DIVISION ONE NORTH
Thamesmead Town 3
Soham Town Rangers 0
Soham Town Rangers saw their five-match unbeaten run come to an end away at Thamesmead Town last Saturday.
The Greens, who had beaten promotion hopefuls Harlow Town and AFC Hornchurch in the their previous two outings, had not tasted defeat since January 23.
However, they were unable to make a breakthrough at Bayliss Avenue, not helped by the sending off of Ross Paterson shortly after the restart.
There was a new face in goal for Soham in the form of Sam McDermid, who had joined the club shortly before the trip on a one-month loan deal from Football League side Cambridge United.
The 19-year-old was recruited when a scan on the hand injury sustained by number one keeper George Lawton, revealed he is likely to miss the rest of the campaign.
It seemed that McDermid was going to be called into action early on when the ball broke for Theo Fairweather-Johnson, but he was unable to keep his shot on target.
Yet, the midfielder made no mistake when another chance presented itself in the 21st minute.
A free kick from Tommy Spillane caused problems for the Soham defence and Fairweather-Johnson capitalised to head in from close range.
As the first half headed towards a conclusion Soham midfielder Salim Relizani twice called Thamesmead goalkeeper Andy Walker into action, while Paterson fired wide.
That proved to be Paterson’s last major involvement in the game because, with 51 minutes played, he was handed a straight red card for a foul on Gaz Dauti.
Despite their numerical disadvantage, Soham had a golden opportunity to level the scoreline shortly after when confusion in the Thamesmead defence saw Simon Swinton pounce, but he was unable to convert into an empty net.
Soham continued to rally as the game wore on as Relizani drew another stop from Walker and Ryan Sharman saw his goalbound shot deflected wide.
The game was put out of their reach, though, with two Thamesmead goals in the final three minutes of normal time.
First Harrison Carnegie fired in a Dauti cross before Fairweather-Johnson claimed his second of the contest after his initial strike had been stopped by McDermid.
The result has left Soham 15th in the table with nine matches to play.
Soham: McDermid, Swinton, Paterson, Lawton, Gent, Watson, Russell, Chadwick, Sharman, Williams, Relizani.
n Dave Theobald and Robbie Nightingale’s men are due to return to action this Sunday with a trip to playoff-hunting Cray Wanderers (3pm).
When the two teams met at Julius Martin Lane earlier in the season, it was visiting Cray that ran out 2-0 winners thanks to second-half goals from Malik Ouani and Andre McCollin.
The Wanderers, who have lost five times at home this term, go into the game on the back of two straight victories over Waltham Abbey and Brightlingsea Regent.
Meanwhile, Soham have struggled on their travels, having won only three out of 18 matches on the road.