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Colby in hunt for more goals

'Weight off my shoulders': Bishop

19 August 2019

Colby Bishop celebrated his first Stanley goal closely followed by his first EFL goal – and he is on the hunt for more.

The 22-year-old striker signed from Leamington for an undisclosed fee in the summer and has hit the ground running with two goals in his last two games.

The first was against Sunderland in the Carabao Cup – a penalty – and the second was a header in the 1-1 draw at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.

Now he hopes to help the Reds to their first league win when they take on Shrewsbury tomorrow night in the Sky Bet League One.

“It’s great to get goals early on. The Sunderland one was a penalty, I don’t think you would be human if you didn’t feel some nerves. It was my first chance to score a goal for Accrington but I was buzzing that it went in.

“Scoring from open play, like I did on Saturday, means a lot more to me as you should score from penalties.

“To get that out of the way as well takes a weight off your shoulders and you feel you can go on and score again.

“When you are the No.9 you are expected to score goals, you are the striker and when you do score, it gives you more freedom, you don’t feel as tense.”

He admits, after playing part-time and working as a PE teacher in a primary school for the last few years, he is getting used to full-time football.

“It is a lot faster and stronger. I feel like I am getting used to it. I feel like I am growing and getting better with the games.

“I still feel like I am finding my feet, I don’t feel like I have shown what I can do but I am picking match sharpness up every time I play and I am not far away from where I can be.”

And he says he is pleased with the way he has linked up with Swansea loan front man Courtney Baker-Richardson, the two were together at Leamington for a brief spell.

“It does take time to gel, we were at Leamington but it was just for two or three weeks in pre-season and we didn’t really play with each other.

“We are still getting to know each other. It’s only been two games but I feel like we will bond with each other and we will get better as we go on.

“We are dying for that win now. I feel like we are getting closer and closer to it and then we can go on a run.”


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