Halloween hitman

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HE MAY be at the top of the Conference scoring charts with 15 goals to his name already but Robbie Talbot is still not happy.

The 22-year-old, whose birthday is on Halloween, has been terrorising Conference defences all season by ghosting in to the box and providing the killer touch, but the determined Liverpudlian is convinced there is more to come, especially with the full-time training that starts this week.

Talking to the Visitor this week the modest Talbot said: “Everything has gone well so far but I can’t say it is anything spectacular.

“Players like John Norman and Ian Arnold have done all the hard work and I’ve just added the final touches which is what I’m expected to do.

Target

“I set myself a target of 20 goals this season and I’m well on course to do that so I should be happy.

“But I feel there is more to come and I can improve even more. If I reach 20 I will look to score 30 but I don’t try and think about it too much. I just want to make sure I keep scoring and getting picked every week.’’

There seems to be no threat of him losing his place at the moment but Talbot is more than aware that he will have to work hard at his game to keep a demanding boss happy.

He said: “Jim Harvey and Andy Mutch are always giving me spots of advice that has helped me so far and I feel as though my game has improved a lot though I still make a lot of mistakes and I have to learn to concentrate for the full 90 minutes,

“But overall things are going well and I’m just happy that I’m scoring regularly and the full-time training should help me even more.’’

Despite his self effacing approach no-one can deny that Talbot has been something of a scoring sensation since joining the Shrimps in February last year with 26 goals in just 35 appearances since his 9.000 move from Burscough.

But things haven’t always gone according to plan in Talbot’s career.

He was with Blackpool as a youngster and even teamed up with Brett Ormerod in the Tangerines’ reserve team a few times but after missing a large chunk of his last season with a hernia problem he was released.

He then had a frustrating time at Marine before moving to Burscough, where he spent his first few months sitting on the sidelines again.

As he recalled: “I just wasn’t getting a game at Marine and it was the same at Burscough.

“But when Ryan Lowe moved to Shrewsbury I got a chance and I’m glad to say I took it and scored 21 goals in about 30 games, including one against Morecambe in the Trophy last year.

“I was delighted when Morecambe came in for me and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge.

“The Conference is so much different from the Unibond, it’s quicker and you are playing against fit, experienced defenders,

“I was absolutely shattered after my first five or six games but my fitness has improved and with the full-time training I think it will get even better.’’

He is delighted to be among the league’s top scorers but says he doesn’t think about it too much “in case I start thinking I’m a good player.’’

The modesty again comes to the fore as the sports development student ponders about the future.

Chances

One of his ambitions is to win an England semi-pro cap but with the first squad of the new season to be named soon he is not allowing himself to think about being picked this year.

“I played for the FA XI against the Unibond League in the trial game and did OK though I did miss a couple of good chances that I should have put away.

“When I was at Burscough I always dreamed of playing for the England team but I never thought I’d get close.

“I know I have been in the shop window as it were this year but I can’t allow myself to think that I’m good enough to play for them because I can’t allow myself to think I’m good enough yet.’’

Asked if there have been any disappointing aspects to what has been an excellent season Talbot said: “For some reason I haven’t scored a goal with my left foot yet.

“I scored a few last year but all the goals so far this season have been with my head or my right foot.

“I don’t know why but I just don’t seem to have had many chances on my left foot. Hopefully that will change in the next few weeks.’’

Hopefully it will and hopefully against Kings Lynn at Christie Park this Saturday.

You certainly wouldn’t bet against it.