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Hayes & Yeading United tie is a 'massive opportunity' for Soham Town Rangers to progress in the FA Trophy

Manager Robbie Mason believes his Soham Town Rangers side have a ‘massive opportunity’ to make club history when they travel to Hayes & Yeading United in the FA Trophy on Wednesday (7.45pm).

Victory over their 18th-placed BetVictor Southern Premier South hosts would see the Greens reach the third qualifying round of the national competition for the first time in the club’s history.

Mason’s men have already knocked out Step 3 opposition in St Ives Town, and he is hopeful they can repeat that trick at Beaconsfield Road.

Robbie Mason
Robbie Mason

“We know a little bit about them but as always our focus will be on us and what we can do,” said Mason.

“We put in two decent performances against St Ives – apart from the first half of the replay – and if we can match that then you never know.

“We will be the underdogs again and that is great for us because we know what it takes to get a result in that type of scenario.

“They will be a good side obviously but it is a massive opportunity for us to go through at least another round.”

The tie has been scheduled for Wednesday due to the fact that Hayes are set to host League One side Oxford United in the Emirates FA Cup on Sunday.

It means Soham will have to battle their way through midweek London rush-hour traffic, but Mason is hopeful it will not have a negative impact.

“In an ideal world we would be playing at the weekend but it is not to be,” he added.

“I loved playing under the lights during the week and I think the players do as well.

“It affects people differently and it depends what people do work-wise before they have to head off and play midweek.

“There will be traffic as well but we will be fully prepared and make sure the players are in the right frame of mind.

“We will not use the fact the game is on a Wednesday as an excuse.”

Prior to the Hayes tie, Soham (11th) will host Great Wakering Rovers (7th) in the BetVictor Isthmian League North Division on Saturday (3pm).

* Last weekend, goals from Tom Newman, Cameron Watson and Sam Mulready rescued Soham a 3-3 draw from their trip to bottom-of-the-table Romford.

Soham were 3-1 down with just 24 minutes left to play but they managed to salvage a first draw of the campaign.

Meanwhile, on Tuesday in the Velocity Trophy, there was an even more impressive comeback as hosting Soham battled back from being 4-0 down to draw 4-4 with Ware (Newman, Mulready, Auger 2), before going on to win the subsequent penalty shootout 6-5.

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