SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Jackson the hero after scoring with first touch
LOANEE Kayden Jackson hailed his ‘perfect start’ to life at Swindon Supermarine after earning the Webb’s Wood side a point at Paulton.
The striker scored with his first touch moments after coming on as a second-half substitute at the Athletic Field, having been unveiled by Marine less than 24 hours earlier.
Jackson nearly added to his tally seconds later when he rattled the post and the ball rolled along the goalline before being scrambled away.
But in the end the 19-year-old’s goal was enough to secure his side a 1-1 draw in the Southern League Division One South & West clash and the front man - on loan at South Marston from Swindon Town for a month - was delighted to get off the mark at the first opportunity.
“I was hoping I’d start quickly because when you’re out on loan you don’t want to wait a few games before you score, but it was the perfect start,” he said.
“It probably wasn’t the best goal I will ever score but I would take a goal like that every weekend.
“The first time I met the players was actually on the minibus on the way to the game. They are a top set of lads and scoring meant they liked me a lot on the way home. It definitely gave me something to talk about.”
Paulton took the lead seven minutes into Saturday’s clash in controversial fashion. Nick McCootie appeared offside as he raced onto a Ben Lacey through-ball, but the linesman did not raise his flag and McCootie duly beat stopper Kent Kauppinen.
The hosts went close again shortly after through Mike Perrott, but the scoreline remained at 1-0 until half-time.
Following the resumption, a stinging effort from Josh Morse brought a fine save out of Rovers keeper Lewis Pierre before James Billing hit the crossbar at the other end.
But just after the hour mark, Marine right-back Kyle Lapham - recovered from an ankle problem and on for the booked Dan Wallington at the interval - floated in a cross that Pierre did not deal with and Jackson was on hand to sidefoot home the equaliser.
The forward then fired against the upright but that was as close as Marine came to a winner, instead having to be content with ending Paulton’s 100 per cent winning record.
Jackson’s display will give Marine boss Dave Webb a selection headache up front with Ash Edenborough and Ben Whitehead having scored five goals between them in the opening three games.
Marine entertain local rivals Cirencester this afternoon and Jackson is keen to make the starting line-up as he bids to earn good reviews over the course of the next four weeks.
“I’m looking forward to getting a few games under my belt and scoring a lot more goals,” he said.
“Whatever happens at the end of the month, impressing here won’t do me any harm.
“The manager hasn’t said what the team is going to be on Monday, but if I don’t start then I’ll be patient.
“Hopefully I can get another goal and help the team get three points.”
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