Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer fulfills life-long dream after scoring in Wycombe Wanderers win

Striker Ollie Palmer says he has fulfilled a life-long dream after scoring his first goal as a professional footballer.
Mansfield Town's new boy Ollie Palmer  -Pic by:Richard ParkesMansfield Town's new boy Ollie Palmer  -Pic by:Richard Parkes
Mansfield Town's new boy Ollie Palmer -Pic by:Richard Parkes

The former Havant and Waterlooville goal machine bagged his first goal in a Mansfield Town shirt in yesterday’s 1-0 win away at Wycombe.

Palmer had been on the pitch for just nine minutes after he replaced Sam Clucas.

“It was great to score my first goal, it is something I have always dreamed of,” said Palmer. “I was just in the right place at the right time, it is hard to describe what I am feeling right now.

“I should have had two goals really, but it is not about me, it is about the team and it is great to have our first three points.

“As a team we defended really well, not just the defenders but as a whole team. We knew that the first goal would come eventually and we will work hard to keep this run going.

“This league is a step up for me, It is faster and more powerful and you don’t get as much time on the ball as you do in Conference South.”

Palmer celebrated the historic win with family members and his girlfriend who were watching the game from the stands.

“My girlfriend gives me wonderful support, she comes to all the games with me home and away and it is something I am very thankful for,” added Palmer.

The win was nothing more than impressive Mansfield deserved after they had bossed the entire second half with a strong showing.

James Jennings and Sam Clucas had both came close to firing Stags into the lead with four separate chances as Stags piled the pressure.

The win capped an excellent all round team display with Jennings, Clucas, Clements and McGuire all impressing.

Calvin Andrew and Ben Hutchinson also stood out with two hardworking displays which summed up the visitors determination take all three points back to the One Call Stadium.

The win was Stags first win in the Football League since they beat Shrewsbury 3-1 on 19th April 2008.