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Kirk: "As Soon As I Hit It I Knew It Was In"

29 April 2019

Kirk on 'that goal' and how he knows he has to be more productive for the team again next season.

Saturday’s incredible match winner, Charlie Kirk, says he knew his stunning winning goal was in as soon as he hit it. The winger pounced on a clearance by the Forest Green Rovers goalkeeper James Montgomery to return a lob from almost 35 yards over his head and into the back of the net to mark an incredible comeback from the Alex.

Kirk’s second half performance saw him force Joe Mills into an own goal to make it 2-3 before his fine finish from another assist from Tom Lowery levelled things up with three minutes left.

Kirk saved his best to last with an unforgettable finish for a dramatic winner in the final minute.

Charlie told the club’s official website: “We knew the keeper was a bit dodgy with his kicking and he took a lot of risks, you could see that throughout the game.

"As soon as (Ryan) Wintle went to press him I thought 'this is coming to me here' and as soon as I hit it I knew it was going in.

“It was a great feeling to see it go in because it meant we had probably won the game. The celebration with all the lads was great and all the lads were saying afterwards that it was a great game to play in.”

Kirk, now 21, says that he has been his most productive this season because he knows that the team are now relying on him and Callum (Ainley) to produce more in the final third of the pitch.

"Me and Cal (Callum Ainley) are 21 now and have to grow up” said Charlie

"We're not young kids anymore like we were when we first came into the team at 17. We're 21 and starting to realise what it takes to win a game of football for the team.

"I got five last year and now I've got 11. It's a stepping stone and hopefully I can get 15-plus next season.

"It's consistency, as soon as we start hitting that consistent level we'll shoot up the league.”


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