Mansfield Town: Ollie Palmer says winner was a 'dream goal'

Ollie Palmer

Mansfield Town striker Ollie Palmer says he is relishing life in the Football League after scoring his first goal for the Stags.

The 21-year-old, who was top scorer in the Conference South with Havant & Waterlooville last season, netted the winner at Wycombe on Saturday.

It was Mansfield's first goal and first win since returning to League Two.

"It is something I've waited a long time for - it was a dream goal," Palmer told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I'm cherishing being in the Football League, I feel like I'm thriving.

"Scoring that goal is a big achievement for me, and most importantly it is a fantastic three points for the boys."

Mansfield manager Paul Cox signed Palmer on the eve of the new season, with the striker starting two of their opening three games.

He came on as a second-half substitute against Wycombe, scoring less than 10 minutes after replacing Sam Clucas.

"The gaffer wanted me to sit back and take it all in, and when I came on I was relaxed and took one of my two chances," Palmer said.

Palmer began his career with Woking, where he progressed through from the youth ranks to the first team before joining Havant & Waterlooville in 2011.

He finished with 25 goals in the Conference South last term, after netting 15 times in the 2011-12 campaign.

Every time Palmer has scored he has celebrated with family and friends in the stands.

"My girlfriend, bless her, has travelled all around the county - she has been amazing," Palmer said.

"Also, my family come to as many games as they can and that means a lot to me because I really want to make them proud."

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