Soham Town Rangers joint boss Dave Theobald admits selection headache after strong summer of recruitment

Striker Robbie Mason (right) has returned to Julius Martin Lane.

Striker Robbie Mason (right) has returned to Julius Martin Lane. - Credit: Archant

Soham Town Rangers joint boss Dave Theobald admitted he has a selection headache as the Greens prepare to kick off their Ryman League campaign next week.

The Greens have brought in a host of players to Julius Martin Lane in recent weeks as they aim to improve on last season’s 17th place finish, and player-manager Theobald says that he and fellow boss Robbie Nightingale are pleased with the way their squad is taking shape.

“We’re happy with the squad we’ve got together,” he said.

“We’ve brought players like Ryan Horne and Robbie Mason back in and they will bring a good amount of experience to the club. We’ve got a lot of good players at the minute which is causing Robbie and I a bit of a headache in terms of choosing the starting line-up for the Witham game.”

As well as welcoming back Horne and Mason, who enjoyed spells in East Cambs last term, Soham have also signed striker Shaun Avis from Kershaw Premier League side West Wratting ahead of their opening league fixture with Witham Town next Saturday.

Former Saffron Walden star Avis lit up the Cambs League’s top division last season, hitting over 30 goals, and has begun his time at Soham in similar style by netting three times in pre-season.

Soham concluded a busy summer schedule on Tuesday night, coming from behind to beat St Neots Town 2-1.

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Before that, Soham bounced back from their only pre-season defeat – a 5-3 loss to Kettering Town – with an impressive 1-0 away success at higher-level St Ives Town thanks to a first-half Salim Relizani strike.