Hartlepool striker Rakish Bingham thrilled to be back on goal trail

Rakish Bingham back on the goal trail for Hartlepool United

Rakish Bingham back on the goal trail for Hartlepool United

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Rakish Bingham is back on the goal standard – and he hopes it’s the first of many.

The striker scored his first goal since the opening Saturday of the season when he went around Northampton keeper Adam Smith to roll the ball into the net in the 21st minute.

People think they are easy chances, but even with an open goal you have to keep your composure

RAKISH BINGHAM

After frittering away several chances in recent appearances the 21-year-old was thrilled to find the net with a show of speed, skill and composure.

He used his pace to get on the end of Michael Woods pass before beating Smith.

“It was a difficult chance – you’ve seen them missed on occasions, “ said Bingham.

“People think they are easy chances, but even with an open goal you have to keep your composure.

“I saw the keeper coming out at me as I went throught and decided straight away to get around him and put it away.

“Once I went by him I was confident and knew what I had to do.

“As it left my foot I didn’t realise how close the defender was, but it had enough.”

Bingham has impressed in open play but has not been able to convert opportunities into goals.

But despite missing openings the previous wek against Luton, he has not lost faith in his ability.

“I had chances against Luton and the keeper made saves,” he said.

“It’s good to score again, confidence comes naturally for a striker and I am a confident player.

“Even if they aren’t going my way I will keep going and get in the right positions. This time it fell for me and I’m delighted. It’s a relief for me to score, a big one because I’ve had chances to score.

“Hopefully I can keep getting into those positions and put those chances away.

“I know my pace and movement can cause problems for defenders.

“Now it’s about putting them away in the onion bag and kick on.”