NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Assistant boss angry with himself after dismissal in final day defeat for Soham Town Rangers

Soham Town Rangers assistant manager, Erkan Okay.

Soham Town Rangers assistant manager, Erkan Okay. - Credit: Archant

Player-assistant boss Erkan Okay admitted his dismissal cost Soham Town Rangers the chance of a draw on the final day of the Bostik North Division season.

Soham were beaten 2-1 at play-off bound Heybridge Swifts last Saturday when having Okay sent off with 20 minutes to go.

He collected a second caution for a show of dissent towards the referee after earlier being booked for a foul - and he was quick to hold up his hands for what he feels was a costly indiscretion.

Okay told the Ely Standard: “We looked nervous in the first half – just as we did in the home game against Heybridge a few weeks ago.

“We told the lads at half-time not to let the season go out with a whimper. We got a goal back and I think we could probably have got a point had I not been sent off.

“It was silly from me in all fairness. I’m forever telling the lads to keep their discipline, but I lost my head at a time when we were on top in the game.”

Soham fell behind midway through the first half and saw their deficit double just before the break.

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Greens boss Robbie Mason responded with a double substitution at half-time as wideman Harry Norman and striker Craig Gillies were introduced.

The two replacements combined only four minutes into the second period to lay on a goal for Sam Mulready and Soham were asking plenty of questions of their hosts when Okay received his marching orders.

They continued to threaten as Joe Carden was denied a last-gasp Soham leveller by a terrific stop from home keeper Danny Sambridge.