Simon Weaver predicted a bright future for Marcus Day after the young striker scored an impressive goal for Harrogate Town in the West Riding County Cup final.
Day powered home a late header to halve the deficit against Bradford Park Avenue, minutes after scooping a simple chance over the bar.
Avenue went on to lift the cup 3-2 but boss Weaver remained proud of the display of his team after fielding several members of the club’s Under 21 squad.
Weaver said Day was in his long-term plans at the CNG Stadium alongside fellow youngsters Rob Worrall, Ryan Fallowfield and James Cadman.
Weaver said: “It was a thunderbolt header from a great cross, and a great move.
“That kind of display and what he is doing at Wetherby just shows that he could be a real contender next season and years to come.”
Simon Weaver“It was a thunderbolt header from a great cross, and a great move.”
After struggling to make his mark at Harrogate Railway earlier in the season, Day has been in potent form for Wetherby Athletic in recent weeks and scored for the West Yorkshire League club just 24 hours after making his mark for Town on Tuesday night.
On his performance against Park Avenue, Weaver said: “He was excellent, he led the line well when we played one-up one off with Gazza (Andy Gascoigne) in the hole.
“He made some good runs and held the ball up well against some big, experienced centre-halves.
“Nothing perturbed him, even missing a chance in the second half. That’s a sign of a really good goalscorer to want that next opportunity to put it right, and he really did.”