NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Soham Town Rangers assistant boss Erkan Okay staying positive after disappointing Bank Holiday results

PUBLISHED: 16:29 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 29 August 2017

Soham celebrate Matty Allan's (left) goal in their 2-2 draw with Bury Town. Photo: ANDY BURFORD

Soham celebrate Matty Allan's (left) goal in their 2-2 draw with Bury Town. Photo: ANDY BURFORD

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Assistant boss Erkan Okay says Soham Town Rangers have plenty of positives to take from their Bank Holiday double-header.

Action from Soham's 2-2 draw with Bury Town on Monday. Photo: ANDY BURFORDAction from Soham's 2-2 draw with Bury Town on Monday. Photo: ANDY BURFORD

James Tricks’ first goal in a Greens shirt was the only real highlight as Soham went down 3-1 to in-form Potters Bar Town on Saturday, before they surrendered a two-goal lead – established through Lewis Endacott and Matty Allan strikes – to draw 2-2 with Bury Town yesterday afternoon.

Harry Norman saw red in Soham’s weekend defeat, and Okay believes his dismissal played a big part in the result.

“Saturday was difficult because we had Harry sent off so early so we had to play with 10 men for 70 minutes,” Okay said.

“The conditions and heat were difficult too but the sending off definitely changed the game.”

The Greens then saw a rejuvenated Bury side roar back from two down to claim a point at Julius Martin Lane.

“Yesterday we started well and should have taken our chances in the first half,” Okay added.

“If we’d have done that, it would have been game over. Fair play to Bury – they came out in the second half after making a few changes and played well.

“We conceded early in the second half and it was always going to be tough after that but at the end of the day, it’s a point gained.

“People will look at the results saying “it’s one point from a possible six,” and that we should be disappointed but we’re looking at it saying we’ve gained a point.”

Soham now turn their attentions towards the first qualifying round of the FA Cup this Saturday, and the visit of Midland Football League outfit, Westfields – and the potential prize of £3,000.

The Fields’ form has dipped in recent weeks after an impressive start, but Okay says that his men will not be taking their Step Five opponents lightly on Saturday afternoon.

“We know they had a good cup run last season and that they started the season well, but they’ve had two indifferent results recently,” Okay said.

“But we also know that anything can happen in the cup so we’ll have to be ready for that.”

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