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Dover Athletic striker Ross Lafayette desperate to hit goal trail

Frustrated forward Ross Lafayette doesn’t care how his next goal arrives, as long as it does – soon.

Despite being one of the first names on the Whites teamsheet, the 29-year-old has only scored one goal since November – in the win against Maidstone on New Year’s Day.

In that time, Ricky Miller and Moses Emmanuel have streaked ahead of his 10-goal haul in the goalscoring stakes and even Joe Healy has netted three in three after earning his place in the side.

Ross Lafayette. Picture: Martin Apps
Ross Lafayette. Picture: Martin Apps

The former Welling man admitted: “I want a goal – I need a goal. I’d take one off my face at the moment. My target for the season was 20 and it feels like I’ve been stuck on 10 for ever. It’s driving me crazy.

“Of course, as a striker, I want to be scoring but first and foremost, I want to be part of a winning team fighting for promotion, it’s why I joined.

“I have contributed double-digits assists, 15 now which is pleasing, so while I do want to score goals, the most important thing is the three points.

“The main person I need to impress is the gaffer. As long as I am working hard and contributing, I hope it is appreciated.”

Lafayette claims he plans to take Dover’s penalties from now on after Miller missed for the second time in five attempts at North Ferriby on Saturday.

Miller has scored five this season but Lafayette added: “He says he’s still on them but I’m having them from now on. You might see us having a scrap for the ball if we get one on Saturday.”

The visitors to Crabble on Saturday are Eastleigh, whom Lafayette left for Dover at the start of the season and he added: “I have some friends there but it was a frustrating time and I was disappointed with how it ended.

“I’m loving it at Dover and it was the right decision to come here. It would be nice to score.

“If we could beat Eastleigh, it would help push us away from the pack. Everyone slipped up last weekend and we were able to take advantage.”

He added: “I want to take it game by game. Every game is a cup final.”

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