Monday, April 15, 2013
Soham Town Rangers 1 Ware 3
On Saturday, there weren't many games on offer of the teams we usually go and watch, so we went on the short, but time consuming journey to Soham to see Town Rangers take on Ware in Ryman Division 1 North. At the moment Soham are riding in 6th, which if they can keep it up will be their highest finish at this level. Ware, conversely are in 19th and could still theoretically be relegated. Therefore we went to Julius Martin Lane expecting a home win.
The first 15 minutes were fairly even with both teams trying to stamp their authority on the game. Buster Harradine for the home team was working his socks off and came close on 23 minutes and it looked like Soham were increasing in confidence. However, Ware's giant striker, Leon Simpson, made the most of a spilled save after Elliot King had shot for the visitors and stabbed the ball in the back of the net to give the visitors the lead. Simpson was clearly the danger man for the visitors and he almost extended their lead on the half hour mark with a header. However, the ball went up the other end and ex-Ely man Robbie Mason showed him how it was done when he headed home to make the scores equal. After this Soham dominated the remaining minutes of the half and on 34 Soham were almost gifted a goal when a Ware defender almost put the ball in his own net. During this period the Soham forwards were causing the Ware defence all sorts of problems and the visitors looked a bit shaky.
Soham started off the second half the way they had ended the first and were unlucky not to have the lead on 54 when Mason hit the bar. However, on 65 minutes it was Ware who took the lead when they seemed to conjure up a goal from nowhere. This seemed to galvanize the visitors and they certainly started to grow in confidence. And if Soham thought that things couldn't get worse they were wrong. On 73 minutes nobody picked up the Ware right back and he surged through and across the Soham defence to slot the ball to Simpson who just had to tap it in to make it 3-1. Soham tried to get back in the game, but their only strategy seemed to be a long diagonal ball to Mason, who was getting increasingly frustrated, and Ware seemed wise to the tactic. So the game finished with a surprise 3-1 win for the visitors.