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Wonder goal was child's play for Coppinger

26 July 2018

James Coppinger revealed his goal against Deeping Rangers was inspired by playing heads and volleys with his children ahead of the game.

Coppinger’s 45-yard volley was the highlight of Rovers’ 8-1 win over the United Countries League side, and the midfielder says it will live long in the memory.

He said: “It was just instinct, I saw the keeper clear it and thought I’d have a go, scoring goals like that is something you dream about.

“I was in the garden with the kids playing heads and volleys with the kids the night before so it will be nice to show them.

“It was good to get another 60 minutes under the belt, it was tough with the weather and a sticky pitch but I came through it well.”

The game against Deeping saw Coppinger edge closer to full fitness after an injury at the start of pre-season, and he is confident of being ready for the 2018/19 campaign.

He added: “I missed 10 days of pre-season which is only really the second one I’ve missed during my time at the club, it’s good to be back part of a team scoring goals and playing well.

“With the new manager coming in you don’t want to start picking up injuries at this stage, fortunately for me the recovery was a fairly smooth one.

“I feel good and the ankle feels fine, it’s about making sure my sharpness is there now and the only way I can do that is by playing games.”

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