Fallon dispels rumours of reunion with Stanley

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Steve Fallon has quashed rumours that departing Soham Town Rangers striker Luke Stanley will be joining him at his new club Histon.

The 59-year-old resigned as Soham boss last month, before returning to former club Histon to take over the vacant manager’s position.

And after Rangers frontman Stanley announced he was also leaving Julius Martin Lane a few weeks later, rumours have been circulating that the duo could be quickly reunited at Histon.

However Fallon has dispelled those rumours and understands the ex-Linton Granta forward is taking a break from football for the foreseeable future.

“I spoke to Luke around two weeks ago and he said to me he was having a break from football,” Fallon said.

“He told me that he wasn’t ready to come back, or play again, or where he was going to play next.

“I left it with him to get in touch with me if that changed, and I can honestly say at this moment in time Luke hasn’t contacted me since.”

Stanley scored 76 goals in 141 appearances for the Greens during his near three-year spell playing for Fallon’s Rangers, and famously marked his debut for the club with a hat-trick in the 7-2 thrashing of AFC Sudbury back in November 2012.

In his first full season at Soham in 2013-14 Stanley fired in a staggering 40 goals, which included another hat-trick in the 6-1 victory over CRC in the final of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup.

Fallon revealed Stanley’s goalscoring exploits for him at Soham saw him receive several offers to join clubs at a higher level.

A move to Histon would see Stanley step up a level into the Southern League Premier Division, the equivalent of the Ryman League Premier Division, which is one league higher than Soham currently play at.

“Luke had a few opportunities to go to Needham Market and St Neots to make the step up,” Fallon said. “When you score a lot of goals like he did then chances will come to move up the leagues.”

n Soham Town Rangers won 3-1 at Heybridge Swifts to stretch their unbeaten run in Ryman League Division One North to three games.

After a goalless first-half George Darling opened the scoring in the 47th minute for Rangers, before Ryan Sharman doubled their advantage on 66 minutes.

Josh Townshend inadvertently put the ball into his own net to reduce their lead to 2-1, with substitute Callum Russell netting in added time to seal the points for the Greens.

Soham (18th) host Phoenix Sports on Saturday (3pm), ahead of visiting Wisbech Town in the quarter-finals of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm).

n Mildenhall Town return to action in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division this weekend, with Whitton United the visitors to Recreation Way on Saturday (3pm).

The Hall saw their scheduled trip to Fakenham Town at the weekend postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.