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Boss: 'Soham players need to start standing up'

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Robbie Mason has called on his Soham Town Rangers players to start taking responsibility following Saturday’s derby day disappointment.

Mildenhall Town V Soham Town Rangers football. Robbie Mason Soham manager Picture Mark Westley. (4483134)
Mildenhall Town V Soham Town Rangers football. Robbie Mason Soham manager Picture Mark Westley. (4483134)

The player-boss had been impressed with the performance level of his side in their previous two outings – a 1-0 loss to Aveley followed by a 3-1 win at Felixstowe & Walton United.

However, they failed to build on that momentum at home against rivals Mildenhall Town, losing 3-1.

It means Soham are still without a win on their own patch since February 10, while they have triumphed in front of their own supporters just twice in 2018.

Mason, who held a lengthy post mortem with the team out on the Julius Martin Lane pitch after the final whistle, said: “It just was not good enough.

“After Saturday and Tuesday we thought we had turned a corner. We put in two really good performances.

“We had a good week, but we have not achieved anything – that was the message to the players before the game.

“A couple of decisions did not go our way, but it was not about the referee, they just played better than us.

“We are not expecting them to be putting in top performances every week. If they did that, they would not be here.

“But when it is not going for you, they need to get back in, get tight and start playing again.

“When it is not going for us it is too easy to break us down and we leak a lot of chances.

“We turned down crosses and wanted to put perfect balls in when we should have been playing percentages.

“It comes down to taking responsibility, making sure you do your job to the best of your ability.

“How we react is where the season goes. The league will not let us be inconsistent.”

The defeat has seen the Greens drop back down to the bottom of the table, having collected just four points from the first 24 on offer.

They will look to kick-start their campaign on Saturday when they travel to 15th-placed Brentwood (3pm).