ashley Harrison Barker cross.
Soham Res 3 Castle Camps 1
Kershaw Senior A - Wednesday 24/08/11
Soham Reserves are second in the table on maximum points with a 3-1 home victory over Castle Camps. The Greens started well, creating a number of chances, including hitting the bar, before Tom Christie gave the hosts a 2-0 interval lead with two well taken goals. Further chances were wasted before Camps reduced the deficit midway through the second half with an effort from outside the area. The visitors increased the pressure as the game progressed, but couldn’t find an equaliser, only for Ben Fuller to secure the three points in injury time.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, S. Lines, K. Brasher, D. Mould, P. Hinde, J. Fuller, J. Brown (S. Hogg), A. Clements (S. James), T. Christie (C. Robb), B. Fuller
Unused: P. Skinner, J. Greenley
This week the Under 18’s have two pre-season games ahead of them as they prepare for the new campaign.
Firstly, Huntingdon Town on Monday 22nd August; who the young Greens narrowly lost out to at the Lane at the end of the 2009/10 championship winning side, in the Divisional Play offs. In the last five years though, that game plus a pre-season fixture in 2007/08 in which the Greens won 4-1 has been their only notable meetings.
Away Travel News
Huntingdon Town Football Club,
Jubilee Park, Kings Ripton Road, Sapley, Huntingdon, PE28 2NU
Kick off: 7:45pm
09/10: RLYPO - Soham Town Rangers 0-1 Huntingdon Town FC
07/08: PSFR - Huntingdon Town 1-4 Soham Town Rangers (Lynch 3, Jones)
Their second game is against the Sunday League side, Shelford and Stapleford Mens on Thursday 25th August. This fixture is brought around by Secretary Des Camp’s connection and is seen as a good standard of game for physical work. Shelford have just been promoted up a league in the Sunday divisions and will be looking for a good game at Linton’s Astro.
Away Travel News
Linton Village College,
Leisure Centre Sector, Linton, Cambridgeshire CB21 4JB
Kick off: 8pm
10/11: PSFR - Shelford and Stapleford 1-0 Soham Town Rangers
21 Aug 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 20/08/11
Sam Newson scored four times as last season’s Ryman League Division One North runners-up Needham Market started their bid to go one better by thrashing Potters Bar 7-0 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Joe Sweeney netted three of Grays’ four unanswered goals at home to Ware. Heybridge also scored four times without reply at Thamesmead. New boys Leiston were 3-1 up with five minutes left at Waltham Abbey but had to settle for a 3-3 draw; Steve Cawley grabbed a last-minute equaliser, his second of the game. The other newcomers to this division, Soham, are pleased to have been transferred from the Southern League but were less happy with a 3-2 home defeat by Waltham Forest, for whom Josh Bonnett scored twice before being sent off. Bookies’ favourites Sudbury led 2-0 at Redbridge but, like Leiston, were left frustrated by a last-minute leveller from Billy Sendall, while fancied Brentwood were set for a draw at Tilbury until Gary Henty and Jack West struck for Dockers in the last five minutes. Bradley Potter was another 90th-minute matchwinner as Chatham, switched from the South division, took the points 1-0 at Maldon. Cheshunt beat Great Wakering 2-0, Harlow edged out Romford with a lone goal and Enfield Town drew 1-1 at Ilford.
21 Aug 2011 - View From The Other Side - Waltham Forest
You have to look back to the 2005-6 season since Forest took all three points in a season opener, but their attacking play today will be able rival anything the Ryman Division 1 North has to offer this season.
Soham held the upper hand as the game opened up, and it was a sign of thing to come. Soham would have much of the possession in the first half, but rarely threatened.
21 Aug 2011 - Away Travel - Potters Bar Town/Romford
This week sees Soham make their first trips in the Ryman League Division One North, as they look to recover from an opening day defeat at home to Waltham Forest.
Tuesday night, 23rd August, the Greens travel to Potters Bar, who were thrashed 7-0 by Needham Market on Saturday, before visiting Romford, who started the season with a 1-0 defeat to Harlow Town, next weekend, 27th August.
Soham will travel to Kings Lynn Town in the Preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday 3rd September, after the UCL Premier Division side won 6-1 at home to Whitton United in the Extra Preliminary round.
After the U18’s game against the 1st team, manager Chris Gibson was pleased with the work out his team had been put through. The Youth team were beaten 3-1, thanks to a Ryan Lowe own goal, a belter from David Cobb and a Steve Bugg finish ten minutes from time; Cameron Robb getting a goal back for the youngsters.
Gibson praised his young side, several never playing at this level. “I'm encouraged by that. I thought we were no way inferior to the 1st team and gave a good show of ourselves. I’m actually slightly disappointed as I thought we could have cut out two of the goals, but it’s our first game as a full squad, so there will be mistakes. The senior lads stepped up to the mark tonight which made it a good solid side and gave confidence to the young ones coming in. I have to say that the trio of Jim Orvis, Chris Munday and Scott Davis were awesome throughout! These boys deserve a chance in there to play higher and I don’t think they would look out of place. But it’s about experience and I'm sure Cameron Robb tonight has done himself no harm in scoring and looking lively up top. You have to be confident when you look at your team and see them match the 1st team for a lot of the game. Our fitness held up well and I have to be happy with the work rate throughout. We still have some to step in, so we’ll see what happens and also take each game one at a time. We don’t want to get to ahead of ourselves.”
The Under 18’s now face Huntingdon Town at Jubilee Park on Monday, before taking on Shelford and Stapleford Strikers on Thursday on Linton Astro. They then have a Bank Holiday fixture against Somersham Town before they look to start their Youth League campaign, most likely away to Downham Town on Monday 5th September.
Due to a clash of dates with the Green’s Cambs. Invitation Cup tie with March Town United on Tuesday 18th October, Soham’s Ryman League Cup match, at home to Brentwood Town, has been brought forward a week to Tuesday 11th October, with a 7.45pm kick off.
17 Aug 2011 - Kershaw Senior A - Milton v Soham Res
Milton 1 Soham Res 2
Kershaw Senior A - Wednesday 17/08/11
Soham Reserves began their Senior A campaign, now under the Management of Brett Fuller and Wayne Bell, with a 2-1 away victory at Milton.
Both sides created some good openings in the first half, with the two keepers making some important saves. The visitors opened the scoring ten minutes into the second half when Adam Clements, on his return from Soham United, collected Ryan Fitchett’s through ball knocking under the advancing keeper, before Cameron Robb doubled the lead midway through the half when he scored from an acute angle. The hosts pulled a goal back fifteen minutes from the end with a powerful 20 yards freekick, and had other opportunities for a late equaliser, but Soham held on for a good three points on the opening day of the season.
Soham return to League action next Wednesday, 24th August, when they host Castle Camps.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, S. Lines, K. Brasher, D. Mould, P. Hinde, S. Hogg (J, Fuller 60), S. James (J. Brown 68), A. Clements (B. Fuller 76), T. Christie, C. Robb
Unused: B. Fuller, J. Greenley
Soham have boosted their squad ahead of Saturday’s Ryman League opener with Waltham Forest by re-signing four former players - Simon Flanz, Tom Liberatore, David Cobb and Matt Robinson.
Defenders Flanz and Liberatore have resigned for the Greens having spent last season in the Ridgeons League with Wisbech Town and Newmarket Town respectively. Simon had previously spent six years at the club, making 236 appearances, during which time he was a member of the 2008 title winning squad that was promoted to the Southern League. Tom originally signed from Quorn in October 2009, having also played for Deeping Rangers.
Cobb returns to the Lane after having a short spell with the club at the beginning of the 2005 season. The left sided player, who scored in all three of his pre-season appearances for Soham, originally signed for St Neots at the start of the summer having played for St Ives Town last year, but has also appeared for a number of clubs including Stamford, Wisbech Town, Yaxley and Deeping Rangers.
Prior to arriving at the Lane at the beginning of the 2005/06 season, local attacker Robinson had been with Ipswich Town, Cambridge United and Cambridge City. After two years with the club, Matt moved to local neighbours Mildenhall Town, before spending the last two seasons at Norwich United. Unfortunately Matt has been plagued with injuries throughout most of his career, but will hope that is now behind him.
The quartet are welcomed back to the Lane.
Soham’s 1st Team completed their pre-season preparation with a 3-1 victory over the Green’s Under 18’s during an hour’s run out. As expected the 1st Team started well and found themselves 2-0 up within the opening ten minutes when the unfortunate Ryan Lowe diverted a right sided cross into his own net before David Cobb cut in from the right hand side firing an unstoppable effort past Matt Phillips from the edge of the area. Slowly the Youth Team started getting into the game with both sides having efforts before Cameron Robb halved the deficit just before the end of the half when he ran onto Jim Orvis’ ball to place past Simon Allen. Matt Phillips was called into action several times after the break pulling off a number of important saves, whilst a number of players also came close before Steve Bugg ran onto Rogan McGeorge’s ball to place his shot wide of Phillips and in off the far post eight minutes from time.
1st Team: S. Allen, S. Flanz, M. Bromwich, T. Liberatore, A. Coleman (R. Gammon 30), R. McGeorge, L. Hipwell, M. Robinson (A. Furnell 52), S. Carter, D. Cobb, A. Furnell (S. Bugg 30)
Under 18s: M. Phillips (W. Holmes 55), R. Lowe (W. Ellis 52), A. Potter (L. Sterna 35), C. Pettifor, J. Poulten, C. Munday (J. Prewett 58), S. Davis (D. Cohen 35), B. Camara (H. Horton 19 (D. Lawrence 60)), M. Foster (B. Camara 41), C. Robb (M. Foster 56), J. Orvis
Unused: K. Munday
Following Soham’s transfer from the Southern League, and with improvements made to the club over the last week, the Isthmian League have today given the Julius Martin Lane ground the required grading ahead of Saturday’s League opener with Waltham Forest.
The club would like to thank everybody that has helped with this over the last week.
The draw has been made for the first round of this season's Ryman League Cup, with the Greens being given a home tie against another Division One North side, Brentwood Town, on Tuesday 18th October.
