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Raglan's Delight at First Goal

12 January 2015

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Charlie Raglan spoke of his delight after netting his first goal for the club in the 3-0 victory over Port Vale on 'Ernie Moss Day'.

The central defender headed home Jay O’Shea’s second-half corner for the third goal to seal a good afternoon’s work at the Proact Stadium.

He said: “I’ve been going up for nearly every corner or free-kick and been getting nowhere near them so it was obviously nice to get on the end of one and just direct it back across goal. It was a great feeling and capped off a nice win for everyone.

“I thought Armand was going to head it to be honest but he’s not really jumped which distracted my marker and I just got as much on it as I could.

“Scoring a goal is brilliant. It never gets old and it doesn’t matter if you’re scoring in Sunday league or in front of seven or eight thousand at Chesterfield -it’s a massive feeling.”

Raglan came from non-league football having signed from FC United of Manchester in the summer and is pleased with the way he’s adapted to playing at this level.

“When I came into the club I just wanted to get better, work hard and give the manager something to think about," he said.

“I came into a good team with good players so you can trust everyone around you and I’ve had massive help from all the players.

“Playing football week in week out is what you want to do and for me playing at this level, it’s not really changed much in terms of my attitude or the way I approach games. It’s the same as when I was at FC United last year.”

The defender was an apprentice at Port Vale before being released without making a first-team appearance, leading to spells at Hinckley United and Nantwich Town before signing for FC United of Manchester.

Having made his Spireites debut against Port Vale in August, he was pleased to get another milestone against his former club with his first senior goal on Saturday.

Raglan said: “I made my debut against Port Vale and to score my first league goal against them as well it probably was meant to be.

“I was lucky to go straight from school to playing football every day. In the youth team you’re an apprentice so you have to do the dirty work.

“Although I didn’t play a game for Port Vale it felt like being a footballer, but sooner or later when you’re in the real world I realised what it takes to be successful.”

If the Spireites progress in the FA Cup replay with Scunthorpe United, Raglan is excited about the prospect of a fourth round tie at Championship side Derby County.

“You can’t really sum it up in any other way but a dream, especially from where I was at Port Vale, thinking how far away that is.

“To get to this sort of level and play in front of those fans and our fans in a stadium like that against players like that with the prestige of the competition as well would be incredible.”

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