Rebels slump continues

Soham Town Rangers

Soham Town Rangers

Ogbonna (pen 39)
Slough Town

Slough Town

League Attendance: 156 Simon Sweeney
A first half Dugi Ogbonna penalty was enough to separate Soham Town Rangers and Slough Town, as the Rebels fell to their fifth league defeat of the campaign.

Kicking into a low sun at Julius Martin Lane, Danny Burnell received a flick from Byrne and rolled his defender, but scuffed a low shot wide from 20 yards. At the other end, Shawn Richards found some space 20 yards out and tried to bend the ball into the corner, but shot just wide.

Hosts Soham, occupying a lowly position in the league table, applied some pressure without creating anything of note, whilst Slough created a presentable chance as a low near post cross from Sweeney found Sippetts, fresh from a midweek hat-trick, who turned his defender but saw his shot saved at the near post.

Josh Turner fizzed a dangerous ball across the face of goal which no Soham player was able to reach, before Dugi Ogbonna went closest, turning Yeboah and curling a shot away from Perks only to see it cannon off the post and away.

Young midfielder Sam Bateman departed the field with concussion in a blow to Slough, but the Rebels went close as a counter-attack saw Sean Sonner play in Burnell, but his low shot was easily gathered.

With 39 minutes played, Soham were handed the opportunity to take the lead as Yeboah tripped Ogbonna, who was turning away from goal, in the box. Ogbonna dusted himself off before firing his penalty kick down the middle of Ricky Perks’ goal to give his side the lead.

Slough were unable to grab an equaliser before half time, though the Rebels went close on a number of occasions, with Burnell having a shot blocked and Sonner heading Murphy’s cross over the bar.

In the second period, Sonner fired wide after a Coyne corner was only half-cleared, and Yeboah and Burnell had efforts blocked as Soham defended manfully.

Soham looked dangerous on the counter-attack, and only a superb last ditch tackle stopped Ogbonna from doubling his tally.

Sonner fired over the bar again after a great first touch to control substitute Adam Logie’s cross, but on another counter-attack, Soham threatened again as Deakan Napier got in behind the defence - but the midfielder was caught in two minds and his powerful low cross shot was gathered by Perks.

Slough were frustrated by Dan Bircham as Murphy’s cross fell to Byrne on the edge of the box, but Bircham parried his volley wide for a corner – but again, Slough looked susceptible to the hosts’ attacks on the counter, and Ogbonna should have done better when clean through, ignoring easy options in the middle before firing wide of the near post.

Simon Sweeney beat his man down the right and put in a low cross to Sippetts, who fired well over when well placed. But yet again, dangerman Ogbonna rounded Perks at the other end and looked to have made the game safe, but Yeboah cleared off the line as the game started to flow from end to end.

Slough were by now having the majority of play, and Bircham denied Slough again, this time keeping out a volley from Steve Sinclair.

As Soham looked to close out the game and play the ball into the corners, Paul Coyne had the last real sight of goal for Slough, receiving the ball at the near post but striking straight at Bircham as the Rebels’ poor recent run of results continued.

Soham Town Rangers Lineup

Bircham, Seymore, Lines, Coleman, Carr, McGeorge, Napier, Richards, Hipwell (Mason-Smith), Ogbonna, Turner (Austin). Subs not used: Stroud.


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