09:00AM, Wednesday 05 May 2021
Sam Barratt is confident he has scored Maidenhead United’s goal of the season after finding the net from 70 yards in Monday’s National League clash with Wrexham at York Road.
Upon receiving the ball in the middle of the park, the winger let fly with his left boot, catching the backpedalling Rob Lainton out and sending the Magpies 1-0 up in the 15th minute.
It was an extraordinary finish, but perhaps not an unexpected endeavour, as the 25-year-old has showcased the ability to find the opponent’s net from inside his own half before at Bracknell Town.
Fortunately, however, this goal was caught on video - along with the baffled reactions of his teammates and the Magpies’ coaching staff on the sidelines – for fans to replay at home and for Barratt to add to his illustrious portfolio.
“It all happened so quickly,” he laughed.
“The ball got played up front to Danilo (Orsi-Dadomo), he passed it back, and my first touch took me away from their midfielder.
“I heard a little scream of ‘No!’ when I shot but I couldn’t have struck it any better really. The keeper wasn’t expecting it at all – I had been scanning him for the first 10 minutes to work out his positioning.
“It was such a clean shot, and combined with the trajectory of the ball, it just whistled in.
“I instantly ran over to celebrate with the the young lad Reece (Smith). I had told him in the car before the game I fancied hitting a 70-yarder and it happened.”
The left peg swing Enjoy pic.twitter.com/r2M4kKFWE2— Sam Barratt (@SammyboyBarratt) May 5, 2021
Barratt added: “It’s something I’ve always had in the locker and during my first spell (at Maidenhead) I tried it a few times.
“I scored a very similar goal when I was at Bracknell (Town) so it felt like a bit of a flashback.
“After the game, most of the boys were saying it was an outrageous finish.
“Shaun Donnellan was the only one who was gutted.
“I think he was holding onto that volley he scored against Bromley to be goal of the season.
“I might have nicked it now.”
Billy Presbury, 21, of Moray Drive, and Kai Warwick, 19, of Whiteford Road, targeted a trio of teenage boys in Farnham Park on June 1, 2019.