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Simons: "It's happening quickly but I'm taking it in my stride"

12 October 2015

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Rai Simons has had a dramatic fortnight: a first team debut in the previous home game was followed up with a first professional goal in the match with Gillingham on Saturday.

The Spireites trailed to a John Egan goal before Dan Gardner intercepted, played a ball to Sam Morsy who in turn found the free Simons, in space and bearing down on goal. The first two touches took the Bermuda international into the area and his third touch was low, true and into the bottom corner.

The maiden goal pulled the hosts level, but was not enough to earn any points as two second half headers saw the Gills emerge with the win.

Simons talked through his strike and his current steep career trajectory: "I just tried to keep my composure. When I first got open I was just going to lash it, but I took a breath, took another touch, composed myself and hoped for the best - and in went in the back of the net. I was a bit nervous, but I struck it and it went in."

"I got my first professional goal, so I'm happy with that but the result does spoil that. It's happening very quickly but I'm taking it in my stride. On a personal level I'm very pleased with how things are progressing.

Having signed from non-league Ilkeston in the summer, Simons has hit the ground running at the Proact, making the most of his chances when they've been handed to him.

"I have full confidence in my abilities and when I'm on the ball I feel confident and comfortable," he said. "I'll be looking to go out and score some more goals or whatever helps the team.

"There's a big difference going from non-league to the professional game, you have to be more committed to your game and your lifestyle. The key for me is to find the balance off the field as well as on the field.

"I know the lifestyle comes with it so I have to deal with it to reach where I want to go."

Word of his goal quickly spread across the Atlantic and back home, but the teenager said that his priority was to get in touch with his parents. 

"I've seen I've got messages and messages and first I'll answer my parents first to let them know that I scored. I hope they and everyone back home is proud of me."

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