Jammers nick three points
By dave garwood
Some fine goalkeeping from Ben McNamara and some wayward finishing by the Soham forwards saw Maldon and Tiptree take three hardly deserved points
Maldon and Tiptree FC Soham Town Rangers FC Bostik League One North Saturday 3rd November 2018
Utalising his full squad Jammers boss Wayne Brown made four changes to the starting line up that recorded an excellent midweek win at Bury Town. In came James Shepherd, Chris Millar, Callum Anderson and the returning Lewis Dark with Sammie Mcleod, Tommie Harris and Shane Cojocarel with Harvey Brown occupying the substitutes bench. Robert Girdlestone joined Billy Roast on the injured list but included in the starting line up was Michael Brothers who was set for his home debut.
The game started extremely slowly with the home side strangely lethargic in their play and imprecise with their passing with the result that the visitors, who propped up the league table, made much of the running and created the early chances. Home keeper Ben McNamara (pictured) was soon called into action to save Jack Mochalski's strong shot from 20 metres then a misplaced defensive clearance left Soham's Prince Mutswunguma with a clear shot at goal but he hit his shot straight at McNamara who was able to make a comfortable save. Midway through the first half, at last, the home side got something going attacking wise with Matthew Briggs going down the left before getting over a dangerous cross that was just cleared then James Shepherd got in another swinging cross that visiting keeper Joshua Pope just managed to touch round the post then Jack Cawley headed the resultant corner just over the bar. The scenario for the whole game was settling into a poor performance from the home side with them seemingly devoid of much in the way of fluid attacking football with passes often going astray which left the visitors with often good possession that they failed to take advantage of. The visitors Alfie Connor hit over from 20 metres before home keeper Mcnamara featured again when a good passing move from the visitors ended with Joseph Carden firing in a shot that the keeper just turned over then Jonathan Kaye saw his deflected shot also just got over the bar by McNamara. As the game moved into first half added time the home side took a surprise lead when Oliver Kensdale headed a right wing corner goalwards and in the ensuing scramble George Sykes got a vital touch to force the ball over the line. Unfortunately George injured himself in the process and had to be replaced by substitute Sammi McLeod.
Half Time Maldon and Tiptree FC 1 Soham Town Rangers 0
The second half followed the same trend as the first with Soham looking much the more dangerous side but their finishing certainly did not match the rest of their play which left them rueing the number of good scoring chances that they failed to take. An early fine move from the visitors ended with Mutswunguma's shot from the edge of the penalty area that McNamara just put round the post with a diving save then McNamara atoned for a poor pass out with a tremendous block to Samuel Mulready's powerful close range strike. An isolated home attack almost proved costly for Soham when substitute Shane Cojocarel and Shepherd combined well before Shepherd's deep cross found Matthew Briggs who fired in a powerful effort that struck the post before rebounding out. Back came the visitors to continue to have the better of the play with Soham substitute Ryan Auger seeing his 20 metre free kick well held by McNamara then Jonathan Kaye missed from almost the best chance of the half when he was played through to go clear on goal but from 10 metres he shot wide of the far post. Further Soham substitute Robert Mason then turned well on the penalty area edge before getting his shot away that McNamara saved before the Jammers Michael Brothers allowed his impatience at some rough handling that went unpunished, to retaliate and get himself sent off leaving Maldon and Tiptree to defend the last 10 minutes plus added time with only 10 men. With just a couple of worrying moments the home side held out with only a last minute long throw causing any panic in the home defence when Kaye's header was just scrambled away by McNamara down at the post.
Final score Maldon and Tiptree FC 1 Soham Town Rangers FC 0