In-form Witheridge striker Jordan Charran targets 30 goals
UNTIL the 1-0 defeat at Launceston on Saturday, games came guaranteed with goals for Jordan Charran at Witheridge.
The striker is in red-hot form with 22 strikes in the premier division.
After setting a target of 20 at the start of the season, Charran has revised that figure to 30-plus.
In the last six games, he has hit hat-tricks against Bovey Tracey, Camelford and Penzance and scored two goals against Plymouth Argyle in the Devon St Luke's Cup.
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"The more goals you score, the more confidence you get as a striker," said Charran. "When you're confident you just try from anywhere.
"At the start of the season most of my goals were from outside the box. I'm starting to score a few more tap-ins now."
In his third season at the club, Charran, 21, is benefiting from playing in a settled side.
After manager Mike Taylor left in October, Chris Vinnicombe took over and guided Witheridge to six straight wins.
"Now Vinny is there it is quite settled," said Charran. " I got on with Mike but Vinny knows his stuff because he's played professionally. You listen to him and take it in."
Charran, who lives in Bideford, spent 18 months as an apprentice at Torquay United.
After playing for Barnstaple Youth and the North Devon centre of excellence, he trained with Watford before Torquay offered a two-year contract. In 2008, he made his debut at Plainmoor in a 4-1 win over Chipstead in the FA Cup.
But Charran did not settle and decided to leave before his contract was up.
"I found it difficult, at 17, living away from home," he said. "I wasn't driving so I couldn't go home and I got frustrated.
"I enjoyed my time down there and made quite a lot of friends I still keep in touch with. It was a very good experience and, looking back on it now, I wish I hadn't left."
After brief spells with Bideford, Barnstaple Town and Boca Seniors, Charran first went to Witheridge in 2010, joining Jake Crush, Sam Box and Aaron and Aiden Harper-Penman.
"There were five of us from North Devon and now I'm the only one left," he said.
"We have got a good bunch of lads there and I'm enjoying it a lot.
"It's a friendly club, you always get the locals turning up for every game."