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Rocket man ready for Robins

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:37 05 July 2010

HE'S known in the dressing room and off the field as the Rocket, but Lowestoft Town striker Russell Stock is aiming to propel the Blues into the semi final of the FA Vase tomorrow.

HE'S known in the dressing room and off the field as the Rocket, but Lowestoft Town striker Russell Stock is aiming to propel the Blues into the semi final of the FA Vase tomorrow.

And ahead of the eagerly-awaited quarter final, the Town talisman has warned Bideford “our goals could come from anywhere.”

The Rocket's Stock may have been rising after his hat-trick in the previous round proved decisive in launching Lowestoft into the quarter-finals.

But while the 31-year-old proved to be the hero in the fifth round by scoring twice in the final six minutes to force extra-time in a pulsating cup tie, and then popped up again in additional 30 minutes to despatch nine man Hungerford Town 4-3 and send Crown Meadow into delirium, the imposing target man admitted the Devon-side need to worry about the entire Blues side.

Reflecting on the last round's success, the former Wroxham forward said: “It was the most nervy and exciting game I have ever played in. I thought we'd lost it, but the ball kept falling to me and I was able to put them away.

“Our goals could come from anywhere though. You only have to look at the fact that Darren Cockrill is already into double figures for the season and he is a centre-half. Midfielder Jamie Godbold and (strike partner) Gary McGee are also in double figures so you can see the quality all through our side.

“That's why, when we are losing, we always feel we can turn it around.”

The Ridgeons League table-toppers and last year's FA Vase finalists have won their last seven matches in succession and tomorrow they host a Bideford side who currently sit seventh in the Western League Premier Division table.

“I don't think any of the lads have started thinking about Wembley yet,” Stock said.

“Last year we took each game as it came and we will be doing the same this year.

“Hungerford were a really tough side and I think Saturday is going to be even tougher.

“I think it will be a tighter affair this time because they look a solid side according to the reports we have been getting.”

And the striker also reserved special praise for his side's noisy band of supporters.

“They were fantastic in the last round,” he said.

“They really are a credit to the club. They give the lads so much confidence in games and it will be great to have them cheering us on tomorrow.”

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