Soham Town Rangers manager Robbie Mason calls for collective effort to drag Soham Town Rangers out of trouble
Player-manager Robbie Mason has called for a ‘back to basics’ approach as Soham Town Rangers battle to stop the rot.
Tuesday evening’s 4-2 home defeat to Yaxley extended the Greens’ winless run of form to eight matches and keeps them in the Northern League Midlands Division’s relegation zone.
Against Yaxley, Soham had to play the entire second half with 10 men following the sending off of captain Jon Kaye just before the break.
However, Mason felt there was still enough quality on the pitch for his side to have taken something from the contest.
“It wasn’t good enough. If we’d have approached the game right and kept it 1-1 for a decent amount of time, we had more than enough on that pitch to get something – with 11 or 10 players,” he said.
“That’s no disrespect to them, but in terms of what I’m looking at and my squad, we had more than enough.
“We can’t blame the fixtures, we can’t blame the lads that are injured because we’ve got a good enough squad. Yes we miss them but that’s the whole point of having the squad we’ve got.
“Ultimately it wasn’t good enough and it hasn’t been good enough for a little while. We can’t blame the league either, that’s just a cop out.
“We’re not looking for excuses at all, we’ve got to look at ourselves and that includes us as management.
“It isn’t just about the players, it’s everyone as a collective. We’ve got to get back to basics to put this right.”
One plus from last night was the performance of Ollie Ward, who scored in the 3-1 defeat at Belper Town on Saturday.
He was Suffolk News' Man of the Match for a tireless display, one in which he never gave the Yaxley defence a moment of peace.
And Mason has been pleased with his impact since arriving from Kershaw League Premier Division side Witchford 96 in the summer.
"He's a breath of fresh air. There are no inhibitions – he just listens, does his job and does it well," said the boss.
"He chases lost causes, which gets us higher up the pitch and that puts people under pressure.
"He's raw – sometimes it may come off his knee or his shoulder, but he puts everything in and is getting better and better."