Town midfielder Cameron McGeehan admitted a friendly rivalry with striker Jack Marriott is driving the pair on in the race to finish as the club’s top goalscorer this season.
McGeehan was on target for the 12th time during the 3-2 win at York City on Saturday, with Marriott reaching double figures too.
Marriott then made it 11 for the campaign with the winner against Morecambe on Tuesday night as speaking about the competition McGeehan said: “We have a laugh about it, whenever I seem to be getting away, he seems to be creeping up, so it’s a good little bit of rivalry we’ve got.
“Jack’s done really, really well this season. Like me it’s his first real shot he’s had at a club where he’s sort of one of the main men and he’s proved why John Still signed him in the first place.
“I really enjoy playing with him, he’s a great young player.
“I’ve played against him since I was young, so it’s good for young players to be doing well and I’m happy with that.”
Marriott himself said: “I don’t really think about it too much. It’s my first proper season in a first team where I’m involved and I just want to do as best as I can.
“If that means top goalscorer then great, if not, then as long as I’ve done my bit for the team, that’s fine.”
McGeehan has also had a sportsman’s bet with manager Nathan Jones on just how many goals he score this term, saying: “We’ve got a private almost like a bet of how many goals I can get.
“It’s a bit of fun there as well, so every game I scored, he’s come up to me and said I’m getting there.
“I’ve got a good relationship with the gaffer, which is really helpful for me as I’m looking to learn. The goals are nice as well, but I’d swap all the goals for being at the top of the table now.”
On the midfielder’s tally, Jones added: “We’ve talked to Cameron, Cameron has set himself a tally and what he thinks is realistic to achieve so if he achieves that we’re delighted.
“We’ve been really pleased with him and I love the kid, so it’s brilliant.”