When he is not fixing roofs in his day job, Shane Cooper-Clark can usually be found dismantling defences across the shires.

By Ken Gaunt

Thatcham Town’s prolific marksman is up to 43 goals in all competitions going into the FA Vase quarter final at Melksham Town on Saturday. Manager Danny Robinson is convinced the former Bracknell striker will reach at least 50 by the end of the season.

He said: “It is strange really that Shane has gone under the radar a little bit. He does not get much publicity. What he is though, is a proven goalscorer.

“He is good on the air, holds the ball up well and if he gets a chance he usually takes it. He is very clinical.

“It is only natural that clubs at a higher level are taking note but he is happy here at Thatcham. It is a big thing for him that he enjoys his football.”

Robinson’s work at Thatcham this season is also winning wider praise outside the Hellenic League as they chase promotion following a long unbeaten run. He may be only 32 but already has 11 years coaching experience under his belt after starting out looking after Winchester City’s reserves.

“It was a bit of a drunken conversation at my 21st,” he says. “But I always wanted to get into coaching and loved my time at Alresford where we won nine cups in six years.

“The highlight was beating Bournemouth to lift the Hampshire Senior Cup. Now we are making progress at Thatcham and I am looking forward to facing Melksham.

“As a manager you always want to test yourself in big games.”

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