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Marcus Hall is hoping that his FA Cup hat-trick will help to kickstart both his and Soham Town Rangers’ season.

Marcus Hall (right)
Marcus Hall (right)

The frontman bagged three goals on Tuesday night during the 5-3 win at lower-league Biggleswade FC in a tie that was rearranged after the original encounter 10 days earlier had been abandoned due to two Soham players – Callum Russell and Phil Turner – suffering head injuries in a collision.

From Hall’s viewpoint, he is now looking for a regular run in the starting line-up, having suffered with injury problems in recent campaigns.

“I had a good pre-season, worked really hard and then picked up a groin injury on the opening day against Heybridge,” said the striker, who was joined on the scoresheet by a brace from experienced defender Lewis Endacott.

“It was a frustrating time and there have been a few of those down the years.

“But Tuesday was my first start since getting back fit and I like to think I grabbed the chance with both hands.

“I have worked really hard on my fitness and lost a little bit of weight over the summer to make sure I was a bit sharper once we got started.

“I am feeling good now and the goals will really help my confidence.”

As for the Greens, they have endured a tough start to the new term.

Prior to the midweek FA Cup triumph, Robbie Mason’s men collected just one point from their opening four Bostik League North Division encounters and also exited the Velocity Trophy.

However, Hall has urged his side to ‘kick on’ from the win over Biggleswade.

“It has been a tough start but we have also had a couple of injuries, which have disrupted things a little bit,” added the 26-year-old.

“Some of those players came back on Tuesday and you could see the improvement it made.

“Maybe in other games we have not showed enough, but the hard work and desire was there against Biggleswade.

“When we are on our game we can match anyone. We have a strong squad and the win should have given us massive confidence.”

It is a swift return to FA Cup action for Soham, who will travel to FC Romania in the first qualifying round this weekend.

As the Journal went to print it had not been decided whether the tie would be played on Friday or Sunday, owing to the fact the hosts’ tenants Cheshunt have a scheduled home match on Saturday.

l Last weekend, goals from Coggeshall Town trio Aaron Condon, Ross Wall and Nnamdi Nwachuku inflicted a 3-0 defeat on Soham at Julius Martin Lane.

l For the latest news and opinion on the Southern League, Bostik League and Thurlow Nunn League scenes, be sure to listen to Iliffe Media’s ‘Non League Natter’ weekly podcast, available on Thursday afternoons.