Mead Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Casey Cooper-Fiske reports on all the action at Bayliss Avenue at the weekend, as the Ryman Division One North season approaches its close…

Thamesmead Town’s playoff chances have been revived with back to back victories, after an emphatic 3-0 home win against Soham Town Rangers.

The Mead ended Soham’s fantastic ten game unbeaten run with their first defeat since Boxing Day.

The Mead started positively, as Theo Fairweather-Johnson fired a warning shot from the edge of the box – going just wide.

Thamesmead then took the lead 21 minutes in, as Tommy Spillane’s floated free kick was powerfully headed home by Fairweather-Johnson putting the home side in front.

In the second half, Soham’s chances of a leveller were reduced six minutes in, as defender Ross Paterson was given a straight red for tripping the Mead’s Gary Dauti who was through on goal.

Despite the visitors being down to ten men, they looked like getting the equaliser as midfielder Salim Relizani whipped in an almost perfect free kick from the right hand side. This was met by the head of forward Ryan Sharman who unfortunately could not make solid contact with the ball as his effort fell yards wide of the target.

Close call

The away side almost equalised, as full back Simon Swinton latched on to a poor touch from Jay Porter and went round Andy Walker, but his end product could only find the side netting.

Thamesmead grabbed the crucial second goal to seal the three points for the Mead 87 minutes in. Dauti’s fantastic challenge slipped the ball into the path of winger Harrison Carnegie who struck home from a tight angle across Sam McDermid and into the far corner of the net.

The home side went on to get a third in injury time, as Lee Prescott played a perfectly weighted through ball out from the back into Fairweather-Johnson. He held off Soham defender Jordan Gent, before his shot was parried by McDermid, but only into the path of Fairweather-Johnson to secure the win.

Thamesmead are now just ten points off the playoffs, as they now host Tilbury on Monday evening.