Graduate bags first competitive goal

Former Newcastle Town, Nantwich Town and Stafford Rangers star Josh Gordon celebrated his birthday on Monday by scoring his first competitive goal for Leicester City since graduating from the EVO-STIK League.

The forward, pictured, has been a regular in the development side at the King Power Stadium since joining the Foxes from Rangers in April and scored in a 3-1 victory over Barnsley in the Premier League Cup.

The 22-year-old striker netted 11 times in 18 outings for Rangers last season to earn a move from Marston Road to the Premier League and follow in the foosteps of EVO-STIK League graduates Cohen Bramall and Daniel Scarr following their big moves from Hednesford and Stourbridge to Arsenal and Birmingham City respectively only a few months beforehand.

Tottenham are Gordon's next opponents on Friday and he told the Stoke Sentinel on Tuesday: "It was nice to get my first goal at last - and nice to get it on my birthday. We've done really well so far this season, and we're learning in every game."

Gordon, released by Stoke City as a youngster, also has the EVO-STIK's most high profile graduate for company at the Premier League club, former Stocksbridge Park Steels striker Jamie Vardy who won the Premier League with the Foxes after arriving in 2012 following spells with Halifax Town and Fleetwood Town.

Image courtesy of stokesentinel.co.uk

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Where next?

Tuesday's North Division action review Bamber Bridge moved two points clear at the top of the EVO-STIK League North table on Tuesday night after winning 3-0 at Lancashire rivals Colne, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.
Tuesday's Premier Division action review Warrington Town missed the opportunity to reclaim top spot in the EVO-STIK League Premier on Tuesday night when they were beaten 2-0 at Hurst Cross by Ashton United, writes Pitchero's Steve Whitney.

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