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Soham Town Rangers defender Cameron Watson happy with how he has adjusted to life back at Step 4




Cameron Watson is happy with how he has adjusted to life back at Step 4 with Soham Town Rangers.

The defender had a stint at that level with Histon in 2016/17, but since then he had turned out in the Thurlow Nunn Leagues for the two Haverhill clubs – Rovers and Borough.

However, during the summer Watson opted to try his luck again, this time with the BetVictor Isthmian League North Division Greens.

AFC Sudbury v Soham Town Rangers - Sudburys Tom Maycock and Sean Marks pressure Sohams CameronWatson..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28859798)
AFC Sudbury v Soham Town Rangers - Sudburys Tom Maycock and Sean Marks pressure Sohams CameronWatson..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (28859798)

And while there has been the odd bump in the road – most notably being substituted at half-time during August’s 3-2 home defeat to Histon – the 24-year-old is pleased with how it has gone so far at Julius Martin Lane.

Only midfielder Ryan Auger can better his return of 37 appearances, while he has also contributed five goals.

“My game time was limited towards the end of that season with Histon and that is why I went to Rovers, to make sure I played most weeks,” he said.

AFC Sudbury v Soham Town Rangers - Sudburys Sean Marks and Sohams Cameron Watson..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (29035638)
AFC Sudbury v Soham Town Rangers - Sudburys Sean Marks and Sohams Cameron Watson..Pic - Richard Marsham/RMG Photography. (29035638)

“I moved to Borough because I knew a lot of the lads there but it was very difficult last season.

“We lost a lot of games on the bounce and I felt I had got to a point where I was either going to settle for the level I was at and enjoy playing with my mates, or really push myself.

“I decided to come across to Soham and it has been great. The management have been fantastic for me and I cannot thank them enough for giving me the opportunity.

“It has not always been easy – the Histon game in particular. I was playing out of position that night but it still was not a good one for me.

Football Soham Town Rangersv Basildon Cameron Watson Picture by Mark Westley. (29035651)
Football Soham Town Rangersv Basildon Cameron Watson Picture by Mark Westley. (29035651)

“It showed me that I needed to knuckle down and learn quickly, which is exactly what I have been doing, especially playing alongside Lloyd Groves and Lee Chaffey.

“I feel like my game has really come on during recent months.”

On Saturday, Watson was part of the Soham side that made it five wins from six league outings with a 2-1 home victory over Brentwood Town.

Full-back Charlie Johnson and Sam Mulready, who recently made his 100th appearance for the club, were on target for Robbie Mason’s men.

However, Soham were unable to back that up in the semi-final of the Cambridgeshire Invitation Cup on Tuesday as they suffered a 1-0 defeat at home against Cambridge City.

Isaac Maynard’s 50th-minute goal was enough to secure the victory for the Lilywhites, and in doing so denied Soham a place in the final for the first time since 2015.

On Saturday, Soham (11th) will look to bounce back when they travel to face 17th-placed Basildon United (3pm).

* Soham have once again entered the national competition to win a share of this season’s £100,000 Buildbase ‘Transfer Deal’ – an initiative that gives four non-league clubs £25,000 each of building materials.

In its application, the club outlined their renovation plans, which include building two standing and seated areas on the fourth side of the ground, plus disabled access and a perimeter fence to make the club conpliant for Step 3 football.

Aisling Kenny, HR director at Buildbase, said: “Non-league football clubs mean so much to the communities around them, but they are often in dire need of help.

“So far, we’ve given away building materials worth nearly half a million pounds and it’s fantastic to see so many of the projects we’ve supported get under way.”

Six clubs will be shortlisted and invited to pitch their renovation plans to a panel of judges at Wembley Stadium in April. Fans can boost Soham’s chances of being successful by voting here.