1st Round (To be played by 30 September 2011)
Dulwich Hamlet v Godalming Town
Great Wakering Rovers v Maldon & Tiptree
2nd Round (Week commencing Monday 17 October 2011)
Billericay Town v Grays Athletic
Bury Town v Harlow Town
Canvey Island v Aveley
Chatham Town v Ilford
Cheshunt v AFC Hornchurch
Concord Rangers v Needham Market
Corinthian-Casuals v Hythe Town
Crawley Down v Lewes
Cray Wanderers v Ramsgate
Dulwich Hamlet / Godalming Town v Burgess Hill Town
East Thurrock United v Redbridge
Enfield Town v Waltham Forest
Faversham Town v Eastbourne Town
Folkestone Invicta v Horsham
Great Wakering Rovers / Maldon & Tiptree v Romford
Harrow Borough v Hendon
Heybridge Swifts v AFC Sudbury
Leatherhead v Wealdstone
Leiston v Waltham Abbey
Lowestoft Town v Tilbury
Margate v Kingstonian
Maidstone United v Merstham
Sittingbourne v Hastings United
Soham Town Rangers v Brentwood Town
Thamesmead Town v Wingate & Finchley
Tooting & Mitcham United v Croydon Athletic
Walton Casuals v Bognor Regis Town
Ware v Potters Bar Town
Whitehawk v Metropolitan Police
Whitstable Town v Chipstead
Whyteleafe v Walton & Hersham
Worthing v Carshalton Athletic
13 Aug 2011 - Friendly - Lakenheath Res v Soham Res
Lakenheath Res 3 Soham Res 5
Soham Reserves completed their pre-season campaign with a 5-3 win away at Lakenheath Reserves.
The hosts took an early lead before Tom Christie rounded the keeper to equalise for Soham midway through the half. Despite both sides continuing to create chances, it stayed like this until the start of the second period when Christie, Cameron Robb and then Shaun Hogg scored to give the visitors a 4-1 lead. The hosts pulled one back ten minutes before the end with a long range free kick, before Jonathon Brown restored the three goal advantage moments later, only for Lakenheath to score again late on following a mix up between the defence and the keeper.
The Greens begin their Kershaw Senior A League season on Wednesday, 17th August, when they travel to Milton for a 6.15pm kick off.
In front of a crowd of 509, Soham’s FA Youth Cup dreams were dashed as they exited the competition 9-0 to a strong Charlton Athletic side, which contained players who had represented their Country and also the Addick’s first team.
Credit to the boys who continued to battle to the very end and well done to everybody involved for making it so far in the competition.
11 Aug 2011 - View From The Other Side - Charlton Athletic U18s
Clinical Charlton U18s went goal crazy as the Addicks advanced into the second round of the FA Youth Cup. Hat-tricks from Adebayo Azeez and Callum Harriott lit up a rainy evening in a 9-0 win in Cambridgeshire - and there was much to admire from the young Addicks. Harriott had first dibs on the matchball after collecting a sublime treble, while Azeez earned equal bragging rights with a last-gasp header. Tobi Sho-Silva (2) and Harry Gerard were also on target at Julius Martin Lane in as comprehensive a victory as you are likely to see. Credit to plucky Soham, however, as they kept going right until the final whistle, and they were only denied a late consolation when Dillon Phillips plunged to turn away Scott Davis’ free-kick.
Tom Liberatore and Rogan McGeorge have both received a one match suspension and will miss the home match with Tilbury on Saturday 19th November, for cautions received during Saturday’s draw with Cheshunt. Defender Liberatore was dismissed for his second bookable offence whilst midfielder McGeorge received his fifth yellow card of the season.
11 Aug 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Soham Elite v Peterborough United Youth
Soham Elite 1 v Peterborough United Youth XI 3
Youth Development Friendly - Friday 04/11/11
Soham produced a good standard team performance and with a little more 'rub of the green' could well have gained a draw from the match. Rangers started brightly and after three minutes Mason Newman shot over from 18 yards having been put through by Sean Reed. Newman then put Soham ahead after clever play from Charlie Russell and Posh then rode their luck when their keeper appeared to trip Noah Brown as he tried to sidestep when through one on one, but no penalty was awarded. Within five minutes United were level via a well struck shot from 20 yards when the Greens' failed to close down quickly. Chris Jones made two good saves whilst Rangers were a constant attacking threat. Both sides had good passages of play but the visitors got a slice of luck midway through the half when Greg Pitt, having made a timely interception slipped as he attempted to clear and the ball fell perfectly for a Peterborough player to fire home from the edge of the box. Two minutes later a quick counter attack down the left produced a low shot which Soham keeper Chris Jones could only fingertip onto the post and in. The Greens just about edged a skilful second half with few chances for either side. The best of which fell to Harry Sorensen who just failed to connect properly with a far post header which would of setup a grandstand finish.
C. Jones (Munday), McGrath, Pitt (Radford), Clayton, Morgan, Russell (Callaghan), Reed, Martin, Sterna (Irvine), Newman, Brown (Sorensen)
Following Redbridge's 3-2 victory over Illford in the FA Trophy, Soham's League game at home to Redbridge on Saturday 22nd October has been cancelled as it clashes with the next round of the competition. As yet no date had been arranged for the League game.
The draw has been made for the opening rounds of this season’s FA competitions.
Soham have been given an away tie in the FA Cup, and will travel to the winners of either UCL side Kings Lynn Town or Whitton United, from the Ridgeons League, in the preliminary round of the FA Cup on Saturday 3rd September. The Greens have been given a home game in the Trophy, and will hosts Ryman League Division One South side Whitehawk at the Lane on Saturday 8th October.
The Under 18’s enter the FA Youth Cup in the 1st qualifying round, with a home tie against Stowmarket Town, with the game being played week commencing 19th September.
Preliminary Round (Saturday 03/09/10)
Kings Lynn Town/Whitton United v Soham
1st Qualifying Round (Saturday 17/09/10)
Kings Lynn Town/Whitton United/Soham v Stowmarket Town/Haverhill Rovers/Mildenhall Town/ Brantham Athletic
Preliminary Round (Saturday 08/10/10)
Soham v Whitehawk
1st Qualifying Round (Saturday 22/10/10)
Billericay Town v Soham/Whitehawk
FA YOUTH CUP
1st Qualifying Round (W/C Monday 19/09/10)
Soham v Stowmarket Town
2nd Qualifying Round (W/C Monday 03/10/10)
Soham/Stowmarket Town v Woodbridge Town/Bury Town/Cornard United
Soham returned to winning ways in their pre-season build up, keeping their first clean sheet, with a 2-0 win away at UCL Premier Division side Yaxley.
There was little between the sides in the first half, with both creating chances, before the Greens opened the scoring just after the break after the hosts failed to properly clear a ball into the area. Soham had the better of the second half play, continuing to create opportunities before Scott Carter added a second with ten minutes remaining with a glancing header.
The draws have been made for this season’s Cambridgeshire County Cups.
In the Invitation Cup, the 1st Team will entertain Ridgeons League Division One side March Town United on Tuesday 18th October.
Cambridge City v Great Shelford
Ely City v Over Sports
Haverhill Rovers v Godmanchester Rovers
Histon v Lakenheath
Mildenhall Town v CRC
Royston Town v Cambridge University Press
Soham Town Rangers v March Town United
Wisbech Town v Littleport Town
Soham Reserves will complete in three County Cup competitions this year, and have been given away ties in both the William Cockell Cup (Cherry Hinton) and the William Coad Cup (Cambridge University Press), but will play the winners of either Melbourn or Littleport Town at home in the Cliff Bullen Cup.
The Under 18s have also been given a home match in the Munns Youth Cup to Balsham Colts U18s, with the winners of that tie also at home in the next round to Whittlesey Juniors.
The Kershaw League has released their fixtures for the 2011/12 season.
Soham Reserves, now under the guidance of Brett Fuller and Wayne Bell, begin the campaign with an away fixture at Milton on Wednesday 17th August before four consecutive home games. The Greens will face Soham United twice in a month as they travel to local rivals on 19th Novemeber, with the reverse fixture at the Lane on 10th December. The season finishes with a home game on Saturday 5th May when Soham face Sawston United.
The full fixture list can be found under the ‘Res Fixture/Results’ link.
27 Jul 2011 - Friendly - Littleport Res v Soham Res
Littleport Town Res 2 Soham Res 3
Soham Reserves began their pre-season campaign with a 3-2 win away at Littleport Town Reserves. Rangers, who made numerous changes throughout the game, were 3-0 up at the break, thanks to a Tom Christie brace and Cameron Robb strike. Soham continued creating chances after the interval, including hitting the post twice, but were unable to add to their score before Littleport, who had earlier missed a penalty, scored two late goals.
M. Phillips, K. Brasher, S. Lines, D. Mould, M. Pyle, J. Fuller, P. Hinde, A. Clements, S. James, T. Christie, C. Robb, J. Poulten, C. Munday, S. Hogg, M. Simpson, B. Fuller, R. Fitchett, Jim Brown, John Brown
Soham suffered their second defeat of their pre-season build up when they were beaten 4-2 away to reigning Kershaw Premier Division champions Lakenheath.
The hosts started well and found themselves 2-0 up within 17 minutes thanks to strikes from former Greens’ Aarton Turner and an Aaron Rutter penalty. Denny Escorcio, Rogan McGeorge and Scott Carter all came close but either put over or was denied by former Soham keeper Sean Greygoose. Dan Bircham also made a couple of fine saves before Rutter scored his second ten minutes before the interval following good build up around the area. Bircham was called into action again moments after the break making a number of saves, before Rangers pulled a goal back in the 55th minutes. However, within a minute, Lakenheath restored their three goal advantage when their attacker headed in a left sided cross at the back post. Both sides continued creating chances with Richard Gammon, who also hit the post, scoring Soham’s second just before the end when he lifted Bircham’s long goal kick over the advancing keeper.
D. Bircham, S. Davis (S. Bugg 55), Trialist, M. Bromwich, A. Coleman, R. McGeorge, L. Hipwell, S. Carter, M. Robinson (C. Robb 75), D. Escorcio (R. Gammon 55), A. Furnell (T. Norton 46)
Soham Reserves have added two more friendlies to their pre-season campaign. The Greens, who begin tomorrow night (Wednesday) at Littleport Town Reserves, return to Littleport on Saturday to face their 1st team. After that, Soham will travel to Ely City Reserves before finishing their build up at Lakenheath. Other games are still being organised.
Littleport Town Res (A)
Littleport Town (A)
Ely City Res (A)
U18’s manager Chris Gibson and his troops have been training away from the scene for a month now, working on elements of fitness work before their intense second half pre-season programme.
Gibson has kept his cards close to his chest so far, running his eye over several of the young Elite players trying to make the cut and trialists that have joined. With the pre-season programme split into two sections, the full setup have been working together until the Elite trialists go to Denmark on tour and the seniors will play a trail game. After they return back together, Gibson and his management team will have the task of cutting 32 to 20. They will then go through their second half of the programme together, with some friendly games and also some extra training camps which still are to be planned.
Training has been on-going since July 4th.
Monday 1st August
U18s/Elite Tour training separate
Wednesday 3rd August
U18s v Walsham Le Willows (7pm)
Elites (Denmark Tour 3rd-7th August)
Monday 8th August
U18s Squad Cut - Elite & Triallists cut to 22 man Squad
Wednesday 10th August
U18 Squad meeting at Julius Martin Lane (7pm)
Monday 15th August
Wednesday 17th August
U18s v Shelford & Stapleford Strikers (Shelford Rec, 7pm)
Sunday 21st August
Kings Lynn Balsey Pits Assault Course/Cross country
Monday 22nd August
U18s v Huntingdon Town (Jubilee Park, 7.45pm)
Thursday 25th August
U18s v TBC (Linton Astro, 8pm)
Monday 29th August (Bank holiday)
U18s v TBC
In other news, the U18’s have been hit with an injury to senior, Joe Shippey; who fell awkwardly on his knee and has suspected medial damage. This could see Shippey now miss the remainder of pre-season and faces a fight to be fit for the opening week of the season.
