Second win on the bounce lifts Soham out of the bottom three
DIVISION ONE NORTH
Soham Town Rangers 2
Bowers & Pitsea 0
by Liam Apicella
at Julius Martin Lane
Just like London buses, Soham waited ever so long for a victory and all of a sudden two turn up together.
The Greens had looked destined for the drop as player-manager Robbie Mason failed to win any of his first 16 games at the helm.
However, the previous week’s triumph over Thurrock lifted spirits and Mason’s men took that momentum into Saturday’s clash with Bowers & Pitsea, who were beaten by goals in either half from Soham’s strike pairing of Sam Mulready and Luke Brown.
Back-to-back wins has lifted Soham out of the bottom three ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash at Brentwood Town (3pm) — a side one place and two points better off than their Cambridgeshire visitors.
And after defeating teams that have aspirations of making the play-offs, Mason has urged his troops to show similar ‘heart and desire’ against their fellow strugglers.
“It has been great to watch the last two weeks. The lads are determined to get out of trouble and go again next year,” he said.
“Too many times we have been on the back foot and looked scared — that comes down to confidence.
“We turned up today after last week’s win and there was a massive buzz.
“Now, we do not want all of this hard work against a couple of top teams to go to waste.
“Brentwood is a big game, no doubt about it because they are down there with us.
“We have to show the same heart and desire as the last two games.
“They are a direct side and have a very good striker. But if we can keep him quiet, I am confident we can win the game.”
While Soham have been more tenacious and clinical in their two wins, they have also benefitted from some luck, which had perhaps deserted them throughout the bleak three-month winless run.
Thurrock hit the crossbar twice during their 2-1 defeat at Julius Martin Lane, while with the score locked at 0-0 in the 18th minute, Bowers & Pitsea also cannoned the woodwork.
Bradley Warner was the unfortunate player as his rising shot hit the underside of the bar before bouncing to safety.
Soham hotshot Mulready, in contrast, is enjoying a rich vein of form in front of goal.
The first half had just ticked into stoppage time when Bowers goalkeeper Rhys Madden spilt Ryan Horne’s free-kick from the edge of the box.
Mulready was first on the scene and he nodded home from close range to score his fourth goal in as many outings.
Chances were few and far between in the second half, though Soham made the most of one of their best openings in the 64th minute.
Inheriting possession inside the penalty area, Brown was afforded too much space and he duly pulled the trigger, with his low shot seemingly catching Madden cold on its way into the bottom corner.
Mulready spurned a chance to make the points safe late on when he was denied by Madden in a one-on-one situation, but it mattered little as the hosts held out to move three points above the relegation zone with five matches left to play.
Soham: Conroy, Endacott (Russell 46), Gardner, Cambridge, Tennent, Groves, Kaye. Horne, Brown, Mulready, Barker
Journal Man of the Match: Ryan Horne