Preston North End first year scholar Harry Garstang was happy to score two of his team’s goals during an impressive 1-4 win away at Carlisle United on Saturday.
The U18s had trailed at half time before Mike Howard equalised midway through the second half, and Garstang, playing as a striker, then grabbed a brace late on to put the young Lilywhites ahead.
After scoring with a tap in and a header during the Youth Alliance cup triumph, Garstang said: “It’s great to start and I’ve scored two and assisted one, so it feels good.
“It’s good to get a header because I don’t really get many of those, so that was a good feeling.”
Although it was a fantastic result for PNE, it wasn’t enough to send them through to the next round of the Youth Alliance Cup with only group winners Hartlepool going through to the northern quarter-finals.
However, Garstang was happy with the team’s performance. He added: “We weren’t on it in the first half but second half we came out and got the win.
“We’ve done really well to get four goals in the second half after being 1-0 down at half time because we’ve not been scoring much this season.”
After only recently being used a striker, Garstang – who had played as an attacking midfielder earlier this season – is now starting to enjoy playing in that role.
Garstang said: “I didn’t really affect the game in the first half because all the balls were coming in high to me, but in the second half when it was going in behind the defence I could just run on to it and do what I do.
“I’m not really sure where I prefer to play – I like playing as a striker and as an attacking midfielder. but at the moment I prefer being the striker because obviously I’ve got two goals today. I like to link up with the midfielders as well, though, and get involved in the game.”