Gosling aims for first team after cup goal
NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Jake Gosling has set his sights on a place in the Exeter City first team, after netting the winning goal in Dorchester's FA Cup victory over Plymouth Argyle.
The young Grecian midfielder, who was snubbed by Plymouth Argyle as a youngster, scored a 49th-minute goal to knock Exeter's rivals out of the competition in one of the shock results of the first round.
Gosling has been on loan at the Avenue Stadium for the past two months and, while he admits he is enjoying his time at the Conference South club, he adds that his main goal is to establish himself in the Exeter City team.
"I hope the goal kick starts my career and makes people notice," said Gosling. "Obviously I'm enjoying my time at Dorchester, I really like it there.
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"It is a really warm club to be at. The lads are brilliant and everyone involved at the club are really nice people, but my main goal is to be playing for the Exeter City first team. I hope what I did has helped improve my chances of that."
The goal has certainly put Gosling in the public limelight. The match was live in front of the ESPN television cameras and was played in front of a crowd of just over 3,000.
Gosling says his Facebook and Twitter accounts have been 'going mad' with congratulation messages from team-mates, fellow professionals and supporters.
Exeter City fans have been particularly quick to congratulate the youngster on knocking out their Devon rivals.
"Loads of Exeter fans have Tweeted me," said Gosling. "I really appreciate that, it means a lot because I play for their team."
Gosling has also received congratulations from Exeter manager Paul Tisdale, who spoke to him the day after the game to applaud his match-winning display.
Speaking about Gosling, and also Jamie Reid – who is also on loan at Dorchester – Tisdale said: "It is really good for our young players to go out on loan and get that kind of experience in that type of game.
"And of course Jake got the winning goal against Plymouth, which was fantastic for him. Jake had a very good day and it shows the merits of the loan system really.
"From a supporter's point of view, because it is against Plymouth, that would be of interest. I'm sure a lot of Exeter City supporters have given Jake a pat on the back.
"But from our point of view the experience of the game is crucial. Playing that type of game and getting that type of experience is very, very useful for Jake regardless of who it is against."
Gosling will get the chance for another taste of the big time next month when Dorchester play either Luton Town or Nuneaton in the second round of the FA Cup. He is due to be on loan at Dorchester for another month so will still be at the club for that tie.
After that, Gosling says he hopes to be back at St James's Park, and he could well be in line for another shot at Argyle when they visit St James's Park on December 15.