Exeter City striker Ben Seymour says he is enjoying his loan spell at Gloucester City this season after getting his first goal for the Tigers in a 1-0 win over East Thurrock United last Saturday.
Ben latched onto Joe Hanks’ through ball before firing a shot over the East Thurrock keeper Jack Giddens to score the only goal of the match.
“We were stretching the play quite a lot in the game and they were stepping quite high,” explained Ben. “I got in between the two centre-halves and got in behind and then I went around the keeper and put the ball over him. It was good to get on that scoresheet. That is my first goal this season and, hopefully, now I can just go on from there.”
Ben sent a large part of last season on loan at Southern League Division One side Bideford Town, where he scored more than 20 goals for the club.
This campaign he has made two steps up in the non-league football pyramid to turn out for Gloucester City in the National League South. So, how has he found the move into a higher division?
“It is definitely a big step up in the physicality and the tempo of the play,” he said. “I couldn’t give enough credit to Bideford for last season. They have really helped me in matching these type of players’ physically and, hopefully, now I can push on in the National South. Hopefully, I can do the same as I did at Bideford at Gloucester.”
Ben has also made himself more selectable this season, by performing in a number of different positions for Gloucester. He has played out on the left and right wings as well as in a No. 9 role.
“Obviously whatever job the manager gives me, I am going to give it 100 per cent because, at the end of the day, I want to be in the team,” said Ben.
“My main position is the No. 9 role and he put me there on Saturday and I have gifted it with a goal. However, if he puts me out on the wing, like he has, then I just get on with it and do a good job and do it to the best that I can do.
“As a No. 9 you are wanting to stretch the play and when you are out on the wing you are going one v one with their right or left back, but it is kind of the same because it is all attacking.”
Gloucester will play Dulwich Hamlet away on Saturday.
“It is quite a long trip, but hopefully we can go down there and give them a good game and bring home the three points,” added Ben.