Fallon leaves Soham Town Rangers as Nightingale and Theobold take charge

Steve Fallon.
Steve Fallon.
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Steve Fallon has stepped down as manager of Soham Town Rangers.

The club say they have reluctantly accepted his resignation following Saturday’s 3-1 FA Trophy exit to Carlton Town.

Senior players Robbie Nightingale and Dave Theobald will immediately take over as the clubs new management team.

Rangers’ official website also noted the manager decided to end his tenure in the dug-out ‘following a difficult start to the season and due to personal reasons’.

A statement read: “Steve has decided to end his three-and-a-half years in the hot seat.

“His coaching staff of Ian Hart and Wayne Goddard has also decided to stand down.

“Steve, along with his assistant Ian, arrived at Soham in March 2012, following the departure of previous management team Andy Furnell and Andy Coleman, and managed to collect enough points in the remaining games of the campaign to keep the Greens in the League, before recording the club’s best ever League finish the following season when the club just missed out on the Ryman League Play-offs.

“During this period, Soham have also reached three Cambs Invitation Cup finals, winning the trophy in 2014, with Steve also being named Ryman League Manager of the Month three times during that season.

“Soham Town Rangers FC will always be grateful to Steve, Ian and Wayne for their hard work during their management reign at the club and wish them well for the future.”

Nightingale and Theobold both arrived at Soham during the summer from Royston Town.

During their playing career, David played in the Football League for Brentford, Swansea City and Cambridge United, before dropping into Non-League with spells at Canvey Island, Kettering Town and Cambridge City, whilst Robbie had long spells with Cambridge City and Histon.

The statement added: “Robbie and Dave are looking forward to the challenge of turning round the clubs fortunes this season, starting at Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday.”

Speaking following Saturday’s FA Trophy exit, Fallon expressed his disappointment.

The Greens were beaten 3-1 at home by Carlton Town in the preliminary round of the national competition, which leaves them with the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup as their only chance of claiming silverware this season.

“It was very disappointing,” Fallon said. “All round it was a big blow to everybody at the club. We never really got going.

“We were knocked for six with the opening goal. It was one of them where they’ve crossed it and it’s found the top corner.”

Daniel Gordon’s cross put the visitors ahead in the ninth minute, before Fallon’s Soham hit back when Ben Sawyer slotted home on 19 minutes.

Carlton regained their lead 10 minutes before half-time through Gordon, with Kevin Lumsamaba making it 3-1 in the 75th minute.

Soham return to Ryman League Division One North action with trips to Brightlingsea Regent on Saturday (3pm) and Bury Town on Tuesday (7.45pm), and after the departures of Matty Simpson and Dan Easlea, Fallon is hopeful of bringing in one or two before the weekend.

* Joe Allen scored a hat-trick on his first team debut for Mildenhall Town as they cruised to a 7-0 victory against St Neots Town Saints in the FA Vase second qualifying round.

Mildenhall host Ipswich Wanderers on Saturday (3pm), before travelling to Dereham Town Reserves in the League Challenge Cup on Wednesday (7.45pm).