Jimson Explains Soham Exit

PUBLISHED: 09:31 10 March 2009 | UPDATED: 10:46 04 May 2010

Darren Jimson

Darren Jimson

FORMER Soham striker Darren Jimson spoke this week of his dream return to Wisbech Town. The 30-year-old front-man said fears that he may have never played again with his brother Mark, 32, who will undergo an operation on his cruciate knee ligaments in May

FORMER Soham striker Darren Jimson spoke this week of his dream return to Wisbech Town.

The 30-year-old front-man said fears that he may have never played again with his brother Mark, 32, who will undergo an operation on his cruciate knee ligaments in May, was a key reason in him deciding to rejoin the club.

Darren re-signed for the Fenmen last Thursday and played in Saturday's 1-0 home Ridgeons Premier win over Stanway Rovers.

The result moved Wisbech out of the relegation zone.

Mark Jimson returned from his long-term knee injury to play in the match.

Darren was midway through his second season with Soham Town Rangers, who play one league above Wisbech in the BGB Southern League Division One (Midlands).

He said: "Mark told me he didn't know if he would play again after his operation.

"I believe he will be good enough to continue playing at this level for some time. I thought he was our man of the match on Saturday, which is remarkable considering he has been on the sidelines for so long, and it was a dream return for me to play alongside my brother."

"We'll have to see how things work out for him in the summer, but if he does decide to retire at least I can say I finished his last season with him at Wisbech."

Darren is a product of the Wisbech Town youth system and had played eight seasons in the senior side before he joined Soham.

He has been Wisbech's manager's and players' player of the year and leading goal-scorer.

He said: "I didn't like to see my home town club in trouble.

"There was a real buzz about the place on Saturday and a cracking atmosphere. Hopefully the win will give the lads the confidence we need because there is certainly enough quality in the squad to avoid relegation and Gary Setchell and his coaches are running the club very well."

Darren, an electrician, said work commitments and the fact that his wife is heavily pregnant were key factors behind his return to Wisbech.

He said: "I live in Outwell and the travelling involved in playing for Soham was proving to be too hard. I was really enjoying playing for Soham and if it hadn't been for the travelling situation I don't think I would have rejoined Wisbech."

Darren Jimson played a part in Billy Smith's 19th-minute winner on Saturday.

He flicked on goalkeeper Alex Street's long kick and Smith ran on to a defender's under-hit back-pass to coolly slot home.

Mid-table Stanway came back strongly in the second half and Street made several fine saves, including a one-on-one from point-blank range.

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