Soham Town Rangers manager confident squad is good enough to push for the play-offs
Robbie Mason believes there is enough strength in depth within his Soham Town Rangers squad to mount a push towards the Pitching In Isthmian League North Division play-offs this term.
The Greens boss has been able to retain the majority of last season’s squad, as well as adding the likes of Joe Carden, Ashley Walter and Sam Kelly to his ranks at Julius Martin Lane.
And Mason is backing his side to cause a few surprises over the coming months.
“We have got together a very, very good squad,” he said. “We’ve got some really good depth and that is something we’ve not had for a little while.
“With the depth and quality, I don’t think being in and around the play-offs is unrealistic.
“There is a real togetherness within the group and we have managed to add some good players in key areas.
“I think we will surprise a lot of teams, especially because a large majority may underestimate us a little bit.
“Teams will be expecting to get a result against us but we need to believe in ourselves and what we do. It’s about being confident, not arrogant.”
Soham have been particularly impressive in front of goal throughout pre-season, scoring eight on two separate occasions, as well as notching six and five goals in other outings.
What has been particularly pleasing for Mason is the goals have come without main marksman Sam Mulready, who should be fit for the start of the season after suffering a dislocated shoulder during the summer.
“The fact we’ve shared the goals around in the friendlies has been really positive,” he added.
“We rely heavily on Muz and he thrives on that. We know he guarantees us goals. But to have goals coming from elsewhere gives us more threat.
“The Andrews boys (Toby and Jake) have looked particularly sharp in attack. They started really well last season and then suffered injuries and had work related things on.
“But it looks like they have kicked on this summer and they will be big players for us.”
Prior to the visit of Maldon & Tiptree on September 19 for a league opener, Soham will play host to fellow Step 4 outfit St Neots Town in the preliminary round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday (3pm).
The Saints partnered up with Cambridge United earlier this year in an agreement that sees a number of the latter’s promising academy players join the Southern League side on loan.
They are also managed by Barry Corr, who as well as playing for the U’s has also turned out for the likes of Sheffield Wednesday, Swindon Town and Southend United.
“Barry Corr obviously played to a very good standard and has a lot of experience so they will be tough toplay against,” said Mason.
“They’ll be organised, young and energetic with some good players from Cambridge as well.
“But the main thing is that we focus on ourselves and making sure we do everything right.
“If we can do that then we don’t need to worry about anyone else. The lads cannot wait to get going.”