First year scholar Harrison Poulter was “buzzing” to score the goal which sets up an FA Youth Cup Round Three tie away at Manchester United.
The 17-year-old netted midway through the second half to give the Iron’s Under-18 side a 1-0 victory over a dogged Guiseley outfit, who had previously beat Rochdale to make it through to this stage.
Speaking following the game to iFollow Iron, he said: “It’s a very good result. The performance, to be fair, could have been better, but at the end of the day, we got the result.
“It’s a 1-0 win, we’re through to the next round against Man U, which will be a great experience for the lads. It’s good for me to end the drought, and get back on the scoresheet.”
Poulter could have opened the scoring inside the first 10 seconds of the game when he was denied by the visiting goalkeeper, before again finding Oliver Brackenbury in his way towards the end of the first half.
Having not netted in the previous six games, the Sheffield-born forward was determined to reach double figures for the campaign at the Sands Venue Stadium.
“In the first half, I missed a couple of chances,” he continued.
“When it hit the net, I was buzzing. The main thing is the team. We’re through to the next round and that’s the main thing. It doesn’t matter who scores, but I’m happy to have got it.
“It’s been class. The lads have been helping me a lot, and I couldn’t do it without them. It’s good. I’m scoring goals and I’m enjoying it, so hopefully things keep going well.”
With the draw for the third round made earlier in the day, Poulter admitted a prospect of visiting the Red Devils in Round Three was a hard thought not to put towards the back of the mind, but the team knew a job needed to be done on home soil first.
“When we found out about the draw, it went around all the lads on Snapchat and we were buzzing, but the main focus was on tonight’s result,” he stated.
“Guiseley made it a tough game for us, but the main thing is we’ve come out on top and got through to the next round.
“Shrewsbury made it very hard for us (in Round One). We were maybe underdogs in that one, but we played brilliant in that game. Today, the performance maybe wasn’t there, but we got the result, so we’ll take it. Hopefully we can put on a good performance in the next round and see what happens.”
Harrison has also had opportunity within the first team environment this season, making his debut in the Papa John’s Trophy. His final thought reflected on those experiences, and playing at the Sands Venue Stadium: “It’s been brilliant.
“It’s a good eye-opener as well. It makes you want to keep going and get more opportunities. Every time, it’s always a great experience, it’s great character building and it makes you want to do it again.”
See more from Harrison Poulter and Tony Daws on iFollow Iron.