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Skipper wins Goal of the Month award

21 October 2022

Mansfield Town captain Ollie Clarke is the Sky Bet League Two Goal of the Month winner for September after his stunning volley against Doncaster Rovers.

As the ball looped out to him, the midfielder adjusted his feet and turned his body to accommodate it into the swing plane of his left boot. His calculations were as precise as his stunning volley.
 
Clarke said: “The goal is definitely one I'm proud of, probably the best one of my career. To be recognised for that is a proud achievement and one that I can look back on in the future.
 
“The ball came out of the sky and I just sort of adjusted quite well and caught it sweet.
 
“I’m really pleased with it, and it contributed to a good away win against one of our rivals in Doncaster.
 
“It’s always nice to have a trophy on the mantelpiece but I’ve not really managed to rack many of them up personally.
 
“I’m pleased I’ve managed to get one of these and it’s one I’ll be able to look back on further down my career.”
 
Lead Sky Bet EFL Goal of the Month judge and Sky Sports Pundit Don Goodman said: “Some players make a career out of the drop downs and half-chances created when defenders fail to completely clear their lines and Ollie Clarke certainly made Doncaster pay here.
 
“He reacted quickest to Ro-Shaun Williams' half clearance, adjusted his feet accordingly and fired a crisply-struck volley from the edge of the box to the top corner before the ‘keeper had a chance to move.”
 
Clarke beat off competition from Bradford City’s Jake Young, Stockport County’s Chris Hussey & Doncaster Rovers’ Kyle Hurst.

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