After his match-winning effort against Dagenham and Redbridge in the second round of the Buildbase FA trophy, Michael Doyle says he had no thoughts but to go for goal, despite being 50 yards out.
The skipper opened his account for the club in unbelievable style, with the timing of his strike making the goal even better as he ensured we progressed with the last kick of the game.
And he was delighted to play such a decisive role.
“I never score tap-ins," joked Doyle. "They only seem to be from far out.
“The lads were in disbelief in the changing rooms.
“I saw the keeper out of his box and the minute the ball was coming to me I knew I was having a shot, even before the fans started shouting it.
“Sometimes they go into row Z and everyone asks what you’re doing so I was delighted that I caught it well.
“It’s a nice memento, especially as it was a winning goal. It’s just a bit disappointing that my kids weren’t here today.
“I’m used to watching my little girl score all the time and she tells me I never do, so I’ll show her that and we’ll have a laugh.”
The strike sparked scenes of jubilation both in the stands and on the pitch at Meadow Lane, which Doyle thinks shows the camaraderie in the squad.
“The celebration was as a team because everyone was delighted to win and keep our momentum going,” said the skipper.
“The club’s gone through a lot in my time here and we’re starting to come out the other side with a good squad of lads who want to play.
“We’re on a good run at the minute and it was more about continuing the momentum, which is the most important thing.
“We haven’t achieved anything yet but it looks like we’re going in the right direction now.”
After experiencing relegation with us last season, Doyle says he’s loving life at Meadow Lane now.
“I never once felt like I didn’t want to be here,” he revealed.
“I’m enjoying my football and playing with lads that are all buying into how the manager wants to play.
“There’s nothing better than that and I love it.
“Days like today are great but we know the most important thing is trying to get promoted so hopefully we keep building on the momentum and put a real run together.”
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