Ex-Scholar Smith makes first Yeovil start

PUBLISHED: 10:02 02 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:06 26 October 2009

Nathan Smith in his Potters Bar days

Nathan Smith in his Potters Bar days

FORMER Potters Bar Town defender Nathan Smith made his full league debut for Yeovil Town on Saturday. The 21-year-old signed for the League One side after impressing Glovers boss Russell Slade during a trial spell. He came on as a second-half substitute

Nathan Smith playing for Potters Bar

FORMER Potters Bar Town defender Nathan Smith made his full league debut for Yeovil Town on Saturday.

The 21-year-old signed for the League One side after impressing Glovers' boss Russell Slade during a trial spell.

He came on as a second-half substitute in their Easter Monday defeat to Hartlepool United but started against Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

Smith spoke to the WHT Potters Bar Edition on Monday.

He said: "The day before the game we were practising patterns of play in training and I was involved with the first team.

"On the day of the game the manager said I'd be involved, I was so happy.

"At the start there were a few nerves but once I had my first touch of the ball I was just focused on the game."

On Saturday Yeovil's local derby with Bristol Rovers ended goalless in front of more than 6,000 fans.

It was stark contrast for Smith to be playing in front of thousands of spectators.

In his final match for the Scholars at Parkfield a merry band of 43 were watching on as Bar lost 2-0 to Bury Town.

Smith, who has been a fixture in the Scholars' back four this season, had caught the eye with his performances as an attack-minded full-back.

After successfully coming through a trial at Huish Park, he has been rewarded with the chance to make it in the professional game.

He has agreed to a deal which will see him play the rest of this season and next at Yeovil.

The ex-product resourcer has given up his job and moved to Somerset as a full-time player.

Speaking from Somerset, Smith thanked his former boss Steve Browne for helping him with his career move.

Browne, a former Yeovil defender, was instrumental in helping the young player get a trial with the professional club.

"I'm really happy," said Smith. "Steve (Browne) gave me the chance with Yeovil and not a lot of managers would really do that for their players."

Of his time at Parkfield, Smith added: "It was good down there, I'm still in contact with some of the lads and I had good times there."

Browne himself has backed his ex-defender to be a success at Yeovil.

"He's got an excellent opportunity," he said.

"Knowing him, his attitude is spot on and I'm sure he will take his chance with both hands."

Browne is also sure Smith's success will bode well for Potters Bar Town.

"It's massive for the club, out of it they will bring a team here in pre-season and we hope to get a few quid from that.

"The biggest thing for us is that people will be wanting to come to Potters Bar and the whole thing for the club is to raise the profile of it."

The move is also likely to help Browne recruit new players of his own to help rebuild his Ryman League Division One North side.

"With Nathan going to Yeovil, players are looking and thinking it doesn't matter where I'm playing football as long as I'm playing I've got a chance and to use it as a stepping stone," said Browne.


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