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Soham Town Rangers
Hertford Town
Sat 10 Feb 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - North Division Full time Attendance 134

Bad day for the Blues


Bostik League North Division
Saturday 10th February 2018
Soham Town Rangers 5(3) Hertford Town 0(0)

In football parlance it would be fair to say that the Blues ‘didn’t turn up’ for this middle-of-the-table visit to Soham Town Rangers. The hosts were stronger physically and appeared to have the greater will to win.

Kicking with a strong wind at their backs in the first half, Soham made the most of their advantage and built a three goal lead to take into the break. Goals in the 15th, 28th and 37th minute gave the Blues a ‘mountain to climb’ in the second half, but one which was not beyond them, given the conditions.

The manner in which they started the second period certainly suggested a belief that the game was not over for them and after some early pressure a potentially game-changing incident occurred ten minutes in. Recent recruit Eman Osei was put through on goal and knocked the ball past the home keeper who had come charging out of his goal. With an empty net beckoning, Eman was pole-axed by the keeper on the edge of the box. The keeper had denied a clear goal-scoring opportunity but, to everybody present’s surprise, the referee only saw fit to punish the incident with a yellow card and the award of a free kick on the edge of the box.

The free kick unfortunately came to nothing and any hopes the Blues had of a comeback evaporated with it.

Two further goals in the 61st and 67th minutes then served only to rub salt in the wounds of a dispirited Blues team and, although they continued to press forward in search of a consultation goal, they were unable to add to the scoreline and the game finished with a disappointing five goal defeat.

Team:, Charlie Mann, Ollie Sharman, Ricky Light, Matt Thomson(Phil Lowen 67’), Michael Toner, Dan Palmer(Ollie Stewart 80’), George Lutaaya(Charlie Ruff 67’), Luke Illsley, Charlie Cole and Brett O’Connor.

Sub not used: Archie Roberts.

Match report by Ray Greenall

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82:00 Sub On
Ollie Stewart is substituted on for Hertford Town
82:00 Sub Off
Dan Palmer is substituted off for Hertford Town
68:00 Sub On
Charlie Ruff is substituted on for Hertford Town
68:00 Sub On
Phil Lowen is substituted on for Hertford Town
68:00 Sub Off
George Lutaaya is substituted off for Hertford Town
68:00 Sub Off
Matthew Thomson is substituted off for Hertford Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Soham Town Rangers
  • Hertford Town
  • 0
  • Charlie Ruff Sub On 68:00'
  • Phil Lowen Sub On 68:00'
  • George Lutaaya Sub Off 68:00'
  • Matthew Thomson Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ollie Stewart Sub On 82:00'
  • Dan Palmer Sub Off 82:00'

Team selection

Mann, Charlie Mann, Charlie
Sharman, Ollie Sharman, Ollie
Light, Ricky Light, Ricky
Thomson, Matthew Thomson, Matthew
Toner, Michael Toner, Michael
Palmer, Dan Palmer, Dan
Lutaaya, George Lutaaya, George
Osei, Emmanuel Osei, Emmanuel
Illsley, Luke Illsley, Luke
Cole, Charlie Cole, Charlie
O'Connor, Brett O'Connor, Brett
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