‘You never re­ally lose that nose for a goal’

High hopes for striker turned mid­fielder

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ANY Wy­combe Wan­der­ers fan who is wor­ried about the re­cent lack of goals should look no fur­ther than Peter Murphy.

Fol­low­ing Satur­day’s goal­less draw with Bury, the Chairboys have now gone three games with­out find­ing the net, and the mid­fielder signed from Ac­cring­ton Stan­ley this sum­mer is still top scorer.

Wy­combe could be even shorter on fire power if striker Steven Craig is forced on to the side­lines after be­ing stretchered off with con­cus­sion at the week­end. A two-week rest is now com­pul­sory if a player has been un­con­scious at any point.

But Murphy, who net­ted the equaliser when Wy­combe drew at Ac­cring­ton last Novem­ber, reck­ons his goal-scor­ing ex­ploits should come as no sur­prise.

“I got a few goals last year, and long may it con­tinue. I just seem to have a knack of get­ting into the box. Grow­ing up I al­ways scored goals, so I al­ways had it in me; it’s just get­ting in those po­si­tions,” he said.

“Last sea­son at Ac­cring­ton was my first in cen­tral mid­field, as I got moved around a bit, and I got nine goals in all. I started off as a striker, and you never re­ally lose that nose for goal if you have the knack.”

For some­one who bases their game on one of the best goalscor­ing mid­field­ers there has ever been, it is only nat­u­ral that Murphy still likes to see the whites of the goal­keeper’s eyes.

“I’ve al­ways ad­mired Steven Ger­rard as we play the same sort of po­si­tion,” he said, “and ev­ery Scouser who plays in mid­field thinks they’re the next Ste­vie G. But I’m an Ever­ton fan, so I only like him when he’s not play­ing against us.”

Hav­ing been born and bred on Mersey­side and never played for a club out­side Lan­cashire, it was a big decision for Murphy to make the long move south to leafy Bucks, but he feels it was the right one.

He added: “I had to leave all my fam­ily up there, but I felt it was the best thing for my ca­reer. Wy­combe is a great club, with great peo­ple, who I feel could de­velop me as a player.

“I didn’t know any­one here when I came down, only re­ally Joe Ja­cob­son from when he had a short spell with Ac­cring­ton a few years back, but I’ve set­tled in nicely and it’s go­ing very well – I couldn’t have asked for more.”

Murphy and his new team-mates are back in ac­tion on Satur­day with a home game against Mans­field and then have a long jour­ney to Ply­mouth on Tues­day.

Mean­while, Holmer Green crashed 6-1 at Stot­fold in the Spar­tan South Mid­lands Premier on Satur­day, while Amer­sham Town also had a day to for­get in Di­vi­sion One, go­ing down 6-0 at Wel­wyn Gar­den City, and Che­sham United Re­serves were edged out 4-3 at Bush Hill Rangers on Satur­day and 2-0 by Cod­i­cote on Tues­day.

In Hel­lenic League Di­vi­sion One East, Chal­font Wasps were de­feated 5-2


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