Soham Town Rangers manager highlights importance of his team's next two Bostik League North Division fixtures against Dereham Town and Romford
Manager Robbie Mason has admitted that Soham Town Rangers' next two games could go a long way to defining their season.
The 3-0 Boxing Day home defeat at the hands of Bury Town has left the Greens bottom of the Bostik League North Division, having won just four of their 18 fixtures.
However, they remain well within touching distance of the sides above them, two of whom they will face over the coming days.
First up is a trip to second-from-bottom Dereham Town on Saturday (3pm), followed by the visit of 18th-placed Romford a week later – both of those sides are just one point better off than Soham.
Consequently it is not lost on Mason how important those matches are, and he hopes his players share the same viewpoint.
"The table does not lie, this is how it is. I asked the lads to speak up if they did not fancy it because we cannot try to carry any of them through. We need to know they are with us," he said following the loss to Bury.
"I think they are all with us, but they need to realise the task in hand. It is there in black and white – we are bottom of the league.
"The only way to get through it is to pick ourselves up and go again. The next two are massive, it could well define the season. Hopefully the lads realise that.
"As a squad I have got full belief in them. I have never doubted their ability, but we need to start showing the quality we have."
One plus point for Mason is the arrival of former Cambridge United winger Jordan Patrick, who made his debut against Bury. Patrick has joined on dual registration terms from St Ives Town.