Lowestoft Town 1, Soham Town Rangers 3

PUBLISHED: 11:15 18 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:10 05 July 2010

THE erratic league form of Lowestoft returned to haunt them once again as two first half goals from Scott Carter set leaders Soham on their way to victory to edge closer to the title.

THE erratic league form of Lowestoft returned to haunt them once again as two first half goals from Scott Carter set leaders Soham on their way to victory to edge closer to the title.

Scott Johnson added a third just after half time to wrap the game up, with Neil Plaskett grabbing a consolation soon after as Town's abject first half performance proved decisive, writes Luke Stockdale.

Bradley Hough was recalled to the side in one of five changes from Tuesday's match against Histon Reserves, and the winger was deservedly presented with the Gary Bennett Driving School Player of the Month award before kick off.

Despite the Blues starting brightly, it was the visitors who took the lead with their first attack of the match. Johnson's free kick was devilishly floated in, and Carter rose to glance home past a helpless Adam Rix.

The visitors were then on top for much of the half, and Darren Jimson and Michael Simpson both saw immediate chances to double their advantage go begging. Town's only was reply was Richard Woodrow unfortunately overrunning the ball after being played in by Hough, with Soham keeper Lea Jordan being rarely tested.

Callum Kearns and Andrew Furnell both should have added a second to the visiting side's tally, before Carter added his second on 38 by latching onto Jimson's flick to lob a hesitant Rix for a comfortable two-goal lead at half time.

Johnson added a third four minutes after the break after a neat move involving leading scorer Charles Libam and Simpson, and it was only the heroics of Rix that prevented Carter from his hat-trick as the keeper saved bravely at close quarters.

The visitors' third goal seemed to spark Lowestoft into life, and Carl Poppy saw his venomous free kick parried round the post by Jordan. From Reece Hunn's resulting corner, the goalkeeper saved Plaskett's first attempt, but the defender's rebound was deemed to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.

Ross King volleyed just wide as Town briefly rallied, but Soham always looked superior on the counter attack and Rix again excelled to tip Simpson's goal-bound effort away from the bottom corner before Woodrow flashed a drive just wide in an exciting end-to-end spell.

Jordan then had to be alert to tip Darren Cockrill's quickly-taken free kick as the Blues tried to press for a second with 20 minutes still to play.

Johnson wasted a golden opportunity to seal the match two minutes later when he pulled his shot horribly wide of the left-hand post with only Rix to beat, before the Lowestoft keeper brilliantly turned Libam'a curling shot around the post with ten minutes to go to give the home side hope, but Soham remained on top to take home all three points.

MoM: Carl Poppy.

Lowestoft Town: A Rix, C Poppy, J Pike (R Bloomfield 46), R Woodrow, M Saunders, N Plaskett, B Hough (A McKenna 72), Darren Cockrill, G McGee, R King (C Lewis 86), R Hunn. Subs (not used): D Smith, G Williams.

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