Jason St Juste scored for Town at Brighouse in the County Cup last month, but his first for the senior side at the Shay was a special moment.
The 26-year-old wrapped up the weekend’s 3-0 win over Blyth Spartans with 12 minutes remaining when he fired home from close range after James Dean’s initial effort had been saved by the keeper.
And the second half substitute was all smiles after the final whistle.
“It was great to get my first goal at home,” he said. “And it was good that we kept a clean sheet.”
St Juste was making his 12th appearance for the Shaymen, but it was also his 10th from the bench with his last start having come against Lancaster in the FA Cup in October.
He would clearly love to be starting more, but accepts that at the moment boss Neil Aspin wants to use him to inject impetus in the second half of games.
“All I can do is keep working hard,” said St Juste. “The manager feels it is best at the moment to use me from the bench.
“I have to keep plugging away and hopefully I will get a chance to start.
“I had a spell when I had a bad chest infection and I was struggling.
“But I have recovered now and my first goal is a big boost.”
St Juste, whose former clubs include Darlington and Garforth, added that he was ready to take any chances that came his way.
“I am enjoying it here,” he said. “I just have to keep doing what I am doing.
“Everything is in the manager’s hands and I just have to take the opportunities when I get them.”
Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters’ coach to Gainsborough Trinity on Boxing Day can book now by calling the travel line on 07707 143094.
The cost is a Christmas special £10 and transport leaves the Shay at 12pm. Places must be booked by Thursday, December 22.
Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has admitted a friendly against England before Euro 2012 is unlikely.
England could meet the Republic of Ireland in the quarter-finals of next summer’s tournament in Poland and Ukraine.
There had been suggestions the teams could meet in the build-up to the finals.
But Delaney said: “The England game is looking less likely for May.”
Last night's results
The FA Cup: Grimsby 1-1 Salisbury, Oldham 1-0 Southend, Yeovil 0-2 Fleetwood Town
The FA Carlsberg Trophy: Forest Green 0-2 Newport County, Kidderminster 2-0 Vauxhall Motors, Maidenhead Utd 1-2 Staines Town, Solihull Moors 0-3 York, Stalybridge 2-1 Stockport