Ch­ester new boy banks a goal bonus

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

IT wasn’t that long ago Jor­dan Archer spent his days work­ing at his desk in a bank – now he’s watch­ing back his de­but Ch­ester goal in video analysis ses­sions!

The 24-year-old be­gan his Blues ca­reer with a bang by scor­ing just 11 min­utes into his first game af­ter join­ing from Step 3 Stour­bridge.

Striker Archer met his team-mates on Mon­day morn­ing af­ter com­plet­ing the move and the next evening was play­ing a part in their dra­matic late 3-2 win against Bar­row.

And on Thurs­day morn­ing it was back to the class­room as new boss Mar­cus Big­not ran his side through the match.

“I was buzzing with the goal, but more im­por­tantly the three points,” Archer told The NLP. “I signed on the Mon­day and met the lads be­fore play­ing on Tues­day. Every­one has been re­ally wel­com­ing so I didn’t feel ner­vous or out of place.


“We’ve been watch­ing it back in the analysis to­day – it’s all new to me! Nor­mally you score and it’s gone. It was en­joy­able to watch my goal – the gaffer kept rewind­ing it, which was nice! It’s great to be at this level.”

Archer’s ca­reer in se­nior men’s foot­ball started at Tip­ton Town be­fore spells at Tivi­dale, Red­ditch and Bed­worth, where he scored 19 goals de­spite his team suf­fer­ing rel­e­ga­tion.

Last sea­son he joined Gary Hack­ett’s Stour­bridge and his form, in­clud­ing nine goals in 16 games this sea­son, had scouts flock­ing to see him.

He had a trial with Wal­sall but looked set to move to Tran­mere Rovers re­cently, only to be told they were look­ing to sign a winger first.

So Ch­ester boss Big­not swooped and Archer says he has the for­mer Soli­hull and Grimsby boss to thank – as well as Stour­bridge.

“Stour­bridge kind of pre­pared for me what I’m do­ing at the mo­ment,” Archer. “We had big crowds and it’s a good club. Hope­fully they can get up the leagues as well.

“Then I know all about Mar­cus and what’s he’s done with strik­ers in the past so when the op­por­tu­nity came up I jumped at it. “My dad is a big in­flu­ence on me as well and has al­ways wanted me to go into full-time foot­ball, like I have my­self. To be able to do it now with Ch­ester is like a dream come true.” The three points on Tues­day helped Ch­ester climb out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone and Archer says they need to keep push­ing for­ward. “There’s a good vibe around the club,” he said. “It feels like I’ve been here a while be­cause every­one is friendly. We got out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone on Tues­day, which is a start, and if we can keep get­ting our­selves up the ta­ble we should be al­right.”

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