Rowe: I want 20 goals

New target: Striker Ryan Rowe has set his sights on scoring 20 goals this season. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

New target: Striker Ryan Rowe has set his sights on scoring 20 goals this season. Picture: ADRIAN HOSKINS

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

HITMAN Ryan Rowe has set his sights on 20 goals for the season after roaring to the top of Kidderminster Harriers’ scoring charts.

The 24-year-old bagged his ninth of the season with a 90th-minute winner at Tamworth on Tuesday night.

But he is keen to keep them coming and has already increased his original target for the season.

The former Stourbridge hitman has scored six of his goals coming off the bench, but Rowe is eager to do away with the super-sub tag, by making it impossible for manager Steve Burr not to pick him.

He said: “At the start of the season my aim was 15 goals, hopefully I can get near that by Christmas and then push past and reach the 20 mark for the season.

“You don’t want a reputation as a super-sub because every player wants to be starting games.

“If you’re a sub all you can do is come on and score, that gives you a licence to knock on the gaffer’s office.” Rowe will get a chance to increase his tally on Saturday when Harriers entertain Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Newport (3pm ko).

The Welsh side will be another testing examination of the Reds’ excellent form. Harriers have won the last five matches in league and cup and have lost just once in 16 Conference Premier matches.

That sensational run has lifted them from the foot of the table in August to eighth and means they are the division’s form team.

“Like Wrexham, Newport are a top team but if we can apply ourselves like we have over the last few games then there’s no reason why we can’t get a result,” added Rowe.

Harriers will welcome back Callum Gittings and Keith Briggs, who both served one- match suspensions in mid-week, for Saturday’s tussle.

Meanwhile, chairman Mark Serrell admits interest in striker Jamille Matt has already stepped up, although he says he has received no offers for the 23-year-old.

Matt has only just returned from a nine-month exile because of work permit issues but has already been watched by Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd.

The Cobblers had three bids for the striker rebuffed by Harriers in January.

The chairman also revealed Sheffield United have asked to be kept informed of the striker’s progress.

“Jamille has only played four times since his return but the interest in him is already growing,” said Serrell.

“He’s been watched several times by Aidy Boothroyd.

“I believe Mark McGhee and representatives from Leicester and West Brom have already had him watched.

“Clubs will always be interested in big, strong, progressive forwards with an eye for a goal like Jamille.

“But it is worth noting he’s only just getting match fit and is not back to his best yet.”

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