Former Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has told the Gloverscast about his favourite ever goal in green and white – but it’s probably not the one you are thinking of.

The former Jamaican international scored a goal of the season contender in a 4-2 home defeat against Stockport County during his first spell at the club in December 2008.

Nathan Smith tussles with Manchester United’s Ander Herrera in the FA Cup third round tie in January 2015. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

Talking to us for the latest edition of the GloversPast, he revealed that goal was no fluke: “Andre McCollin can attest to it. The day before we were in training doing shooting and I think it was Jonesey (Nathan Jones) who said to me ‘keep working on your striking, put the ball down and strike through it.’

That’s all I was doing and when I scored it I felt a relief knowing a bit of practice and seeing that ball fly like it did fly, it felt sweet.

But the one that means more to me than the rest of them was against Plymouth in the cup because at the time my Mum was close to losing her life and no-one knew about that.

So when I show a few of my goals, people always look at that screamer against Stockport as my favourite, but because of everything that was going on behind the scenes, it made that moment a lot more special.

The goal against Plymouth Argyle came in a 2-1 home win in a League Two match at the end of January 2017, you can see it on a video shot from the Thatcher’s End – here. The Stockport goal is better though, see below.

Listen to Nathan talk to Ian and Ben about how becoming a professional player was “like going from a spoon to eating with a knife and fork” – here.


 


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