Striker Ryan Swift scores all NINE goals in Ipswich Wanderers’ big win at Bungay

Ryan Swift of Ipswich Wanderers

Ryan Swift of Ipswich Wanderers - Credit: Archant

Everything Ryan Swift touched turned to goals on Wednesday after the talented teenager plundered all NINE goals in Ipswich Wanderers Under-18s’ heavy victory at Bungay.

The Kesgrave High School sixth-former hit cloud nine as Kevin Baker’s team ran riot in the Thurlow Nunn Youth League Central Division game.

Sixteen-year-old Swift has been in good goalscoring form for Wanderers this season, despite a time out of the team with injury, but he would never have dreamt of breaking a club and league record in such spectacular style.

The former Martlesham Mustangs youth team player said: “Everything seemed to drop kindly for me and I was in the right place at the right time.

“I didn’t score one with my head, but I got three with my left foot and six with my right, including tap-ins and goals from long-range.

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“I called my dad (Stuart) after the game and he did not believe me at first but once he realised it was true, he was proud and happy for me.”

He added: “I got a bit of stick off my team-mates who were wanting me to score 10. They were calling me rubbish when I didn’t manage to do it!

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Amazingly, Swift began his footballing career as a defender as a seven-year-old but progressed further forward as he got older, and now Wanderers are reaping the benefits.

“I’ve been playing since under-sevens level but started as a defender and as I got more confident and stronger I moved forward,” he added.

“I went to Wanderers at the start of last season and have been playing adult football for the reserves.

“My aim is to get in the first team and I will try and take my chance if anything comes after that.”

Swift’s manager Kevin Baker admitted his team was not at its most fluent, despite scoring nine goals, but praised his young striker’s contribution, and that of strike partner Bledi Grajqevci.

“I think he (Grajqevci) was the reason I scored as many goals as I did,” admitted Swift.

“He’s bigger than me and was winning his fair share of flick-ons.”

Manager Kevin Baker added: “To be fair, we did not play attractive football but it was productive.

“Ryan scored some tap-ins but worked for all his goals and scored a couple from 18-20 yards

“This is his last year at under-18 level, he has broken into the reserves, and just seems to be in the right place at the right time.

“We hope he can make the step into the first team as we do with every player that is at the club.

“Ryan works his socks off, but you also have to give a lot of credit to his strike partner Bledi Grajqevci who showed some good movement and provided some gaps for Ryan to run into.”

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