“Joe has done some damage and from what I understand, there is a fair amount of swelling. Until that comes down, we cannot say a time of recovery. We have Richard at Fit for Sport on-board with Shippey’s rehab, so we are monitoring this closer. It may mean we have to go with one extra with selection in the squad, or call someone in to fill his role until fit again. It’s a massive loss, as he’s looked good in the opening weeks and this year will be crucial for his development. We’ll see though.”
Soham won their second match of their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory over Ridgeons League side Hadleigh United, with the Greens scoring twice in the closing stages.
From the start this was a competitive game with both sides creating some early chances. The hosts opened the scoring in the 17th minute, capitalising on an error at the back. Captain Michael Simpson, Matt Robinson and Steve Bugg all had good efforts to level before Bugg played the ball back into the middle of the pitch from the right to Richard Gammon, who from outside the area curled his effort wide of the keeper and in off the far post just before the break. Soham had the better of the play after the interval and continued creating opportunities, which included hitting the post and forcing the keeper into a couple of good saves. With the game heading towards a draw, the Greens scored twice in the final two minutes when Manager Andy Furnell, then Matt Robinson scored with near post headers from corners to secure the victory.
D. Bircham, L. Hipwell (S. Davis 57), J. Turner, J. Gillingwater, T. Norton (A. Coleman 57), R. McGeorge, M. Simpson (A. Furnell 70), M. Robinson, S. Bugg (C. Robb 70), R. Gammon (D. Escorcio 57), Trialist
Soham continue their pre-season build up this week with two more away games.
On Tuesday 26th July, the Greens travel to last season’s Kershaw Premier Division champions Lakenheath (6.45pm kick off), before facing UCL side Yaxley on Friday night (29th July, 7.45pm kick off), for what will be their first home game following the development of their club house over the summer.
Soham Town Rangers 4 Chatteris Town 1
Soham recorded their first win of their pre-season campaign with a 4-1 victory over Kershaw Premier Division side Chatteris Town on the 3G pitch at Witchford College thanks to braces from Denny Escorcio and Manager Andy Furnell.
Recent new signing Escorcio gave the Greens an early lead when he ran onto Simpson’s through ball to lift it over the advancing Chatteris keeper. The attacker then turned provider shortly after to setup Furnell, before Chatteris pulled a goal back just after the midway point of the half. The two scorers, along with Michael Simpson and Martin Bromwich all had good chances to increase the lead before Escorcio scored his fourth goal in three games when he latched onto another through ball, placing his shot wide of the keeper with the ball going in off the inside of the post. Furnell also scored his second just before the end when he followed up to convert from close range after the keeper had parried Davis’ low effort.
M. Phillips, T. Liberatore (S. Davis 50), A. Austin, J. Gillingwater, M. Bromwich, R. McGeorge, M. Simpson (A. Coleman 40), L. Hipwell (S. Bugg 55), D. Escorcio, A. Furnell, Trialist (C. Robb 62)
Unused: R. Gammon, W. Holmes
Following the cancellation of tomorrow’s friendly at Kings Lynn Town, Manager Andy Furnell has quickly rearranged another game for this week, with Soham now taking on Kershaw Premier Division side Chatteris Town on the 3G pitch at Witchford Village College, on Thursday 21st July, with a 8pm kick off.
Soham Town Youth will be holding their Annual General Meeting in the clubhouse on Thursday 21st July 2011, starting at 8.30pm.
If anybody is interesting joining the Youth’s Committee or would like more information, please contact either Heather Smart or Mark Turpin.
Wisbech Town 1 Soham 1
Friendly – Saturday 16/07/11
Soham continued their pre-season campaign with a 1-1 draw at Fenland neighbours Wisbech Town.
From the start, this was an even contested, end to end match. Rogan McGeorge was given the opportunity to give the Greens the lead midway through the first half from the penalty spot after Denny Escorcio was tripped just inside the area, but saw his spot kick saved by the home keeper. However, with minutes left of the half, Wisbech took the lead from a penalty of their own after Alex Austin was adjudged to have pulled back the attacker. Soham equalised minutes into the second half, when Escorcio ran onto Michael Simpson’s ball to lift it over the advancing keeper for his second goal in as many games. After this, the game continued in the same manner, but neither side could find the important breakthrough, as both teams made a number of changes.
D. Bircham, T. Liberatore (S. Davis 38), A. Austin, A. Coleman (T. Norton 60), J. Gillingwater, M. Simpson (S. Egbayelo 60), R. McGeorge, M. Robinson (D. Trutkowski 75), D. Escorcio, S. Bugg, A. Furnell (C. Robb 68)
Andy Furnell has made his second signing of the summer with Denny Escorcio agreeing to join the club after Saturday’s friendly with Wisbech Town.
The 20 year old attacker, who has scored in both the Holbeach United and Wisbech games, has previously played for March Town United and was last season called up to the England Colleges national team.
As well as Escorcio, defender Alex Austin and striker Steve Bugg, have also signed on for the new season after the game.
Following the recent FA Cup draw, and the possibility of playing each other in the preliminary round, Soham’s friendly at Kings Lynn Town on Tuesday, 19th July, has been cancelled.
Manager Andy Furnell is in the process of trying to add additional games to the schedule before the season begins.
The fixtures have been released for the 2011/12 season; Soham begin life in the Ryman League Division One North with a home game against Waltham Forest on Saturday 20th August, before consecutive away games at Potters Bar Town (Tuesday 23rd August) and Romford on Saturday 27th August. Bank Holiday fixtures see former Ridgeons League rivals Leiston travel to the Lane on Monday August 29th with the reverse fixture on Monday 2nd January, with matches against AFC Sudbury on Boxing Day (At home) and Easter Monday (Away). The season finishes on Saturday April 28th with an away game at Maldon & Tiptree United.
The past week has seen the arrival and departure of a defender at the Lane.
After only three games, and one goal, Will Fordham has left to return to UCL side St Ives Town. Will arrived during September after leaving St Neots, but has now re-signed for the club he captained last season.
However, Manager Andy Furnell has moved quickly to sign Paul Cousins after his departure from Kings Lynn Town earlier this week. The 29 year old centre half, who Captained Wisbech Town to Ridgeons League Cup success last season, has also played for Dereham Town, Ely City and March Town United. Paul didn’t sign in time to play in the FA Trophy tomorrow, but should be available for Tuesday’s League Cup tie with Brentwood Town.
The club welcomes Paul to the Lane, as well as wishing Will the best for the future.
The draw has been made for the first round proper of the FA Youth Cup, with Soham or St Neots Under 18 knowing a win in the final qualifying round, on Wednesday 19th October at the Lane, will see the victors entertain Charlton Athletic Under 18s, at the start of November.
Former Soham striker Jordan Alexander has this week been named RMAC Offensive player of the week, after scoring three goals.
Jordan was a regular goal scorer for both the Reserves and Under 18s, and also made one 1st Team appearance, before leaving the Lane at the end of the 2009/10 season, to study at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, as well as play for the College’s Skyhawks soccer team in the National Championship. This is Alexander’s second year in America, and is currently his side’s top scorer with six goals in ten games, with Fort Lewis currently leading the RMAC standings.
8 Jul 2011 - Help Needed - Essential Ground Repairs!
The club are holding a work night up the ground tomorrow night (Monday) to complete a number of essential jobs to the ground which need to be completed within the next week. Everyone is welcome to attend (Committee and non-Committee), with work starting at 7pm. Please bring along any equipment which could help (DIY tools, paint brushes, brooms etc).
Please note there may be other work nights later in the week as well, but all help is gratefully received.
Due to some ground problems at the Lane, Tuesday's home friendly against March Town United has been switched to an away game and will now be played at The GER Stadium on the same night, with a 7.45pm kick off.
The club would like to thank March Town United for the help in arranging this.
After only a year in charge, the club have confirmed that Peter Hinde and Steve Bugg have stood down from their position as joint Managers of the Reserves.
The pair returned to the Lane at the start of last season, having previously both played for the 1st Team in different spells with the club, and guided the Greens to fourth place in the League as well as the final of the William Coad Cup, where they lost to Wisbech Town Reserves in extra time.
The club have moved quickly to fill the position, with Brett Fuller and Wayne Bell agreeing to take over ahead of the new campaign. Both were regulars for the Reserves last season with Bell winning the Reserves’ player of the year award, whilst Fuller returns to a position he has previously held in the past.
The club would like to thank Peter and Steve for their efforts and wish Brett and Wayne all the best in their new roles.
After the U18's were confirmed a place in the Ridgeons Youth League (North), Manager Chris Gibson gave his reaction to the league setup.
"Obviously it wasn't going to change much, as it’s a case of trying to group as many existing teams as possible into the area related divisions. We expect the usual, with Newmarket and Mildenhall local derbies, but the surprise was Histon. After Ridgeons looked to reject Histon's application originally over their resignation through their Reserves, I assumed they wouldn't be entered into the league setup. It'll be good, as we have had some good match up's against them, but I hope this doesn’t become a too predictable league from here. Histon have the facilities and set up to train four or five times a week and for that, they'll have better preparation and squad availability than other teams in this league. The likes of Wisbech St Mary, Downham, and Watton who have sometimes struggled to field teams, this will make it even harder to compete at times and for that, let’s hope it doesn't see them pull out of the league or lose ambition of potential in their clubs. I'm in two minds over it all really, the test against Histon will be good, but the overall picture, I'm really not sure. It will be good to lock horns with a few others throughout the leagues; in the Ridgeons Youth Cup we have pulled Stotfold. They are of decent quality and always are there or there abouts in their league. This year, I will hopefully have a squad that can compete throughout, but we are also hoping to look at the bigger picture of progressing our youngsters more."
Gibson's side return to training next week, after the break. Gibson is looking to focus on several aspects of his setup in order to help the U18 side compete at all levels. "This year is not all about progressing in our own league and setup, it’s about working these senior players through the system and look to give them flexibility and adjustment if they are required to play higher. I fully expect at least six of our lads this year to represent the Reserves and if Cameron Robb excels like he did last year, he could make waves in the first team, along with maybe a couple of others giving Andy Furnell a little nudge. We will make sure that we maintain our high standards on and off the pitch and really make a difference to the club."
The draw has been made for the opening rounds of this season’s Ridgeons League Youth Cup. The Greens begin in the Preliminary round with a home tie against Stotfold, with the winners travelling to the either Newmarket Town or St Ives Town in the 1st round. Dates for all ties are still to be decided.
