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Soham Town Rangers call time on Robbie Mason's tenure as player-manager

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Soham Town Rangers have parted company with player-manager Robbie Mason.

The experienced centre-forward took the job in December 2016 following the departures of previous joint bosses Robbie Nightingale and Dave Theobald to neighbouring Cambridge City.

And his first few months at the helm proved to be a real rollercoaster of emotions, with Mason overseeing an escape from relegation which for a long period had appeared to be a losing battle.

Robbie Mason is no longer Soham Town Rangers manager. Picture: Mark Westley
Robbie Mason is no longer Soham Town Rangers manager. Picture: Mark Westley

Step 4 status has been retained ever since, but the summer switch into the Pitching In Northern League Midlands Division added more than 700 miles travelling for the club and as such a number of players moved on.

Positive results have also been hard to come by and following yesterday's 3-0 defeat at fellow strugglers Wisbech Town, Soham are bottom of the table and six points from safety having played a game more than some of the sides around them.

Discussing the decision to make a change in the dugout, Soham chairman Mark Goldsack said in a statement: “This was a very difficult decision for the club, not least because I have an excellent personal relationship with Rob and I have the utmost respect for him.

"He is a man of great integrity and has the highest of work ethics. However, under current circumstances we believe it is best to change managers.

"On behalf of everyone at the club and personally, I would like to thank Rob for his work as player and manager and wish him every success for the future.

"He has played a part in the history of the club, and he will always be warmly welcomed back at Julius Martin Lane.”

The club added that it would be making no further comment until a replacement is appointed.