There are many ways to score your first goal for your new club, but a first time strike from 25 yards that arrows into the bottom corner isn’t usually one of them. Especially if you’re a defender. But that’s exactly what Luke Cummings did when the ball was played back to him on Friday night, giving Barry a 2-0 lead over Penybont.
“To be fair I shouldn’t have been in that position, I was playing centre half!” Cummings laughed. “But I managed to get in that position and when it got set back to me my first thought was just to hit it and thankfully it went in. I was really pleased.
“I do score a few like that in training but never in a match! Thankfully that one I caught quite sweetly and it went in”.
Clayton Green’s close range finish had put Town in front on the night before Cummings doubled the lead, while Kayne McLaggon wrapped up the 3-0 win in the 89th minute. After three consecutive defeats, it was a hugely important victory.
“It was massive that we got the win,” Cummings said. “After the three defeats we got a bit of stick. I was happy to get the goal but most importantly get the three points and return to winning ways”.
Cummings added that togetherness has been key in getting through a difficult run, as shown by the team huddles before and after every game: “The team spirit is always there. Whether we win or lose, we stick together”.
The 28-year-old was the club’s first signing of last summer when he joined from Carmarthen Town in May. He has instantly cemented his place in the side, making his competitive debut against Cliftonville in the Europa League and starting all 15 league games to date.
“It’s been brilliant so far, the club is fantastic,” Cummings said of his first six months at Jenner Park. “I think I’m in form that I haven’t hit for the last couple of seasons, so it’s been a great move for me. I’m enjoying regular football, it suits me the way we play, and to enjoy your football is massive and that’s certainly what I’m doing at the moment”.
The fixtures keep coming thick and fast, with games in both the Cymru Premier and Welsh Cup against Newtown to look forward to, before encounters with The New Saints, Aberystwyth Town and a double header against Cardiff Metropolitan University round off 2019. Looking ahead to the next few weeks, Cummings said: “This time of year is always busy, but it should be one we enjoy and to get some good results going into Christmas will be massive, especially with the cup game as well. Every year you look for a cup run and this year is no different”.