Youngster’s delight at his maiden Hatters strike in Town’s 6-1 rout of sorry Forest Green Rovers

A WONDER strike on Tuesday night was a dream come true for young striker Dan Walker.

The second-half substitute missed a gilt-edged chance in the 6-1 drubbing of Forest Green Rovers before unleashing a 25-yard thunderbolt in injury time for his first goal as a pro.

He said: “I was just delighted I got a run out. We were 4-1 up at the time and I was thinking I couldn’t do anything wrong.

“I hoped the gaffer would give me a chance and I didn’t have anything to lose.

“After missing the first chance I thought I might have blown it and needed to make up for it in some way.”

The 20-year-old attacker, signed from neighbours Bedford Town in the summer, was delighted he was able to atone for his one-on-one miss with his maiden Hatters strike.

Walker continued: “It was more of a shock. I didn’t expect to be through with that much time and thought about it too much and should have gone with my instinct.

“I should have gone round him and ended up shooting straight at him in too much of a rush. Missing that first chance, I was just thinking it wasn’t to be.”

But in stoppage time that all changed, as Walker said: “I just touched it across the players and saw it open up for me.

“I know I have a good shot and couldn’t have hoped to hit it any sweeter. It just flew in.

“It was great. I’ve been dreaming about scoring my first since turning pro. In front of the fans I didn’t really know what to do.

“A lot of the lads have been getting stick for their celebrations so I thought I would go with a quiet one.”

Walker is now hoping he might get a first start when Blue Square South side St Albans come to town for an FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie on Saturday.

He added: “Being a striker and a winger I want to score as many goals as I can and get assists and a first start would be great.

“Hopefully Saturday will be my first one.”