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Soham Town Rangers manager urges players to move on from BetVictor Isthmian League North Division loss to Romford

Manager Robbie Mason has urged his Soham Town Rangers players to use Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat at the hands of Romford as ‘fuel’ for the coming weeks.

There was nothing subtle about how Romford approached proceedings on a blustery afternoon at Julius Martin Lane.

They arrived armed with loud music and cameras as owner/manager Glenn Tamplin sets about making a documentary on the team that he has put together in recent weeks.

FOOTBALL: Soham Town Rangers v Romford Sam Mulready kept out by Romford keeeper. Picture Mark Westley. (29881432)
FOOTBALL: Soham Town Rangers v Romford Sam Mulready kept out by Romford keeeper. Picture Mark Westley. (29881432)

And yet, whatever the perception of those antics may be, ultimately the most important factor is that they headed back to Essex with three points to give their BetVictor Isthmian League North Division survival hopes another shot in the arm.

While Romford sit bottom of the table, in contrast Soham headed into the encounter as one of the division’s form sides. In fact, no team could better the Greens’ return of 15 points from the previous six match days.

Such results have moved Soham into the safety of mid-table, and ahead of Saturday’s trip to third-placed Tilbury (3pm), Mason is eager not to dwell on last weekend’s disappointment.

“It was always going to be a difficult day with all of the anticipation about them coming to the ground,” he said.

“It felt like we approached the first half an hour right. We had the bit between our teeth and did not care who they were.

“We matched them physically and football wise we outplayed them.

“A funny 10 minutes has killed us, which I have not seen from us in months. We did not deal with the turn of events very well.

“Going forward we have got a tough run of games, all teams in and round us and above us.

“We cannot let this game affect us and have an impact on what we have done over the last six weeks.

“We have to write it off. It was always going to be one of those, it was either going to go for us or against us.

“All these antics before the game – the music blaring out the changing room, all of the cameras – the lads need to let that fuel them.

“If they are feeling fatigued in future games, think back to this day and how it felt and then go and get the result we after.”