De­fender shows he has a clear eye for goal – from 75 yards

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

» RE­MEM­BER the name – Brad Maslen-jones.

The 21-year-old de­fender in­tro­duced him­self to fans of new club Eve­sham United in style, scor­ing from fully 75 yards in a 3-2 friendly win at Stratford Town.

Formerly a scholar Peter­bor­ough United and a pro at Hull City, Maslen­jones says there is no doubt about his in­ten­tions.

“Ab­so­lutely I meant it,” he said. “When I hit it I ob­vi­ously never imag­ined that it was gonna drop right be­neath the cros bar, but when it did ob­vi­ously I was buzzing like any lad would be!

“It’s by far the best goal I’ve ever scored.

“Be­ing a cen­tre-back you don’t get many chances to score from out­side the box, so to score from my own half was some­thing you dream of when you see the likes of Wayne Rooney do­ing it, friendly or not.

“The most im­por­tant thing is the win­ning men­tal­ity for the boys go­ing into the sea­son and that goal ended up be­ing the win­ner.

“We will build on the win and hope­fully can have a great sea­son and be right up there come April.

Since leav­ing Hull, Maslen-jones has played for Rushall Olympic, Quorn, Stratford and Bed­worth.

Eve­sham start their South­ern League Di­vi­sion One South cam­paign at home to Paulton Rovers on Satur­day un­der new boss Carl Ab­bott.

“I am lov­ing it at Eve­sham,” Maslen­jones said. “The team is com­ing to­gether nicely and we are start­ing to gel as a unit now.

“The lads are all class and we all get on re­ally well so I am look­ing for­ward to get­ting go­ing and see­ing what we can do as a team this sea­son.

“Thanks to all the fans that were at Stratford to sup­port the boys, hope­fully we can give you a sea­son to re­mem­ber.”

Watch the goal at glouces­ter­shire­live. co.uk

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