Charley Sanders 'buzzing' after maiden goal for Boston United
CHARLEY Sanders set his sights on a Boston United starting berth after helping the Pilgrims clinch a place in the first round proper of the FA Trophy.
The 17-year-old struck in added time to finally kill off 10-man Colwyn Bay's hopes of forcing a replay.
It was Sanders' first senior goal and continued his impressive emergence since graduating to the first team.
"It was surreal, I'm still buzzing," said Sanders after the game.
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"I'm so glad I've scored. Hopefully I'm in the mind of the gaffer and might start some games in the future."
Sanders got his chance after impressing for the youth and reserve teams at the Jakemans Stadium.
The teenager shot to manager Jason Lee's attention after helping the Pilgrims youth team reach the third round of the FA Youth Cup last season.
"It's come a bit earlier than I expected," admitted the teenager.
"We did well in the FA Youth Cup last year and gaffer told me that I'd done well.
"He told me to keep working hard and scoring goals. He's given me my chance and I've taken it with both hands.
"For every youngster at the club, from the centre of excellence, if you are committed there's a chance for every youngster to come through."
Sanders struck after being set up by the scorer of United's other two goals, Marc Newsham.
"The ball was played forward and I just gambled," he recalled.
"Newsh flicked it inside. I was a bit nervous in front of goal, but once I took a touch I just smashed it. When it went in, I went wild.
"I just felt so happy that I'd done my family and my mum proud because she has done a lot for me over the years."
Sanders, who hails from Peterborough, has been with the Pilgrims since the age of 11 and has now moved to Boston.
"I came to the club when I was about 11. I left and came back when I was 14 and 16 and then kicked on from there," he explained.
"I've got a lot friends here through football and I've moved here now from Peterborough."