It was a double celebration for Kevin Ellison on Saturday, the Morecambe striker scoring arguably the goal of the season after signing a new contract.
The forward’s stunning 35-yard volley all but settled things for The Shrimps on the hour mark as they beat Rochdale 3-0 at the Globe Arena.
But he refused to call it his best ever strike, comparing it to a similarly spectacular effort against Aldershot last season.
He said: “I don’t know if that’s the best goal I’ve ever scored.
“The lads have been asking me that but I like the one against Aldershot.
“I’ll have to have a look again on TV and see how it looks, because the lads are saying it’s better than Aldershot but I’ll judge that when I have a look at it.”
The goal came at a crucial time in the game, with The Shrimps under pressure despite leading 1-0 thanks to Chris McCready’s ninth-minute strike.
Ellison said: “Sitting on the bench looking at Rochdale they’re a good side with some good players.
“In the first half they were better to the second balls but we’ve gone in front.
“And in the second half the gaffer’s brought a young lad called Ellison and I’ve scored a goal that takes a bit of pressure off the lads.”
The result moves The Shrimps one point away from Jim Bentley’s initial target of 50, with Ellison hoping the side can push on and continue to prove the doubters wrong.
He said: “At the start of the season there was a lot of people writing us off saying we’d be in a relegation battle.
“But we’ve got very good players here, we’re a tight-knit bunch who fight for each other and have got good togetherness and that goes a long, long way.
“It’s good to prove people that were writing us off wrong and those sides are 10 or 12 points behind us now.
“There’s a few young lads in there and there’s a few lads knocking on the doors for new deals so it’s not going to be one of those where we’ve not got people taking their foot off the gas.
“There’s a lot to learn and a lot to prove to the gaffer so I think we’re going to push on.”
Ellison will pushing on in the knowledge he’s signed a new one-year deal, insisting he’s not around to make up the numbers.
He said: “The gaffer pulled me over during the week and said he was interested in re-signing me.
“Someone my age, I’m 34 now, it’s not just another year where I’m going to mope around, I’ve still got a lot to offer as you’ve seen today.
“I’m level with Jack as top scorer and I’ve got more assists than him!”