NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: A ‘massive’ November lies ahead for struggling Soham Town Rangers

PUBLISHED: 10:51 31 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:05 31 October 2018

Soham Town Rangers player/assistant boss Erkan Okay hopes for an upturn in fortunes. Picture: JAMES RICHARDSON

Soham Town Rangers player/assistant boss Erkan Okay hopes for an upturn in fortunes. Picture: JAMES RICHARDSON

James Richardson

Assistant boss Erkan Okay is confident that Soham Town Rangers can climb to safety.

Marcus Hall is one of the injury worries for Soham Town Rangers. Picture: ANDY BURFORDMarcus Hall is one of the injury worries for Soham Town Rangers. Picture: ANDY BURFORD

The Greens sit bottom of the Bostik North Division after picking up only four points from their opening 10 games.

And Okay, number two to Robbie Mason, insists it’s vital they start to climb the standings sooner rather than later.

It’s a process he hopes will start during what he describes as a ‘massive’ November which begins with a trip to play-off chasers Maldon & Tiptree this Satuday, 3pm.

That match is following by a six-pointer against fellow strugglers Witham Town at Julius Martin Lane the following weekend.

“The longer we find ourselves in this situation, the more difficult it will become to get out of it,” admitted Okay.

“We have to do everything in your power to win games of football and we feel we’re almost there.

“The performances have been decent in the majority of games and we’ve definitely been unlucky at times, but in our position we have to start making our own luck.

“No-one is more disappointed about being bottom of the table than myself and Robbie. It’s a result-based business, but hopefully everyone will stick with us as we firmly believe we can turn it around.

“The next month is massive for us. We’re doing all we can to strengthen the squad and we’re also looking at ways we can improve the club in the future.

“Starting a new Under 21 or Under 23 team is an idea and we need to think about the whole structure going forward.

“Unfortunately we’re struggling with injuries at the moment which is something we could do without.”

Defender Lewis Endacott is still recovering from a head injury sustained in the club’s FA Trophy preliminary round replay exit at AFC Mansfield while full-back Will Gardner sustained a knee injury in the club’s last outing – a 2-1 home defeat against Grays Athletic in the league on October 20.

Striker Sam Mulready missed that match with a shoulder problem while fellow frontman Marcus Hall is struggling with a hip issue.

Okay added: “Maldon are a good side who I expect to be in and around the play-offs this season.

“Going there certainly won’t be easy but hopefully we can pick up the sort of result which might act as a turning point.

“It’s important we perform well and try to get something there to take us into the Witham game which is obviously huge.”

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