Bungay Town v Norwich United
Cromer Town v Framlingham Town
Debenham LC v Lowestoft Town
Downham Town v Mildenhall Town
Fakenham Town v Deeping Rangers
Felixstowe & Walton United v FC Clacton
Huntingdon Town v Cornard United
Ipswich Wanderers v Wivenhoe Town
Kirkley & Pakefield v Gorleston
Leiston v Witham Town
Newmarket Town v St Ives Town
Soham Town Rangers v Stotfold
Somersham Town v Chatteris Town
Stowmarket Town v Coplestonians
St Neots Town v Royston Town
Thetford Town v Dereham Town
Watton United v Wisbech St Mary
Wroxham v Great Yarmouth Town
Brantham Athletic v Felixstowe & Walton United / FC Clacton
Bungay Town / Norwich United v Wroxham / Great Yarmouth Town
Downham Town / Mildenhall Town v Somersham Town / Chatteris Town
Fakenham Town / Deeping Rangers v Wisbech Town
Hadleigh United v Woodbridge Town
Harford Tornadoes v Cromer Town / Framlingham Town
Huntingdon Town / Cornard United v Histon
Kirkley & Pakefield / Gorleston v Debenham LC / Lowestoft Town
Langford v Walsham le Willows
Leiston / Witham Town v Ipswich Wanderers / Wivenhoe Town
Newmarket Town / St Ives Town v Soham Town Rangers / Stotfold
North Walsham Town v Diss Town
St Neots Town / Royston Town v Haverhill Rovers
Thetford Town / Dereham Town v Blackstones
Watton United / Wisbech St Mary v Swaffham Town
Whitton United v Stowmarket Town / Coplestonians
At the recent Ridgeons League AGM, the League structures for the 2011/12 season were confirmed, including the Ridgeons Youth League.
Soham U18s will continue to play in the Northern section of the Youth League, which this year contains one extra side as Histon Youth have joined the League.
Full Northern Setup:
Soham Town Rangers
Wisbech St Mary
After last year’s successes, U18s Manager Chris Gibson has been busy in the close season making changes and improving his youth setup and management team, as well as tweaking things to an increasingly more structured system that will give the club growth throughout. "After Peter Allen stepped down from his position, I needed to address the setup so we had a management team structure. In each role, you get pulled around a fair bit, so it was important I gave each of us flexibility and also set roles that could handle all situations. Nathan Nicholls steps up as Assistant Manager, but continues to be head coach when it comes to the training ground, looking to carry out specific routines and training as required. Andy Phillips takes Peter's role, liaising with officials, registrations and overall team observation. He's primed for this as in a preseason meeting, he showed eagerness to improve us and take on roles head on. Peter isn’t in the wilderness completely, he will be doing a bit of player analyses to newly created ‘Player Packs’ and I’m also keen to see him as a Parent Liaison Officer, being a supportive and informative voice to parents and management. I have also discussed with Gavin Stevenson the Elite's role this year, after an interesting season. It’s come to light we need to tweak our look on it and get the maximum from an excellent potential service into the U18s. This will also hopefully encourage the Colts U17 too and help feed several through both sections, making the step up to floodlit football less sizeable. The Colts have done an excellent job over the years keeping their age groups feeding into one another; I feel it’s going to help us in taking the local potential in sizeable groups as well as the talent that is in the Elite. The setup itself in the U18s will be more structured and also more educated from now. As mentioned we will be looking to create ‘Player Packs’, so their time with the U18s has targets, strengths, weaknesses and achievements in their time at the club. We hope this will see people aiming to improve and also give us facts and historic records. This will hopefully self motivate players and also helps us see who could progress. We are starting to look like a proper 'academy style' unit, so it’s important not to drop the high standards we have made for ourselves. The preseason programme this year will show just how serious I am in preparation for the new season; it’s important that we do the business on and off the pitch. I am yet to speak to Andy Furnell or Andy Coleman about their plans for the U18s but as I understand it, they are pretty keen to look at potential within the club. Ian Benjamin set a mark putting his trust in youthful sides and I reckon Furnell will be the same, as he has seen a lot of football and knows the importance of development in a club as a whole. We will look to merge the progress with the Reserves and hopefully with a Youth Development officer, we can see players progress at the club."
Soham Under 18s this year have a split preseason programme, that will include more than previous. Not so much in games, but fitness, training and social too. Manager Chris Gibson has decided to structure the whole team and setup very different since he took some experience from a Premier League side. "I have been looking at the way we structure things here and how we focus on the squad as a whole. Last year I was admittedly not on the ball for several weeks of preseason due to personal reasons, but now I’m as focussed as ever! I think things we missed out on or didn’t utilise at times probably cost us I’d say six to eight points during the season. It’s the time you get in preseason with the players that crucial and that’s why they call it preparation! Our preseason is split into two this year; we start on the 4th July at Amhurst Field and will be doing general training for the first four weeks, leading up to the Denmark tour with last year’s Elite and then cutting the squad straight after. We have chosen to do it this way, as it gives us time with the full squad and also for the players released time to find new clubs if they wish. The tour will be somewhat the last time the Elite can show me what they have before I make decisions. They have then had four weeks prep and then a tournament to show me why I should include them in the full U18s setup. The seniors from last year have already been told that they are not totally safe and I will be looking for them to step up another level. The squad cut will then determine people’s places in the side and then we will be looking to push on with specifics for the season ahead. I have planned this year a military assault course for discipline and fitness, we will also be visiting an Injury Clinic for education of treating your body etc and there maybe one or two additional things added too. This will help us boost team morale, team discipline and educate a few too to what can be done to improve.”
The U18s will also be faced with six tough opponents, readying themselves for another assault on the Ridgeons League Youth title. More details on the programme will be released into preseason.
19 Jun 2011 - Soham's Ryman League Place Confirmed
Aveley will remain in the Premier Division next season. Their reprieve from relegation was confirmed at the Ryman League's annual meeting at Brighton on Saturday. It was also confirmed that Soham Town Rangers will switch to Division One North from the Southern League, becoming the first Cambridgeshire club in the league's 106-year history.
The prize for the League Cup winners next season will be more than doubled, to £4,000.
There was a special presentation to Bruce Badcock, who retired from the post of league secretary after six years. He will continue to help the league in other capacities while Kellie Discipline becomes secretary.
The meeting was followed by a very successful annual dinner, attended by more than 500 people including Dragons' Den star Theo Paphitis, head of league sponsors Ryman. They have agreed a new three-year deal which will mean that they have sponsored the league for 17 years, surely a unique record.
The manager of the season awards were announced and the winners was the bosses of the three divisional champions: Paul Doswell (Sutton), John Coventry (East Thurrock) and Jimmy Cooper (Met Police). Teams of the season were Bury Town, Wingate & Finchley and Whitehawk while Harrow Borough's achievement in reaching the first round of the FA Cup and the Premier Division play-offs was recognised with the Barry East Trophy.
Following Ian Benjamin’s decision to stand down as Soham’s 1st Team Manager, the club have announced that former striker Andy Furnell has agreed to take over the role next season with the assistance of Andy Coleman.
34-year-old Furnell left the club last July to return to Fenland neighbours Wisbech Town after spending six years at the Lane, during which time he scored 97 goals in 289 appearances, and was part of the squad that won the 2008 Ridgeons League title. Andy originally joined the Greens from Wisbech in 2004, having previously played for a number of clubs including Peterborough United and Stamford, as well as appearing for England Schoolboys.
Andy Coleman is currently in his second spell with the Greens, having returned to the Lane towards the end of the 2003/04 season from Wisbech Town. The defender was also part of the Ridgeons League title-winning side, and in total has scored 12 goals in his 276 appearances. Prior to joining Soham for the first time in 2000 from Warboys Town, Andy was associated with both Peterborough United and Rushden & Diamonds.
The club would like to welcome Andy Furnell back to the club and wish the pair well for the future.
The FA have confirmed that following Rushden and Diamonds’ exclusion from the Bet Square Conference due to financial problems, they have made a number of amendments to the Non-League setup to allow Rushden to join the Southern League next season. As a result of this, after three years in the Southern League Central, Soham have been transferred to the Ryman Isthmian League North for the 2011/12 campaign, which will see the Greens travel to a number of former Ridgeons League sides including AFC Sudbury, Leiston, Maldon & Tiptree and Needham Market.
The Ryman League commences on Saturday 20th August 2011.
The full changes are as follows:
* Southport reprieved from relegation to Step 2 and returned to Step 1
* Bishops Stortford moved from Conference South to Conference North (Pending any possible appeal)
* Thurrock reprieved from relegation to Step 3 and returned to Step 2 in Conference South
* Aveley reprieved from relegation to Step 4 and returned to Step 3 in the Isthmian League Premier Division
* Shepshed Dynamo reprieved from relegation to Step 5 and returned to Step 4 in the Northern Premier League Div 1 South
* Bedworth United transferred from Northern Premier League Div 1 South to Southern League Div 1 Central
* Soham Town Rangers transferred from Southern League Div 1 Central to Isthmian League Div 1 North
Following the FA's latest amendments to the League structures for next season, including transferring Soham from the Southern League to the Isthmian League, this is the full line up for the Ryman Isthmian League Division One North for the 2011/12 season.
Great Wakering Rovers
Maldon & Tiptree
Potters Bar Town
Soham Town Rangers
18 Jun 2011 - 2011/12 Cambs League Setup Confirmed
The Cambs FA have confirmed the League setups for the 2011/12 season.
Soham Reserves will again play in Kershaw Senior A, which this season contains sixteen sides - Two more than last year, with Hundon being relegated from the Premier Division whilst Wisbech St Mary, Great Paxton, Debden and Cambridge City Reserves have been promoted from Senior B. Linton Granta and Brampton gained promotion to the Premier Division whilst Mildenhall Town Reserves have been relegated after finishing bottom last season.
