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Port United’s Cameron Higham had one job – and he did it

There was no mistaking Cameron Higham’s voice shouting encouragement from the sideline last weekend.

It’s what he does.

Higham is currently recovering from a hamstring injury he suffered a month ago in the most bizarre of circumstances – from kicking a ball.

“I don’t think I walked off, I trudged off. I didn’t have my head up and it was a bit embarrassing to walk off as a goalkeeper having done a hamstring to be honest,” he recalled.

When you wind the clock back a little further you get a better picture of how the 20-year-old originally ended up in goals.

In the year before his first grade debut as a 16-year-old, Higham found himself as last line of defence as a form of punishment after he mucked up at training.

“There were two of us who got in trouble for kicking a ball around one day when we shouldn’t have been,” he said.

“The punishment was going to stand in goals the following Saturday and then during the game there was one shot that was going in the top corner and I ran across and palmed it out.

“I was never let out after that.”

The-now 20-year-old has been one of the constant pieces to the puzzle during Port United’s successful run over the years.

He doesn’t make a good spectator and it’s why he’s been a self-confessed nervous wreck in the last month watching on from the other side of the fence.

“I’m a nervous wreck because I hope I’m not letting the team down too much by not being out there,” he said.

“So I do whatever I can – if that means being vocal from the sidelines I’m happy to do that.”

Higham has earmarked a round-10 return when the Coastal Premier League resumes after a week off.

But that nervous energy will still be there.

“You don’t want to come off having conceded five goals or having made the mistake or let the goal slip that ends up costing your team a win,” he said.

“You don’t want to come off knowing you’ve let your team down.”

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