Soham Town Rangers heading into FA Cup tie at Cray Wanderers full of confidence
Manager Robbie Mason is well aware that he has asked a lot of his Soham Town Rangers players recently, but he will need even more from them if they are to advance in the Emirates FA Cup this weekend.
Injuries have left Mason with a threadbare squad of late, but that did not stop the Greens from giving a good account of themselves during Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Grays Athletic, followed by Tuesday night’s 2-0 home derby triumph at the expense of Cambridge City.
The win over City has moved Soham up to eighth in the BetVictor Isthmian League North Division on nine points – a total that they did not reach until November 24 last term.
Next up is a trip to BetVictor Isthmian League Premier Division outfit Cray Wanderers in the second qualifying round – a game that will be played on Sunday owing to the fact that the hosts groundshare with Bromley (3pm).
It is a tough assignment for Mason’s men, but they at least head into the encounter full of confidence.
“We are expecting and asking for a lot from the lads at the minute because the squad is a bit thin with injuries,” he said.
“It has been a really big ask for them on Saturday and Tuesday up against two good outfits but the performances have been superb and I could not be more pleased with them.
“They have produced when they really needed to do it and they are all fighting for each other – that is one of the plus points of having a small squad, everyone digs in for each other and the work rate has been phenomenal.
“We go in to Sunday in good form but there is also no pressure. We are the underdogs and hopefully we will be able to find ways to hurt them.
“Confidence is high and rightly so. It is a free crack and if we can give a good account of ourselves, you never know what can happen.”
Summer signings Matt Allan and Toby Andrews scored Soham’s goals during the defeat at Grays last weekend and the pair were both on target again during the midweek win against City, who are managed by former Soham boss Robbie Nightingale.
Mason is hopeful that forwards Sam Mulready (hamstring) and Marcus Hall (calf) will be fit for inclusion against Cray but midfielder Jake Andrews has been ruled out.
Forty-eight hours after facing the Wands Soham will return to action in the Velocity Trophy when Harlow Town will be the visitors to Julius Martin Lane for the second round of group fixtures (7.45pm).