Cambridge City Res
Soham Town Rangers Res
Wisbech St Mary
Wisbech Town Res
11 Jun 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 05/11/11
Two more goals for Needham Market's Sam Newson saw off Ryman North's bottom club Ilford at Cricklefield on Saturday. Newson, on target for the eighth successive game, gave Needham the lead on the stroke of half-time. Clydie Roberts thumped home an equaliser soon after the break in a style that would have delighted his cousin Jermain Defoe, but it was all in vain for the Foxes as Newson struck again in the 68th minute and it finished 2-1 to the visitors. It was his 15th league goal of the season and restored his clear lead in the Golden Boot race; Bognor’s Jason Prior had earlier caught up with him by completing a hat-trick. Newson’s tally of 23 in league and cup puts him five ahead of Maidstone’s Shaun Welford. Two of the division’s surprise packets met at Tilbury, where nine-man Waltham Forest came from 3-1 down to earn a 3-3 draw. Josh Bonnett fired Forest into the lead after three minutes and Alex Read squared it after 20. Forest’s real problems began in the 35th minute when skipper Gaz Dauti was dismissed for handling a goalbound shot and Sam West converted the penalty. Harry Cook added a third before the interval. Joel Palmer reduced the arrears shortly after the restart but a red card for Andras Molnar in the 52nd minute seemed to have ended Forest’s hopes. They refused to give up, though, and Manu Dagher hit their point-saver five minutes from time. Indeed, they came close to a winner. Tilbury dropped from third to fifth, overtaken by both Leiston and Enfield Town. Leiston won 2-0 at Chatham with a fifth-minute goal by Danny Heath and one on the hour by Danny Smy. Enfield had to come from behind to beat 21st-placed Ware, for whom Danny Johnson struck after ten minutes. It was almost half-time when Adam Wallace replied and there were just three minutes left when Liam Hope settled it. Kieran Ogunkoya, newly signed from Aveley, gave Brentwood a 16th-minute lead at home to Sudbury but they slipped to a 2-1 defeat and dropped out of the play-off spots. Dave Wareham levelled matters in the 42nd minute and James Baker headed the winner 13 minutes into the second half. Romford took all three points at home to Heybridge Swifts with two unanswered goals. Abs Seymour put them ahead in the 65th minute and Addian Clifton made sure with a header 12 minutes later. It was no surprise that Soham’s home game against Cheshunt finished 1-1. It was the seventh draw of the season for both sides, more than any other team in the league. Matt Robinson scored for the hosts after 25 minutes and Josh Hutchinson responded with a penalty 12 minutes later. Soham later had Tom Libatore sent off.
11 Jun 2011 - William Coad Cup - CUP Res v Soham Res
Cambridge University Press Res 1 Soham Res 8
William Coad Cup 2nd Round - Saturday 05/11/11
Soham Reserves recovered from their 6-2 home William Cockell Cup defeat to Cambridge City Reserves last weekend, by easily progressing to the next round of the William Coad Cup, with an 8-1 victory away to Cambridge University Press Reserves, thanks to four goals from Ben Fuller, a Scott Fretwell brace and further goals from Adam Clements and Sam James. The Greens will now hosts either Ely City A or Cherry Hinton, who play each other next week, in the third round.
Soham are again in cup action next weekend, when they entertain Premier League neighbours Littleport Town in the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup.
S. Martin, R. Fitchett, W. Bell (J. King), B. Brasher, D. Mould, S. Hogg, Br. Fuller, A. Clements, S. James, S. Fretwell (J. Brown), Be. Fuller
Due to East Thurrock United’s FA Cup 1st round tie at home to Macclesfield Town next Saturday, 12th November, Soham’s trip to Grays Athletic, who ground share with United, will now take place at Rookery Hill on Sunday 13th November with a 3pm kick off.
10 Jun 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 05/10/11
Division One North leaders Grays saw their unbeaten record vanish as they slumped to a 3-1 home defeat by Tilbury in their derby last night (Wednesday). Jack West gave Dockers a ninth-minute lead and Emiel Aiken added a second on 35 minutes. Danny Bunce converted a penalty three minutes after the interval to give Grays renewed hope, but they could not score again and Dockers clinched a well-deserved victory when West scored again at the death. It was his eighth goal of the season, making him the division’s joint-top scorer. Following Bognor’s defeat on Tuesday, Dulwich are now the only unbeaten side in the league. Ilford had high hopes of their first win of the season when Stephen Opoka finished off great work by Clydie Roberts to give them a tenth-minute lead at home to managerless Great Wakering. The visitors drew level on 25 minutes when Ilford keeper Robert Budd made a great save from a deflected Jamie Salmon shot, only to see his defence fail to clear the loose ball and allow Bradley Nobbs to score. Ilford wasted several simple chances to regain the lead and were punished when Bradley Warner fired home in the 75th minute to give Wakering a 2-1 victory.
10 Jun 2011 - FA Youth Cup - Soham v Woodbridge Town
Soham Town Rangers U18s 2 Woodbridge Town U18s 1
FA Youth Cup 2nd Qualifying Round - Wednesday 05/10/11
Soham Under 18s have made it further than any previous years in the FA Youth Cup, with a 2-1 win over a very good Woodbridge Town side. Manager Chris Gibson had already praised Woodbridge's football ethics, so knew what to expect in this tie. Woodbridge played a tight game from the start and passed the ball around well, but without causing Soham any real threat. The Greens had the better of the chances, twice Matty Simpson came close in the open quarter and both Cameron Robb and Scott Davis fired just wide from long range. It was more about the passing and creative aspect for both sides, as they cancelled one another out in midfield and Jake Cotton and James Poulton were exceptional for Soham at the back. In the second period, the hosts came out the quicker of the two sides and it was against the run of play and some controversial refereeing that led to the away side taking the lead. Simpson was clearly tugged back when breaking forward down the left side and after he fell, Woodbridge attacked and through the centre, their skilful striker struck home with an effort deceiving Declan Turner with a bobble. That fired Soham up and although frustrated, Gibson pushed the side forward more as Simpson again had chances, hitting the post and then bar with headed efforts and curling just wide. Soham equalised on the hour though, Davis' freekick knocked down by Cotton and Dwayne Cohen tucked home from close range. That then led to an onslaught from the home side, as Simpson, Orvis and Robb all came close. Into the last ten minutes and the Greens got their deserved goal. After already seeing Ryan Lowe shoot from distance at the keeper who had stepped off his line, Robb saw a chance from 40 yards and fired home straight into the far corner for a sensational winner. After some stout defending and still some attacking element, Soham saw out the game comfortably and booked their place in the final round of qualifiers.
Gibson was somewhat delighted after and showed his appreciation to the supporters. "By far these last few weeks, we have had some excellent support. I have had people come up to me and say what a great footballing side we are and what a brilliant work rate and morale with have. That shows tonight and everyone right through from the club secretary to the fans have made it a great night! Woodbridge are an excellent side and they will continue to play football the way it should be so I wish them luck. As for us, the boys did good, can't say much more than that- very proud!!"
Turner, Lowe, Poulton, Cotton, Potter (Sterna), Orvis, Davis, C. Munday, Simpson, Cohen, Robb (Ellis)
Unused: Holmes, K. Munday, Horton, Pettifor, Pitt
There have been changes to two of Soham’s upcoming home games. Chatham Town were scheduled to travel to the Lane on Saturday 17th September, but are in FA Cup action, so will now play the Greens on Tuesday 25th October with a 7.45pm kick off. To avoid a blank weekend, the club have brought forward the game against Potters Bar Town, from New Years Eve, to the 17th September.
9 Jun 2011 - Ridgeons Youth League - Downham v Soham
Downham 1 Soham 5
Soham returned to winning ways against Downham Town, dominating a night in hostile conditions. Quick to shake the disappointment of their defeat to Wisbech, Manager Chris Gibson welcomed back Cameron Robb and tweaked his side to go full offensive. The game again started the same fashion as what it did against Wisbech, with Soham dominating the opening period. Robb was twice denied on the line and Orvis rattled the bar, but yet again, some sloppy defensive work gave Downham the lead. After Poulton was adjudged to have fouled the Downham midfielder, he clipped in a ball that was unchallenged at the far post and the attacker lashed home, much to the home crowds delight. Gibson saw Will Ellis and Chris Munday depart to injury as Mark Foster and Kurtis Mpundu stepped in and effectively swung Soham's hand. It took five minutes for the Greens to get back on level terms; Foster and Mpundu combined well with the latter flicking on for Simpson. His cross was buried by Robb and Soham were rolling. It took only another two minutes before Robb was in again, set off by a delightful Cohen ball, which Robb ran through and calmly slotted home. It was ticking for Rangers and Prewett in midfield marshalled with Foster and Orvis who was running the midfield. It was Foster's channelled ball that brought the third goal before half time, Mpundu running onto it and slotting home from 15 yards, much to the travelling fans delight. As halftime drew, Downham were frustrated and some questionable challenges went unpunished by a nervy referee. This nearly boiled over on the way back to the changing rooms as Gibson and a Downham player squared up. Shaking off the hostility that Soham received, Gibson urged more goals and to silence a now abusive crowd. Straight from the off, the young Green's got stuck in as again Prewett broke down everything Downham had in the centre of the field, leaving Foster and Orvis to dominate. Soham passed the ball around and kept possession as tackles flew in and tempers threatened to boil over. But Robb silenced them all and put the game to bed on the hour smashing home his hat trick after a great ball from Orvis. Cohen then deservedly got the fifth, set free by Foster, he ran in and slotted past the keeper. The time ran down and Soham grabbed a good three points on their travels. Again tempers boiled over after the game as Downham chose some rather abusive tactics to shake off their defeat.
Gibson played down the trouble and was more interested in the three points. "We'll let the FA sort their issues out, I am more happy that we have dominated and come away playing some excellent football and maximum points. They always give us a game here, but we done the job asked of us. The lads are learning very quickly now and it’s good to watch!"
9 Jun 2011 - Ridgeons Youth League - Soham v Wisbech Town
Soham 1 Wisbech Town 3
Soham succumbed to a first game defeat, at home to a strong Wisbech side. Manager Chris Gibson was already missing seven players for particular reasons, but the youthful side gave a good show of themselves. In the opening 15 minutes, Dwayne Cohen and Jim Orvis both came close from two Chris Munday plays. Orvis had a shot blocked and Cohen also had one off the line as Soham started to turn the screw. But it was the visitors who imposed themselves on the game in the closing 15 minutes of the half. A mistake from a long ball saw the Wisbech number nine run through and slot past Dec Turner in the Green goal on the half hour. Unfortunately for Turner, he was at fault for the second just on half time, as the Wisbech midfielder wasn't closed down and his blast was parried in by Turner. Gibson at halftime was livid, as the young Green's had more to offer, but weren’t stamping their authority on the game. Second half saw them step up a gear and Matty Simpson went close first, before Orvis saw his drive saved by the keeper. Harry Horton was busy in the middle and it was he who took the applause and put the Green's back in it. After a ball was cleared by Wisbech, Horton picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and drove an unstoppable straight drive into the far corner past a despairing keeper, to reduce the deficit. Wisbech however climbed straight back up and were allowed a run on goal, in which the striker dispatched to restore their two goal cushion. The inexperience at this level had shown, but the young Green's kept going as Will Ellis and Horton tirelessly worked. The whistle blew for a Wisbech win and a dejected Soham side reflected on opportunities missed and strength in areas of the pitch.
Gibson was disappointed but mostly creditable about his team’s efforts and Wisbech's game. "We missed some vital players in positions on the pitch and the inexperience showed. But they can't gain experience in training or on a bench, it comes first hand this way. Wisbech taught us a lesson in strength and finishing your chances. I am pleased we showed some good play though and whilst we dominated large chunks of the game, you have to score more goals than your opponent to win!"
Turner, Simpson, Poulton, Davis, Potter, C. Munday, Sterna (Prewett), Horton, Orvis, Cohen, Ellis (Mpundu)
Unused: Holmes, Pettifor, K. Munday.
