Young striker happy with victory over Exeter City at St James Park.All eyes were focused upon one man this afternoon as far as Mansfield Town fans were concerned - Rakish Bingham.
Signing for the Stags on deadline day on a free transfer, the 20-year-old forward came with a reputation to live up to and a crowd to embrace and, coincidentally enough, he accomplished both on his debut for the club.
This highly-rated prospect has been discussed on a national scale as a very promising young individual loaded with bags of potential. The attacker has spent much of his career playing for Wigan Athletic, however, having been loaned out to Scottish Championship outfit Falkirk last term, Bingham was released by the Latics at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.
Thrown straight into the deep end by manager Paul Cox on his debut, Bingham inspired and believed against Sky Bet League Two strugglers Exeter City and he exceeded expectations. With just a quarter-of-an-hour played, the youngster instinctively pounced on a rebound after Fergus Bell's initial shot was spectacularly saved by Exeter's keeper, Christy Pym. Bingham then had the opportunity to increase his tally on several occasions with the pick of the bunch occurring in the first half, however, his one on one effort on goal was foiled by the magic produced by goalkeeper Pym.
Speaking in his post-match interview following the game, Rakish went through the motions of his debut goal. He said: "The ball bounced, I can't remember who played it. The ball went on to Fergie [Fergus Bell] and he has then gone on to shoot. My first reaction was to just feed off it and the ‘keeper has parried it and I just tapped it in to round off a real good goal."