NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Plenty of room for improvement in the Soham Town Rangers squad, says assistant boss Erkan Okay

Dan Buddle wheels away after netting the opening goal in Soham Town Rangers' 3-2 win over Cogenhoe U

Dan Buddle wheels away after netting the opening goal in Soham Town Rangers' 3-2 win over Cogenhoe United in the FA Cup. Photo: ANDY BURFORD - Credit: Archant

Soham Town Rangers assistant player-manager Erkan Okay has admitted that the Greens are yet to show what they’re really made of ahead of two tricky back-to-back tests in the Bostik North Division One.

Matty Allan fires in Soham's second goal in their 3-2 FA Cup win over Cogenhoe United. Photo: ANDY B

Matty Allan fires in Soham's second goal in their 3-2 FA Cup win over Cogenhoe United. Photo: ANDY BURFORD - Credit: Archant

Rangers travel to one of the division’s new boys, Potters Bar Town, this Saturday (3pm) before hosting a side a little closer to home - Bury Town – on Bank Holiday Monday.

Both sides have enjoyed fine starts to their league campaigns - with Potters Bar boasting a 100 per cent record so far and Bury picking up four points from a possible six – and Okay knows his men will have to be at their best to get anything from the games.

“We just have to keep being positive,” he said.

Dan Buddle celebrates opening the scoring for Soham. Photo: ANDY BURFORD

Dan Buddle celebrates opening the scoring for Soham. Photo: ANDY BURFORD - Credit: Archant

“The lads are playing well at the minute and we’ve had a good start but we’re nowhere near the finish article.


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“There’s a lot of the season left so we just have to be patient and keep the wins coming.”

The Greens warmed up for their difficult league double-header with a nervy 3-2 success over lower-level Cogenhoe United in the preliminary round of the FA Cup.

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The hosts took the lead through Dan Buddle’s first goal for the club, before Matty Allan continued his fine start to life at Julius Martin Lane with a second just three minutes later.

But Cogenhoe rallied in the second period, pulling a goal back through Matt Long four minutes after the restart and levelling with 20 minutes to play courtesy of a Ryan Dove strike.

But Soham’s blushes were spared 16 minutes from time when Callum Russell headed home a Joe Carden cross at the back post.

“We scraped through and it was a poor performance on our part,” Okay admitted.

“But that goes to show how far we have come as a squad that we were disappointed with that performance.

“We had the lead but we always knew, with the way they were playing, that they’d come back. We made hard work of it but it’s always good to progress in the FA Cup.”

The Greens will the winners of Westfields FC’s clash with AFC Wulfrunians in the first qualifying round on September 2. They sides go head-to-head tonight (23).

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