Soham Reserves have begun preparations for the new season by arranging friendlies against neighbours Littleport Town Reserves (Wednesday 27th July) and Ely City Reserves (Tuesday 9th August).
Details of other games to follow…
Wednesday 27/07/11, 7pm
Littleport Town Res (A)
Tuesday 09/08/11, 7.45pm
Ely City Res (A)
10 May 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 04/10/11
Enfield Town moved up to second place in Division One North after coming from two goals down to beat Potters Bar 4-2 on Tuesday. Strikes by Tom Pett and Josh Urquhart doubled Bar’s away goals total for the season in the first 16 minutes. Jon Moore pulled one back on the half-hour and also claimed the equaliser nine minutes into the second half. Adam Wallace put Enfield ahead and Liam Hope wrapped it up with a late penalty. Chatham’s slump continued as they crashed 3-0 at home to Romford, their third defeat in a week. Boro, who moved up to sixth, went ahead with a Kurt Smith goal after 15 minutes and made it 2-0 through Chris Richardson on the stroke of half-time. Smith struck again midway through the second half. Leiston suffered their second defeat of the season, 2-1 at Heybridge who ended a poor run of their own. Russell Pond’s 18th-minute opener for Swifts was wiped out by Lee McGlone in the 58th minute but the visitors were level for only a couple of minutes before Tom Broadhurst grabbed the winner. Needham Market also slipped to their second defeat, 3-2 at home to Soham who recorded their second win. Jose Espinoza, signed last week from Brentwood, put the Marketmen ahead after eight minutes and again after 75, Tom Libatore having levelled matters on the hour. Soham provided the sting in the game’s tail with late goals from Matt Robinson and Richard Gammon. Redbridge carried their FA Cup form into the league with a 3-1 victory at Waltham Abbey. Goals just before and just after the interval by Dan Hopkins and Ben Bradbury put the Motormen in command, and Joe Gardner stretched the lead in the 61st minute. Ayrton Coley managed a late consolation goal for Abbots. Cheshunt followed up their 0-0 draw at leaders Grays on Sunday with a similar result at Sudbury, and the scoresheet also stayed blank at Ware where Brentwood were the visitors.
10 May 2011 - View From The Other Side - Needham Market
Needham Market made 3 changes from Saturday’s FA Cup exit with Jose Espinosa, James Evans and Rhys Barber replacing Ryan Foster, Kevin Horlock and Darcy D’eath for the visit of Soham Town Rangers.
Needham started very brightly on a mild but breezy early October evening and it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 8th minute when JOSE ESPINOSA making his home debut collected a Thrower pass and coolly sidestepped the visitor’s keeper and slotted home.Newson then tested Jordan on the quarter hour and should have put the hosts two up but slipped the ball wide when through on goal after collecting another Thrower pass a minute later. With Needham well on top the watching 216 crowd might have thought we had another Potters Bar/Gt Wakering result on our hands. Back came Soham and Plummer had to save from Cobb after exchanging passes with Robinson after 23 minutes before Johnson’s effort from a Thrower corner was cleared off the line by Flanz at the other end three minutes later. Soham had taken control of midfield now but it was Needham who were creating the better openings and Jordan made a good block from an Espinosa’s shot just after the half hour. Plummer was in action in the 36th minute parrying Cobb’s shot and dealing with Robinson’s shot in quick succession before Newson failed to test Jordan in the 38th and 40th minutes.Needham took a slender but not comfortable 1-0 lead in to the break. Soham started off where they had left the first half and Plummer made a good save from Simpson from a Flanz cross.Simpson continued to control the play and Escorcio went wide after 49 minutes. Thrower was booked in what looked like a case of mistaken identity after 57 minutes with Needham showing little going forward and Chaplin replaced Napier.Soham were level on 59 minutes when a mistake by Plummer from a Cobb corner allowed TOM LIBERTORE to tap in. Simpson went in to Mr Sannerudes book for a foul on Espinosa after 64 minutes to be joined minutes later by Robinson for a foul on Chaplin.Newson could have put the home side ahead after 67 minutes but fired over after collecting an Espinosa flick on.Needham were dealt a blow in the 73rd minute when Thrower received a second yellow card for a foul on Cobb but reacted almost immediately by taking the lead when JOSE ESPINOSA show good feet and composure to convert Chaplin’s cross. Bromwich was booked for dissent before Newson’s shot was easily dealt with by Jordan with 12 to play. The visitor’s were back level three minutes later when MATT ROBINSON escaped his marker to convert Cotton’s corner from close range at the near post.Soham were still on top but it looked as though Needham were coping with their four pronged attack until the 87th minute when they introduced RICHARD GAMMON for Flanz and he nipped ahead of Johnson to toe poke a ball straight down the middle past Plummer. Needham immediately throw Foster and Wright on in place of Fenn and Rhys Barber but failed to create a chance to salvage a draw.
Soham Under 18s are through to the final qualifying round of this season's FA Youth Cup as they came from behind to beat Woodbridge Town Under 18s at the Lane, thanks to goals from Dwayne Cohen and a long range Cameron Robb effort.
The Greens are now at home to St Neots Under 18s, who defeated Kettering Town, on Wednesday 19th October with a 7.45pm kick off.
A goal in the final minute gave Soham their second draw of their pre-season campaign as they were held 1-1 by Ridgeons League neighbours Newmarket Town. From the start this was a fairly evenly matched contest, with both sides creating some good chances in front of goal, but either placed wide, or were denied by the woodwork or opposition keeper. The Jockeys took the lead with just over ten minutes remaining from the penalty spot after Rogan McGeorge was adjudged to have fouled an attacker inside the area. However, with the game entering injury time, Manager Andy Furnell knocked down a left sided cross to Scott Carter, who from the edge of the area placed the ball wide of the keeper into the top corner.
D. Bircham, A. Austin (M. Robinson 41), M. Bromwich, T. Liberatore, A. Coleman (T. Norton 57), R. McGeorge, L. Hipwell (C. Smith 80), S. Carter, J. Gillingwater (J. Fuller 70), S. Bugg (R. Gammon 65), A. Furnell
In the lead up to the big game on Monday, Soham U18's manager Chris Gibson has been talking about their prestigious opponents and his side’s chances in the game. "I have always been a bit of a Charlton fan, since they made the Premier League for the first time. I followed Simon Royce, ex Southend goalkeeper as they are my boyhood club, so always looked out for them when he signed. You only have to look at their setup and the players they have brought through over time. Their academy is one of the best and being in London, there's a huge rivalry I imagine in finding and developing players in the catchment area. You obviously look at some of their players and they are already representing their national teams at U16, U17 and U18 level. The Academy league they are in holds the likes of Arsenal, Fulham, West Ham - You cannot express how good their youth sides are and Charlton are competing in that mix. Their director Paul Hart is like a god to me! The work he did with the youth players in his career; Nottingham Forest being the stand out, has been immense. Obviously it was highlighted too what a good job he did at Portsmouth in a short space of time when they were struggling. I shall certainly be very honoured to share a touchline with such a great man. We know we are in for an extremely tough game, it's Charlton Athletic! But these are the games you work hard for and should embrace with wanting to play so well and to raise our game even more so to compete with the very best. Although a much smaller outfit, both teams have the same format and objectives - To compete at the highest level and to bring young players through the system to progress into their senior sides. The lads are obviously pretty excited, but it’s important that although it’s our fantasy tie, it’s still a competitive one and we have to be on it. My boys need to push them giving 110% all through, to challenge and fight for the ball. It will seem like the longest 90 minutes ever if we don't, so if we play well and enjoy it, I'll be proud. Hopefully we bring in a good crowd of support and they can see what we at Soham are trying to do. We have a good setup and hope to prove that we are a good footballing side! We go into the game underdogs - AGAIN and probably more so against such a high calibre of opposition, but we will go into it like any other game and approach it like it’s a chance to get three points. I'm sure it will be an emotional night whatever and I'll be just as animated and determined as usual!"
With Dan Bircham unavailble for tonight's League game at Needham Market due to work commitments, Soham have signed former keeper Lea Jordan as cover. Jordan previously spent three years at the Lane and was player of the season as the Greens won the 2008 Ridgeons League title. The keeper is currently playing for March Town United in the Ridgeons League, having spent last season at Wisbech Town.
9 Apr 2011 - Kershaw Senior A - Soham Res v Girton United
Soham Res 3 Girton United 0
Kershaw Senior A - Saturday 03/09/11
Following their first defeat of the season last weekend to Hundon, Soham Reserves returned to winning ways with a 3-0 home victory over Girton United. Tom Christie opened the scoring with a brace either side of halftime, before substitute Matty Simpson came off the bench to score Soham’s third.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett (M. Simpson), S. Lines, D. Mould, K. Brasher, P. Hinde (W. Bell), J. Fuller, Br. Fuller, S. James (J. Greenley), Be. Fuller, T. Christie
Unused: S. Hogg, J. Prewett
Next Saturday, 10th September, Soham return to League action with a trip to Heybridge Swifts.
The Swifts currently sit fourth in the table and are so far unbeaten this season with two wins and two draws from their opening games.
With Manager Chris Gibson away with the Elite squad in Denmark, it was left to the management team of Nathan Nichols and Andy Phillips to take a mixed squad of last year’s Under 18’s and trialists to Walsham-Le-Willows for their first friendly of the season. Despite the monsoon conditions in which the game started, Soham dominated possession in the early stages but it was the more direct play of the physically strong opposition that led to them taking a 2-0 advantage after 20 minutes. Despite never playing together before, and after some astute changes by the Management, Soham’s passing game became more effective as the puddles disappeared leading to Dwayne Cohen reducing the arrears before half time. As the game progressed, the pre-season fitness training paid dividends and it was not just the continual lightening that lit up the pitch, as goals by Cameron Robb and Jake Cotton gave Soham a deserved 3-2 victory.
An excellent team performance, with all players doing themselves justice and showing that once again the U18s should be challenging for honours this season. It also highlighted that Chris Gibson and his management team will have some very difficult decisions to make on Monday when they cut the squad although some players were heard muttering “Who needs CJ?” after the game!!!
Squad: D. Turner, R. Lowe, J. Cotton, G. Pitt, M. Simpson, L. Sterna, C. Munday, M. Foster, D. Cohen, J. Prewett, B. Camara, C. Robb, M. Phillips
Due to the FA Cup, both of Soham’s League games next week have been changed.
Firstly, to allow Redbridge to prepare for their 1st round tie at home to Oxford City next Saturday, the Motormen’s trip to the Lane on Tuesday 8th November has been postponed. This game has now been rearranged for Tuesday 20th December with a 7.45pm kick off.
Soham’s trip to Grays Athletic on Saturday 12th November is also affected. Grays ground share at East Thurrock United, who are at home to Macclesfield Town on the same day. The two clubs, along with the League, are in the process of trying to arrange an alternative.
