Lewis Hawkins can look forward to a first League Two start of the season this Saturday after a dream return to the Hartlepool United side.
Last time out, the midfielder was playing against Warrington Town for Spennymoor.
I will try my best every game and hopefully I’ll keep getting my chance.
But he was not only recalled from his loan spell at the Evo Stik Northern First Division side, he was thrown straight back into the Pools side for the FA Cup tie with Derby County.
His comeback could not have got any better ... apart from the result of course.
Hawkins was used on the right of a front three and was positive going forward, linking especially well with right-back Jordan Richards.
But, defensively he was excellent too and deserved his man-of-the-match award.
He was almost the man to get on the end of that cross from Michael Woods only to see Jake Gray ‘steal’ it from him.
“I thought it was my goal until Jake ran off celebrating,” smiled Hawkins, who hopes to retain his place.
“I will try my best every game and hopefully I’ll keep getting my chance.
“With Kal [Naismith] having gone back that place is up for grabs now, so hopefully I can make it mine.
“There is a chance if I keep performing like that and keep putting the effort in.”
It was a bitter-sweet day for the 22-year-old – there was delight to have played so well but disappointment Pools did not even have a replay to look forward to.
“Everyone worked their socks off and I don’t think we deserved that result,” he said.
“We’d have loved to have taken them back to their place and had another go at them.
“We kept our shape well and played some good football.
“The team will definitely build on that performance and take a lot of belief.”
For Hawkins there was the satisfaction of a job well done.
Hawkins, not unlike Pools, has been inactive over recent weeks though his absence has been self-inflicted after being sent off in that 1-0 loss at Warrington.
The fact he’s not played since December 5 made his display even more remarkable.
And the Middlesbrough-born player thanked the Moors for his spell at the Brewery Field.
“It’s been good to have played for Spennymoor, good for my fitness and it’s great to have been playing games,” he said.
“The last time I was there, I got my game for Pools when I came back.
“The gaffer told me on Tuesday I’d be playing and it was to get my game against a very good team.
“It was good experience and great to be man of the match.
“I train every day with Hartlepool and try to show what I can do and play games on the Saturday for Spennymoor.
“The gaffer gets reports and DVDs from the Spennymoor games.
“It’s gone very well. I’ve only scored once but I’ve been involved in a lot of goals.
“Unfortunately, I was sent off so had not played for four weeks.”