BILLERICAY Town striker Liam Nash is out to make an impression in front of goal after linking up with Great Wakering Rovers on a short-term deal.

The 18-year-old joined the Ryman North newcomers for one month last week after a stuttering start to his Billericay career, in which he has made eight appearances, starting three times.

Yet to score for Town, the ex-Hullbridge Sports man is confident he will rediscover his scoring form at Wakering having netted 12 times in the opening two months of the season for the Essex Senior league side.

And Nash already likes what he sees from at Burroughs Park, playing 90 minutes in last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Brentwood Town.

“It was my first experience of playing with the team and I got a good welcome from the boys,” he said. “I knew Tom Ranger from my time at Hullbridge so that has helped and I hope I can contribute to a successful season.

“I know I am capable of playing at Ryman Premier League level. Craig believes in me but I need to find my form and get a decent run of first team football. I have only been playing 20 minutes here and there for Billericay and that isn’t enough to make my mark on the team.

“It is only a short-term deal and that proves Craig wants me back in the first team fold there soon which is encouraging.”

Edwards initially turned down an approach from Wakering for Nash, after he scored against them in the League Cup earlier in the season, but is now looking to make his mark.

Nash wants to follow in the footsteps of Rowan Liburd, who scored five goals in his month at Ryman North side Thamesmead Town. He has now been recalled to the first team and is expected to play a prominent part in Town’s up-and-coming fixtures.

“I look at what happened to Rowan and want to follow in his footsteps,” he said. “He has had the chance to improve his game at a lower level club and he took that chance well. I want to score a few goals and be able to come back into the Billericay side and impress.”

Dan Trenkel’s Wakering have some crunch fixtures coming up this month, with games against Soham Town Rangers, Maldon & Tiptree and Cheshunt to come before Christmas.

And Nash says he wants to make his mark now, to lift Rovers away from the dropzone.

“This is an important spell for Wakering and I want to contribute. Trenks is a top bloke and I think I can learn a lot from him and Gary (Ansell).

“I need to take advantage of this opportunity.”

l GREAT Wakering Rovers are getting into the Christmas spirit this weekend, with supporters encouraged to don their Santa hats as they cheer on their team.

The Santa Bobble Hat Day is against Soham Town Rangers and is aiming to raise a bit of festive cheer.

And don’t worry, if you don’t have a hat as you can buy one from the club shop, the Kennel.