Soham Town Rangers secure their place in the Bostik League North Division for another season
Soham Town Rangers may have secured themselves a 12th consecutive campaign at Step 4, but manager Robbie Mason has insisted there will be ‘no let up’ between now and the end of the season.
After a worrying start the Greens have slowly but surely managed to pull themselves away from Bostik League North Division relegation danger.
And their status was confirmed by Saturday’s 3-0 win at AFC Sudbury – a result that earned Mason’s men the Iliffe Media East Team of the Weekend award from our Twitter poll.
“Although we were confident that we were never going down, it is still a big weight off our shoulders to know we are safe,” said Mason. “We have struggled at certain times with injuries and different things, but we have a good squad of players here.
“The lads deserve plenty of credit because it was hard at times and they have stuck with it.”
Sixteenth-placed Soham now have a run of three games against sides in and around them in the table – starting with Saturday’s home contest versus Basildon United (17th). The season then wraps up on April 27 with a trip to an Aveley outfit that are likely to have more than one eye on the play-offs.
But while safety has already been achieved, Mason will not accept his men allowing their standards to slip.
“There will be no let up and I have told the lads I want nine points from the last four games,” Mason added. “We cannot sack off the rest of the season just because we are safe.
“We want to finish as high as we can. If we do our job in the final four games and other results go our way we could probably finish as high as 12th and that would be a great season given some of the difficulties.”
Sam Mulready – the third highest scorer in the North Division – took his goal tally in all competitions to 23 with his hat-trick at Sudbury.
After breaking the deadlock during the first half, two further goals in the final 12 minutes secured Soham a sixth away win of the season.
“To score 23 goals for a team that has struggled for maybe 50 per cent of the season is a massive achievement,” said Mason.
“I really admire what he does. He scores goals out of nothing and two of them were like that on Saturday.
“He is a real pleasure to watch and I am so pleased for him that he is scoring so regularly.
“His goals are bound to have caught the attention of some clubs that will be looking for a striker but hopefully we can keep hold of him in the summer.”