SWINDON TOWN: Dream for Barthram as he scores his first pro goal in JPT win (From Swindon Advertiser)
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SWINDON TOWN: Dream for Barthram as he scores his first pro goal in JPT win
JACK Barthram realised one of his biggest dreams at the County Ground last night as he netted his first professional goal for Swindon Town.
The former Tottenham man, used in wide midfield by Town manager Mark Cooper, nodded home Grant Hall’s excellent crossfield pass in the 19th minute to level the Robins’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Plymouth Argyle, before Nicky Ajose scored a second-half winner for the home side.
In only his third pro appearance it was an unorthodox way for the diminutive teenager to open his career account, but it is certainly not a moment he is about to forget in a hurry.
“I’m still on a high from the performance and the goal but mainly from the win for the team,” he said. “It means the world to me.
“It’s what I dreamed of – playing in professional football and scoring goals, week in and week out hopefully.
“I don’t think I scored many as a youth team player with my head, it’s got to be my first goal with my head I think in any competitive game.
“It was a great ball, I saw the goalkeeper coming but I thought I had to go for it and then the goalkeeper ended up going back and I had a free header.”
Barthram also hit the crossbar in the first half, as he enjoyed his most impressive display in the red of Swindon.
“I could have had a second, should have had a second but it’s unlucky, it’s hit the bar and gone out,” he said. “It’s my best performance in a Swindon shirt by far, I felt much more comfortable on the pitch tonight.
“I think it’s just getting to know the team. I’ve been here a while now and I’m starting to settle down and I feel really comfortable now.”
The night ended on a slightly sour note for Barthram after he was stretchered off with an abdominal strain which could rule him out of the weekend tie with Rotherham.
“I’m alright. I slipped and first I felt my hip but it’s not my hip it’s my lower abdomen, but I’ll be okay,” he said. “I’ll see the physio tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be alright for the weekend.”
Meanwhile, Swindon boss Cooper said after the game that he hopes goalkeeper Wes Foderingham, who was taken ill during the warm-up last night and was replaced in the starting XI by Tyrell Belford, will be ready for Saturday’s trip to the New York Stadium.
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