Diamonds hot-shot Lorraine has a target in mind

Tom Lorraine celebrates one of his 19 goals during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' UCL title-winning campaign last season. Now he is targeting 20 in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central
Tom Lorraine celebrates one of his 19 goals during AFC Rushden & Diamonds' UCL title-winning campaign last season. Now he is targeting 20 in the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central
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Tom Lorraine has set himself a target of scoring 20 goals for AFC Rushden & Diamonds ahead of the new season.

Andy Peaks’ side are gearing up for life at a higher level following their ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title success last season.

Diamonds kick-off the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central campaign with a clash against fellow new boys Petersfield Town at the Dog & Duck on Saturday.

And Lorraine is hoping he can carry his impressive pre-season form into the real business.

The frontman, who finished as the club’s top scorer last season with 19 goals, has hit four in seven friendlies this summer.

And he now has his personal aim for the new campaign in place, although he knows competition for places in the final third will be fierce with the likes of Tommy Berwick, Courtney Herbert and Scott Joseph all vying for starting roles.

“I am really pleased with how my time here has gone and I feel I have grown into it,” Lorraine, who joined Diamonds in March last year, said.

“I always set myself a target of 20 goals each season and, as a centre-forward, you don’t want to be doing anything else.

“If I am not scoring goals then I am not doing my job so getting to 20 will be my target again.

“There is a lot of competition in the attacking areas so you know that if you aren’t doing it then someone else will be ready to step up. But it’s good to have that in every position.”

Lorraine believes Diamonds are happy with where they are as they head into the new campaign.

And he feels the tough friendlies they have endured will stand them in good stead in the weeks and months to come.

He added: “From a personal point of view, it’s been good.

“I have scored a few goals and it’s good to get some under my belt going into the new season.

“But, more importantly, as a whole we have had a decent pre-season.

“We have played against clubs from a higher level like Biggleswade and Wealdstone and done well against them so I think we are pleased with where we are.”

Don’t miss more from Tom Lorraine and all the build-up to the new season in Thursday’s Northamptonshire Telegraph