Cheltenham Town video: I can't rest on my laurels – Harrison
OPENING a season in goalscoring form is something striker Byron Harrison is used to, but he now wants to maintain his blistering start for Cheltenham Town this term.
The former Stevenage and AFC Wimbledon man has scored three times in his first two appearances of the season for the Robins, having only scored once during the second half of last term following his arrival in January.
He scored three goals in the opening four matches for the Dons year ago and reached nine by mid-November, but he was hampered by a back problem and the goals dried up.
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Harrison scored a total of ten last year, with a combined total of 12 in the previous two campaigns.
He has spoken to boss Mark Yates about his desire to have a 'Tom Pope season', emulating the achievements of the Port Vale hitman.
Pope ended last term with 33 goals, including a hat-trick against Cheltenham, having not been anywhere near as prolific earlier in his career.
Harrison wants to score consistently all the way through until next May.
"I generally start seasons well, but I want to maintain it over a season now and get back to scoring a lot of goals," Harrison said.
"That's what I play football for, so I can't rest on laurels and I have keep working hard and keep trying to find the net for the team.
"I was nice to get two goals on Tuesday after the one at weekend and there is nothing like scoring the winning goal in a game.
"That's what I am in the job for and it's hard when I'm not scoring, but I am happy at the moment."
Harrison has admitted he is confidence player to the extreme and said that the recent work he has done with assistant manager Neil Howarth, along with some extra hours on the training ground, have helped him start the season in the right frame of mind, despite a poor final friendly effort against Kidderminster.
"Neil and I had a little talk and he's been helping me with extra finishing practice," Harrison said.
"It's all about getting my confidence where it needs to be so I thank him for that and I am trying to put that Kidderminster performance behind me and give me best every time I go on the pitch.
"I have had so many texts from friends and family saying keep it up and I feel blessed to have scored three goals, but I need to keep this going now."
Harrison has linked up well with the outstanding Terry Gornell, who opened his own goalscoring account for the Robins against Crawley to reduce the deficit to 3-2 before Harrison's heroics.
Gornell also set up the winner for his strike partner and Harrison said he was enjoying playing with the former Shrewsbury Town and Rochdale link man.
"Terry is very easy to work with because he plays behind me and allows me to stretch game," Harrison said.
"We've all seen he has a nice touch and he is not afraid to shoot, so I am glad he scored too on Tuesday. We can build on this start and only get better.
"I didn't feel I started the Crawley game that well, but I was glad to progress, win a penalty and then score a couple and we linked up better, so I hope that continues."