Trying to get forward to score is a big part of my game, says Rooks new midfield ace Harding

HARRY HARDING pledged to carry on trying to score for his new side after the teenage sensation made it two goals in three games since joining Lewes with the only goal of the game in Saturday’s 1-0 win at Harrow Borough.

The 19-year-old midfielder, who was previously on Reading’s books, has had a massive impact since Steve King brought him into his team – first producing a man of the match display on debut against Leatherhead, and then hitting his first goal for the Rooks in last midweek’s 6-0 rout of East Grinstead Town in the Sussex Senior Cup.

And the former Bromley ace added to that impressive start by scoring a goal of sublime quality on Saturday, showing great presence of mind to find himself some space in the Harrow box before sliding the ball calmly into the corner of the net.

Asked if he was reproducing the kind of form that prompted boss Steve King to bring him to the Dripping Pan in the first place, Harding said: “Hopefully!”

He added: “I scored in midweek so I like to get forward and try and goals – it’s a big part of my game. And it was nice to score today.”

Describing the goal, he said: “The guy came in and I pretended to shoot, and he’s gone for it and gone down. To be fair it was a bit of a scuffed shot with my left foot but it was travelling in the corner anyway, so it’s wrong-footed the keeper and just gone in the corner. It was nice to get.”

Harding said he knew Lewes would be a footballing team having faced a Steve King outfit last season in the Blue Square Bet South.

“I like to play football and I knew last year when I was at Bromley and we played Farnborough twice. I managed to score against them at their place, but, obviously I knew how they set up and, obviously they were second in the league and they lost – only just – in the play-off final, so I knew what they were all about.

“Steve King always has good teams and he has a good track record so I knew they were going to be successful. I knew what it was all about, really.”

King said: “Harding’s a good player. He’s only 19 years old but he’s done ever so well.”