DIVISION ONE NORTH
Soham Town Rangers 0
Bury Town 3
Soham Town Rangers boss Steve Fallon said individual mistakes and poor finishing cost his side in Tuesday’s 3-0 home defeat to Bury Town.
The Greens failed to capitalise on several chances early in both halves, and saw goalkeeper Harry Reynolds gift the visitors two goals.
Despite the result, Fallon said he was encouraged by the performance but insisted that there may have to be changes to his playing squad.
He said: “We’re disappointed. For 35 minutes we were the better side and created the better chances, but the goalkeeper drops the ball and you’re 1-0 down.
“We regrouped at half-time and came out really well, missing three or four chances, but our finishing was not good enough at times. That is the difference between the top and bottom of the league.
“I think there will be players coming in over the next few weeks and there will be ones going out. We’ve had a good go at it, but we’re not getting big crowds and we may have to readjust budget-wise and player-wise.”
Soham were buoyed by their first league win in 10 outings on Saturday, and Fallon kept the same team that helped them beat Barkingside 1-0 at the weekend to claim three points for only the second time this season.
Bury settled into their rhythm better in the opening stages, but it was Soham who went very close to breaking the deadlock in the 14th minute.
Ben Sawyer got clear of the Bury back-line and saw his shot saved by Neil O’Sullivan, before the ball rebounded back to the striker, but this time a sliding Phil Weavers denied Soham the lead with a last ditch goal-line clearance.
From the resultant corner, Jordan Gent’s effort was cleared off the line again by Weavers and three minutes later, left-back Alex Luque saw his shot smothered at the near post by O’Sullivan as the Greens pushed for an opener.
The visitors took the lead in the 34th minute, after Justin Miller’s cross from the right was dropped by Soham keeper Reynolds, and Noel Aitkens was on-hand to head home.
Bury extended their lead three minutes later, when the ball fell to Joe Maybanks in the box and the youngster coolly slotted past Reynolds.
The Greens started the second-half strongly and Dave Theobald and Gent both saw headers cleared from close in, before Pat Bexfield’s strike from distance hit the top of the crossbar.
But the visitors rode the storm and scored their third in the 70th minute when Reynolds raced out to a long ball over the top but was beaten to it by Ollie Hughes, who ran the ball into an empty net.
Bury were reduced to 10 men when Maybanks was shown red for a reckless tackle on Bexfield on 73 minutes.
Soham strove for a way back into the game, but the visitors were able to comfortably see out the match as 3-0 winners to remain the only unbeaten side in the Ryman League this season.
Soham dropped down one place to 20th in the Ryman League Division One table, and now turn their attention away from the league when they host Carlton Town in the FA Trophy preliminary round on Saturday (3pm).
Soham Town Rangers: Reynolds, Townshend, Luque, Theobald, Gent, Ruddy, Sharman, Bexfield, Nightingale, Stanley, Sawyer. Subs not used: McCabe, Swinton, Simpson, Baker and Goddard. Attendance: 151.