11 Mar 2011 - Ridgeons Youth League - Soham v Downham Town
Soham Town Rangers U18s 4 Downham Town 1
Ridgeons Youth League (North) - Wednesday 02/11/11
In the biggest two weeks of the U18's history, Soham beat Downham with relative ease to concentrate on their game with Charlton Athletic on Monday. After the heroics of last week’s victory over St Neots, manager Chris Gibson tinkered with his side again in order to freshen up. Downham opened the game well and looked to move and create, with this unsurprisingly taking the lead on 15 minutes after sloppy marking from a freekick saw a simple finish from their striker. Unpaniced though, Soham got into their stride and soon Cameron Robb flashed just wide, Matty Simpson drew a save from the visitors keeper and Baba Camara also went close as the hosts turned the screw. On 25 minutes, they did draw level from some excellent play as firstly Luke Sterna showed persistence to win the ball and run at the Downham back line and Camara duley was slid in and his chip to the back post saw Jim Orvis stoop home with a header. Soham ran at Downham again, Sterna finding space and equally James Prewett from the centre of midfield was spreading the play well in possession. Robb again blasted just wide, Scott Davis a shot blocked and Orvis placed inches passed the post as Soham relaxed. At half time, going in level Gibson looked to exploit Downham's tiring line and it was from there that the Greens took the game. Firstly Robb drove forward and found Orvis well but he slid just wide. Orvis was brought down on the edge of the area on the hour mark and Camara curled the ball under the wall and in at the near post. Within two minutes, Orvis again was at the centre of it as after a quick move from Robb, Orvis blasted at goal only to see it strike an arm of the unfortunate defender. Robb stepped up and slotted home for 3-1. Gibson. Prewett was excellent in breaking down Downham's play as other fed off him and Soham looked more comfortable as the returning Joe Shippey gained his first 90 minutes in five months. There was time for one more as again great work down the left from Sterna saw his cross find Orvis, who tucked the ball under the advancing Downham keeper to finish the game 4-1. Gibson was happy with the result but knew there could have been more. "Our minds are half on this game, half elsewhere. So there was danger we could come a cropper tonight. All respect to Downham, but we didn’t have to raise the game as much and cruised it. I was a little unhappy with the tempo at times but we have come through unscathed!"
10 Mar 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 01/10/11 & 02/10/11
Ryan Wilkinson, manager of Division One North side Great Wakering, resigned this morning (Sunday) after they crashed to a 7-0 defeat at Waltham Abbey, their second such result in 18 days after a similar thrashing at Needham Market. They were two down in five minutes to strikes by Louis Bristow and Steve Cawley, and five adrift by the half-hour as Cawley scored again and Tom Shaw netted twice. Adam Bolle, a recent signing from Ilford, headed his first goal for Abbots on the hour and Cawley completed his hat-trick with six minutes left. With neither of the top pair playing – leaders Grays entertain Cheshunt in the league today while second-placed Waltham Forest host Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup – Chatham had the chance to reclaim second spot but slipped to their second defeat in four days and dropped from third to sixth. They went down 1-0 at home to Brentwood, for whom Robbie Rees lofted a spectacular winner from close to the halfway line in the 75th minute. Leiston climbed to third place with a 1-0 victory at Ware, who defended with determination but could not quite keep a clean sheet. Michael Brothers was the marksman in the 59th minute. Harlow moved up to fourth with a 3-1 home victory over Soham, who had drawn all four of their previous away games. They took the lead in this one after three minutes through Daniel Cotton but Harlow replied four minutes later with a Piers Wixon penalty. Another draw looked on the cards until Michael Deane put Harlow ahead with a free-kick midway through the second half. Leon Lalite added the third at the end. Adam Wallace scored in the first minute of the second half to give Enfield a 1-0 home win over Romford, which lifted them to fifth. They had hit the bar in the first half through Jon Moore. Bottom club Ilford doubled their points total with a 2-2 home draw against Tilbury. Stephen Opaka gave the Foxes an early lead which Jack West wiped out just before half-time. An Opaka penalty restored Ilford’s lead in the 75th minute but Dockers soon had a spot-kick at the other end and West obliged.
Leaders Grays were held to a 0-0 home draw by Cheshunt on Sunday. Cheshunt thus gained a measure of revenge for their last visit, in April, when they were hammered 9-0.
This Wednesday, 5th October, Soham U18's face Woodbridge Town in a fight to see who makes the final round of qualifying for the FA Youth Cup first round. Victory against Woodbridge would see them face Kettering Town or St Neots, with the winners entered into the hat for the first round proper where the professional clubs enter.
Green's manager Chris Gibson sees his side in good form to face a Woodbridge side that for many seasons now has produced quality players. "When I first joined Soham, Woodbridge was the side to beat in the Youth League. Having such a good calibre of players through academy status made them the team they are. In such a strong catchment area in Ipswich, you are going to find some real gems in their whole setup. Their yearly transition of player flow was seamless and that’s something you have to admire. But we face them with some confidence and also some reasonable form. I have said in my programme notes, things are starting to click, but we cannot get over confident, as the last result is just a statistic now! We have to enjoy our victories and then knuckle down after to make them all worthwhile when they hand out the silverware at the end of the season. In the last round, we overcame a strong and direct side and we just played football. We played with a belief and trust in one which goes a long way towards getting a result worthy of the football we play."
For the last meeting between the two sides, you have to go back five years. Soham competed in the Eastern section of the Youth League and Woodbridge had been champions for a couple of years. The last competitive match ended in a 3-3 draw, Soham travelling to Suffolk the first week back after the Christmas break. After taking the lead thanks to a Steve Bell effort, Woodbridge equalised and then gained the advantage just after half time. They extended it further to 3-1 after 70 minutes, only for Simon Farrow to hit back five minutes later. Then into four minutes of injury time, Richard Grimster headed home an equaliser to secure a draw for the Greens.
9 Mar 2011 - View From The Other Side - Kings Lynn Town
King’s Lynn Town’s first ever run in the FA Cup will continue after they booked their place in the next round with an impressive win over higher league opposition Soham Town Rangers. The Linnets won by two goals to one although in truth the total could have been much higher. Lynn’s goals came from Jack Defty and man of the match Stephen Spriggs. Linnets management duo Boon and Setchell opted for Defty and Danny Beaumont to lead the line, leaving the unfortunate Robbie Harris to take his place on the bench. A bench that also included Lynn’s latest recruit Craig Calver, who signed from Bishops Stortford in the week.
Lynn started strongly in front of an impressive crowd of 853 and should have taken the lead when last weekend’s hat-trick hero Danny Beaumont failed to convert Jack Defty’s knockdown after good work from Jamie Thurlbourne. Both Thurlbourne and Spriggs where causing problems for Soham and Defty nodded wide after a lung-busting run from Spriggs. The former Wroxham winger was soon at it again, a great run and cross created a chance for Beaumont, who could not finish. The game looked as if it was going to drift into half-time goalless, but seconds before fans shot off for a half-time cuppa Thurlbourne produced a pin-point cross for the returning Jack Defty who nodded home. The visitors started the second half the stronger and came close to an equaliser when centre half Andrew Coleman headed just wide after Lynn goalkeeper Alex Street had misjudged a corner. Minutes later, they came even closer when Matthew Robinson trickled a shot against the post when one on one with Street. A superb passing move involving Luke Thurlbourne and Spriggs presented a chance for Danny White, but the midfielder could only fire tamely at Daniel Bircham in the Soham goal. The equaliser arrived for the visitors in bizarre fashion in the 63rd minute. A mistake by the normally reliable Street handed Robinson the easiest goal of his career. The former Wisbech goalkeeper dallied on the ball and was robbed by Robinson who tapped home, sending the travelling fans into raptures Their joy soon turned to despair minutes later when the impressive Spriggs restored King’s Lynn Town’s lead, nodding home after Paul Cousins flicked on a Jamie Thurlbourne corner. A goal celebrated with a massive sigh of relief from Street. Lynn began to dominate after this and had numerous chances to double their lead; debutant Craig Calver had at least three good chances to open his King’s Lynn account. The hosts were almost made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal, when Luke Hipwell‘s deep cross struck the crossbar in injury time. But King’s Lynn Town held on to progress another stage in the FA Cup and set up a tie with Haverhill Rovers.
King’s Lynn maintained their superb start to the season with a 2-1 win over Soham Town Rangers to reach the First Round Qualifying round of The FA Cup with Budweiser. Goals from Jack Defty and Steven Spriggs made it another memorable day for the Norfolk side. The United Counties Premier side are unbeaten this season and have now scored 27 goals in their opening six games after another impressive display. Linnets' joint manager Gary Setchell was thrilled with his side’s performance and feels they have a great chance of doing well in The FA Cup this season.
Setchell said: “We are scoring plenty of goals at the moment and our home record is amazing. We are delighted to be in the next round. It was a real cup tie with end to end stuff and there was a really good atmosphere. With the gates we are getting, we are being rewarded financially as well and the draw has been really kind to us with us getting another home tie in the next round. The money increases every round and it can make a big difference if we want to go and get a player later on in the season. I keep telling the players that with a bit of luck and the draw being good to us, we have got a chance of reaching the First Round proper.”
King’s Lynn will now face Haverhill Rovers in the next round and Setchell is confident his side can come away with another victory. Setchell said: “We are playing at home again so we have got a very good chance. Haverhill are a good side but it is a winnable Cup tie for us.”
King’s Lynn got off to the best start when Defty opened the scoring, but they had to work hard for their victory after Matt Robinson grabbed an equaliser for Soham Town midway through the second half. But Spriggs proved the matchwinner when he got the all important second and it was enough to see King’s Lynn through to the next round.
Soham continued their pre-season build up, going down 3-0 at UCL side Deeping Rangers. Deeping started well, scoring all their goals in the opening half an hour, as well as creating other opportunities at increasing the lead. The Greens made tactical changes at the break, and had the better of the second half play, but were unable to pull a goal back, with sub Cameron Robb having the best effort, but this was saved by the home keeper.
Soham are in action again on Friday night, 5th August, when they travel to neighbours Newmarket Town.
D. Bircham, A. Austin, L. Hipwell (S. Davis 74), A. Coleman (T. Norton 65), J. Gillingwater, M. Bromwich, R. McGeorge, S. Carter, A. Furnell (J. Turner 46), S. Bugg, R. Gammon (C. Robb 65)
Soham’s Elite Squad left for their Danish tour early this morning from Stansted arriving in Copenhagen at 9.30am local time. Having spent the day touring the City, which was basking in 30 degrees of sunshine, the team travelled by coach to the coastal resort of Helsingor to play a friendly match. Despite a solid team performance Soham were beaten 2-1 by Hallerod Youth, with Joe Moore scoring from the spot for the Greens, who had numerous second half chances but could not find the equaliser.
Soham now have two days of preparation before the opening ceremony of the tournament on Friday afternoon; this will include training sessions and a boat trip to Sweden.
