Management duo enjoy a first victory as Soham strike late on

MAIDEN VICTORY: Soham Town Rangers' new management duo Dave Theobald (left) and Robbie Nightingale secured their first win since taking the reins
MAIDEN VICTORY: Soham Town Rangers' new management duo Dave Theobald (left) and Robbie Nightingale secured their first win since taking the reins
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Soham Town Rangers 3

Aveley 1

Three goals in the last 14 minutes saw Soham come from behind to beat Aveley 3-1 and earn the new management team their first win.

Having gained a point away to unbeaten Bury Town during the week, new bosses Robbie Nightingale and Dave Theobald named an unchanged starting line-up for the visit of Aveley, with the only change being James McCabe coming back onto the bench.

The game started at a quick pace as Sawyer put wide from an early Bexfield freekick before being played in at the edge of the area only to place low at Marrable.

The play quickly switched to the other end as Lawton came out to deny Ogbain with his feet while Seymour fired over with an angled shot.

The hosts continued to press forward and create opportunities as Swinton and Relizani fired wide with the latter also placing a shot across goal and wide.

It was the visitors that actually came closest to opening the scoring on the half hour but a well-placed Townsend cleared Baker’s header away at the back post following a corner.

After this Marrable made a low save to keep out Sharman with the midfielder also having another effort wide before the visitors were awarded a penalty on the stroke of half time when Will Lawton was adjudged to have brought down Seymour inside the area, with Arian Retkoceri converting the resultant spot kick.

The second half started with Soham bringing on Marcus Hall for the injured George Darling, although compared to the first half, clear chances were limited.

Soham continued attacking and deservedly equalised in the 76th minute when Sawyer made his way down the right to deliver a ball into the area which Simon Swinton turned to volley low into the corner.

The Greens then took the lead in the 81st minute when Smith worked hard to keep the ball in play on the left by-line to square it for Ryan Sharman, who after taking a touch, placed low into the net.

Soham made sure of the points as the game entered stoppage time when Ben Sawyer, who ran onto the through ball to slot past Marrable.

n However, Rangers conceded twice late on to suffer a 2-1 loss to high-flying Thurrock.

Despite having Jordan Gent dismissed in the 51st minute, Soham took the lead through George Darling with seven minutes remaining, only for Thurrock to strike twice in as many minutes through Charlie Stimson and Lewis Spence to snatch all three points.

Town will be aiming to bounce back with trips to Redbridge on Saturday (3pm) and Waltham Abbey on Tuesday (7.45pm).