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Somerset slip into drop zone

Somerset Eagles 1Karl Brown's blunder set Southampton Rangers on the course to victory and left his own side deep in relegation trouble.

Southampton Rangers 3

The Somerset Eagles goalkeeper let Dennis Russell's tame shot slip under his body and then failed to deal with a free-kick in the dying seconds as Rangers came from behind to win at White Hill yesterday.

Eagles are now two points adrift of Rangers and St David's, who also lost, and depending on how results go next weekend, their fate could well rest on a win or die clash against St David's in two weeks time.

It shouldn't be that way. Eagles should have won yesterday's game at a canter, and to lay all the blame at Brown's feet is to ingore another inadequate display from the West End side in front of goal.

Anthony Hunter's goal with little more than quarter of an hour gone was no less than Eagles deserved after a dominating start in which they pulled Rangers apart at will. Had Troy Tucker done better moments later with a header from 12 yards after Hunter had got free down the right then Eagles would be the ones with the breathing room.

However, Tucker's effort was wide, as most of his attempts at goal were yesterday, and with Tariq Sabir also struggling in the final third, any danger Eagles posed tended to break down at the crucial moment.

They didn't have it all their own way, and Brown made two smart saves from Jermaine Dill and Michael Williams to keep his side in front just before half time.

In the first ten minutes after the re-start Eagles blew three goal-scoring opportunities, with Sabir, Hunter and Tamauri Tucker all squandering gilt-edged chances.

Rangers made them pay for it soon after when Lorenzo Burch's botched clearance fell to Jamah Charles and he crashed the ball past Brown from 18 yards out.

That goal, coupled with the loss of Hunter to a calf injury changed the flow of the game, as did the introduction of Rangers defender Khalil Symonds. Rangers looked a different team after Symonds' introduction, while Eagles went to pieces.

Another defensive error allowed Russell a free run at goal, and after shrugging off Rakeem DeShields, his weak shot crept under Brown's body.

Eagles' attempts to get an equaliser were largely long-range efforts which rarely gavegoalkeeper Jason Smith any real cause for concern.

Rangers made the points safe at the end as Jamah Charles' free-kick was headed in at the back post by Dill as Eagles stood and watched.

Somerset Eagles: K Brown, A Lambert, T Fubler (A Russell, 71), R DeShields (J Davis, 79), L Burch, Tamauri Tucker, D Andrade, A Hunter (A Telford, 66), T Sabir, Troy Tucker, D Dowling.

Subs not used: M Thomas, M Ming, M Johnson, A Rocker Jr.

Booked Lambert, Troy Tucker, Dowling.

Goal: Hunter 17

Southampton Rangers: Jason Smith, D Charles, I Mallory, M Williams, J Charles, J Dill, A Burrows (M Iris, 70), D Russell, Y Bean (E Albou, 86), J Caisey (K Symonds, 59), T Wilkinson.

Subs not used: Jonathan Smith, E Stoneham.

Booked Mallory, Caisey.

Goals: J Charles 59, D Russell 77, Dill 90.

Referee: R Cann

Man of the match: A Hunter

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Published March 07, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated March 07, 2011 at 7:40 am)

Somerset slip into drop zone

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