Bulls: Barlow chases cup progress after 100-goal sandwich
FRASER BARLOW is eager to up the stakes in the race for Jersey Bulls’ inaugural ‘golden boot’ after completing a 100-goal ‘sandwich’.
The winger, who bagged the club’s first ever goal in their pre-season friendly against Stevenage last July, registered their 100th conversion against Walton & Hersham as Bulls maintained their 100% record in the Combined Counties League.
The Island side sit on 99 competitive goals before Tuesday night's Division I Challenge Cup trip to Godalming Town, with Karl Hinds leading the way on 19, including eight penalties. Barlow, who also scored Bulls’ first-ever competive goal, trails Hinds by five.
‘I’d be ahead of him if he wasn’t on penalties, so it is my target to catch him,’ said Barlow.
‘But no one is too greedy at the minute. We were both on hat-tricks two weeks ago and both had chances to get them, but we gave the ball to each other.
‘It [scoring the first and 100th goals] wasn’t something I was thinking about but it was nice to see it afterwards.
‘I suppose later in life, depending on how far Bulls go, I could look back at it but it is just a goal at the end of the day.’
Both Barlow and Hinds are included in Gary Freeman’s 13-man squad for the quarter-final in Surrey – against a side who are struggling in the league but pushed Bulls hard at Springfield in December. Jersey required two late goals beyond 80 minutes for victory.
‘At the minute I’m just hoping the game’s going to be on, with the weather we’ve had,’ Barlow said.
‘I actually looked at the results and they [Godalming] got beat quite heavily on the weekend, but at Springfield we scored late against them. Teams pretty much come with the same game plan – they sit back and it’s down to us to get the first goal.
‘Midweek games are quite tough with work, then being on a coach for an hour to the ground. It’s always quite rushed before, then you’ve got another hour on the coach afterwards and you don’t get to sleep until midnight at the hotel. Then you fly back and you’re back in work for 9am the next day. It’s a rough experience but usually the games are quite straight forward.’
Discussing the potential for Bulls to claim a league and cup treble this term, including the Premier Challenge Cup, Barlow said: ‘No one has ever said it as a group but obviously we do try to win each game, so I suppose if you look at the bigger picture it is a target.
‘It is always good to play in cup finals, so hopefully we can get there.’
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