NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Okay hails belief in Soham Town Rangers squad after the Greens hammer Norwich United

Matty Allan (centre) scored his first Soham goal in their 4-1 win over Norwich United last night. Ph

Matty Allan (centre) scored his first Soham goal in their 4-1 win over Norwich United last night. Photo: GEORGE PHILLIPOU - Credit: George Phillipou/TGS Photo

Soham Town Rangers assistant manager Erkan Okay has hailed the belief his players showed in their excellent 4-1 success over Norwich United last night.

The Greens bounced back from a 3-0 opening day defeat to AFC Hornchurch in terrific goal-scoring style at Julius Martin Lane, with four different scorers firing them to a morale-boosting victory.

Joe Carden kick-started the rout after slotting home on 37 minutes, before Lewis Endacott powered in a header 10 minutes after the restart.

Marcus Hall fired home from the spot to extend the hosts’ advantage to three, before Norwich’s Adam Hipperson reduced the arrears with a neat free-kick.

But summer recruit Matty Allan reinstated Soham’s three-goal lead with his first Greens goal after Norwich stopper Andy Wilton had saved Peter Maina’s goal-bound effort.


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Assistant player-manager Okay said: “We asked for a response to Saturday because we know we can do better than that and we got one.

“We asked the lads to defend from the front and there was a lot more belief than on Saturday. Rob and I have all the belief in the squad but at the weekend the boys looked like they never really believed they could get a result but on Tuesday they went out and were positive from the off.

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“It’s disappointing to have not kept a clean sheet but it was a set piece that just went over the wall so it’s not as if we were opened up defensively.”

The Greens will hope to turn in another top performance this weekend - but face a potential banana skin of an FA Cup tie.

Cogenhoe United are the visitors to Julius Martin Lane on Saturday, and Okay says that the UCL Premier Division side will be no pushovers.

“The FA Cup is a great competition to be involved in and it’s good to be able to go into the game on the back of a win,” he said.

“We know it will be a difficult game because they’ve had a good start and are towards the top of their league but we’ll go out looking to win and progress.”

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