Alex Pursehouse has brought an end to unfavourable comparisons with former Liverpool star Rob Jones.
The Tigers right-back had failed to hit the net in his first 58 appearances, leading boss Mark Shaw to compare him with the Anfield hero who never scored for Liverpool.
But 34 minutes into Saturday’s game at Glasshoughton, former Kilmarnock defender Pursehouse took Conor Sellar’s through pass and provided a calm sidefoot finish to break his duck.
Shaw said: “I’ve been calling Alex Rob Jones, who never scored for Liverpool, but it’s great to finally see him score.”
“That goal meant a lot to a lot of people, it shows you how much the supporters and club like him as a person.”
Pursehouse hopes the next one won’t take another 58 games to arrive: “It’s all a bit of a blur now, but Conor put it on a plate for me, I made a run and he found me and it was just instinct really.”
“Playing as an attacking wing back you get a lot of chances to get forward, get to the back post and to the edge of the box, so hopefully a few more will follow.”
The 22-year-old dedicated the strike, which came in a 6-1 win, to the fans who have been willing him to score.
“The supporters have been great, sending me messages on twitter saying ‘today’s the day,’ so hopefully they enjoyed it as much as I did – it was a great feeling.
As one of the few remaining first team regulars from last season’s Evo-Stik Premier Division play-off semi-finals, Pursehouse is well placed to comment on the drop down the divisions, to NCEL Premier level.
In an honest assessment of the league he now finds himself in, Pursehouse said: “You have more time on the ball, teams seem to tire sooner than they would have in the Evo-Stik.”
“You get to 65, 70 minutes and teams can’t get to the ball as quickly, they tire – and you get more rash tackles.”
It surprised more than a few people when Pursehouse returned to Sandy Lane, having trialled with clubs at a higher level in the summer.
But he said there were at least two good reasons to stay with Tigers.
“It’s a drop down from last year,” he said. “But I enjoyed playing under Showie and the fans have always been good to me.”
“It’s not the same strength of competition as last year, and the main aim is to get promoted and get back up there.”