Scoring is child’s play for Mark

PHOTO KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Mark Collier plays hockey for Leyland Foxes
PHOTO KEVIN McGUINNESS.'Mark Collier plays hockey for Leyland Foxes

A LEYLAND hockey player wants to help fire his team to the top of the division.

Mark Collier, 36, has been banging in the goals for fun for Leyland Foxes in Division Seven North of the North West Men’s Hockey League.

Among the highlights of his season was scoring for goals against Manchester Men’s a fortnight ago and the 35-year-old enjoys banging them in for the Foxes.

He said: “I moved to the Foxes at the start of the season from the local rivals Chorley Brookfields.

“I am just lucky that the players have helped me to settle so easily and I don’t think I would have scored 20 goals if they didn’t set me up.

“I have set myself a target of getting 30 this season and I have nine games left so I am well on target to achieve that.

“My best ever record is 26 and I think that I can definitely beat that.”

Collier, who inspects playgrounds to ensure they are up to standard for South Ribble Borough Council, is celebrating his 20th year playing the sport.

He believes he has a few more years in him and wants to help the Foxes get out of their league.

He said: “It is still early days for the club but I think that next season they can be pushing for promotion.

“When I arrived I was one of the youngest players in the team but now that has changed with the Brookfields players coming in.

“It means that I don’t have to do as much running and I will be able to play longer.”

Leyland Foxes skipper Keith Gradwell said: “Mark had a slow start but now is prolific by getting lots of goals for us this season.

“I think he has had a significant impact on the club moving us up the table.

“Last year, we were struggling for goals and were sitting at the bottom of the table, just avoiding relegation.

“However this year, after Mark has come in we are fifth. And someone scoring 20 goals can help you get a good position in the league.

“Mark is converting the chances that we could not score last time round and hopefully he can continue scoring.”