New Barrow star Cole Stockton bagged his first goal with the Bluebirds in an impressive victory on Saturday afternoon but has admitted he is looking ahead to this weekend’s clash with AFC Wimbledon.
Following Wrexham’s 3-1 loss at Salford City, the Welsh outfit have now suffered back-to-back defeats in League Two and Pete Wild’s side took advantage of this by beating MK Dons 1-0 last weekend to leap into third-place.
The hero at Holker Street for Barrow was winter signing Stockton who scored 12 minutes from time after being slipped in by substitute Ben Whitfield. Having joined on loan from League One strugglers Burton Albion in January, the 29-year-old got on the scoresheet for the first time for the Bluebirds.
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Furthermore, this was Stockton’s first league goal for any club since the final day of last season when his brace against Exeter City wasn’t enough to keep Morecambe in England’s third tier.
Speaking after the game to club media, Stockton revealed he was delighted to get off the mark for Barrow this term but is focused on the team’s next game against Wimbledon, another club hunting for the playoffs [quotes via The North-West Evening Mail]:
“There’s no better feeling (than scoring the winning goal), but it is the three points that matters.
“That (the win) has put us third in the league. It’s massive. We’ve worked all week for that, and it has paid off,” he continued.
“I’m buzzing with the goal, but like I said the three points are what matters now because everyone is working so hard together every day.
“So I’m made up to score, but now it’s about moving on to next Saturday.”
Stockton has proven throughout his career that he can be a reliable goalscorer. While his time at the Pirelli Stadium certainly didn’t go to plan, the centre-forward has already earned his loan club a massive three points en route to a possible promotion.
There are some really strong sides in England’s fourth tier this season, including cash-rich Wrexham. However, for Barrow to be above the likes of Wrexham and MK Dons is an impressive feat in itself from Wild and his men.