COLIN Nish breathed a huge sigh of relief after opening his Hartlepool United goalscoring account – and then promised there are more to come.
The Scot, who has only been at the club for just over two weeks, was making his first start for Mick Wadsworth’s men during last night’s 2-2 draw with FC Den Bosch in Heiloo in northern Holland.
And within 22 minutes the towering frontman had bagged his maiden effort in Pools colours, flashing home an eight-yard header from Evan Horwood’s delivery.
By the half-hour mark he had another, again via his brow, this time rising to guide in from close range after good work from Antony Sweeney.
The brace means there will be no talk of “ducks” and “droughts” weighing on the striker’s mind during his pre-season preparations, and he told SportMail that’s a nice feeling to have at such an early juncture.
“If you go a few games without scoring you do start thinking about it,” said the man who will wear number nine next season and was brought to the club to help ease the goalscoring burden placed on master marksman Sweeney last term.
“But once you get that goal, or goals, you can just get on with enjoying it, so it was nice.
“Hopefully there will be plenty more to come and any striker loves scoring goals, so it’s a good start.”
And, of his double, Nish added: “Both goals owed everything to two great crosses really. The first one from Evan was there to be attacked and I managed to get a wee flick on it and it’s just looped over the goalie.
“For the other Sweeney has done everything apart from put it in the goal and I was just there to nose it in.
“But in both games I’ve had a couple of chances and the lads have been brilliant in creating them so the early signs are good.”
Full story in Tuesday’s Mail