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Robbie Mason keen to help Soham Town Rangers pull away again from Bostik League North Division relegation zone

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Robbie Mason is hoping to put a frustrating few weeks behind him and help Soham Town Rangers start to pull away again from the drop zone, writes Alex Moss.

FRUSTRATING TIME: Soham player-boss Robbie Mason (left)
FRUSTRATING TIME: Soham player-boss Robbie Mason (left)

The Greens tasted their joint-biggest defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 4-0 away at Grays Athletic, a result which left them just one place and six points above the Bostik League North Division bottom two.

Since recording back-to-back wins over Heybridge Swifts and Tilbury in late January, Soham have picked up just two points from their next four league games and exited the Cambrideshire Invitation Cup.

It is a run which player-boss Mason wants to halt quickly, especially with a run of three games against sides placed between 13th and 15th in the table to come after hosting fourth-placed Maldon & Tiptree this Saturday (3pm).

“The last two weeks have been quite frustrating,” Mason said.

“We had started to look as if we were very strong going forward in the four or five weeks before that. We were scoring goals at will and we were solid at the back, but that seems to have stopped.

“The lads have been doing great, but then the last two weeks all the hard work we’ve put in seems to have gone to waste.

“If we’d have beat Mildenhall – we missed a last minute penalty to beat them – and got past Brentwood, that’s another four points and we’d be looking towards the top half of the table.

“Now we’re in 18th and Dereham are picking up points, Mildenhall got a point on Saturday, so we need to be very careful.”

Soham welcome a Maldon side to Brewers Green Lane who sit third on the form table, only behind leaders Bowers & Pitsea and a resurgent Dereham Town.

The reverse fixture in early November ended in a narrow 1-0 defeat for the Greens, and it was a game which was marred by an injury to Mason, who has been out ever since.

“It was that game where I got injured, and I tore my ACL,” he said. “I’m looking at a year before I can play again, and I’m questioning whether I’ll come back in.

“I’ll be 34 then, but Erks (Erkan Okay) was 32 when he got injured and is back playing with us. It’s definitely hit me now though.”

Wide man Josh Dawkin (St Ives Town) has joined on a dual registration, while goalkeeper Craig Foxall (Cambridge United) is back for a second spell on work experience. Both featured in last Saturday’s defeat at Grays.