Colne FC striker Jay Hart insists he’s enjoying his football more than ever as the Reds push for promotion to the Evo-Stik League First Division North.
The 25-year-old has been a key component in Colne’s success so far this term, splitting 30 league goals with strike partner Danny Boyle as the pair top the North West Counties Premier Division scoring charts alongside AFC Liverpool’s Ryan Cox.
“Personally I’m enjoying this season more than ever,” he said. “I’m back to full fitness and scoring goals which is helping the team towards our target of promotion.
“It’s been a tough year for me but things are finally looking up. I’m proving a lot of people wrong which is always satisfying.”
Hart netted and was awarded the man of the match accolade in Colne’s last outing as they beat Squires Gate 5-2 after extra-time at School Road in the MEN United Cup to book a quarter-final tie with Eccleshall at the XLCR Stadium on February 27th.
However, the Reds haven’t played a league game since October when they beat Ashton Athletic 3-1. Steve Cunningham’s side have now been usurped at the summit by 1874 Northwich as fixtures against Bootle, Alsager Town, Atherton Collieries and Cammell Laird 1907 fell foul to the inclement weather conditions.
“Up to now the season has gone well,” Hart said. “Aside from the day at Cammell Laird, where we had three players sent off, we’ve done well and put ourselves in a very strong position.
“We all know it’s in our hands but we won’t get ahead of ourselves. We’ll continue to take it one game at a time.
“The weather is awful at the moment and we are falling behind in terms of games played.”
Hart added: “It’s going to be tough playing catch up but hopefully our strength in depth will see us through a busy period once the games start again.
“With only one team going up we’ll be looking to maintain our position at the head of the table and we’ll play every game like it’s a cup final until the end of the season.”