Late Goals Give Maldon Win
Maldon scored twice in the last seven minutes to secure the three points with a 3-1 win at Soham.
Having taken seven points from their last three games, the Greens made just one change from the side which had won away at Hertford Town last weekend, with captain Lewis Endacott coming in for the unavailable Lee Chaffey.
Maldon started the game just outside the play-offs positions and came into the game on a good run of form, having not lost in the League since the middle of September.
The kick off to the game was delayed by fifteen minutes after match referee Giovanni Marasca was injured during the warm up, with assistant Richard Robinson, who himself was only named on the game the day before, taking over the whistle with a replacement linesman coming in.
Maldon made the perfect start opening the scoring after only four minutes when Gondoh delivered a ball into the six-yard area from the left with Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe converting, despite appeals from the hosts of handball, the goal was allowed to stand, with Callum Russell being booked for his protests. Shortly after, Gondoh received a cross-field ball at the back of the box, where he found room to get in a good shot which Pope blocked with his legs. Russell and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe both had opportunities with freekicks before Pope made important saves midway through the half denying Gondoh and Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe after the attackers collected balls into the area. Moments later Russell had the host’s first real effort of the game when he collected Gillies’ ball out wide, but knocked the ball past the advancing Kuraskik with the ball rolling across goal before being cleared. On the turn, Gondoh placed low at Pope, with the keeper producing a fine save to keep out Claridge’s shot before Soham equalised four minutes before the break with Jon Kaye firing a freekick from distance low into the bottom corner. Morgan had the chance to restore the host’s lead as the game entered stoppage time, however could only head wide from a freekick.
It was a more even start to the second half, with the visitors making a couple of changes, although clear chances at either end were limited until midway through the half when substitute, and former Soham attacker, Kieran Bailey curled wide and Millar looped over, both from the edge of the area. Soham made changes of their own pushing forward with Hall putting just wide from Gillies’ ball before Maldon restored their lead in the 83rd minute when Ogedi-Uzokwe chased down a forward ball, taking it wide of the advancing Pope to pull it back to the edge of the area for sub Chris Millar to score. The Jammers made sure of the victory in the final minute of the game when Norman fouled Ogedi-Uzokwe inside the area with the replacement assistant referee awarding a penalty, with the striker getting up to send Pope the wrong way from the spot for his second of the game.
Soham Town Rangers
J. Pope, A. Bankole, W. Gardner, J. Kaye, L. Endacott, H. Norman, J. Carden, L. Clayton, C. Gillies, G. Cohen (M. Hall 67), C. Russell (J. Bennett 67)
Unused: D. Hobbs, J. Lee, R. Mason
Maldon & Tiptree
D. Kuraskik, N. Akoto (K. Bailey 46), J. Claridge, M. Lock (H. Brown 90), J. Pollard, D. Peter, J. Renee, H. Moran, J. Oegi-Uzokwe, E. Udoji (C. Millar 60), R. Gondoh
Unused: S. Bah
Score: (1-1) 1-3
STRFC: J. Kaye (41)
MTFC: J. Oegi-Uzokwe (4, Pen 90), C. Millar (83)
STRFC: C. Russell (5), L. Endacott (14), H. Norman (26), C. Gillies (72)
MTFC: D. Peter (85), R. Gondoh (87)