11 Feb 2011 - Soham To Be Enfield's First League Game At New Ground
The Club is now able to announce its first fixtures at its new home at the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. In what will be the official celebratory opening we are pleased to announce a fixture against a Tottenham Hotspur XI on Wednesday 16th November kick off 7:30. The Tottenham side will be managed by Les Ferdinand and Tim Sherwood who are in charge of the development team at White Hart Lane. This will be an opportunity to see the clubs new ground and the Spurs stars of tomorrow. Tickets will be £10 for adults and £5 for concessions. Prior to the Spurs game there are 2 earlier fixtures at the new Stadium. The first is a Middlesex Senior Cup tie against Harefield United on Wednesday 9th November followed by a Ryman League Cup tie against AFC Sudbury on Monday 14th November. Both games kick off at 7:45 and tickets for the Spurs game will be available those evenings. The club's first league game at the Stadium will be against Soham Town Rangers on Saturday 26th November kick off 3pm.
11 Feb 2011 - Ryman League Division One North Review ~ 01/11/11
Grayys opened up a five-point gap at the top of Division One North with a 3-1 win at lowly Maldon on Tuesday. Lee Flynn put Grays ahead after 15 minutes but Neil Cousins replied two minutes later. It stayed that way until the 74th minute, when Marcus Milner conceded a penalty and was sent off. Danny Bunce converted the kick to restore Grays’ lead and Joe Sweeney claimed the third in added time. Sudbury came out on top by the same margin at Great Wakering, where all the goals came in a 12-minute burst soon after half-time. Adalberto Pinto’s own goal put Sudbury ahead and James Baker made it 2-0. David Morgan pulled one back only for Nathan Clarke to restore the two-goal margin.
10 Feb 2011 - View From The Other Side - Harlow Town
The hawks came from behind to gain 3 valuable points after dominating the 90 minutes. Soham started well and scored the opener after 3 minutes through Daniel Cotton, but Harlow's response was superb and after a handball in the penalty area, Piers Wixon crashed home the penalty emphatically. After several opportunities for the Hawks the half time score stayed locked at 1 a piece. Once again Harlow dominated the second half and were camped in Soham's half, but it was not until the 68th minute when Micheal Deane stepped up and bent a free kick around the wall and nestled the ball in the bottom right hand corner to give the Hawks the lead. Harlow kept the pressure on and in stoppage time a delightful Leon Lalite strike from the edge of the box killed the game. Good news for the Hawks was the return to starting line up of Lee Gledhill and also Danny Brown coming of the bench for the last 20 minutes.
The winners of the first Macron Team Performance of the Month awards for 2011-12, covering August and September, were announced today. Hornchurch took the Premier Division prize for their 5-2 win at Cray on the opening Sunday, which turned out to be an impressive result against a side who have lost only one more game and emerged as strong play-off contenders. Redbridge take the Division One North award for their 3-0 FA Cup success at Wingate & Finchley, who had made a good start to life in the Premier Division after winning the Division One North play-offs in May. Two nine-goal performances away from home in the FA Cup earned Maidstone Division One South honours. They won 9-0 at Corinthian and 9-1 at Banstead, with Shaun Welford netting a total of eight goals and Baff Addae claiming the FA's Player of the Round award for his personal four-goal feast at Banstead.
The Macron Manager of the Month awards go to the managers of the clubs with the best points-per-game record during the period in question and, not surprisingly, the first winners are the men whose clubs top their divisions: Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher (Lowestoft), Hakan Hayrettin (Grays) and Gavin Rose (Dulwich).
On Tuesday night, 4th October, Soham are on their travels again when they visit former Ridgeons League rivals Needham Market.
Needham exited the FA Cup on Saturday, losing 3-0 at home to Nuneaton, but in the League they are currently seventh in the table, with a record of four wins, three draws and one defeat from the opening eight games.
10 Feb 2011 - Youth Development Friendly - Soham Elite v Spartak
Soham Elite 2 v Spartak U16 0
Youth Development Friendly - Friday 30/09/11
With the majority of the starting line up playing in their first ever Elite match it was no suprise that Soham looked edgy in the opening stages of the game and were indebted to Elliott Jones for two top drawer saves. Gradually Rangers settled against skilful Hertfordshire league opponents producing some neat passing moves although in truth never really threatening the Spartak goal. On the stroke of half time the impressive Nathan McGrath made a vital last ditch challenge to keep the score goal less. A change of tactics and personnel at half time saw the Greens take control of the game and after six minutes Charlie Irvine's perfect pass found Brad Wall who neatly set the ball for Matt Childs to drill a low shot in at the foot of the post. With Irvine and Mason Newman bossing midfield, Soham created chances with Joe Northfield, Wall and Alex Martin all going close before Newman was tripped 25 yards out, and when Irvine's curling free kick hit the bar it was Mason himself who headed in the rebound. Spartak managed a late rally missing two good chances and hitting the bar but overall the Greens were good value for the win.
E Jones (Serpent), McGrath, Radford, Reed (Pitt), Sterna, Marston (Irvine), Callaghan (Newman), Martin, Ferrier (Childs), Maskell (Wall), Northfield
Soham Reserves remain fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Wisbech St Mary, after they drew 2-2 at home with Cherry Hinton - This was the Green’s fourth draw in as many games. Sam James twice gave Soham the lead, only for the visitors to equalise on both occasions to share the points.
The two sides met again next Saturday, 8th October, when Soham travel to Cherry Hinton in the opening round of the William Cockell Cup.
S. Allen, R. Fitchett, W. Bell, K. Brasher, D. Mould, S. Hogg, Br. Fuller, J. Brown (J. Greenley), A. Clements (M. Simpson), S. James, T. Christie (H. Thompson)
Redbridge have won their second successive Macron Team Performance of the Month award for Division One North. The October honours were announced on Tuesday and Motormen earn the prize for Saturday's 2-0 home win over Conference Premier club Ebbsfleet which saw them through to the first round of the FA Cup. The Premier Division award goes to East Thurrock United, also for their FA Cup success on Saturday. They won 2-1 at Conference South club Eastbourne Borough to reach the competition proper for the first time in their history, and were rewarded with a home tie against League Two Macclesfield. An FA Cup victory was also recognised in Division One South, where Godalming's 2-1 win over Conference North side Worcester City was deemed to be the top result of the month. The Macron Manager of the Month awards were also announced, and the Premier Division winner is Craig Edwards of Billericay. His team boasted the only 100 per cent record for October in the division and they finished the month in second place, a point behind leaders Hornchurch with two games in hand. Brentwood's Steve Witherspoon takes the honours in Division One North. His side played five league games during October, winning four and drawing one, and scored ten goals while keeping five clean sheets. They have climbed to fourth in the table. Maidstone won three and drew one of their four Division One South games, and that earns Jay Saunders the manager's award. Stones went to the top of the table on Saturday, having dropped just two points since losing their first two games of the season.
Soham Town Rangers manager Andy Furnell has enough FA Cup memories of his own from a career with Peterborough United to inspire his youngsters for their Preliminary Round tie.
As a teenager at the Posh, Furnell played against Tottenham Hotspur in the 1993-94 Third Round replay and although the tie ended in penalty shoot-out agony, with the young substitute missing his effort, he still harbours fond memories of the world's oldest knock-out cup competition. "I have great memories of The Cup as a player from my days with Peterborough and Rushden & Diamonds and the magic of the competition is something you never forget," said Furnell. "I haven't tasted much success recently working in the lower leagues but the chance of making that First Round Proper always stirs excitement in all teams outside of the Football League."
Soham have had a distinctly average start to their Isthmian League Division One North campaign, taking five points from a possible ten to leave them in mid-table. But a 2-1 victory on Monday over promotion candidates Leiston has boosted the moral of their depleted squad ahead of the clash with local rivals Kings Lynn Town on Saturday. "We have had a bad start to the season in terms of our squad, we have had a number of players unavailable and that has been reflected in our results," added Furnell. "But after the result on Monday against Leiston, I hope we have turned a corner and we hope to have a few more players back. Saying that, I still think that King's Lynn will be favourites due to their form, despite them playing at a level below us."
The local derby between the two Cambridgeshire clubs has sparked a fuse of interest in the clash that has spread through the county, as bragging rights and handsome financial rewards are at stake. "I think The FA Cup always gets people excited," he added. "It becomes a talking point in the villages and towns and then the big hope as the rounds move on is to get drawn against a League side. The cash injection that comes from gate receipts, The FA Cup prize fund and a possible away fixture against a big side can also sustain us for a long time and allow the club to grow."
Soham’s Elite Squad flies off to Copenhagen this week, with each player not only looking to bring some silverware home; but to also secure a place in U18 manager Chris Gibson’s side for the new season. Gibson is also flying out to Copenhagen this year to oversee proceedings; along with Elite coach Robin Davis and U18 skipper Scott Davis. The Kronborg Cup takes place over three days, with the Elite in action over the Saturday and Sunday. The Cup is an U17 levelled tournament, so Gibson’s side will be playing a level up, something Gibson doesn’t see as too much a problem.
“The age group is not a problem, we are an U16 side in an U17 tournament, but some of these lads will face older opposition in the Ridgeons U18’s league, so this will be good practice. I’m not overly bothered on the progress through the competition, but it’s a real chance for some of them to stake a claim in the squad for the upcoming season. To be fair a few of them, they have knuckled down and really are making it hard to cut. But that’s their job and mine is there to be made harder for it. I’m looking forward to the tour itself, we have some really good things to do out there. Because of the way we have tweaked the set up, it’s going to be very much a football education, where I want the lads to experience the different cultures and ethics around football.”
The Elite will fly out Wednesday 3rd August and as soon as they touch down in Copenhagen, will get to see the sights of the city and the Parken Arena, home of FC Kobenhaven. Their training complex is located north of the city in Helsingor and has all the facilities needed for the Elite in their preparations. Gibson was already impressed by the set up.
“By the sounds of it, we have a tour coach to take us to the grounds and our sightseeing places, I think we are also going to Sweden too which will be good. The place itself we are staying at has a swimming pool, training facilities and buffet around the clock full of healthy eating food and drink. Over the back is the beach, so we will putting that to use for both work and pleasure!”
The Opening Ceremony for the tournament is on the Friday evening before the Elite’s find out their opponents on the Saturday and Sunday. The ceremony is to open the tournament, with an Exhibition game arranged in front of a sell-out crowd. A Denmark All-stars side will take on the Kronborg staff, with no other than Soham Town Rangers U18 manager Gibson, to feature in goal!
“Gavin Stevenson thought it would be an idea, seeing as I have experience of European football. All I signed up for was a crafty Carlsberg and some coaching, now I’m part of the main event! On a serious side though, I'm looking forward to it really. Chance to show the boys why I’m in every sense Number One!”
The squad fly back Sunday night and in the next 24 hours, Gibson is to cut his Under 18 squad to 22 players.