Planters stay bottom after home defeat
Pope makes crucial saves as Greens secure double
Norwich United 0 Soham Town Rangers 3
Bostik League North Division
Steve Eastaugh made just one change to the side that returned from Bowers & Pitsea with a 3-1 win on Saturday, Dan Crosby replacing David Nicol-Wilson, with Jamie Speller dropping into defence.
Soham took the lead in the 14th minute after the Planters had been on the attack, a quick break saw Joe Carden sprint down the right and his cross from the byline was netted at the far post by Lewis Clayton.
Halfway through the first period Hafeez Sanusi's cross field ball found Adam Hipperson on the left and his shot was well saved low down by Greens keeper Josh Pope.
The Planters were looking to get back into the game and Crosby had a shot which went over the bar
Five minutes before the break a sustained spell of pressure almost brought the much needed equaliser, firstly Adam Hipperson’s corner to the back post saw a header deflected for a corner, then from the flag kick Liam Jackson met the ball with his head and with the Plantion Park crowd expecting to see the ball nestle in the back of the net Pope made an excellent save. Moment's later another header was cleared away and th visitors made it to half-time with their goal advantage intact.
Three minutes after the interval the Planters had ut all to do when Joe Carden latched onto a long ball forward and hit a lovely shot inside the far post to double the lead.
This seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Planters and despite two substitutions it was the visitors who sealed the victory in the 68th minute when James Tricks got free to latch onto a long ball and calmly lobbed Andy Wilton to make it three.
In fact it was Wilton who had to prevent a fourth as he tipped Joe Bennett's shot around the post, while the Planters attacks floundered against the Green's defence after the break.
So the Planters missed the chance of moving of the bottom as the Greens demonstrated more strength, determination and nous for the second time this season.
Norwich United: Wilton, Pollock (Lapite 55), Henery, Crosby, Wones, Watts, Speller, Datocampol (Mackie 67), Hipperson, Jackson (Stewart 55), Sanusi. Unused subs: Cheese, Will.
Soham Town Rangers: Pope, Russell, Gardner, Norman, Mochalski, Endacott (Hobbs 80), Carden (Conway 84), Kaye, Tricks, Clayton, Bennett. Unused subs: Buddle, Bankole, Mason.
Referee: Adrian Sannerude. Assistants: Bradley Mingay & Jordan Sandwell.