As the worst season in the Iron’s recent history draws to a close, CambsIron rates the performances of permanent squad members and provides a hopeful take on what the Iron’s squad could look like next season.
Rory Watson (12 League appearances) – Once again Watson was installed as the club No.1 heading into the new season and he put in a match winning performance at home to Carlisle in September. However, by the end of October Watson had lost his jersey following a series of costly errors and heavy defeats for the Iron. The combination of an inexperienced Goalkeeper playing behind a sometimes very inexperienced defence was not a good one. On average Watson has conceded 1.9 goals a game this season whilst averaging 1.64 goals a game during his time at Scunthorpe. His commitment cannot be questioned, but sadly his all round ability can be. Watson has spoken of a desire to play more games and be a No.1 Goalkeeper either at Scunthorpe or elsewhere. A move away would be perhaps best for all parties involved, the fans would wish him well. Season Rating: 5/10
Mark Howard (33 appearances) – Howard’s arrival in October heralded an up turn in form and defensive stability, he was the experienced Goalkeeper most fans had been requesting. Indeed, the average goals conceded per game dropped to 1.03 with Howard in the sticks. Whilst Howard’s arrival has unquestionably been a success and a key reason why the Iron have survived, there has though been a number of bloopers and a lingering worry in terms of his ability to come for crosses and command his area. He will turn 35 in September and a big decision about his future beckons – are there better options out there which can fit into the budget? Season Rating: 6.5