BOBBY Mason has set his sights on reaching the top tier of non-league football by continuing to impress for Great Wakering Rovers.

The goalkeeper - who counts the likes of Hullbridge Sports, Southend Manor and Thurrock among his former clubs - has been an ever-present between the sticks for Isthmian North outfit Wakering this term.

But Mason is keen to challenge himself in the National League.

“I think I am capable of playing in the National League,” said Mason, who joined Wakering in March

“I’m good enough to play at that level and that is my next objective.

“But I want to get there by continuing to play well for Wakering because I am enjoying my football here.”

Mason, who is based in Rayleigh, made six appearances for Wakering last term and has shone since making the move to Burroughs Park.

And Mason admits his commanding appearances between the sticks have drawn attention from other clubs.

“Other clubs have tried to get me away from Wakering, but I am happy here,” added the 29-year-old.

“I had four clubs interested in me during the summer, but I wanted to stay.

“Although clubs asking me join them shows I am doing well, I would rather stay where I am.”

Wakering have made an impressive start to the campaign and head to Histon tomorrow sitting just a point outside of the play-off places.

And Mason feels player-manager Steve Butterworth’s recruitment during the summer has played a key part.

“It has been a case of so far, so good,” admitted Mason.

“We have built a strong side from the back going forwards.

“Scouse (Butterworth) has made some good signings on the pitch as well as off the pitch.

“Craig Shipman has been added to the backroom staff and we are quite strong. That means everyone is happy at the moment.

“We seem to be going well and we want that to continue for as long as possible.”

Wakering head to 10th-placed Histon having suffered just one defeat in all competitions over the course of the last month.

And Mason is keen to maintain that impressive form.

“Histon is a tough place to go, but we are full of confidence,” insisted Mason.

“I played at Histon quite a few years ago for Southend Manor and we won on penalties.

“Hopefully I will be able to enjoy another win there tomorrow.”