'Greens must improve home form'
Providing they improve their home form, Josh Pope is confident Soham Town Rangers can be in and around the Bostik League North Division play-offs this season.
Only the division’s top two sides – AFC Hornchurch and Potters Bar Town – and fourth-placed Haringey Borough were able to boast more wins on the road than Soham’s return of 11 last term.
However, they were unable to replicate that form at Julius Martin Lane, with their five victories – the same as relegated Norwich United – the league’s joint worst record.
Goalkeeper Pope is well aware a similar record this time around will scupper any chance the Greens have of challenging towards the top of the table, but with a settled squad starting to form, he is expecting more consistency.
“From what I have seen, it has been all chop and change over the past few summers, but luckily that is something that has not happened this year,” said Pope, who joined Soham from neighbouring Mildenhall Town in 2017.
“The lads who have come in have looked good and have fitted in really well, so team spirit is really good.
“Last year was frustrating at times, we would play really well one week but then did not back it up the next week.
“That often happens with young and much-changed teams over the summer, but given the relatively few changes we have had over this summer, we should be able to hit the ground running.
“The biggest thing for us to improve is our home form, for whatever reason, it was not good enough last year.
“If we can improve that and keep our form from the away games, we will be in and around the play-offs.
“There is no reason why that cannot be or should not be achievable.
“Last year was a massive learning curve for everyone and, given that is under our belts now, I think we will be a more consistent team this year.”