LEWIS Manor admits he was honoured to become Bowers & Pitsea’s all-time leading goalscorer despite not knowing he had entered the record books.

The frontman scored two goals, including a late winner, in the 3-2 Isthmian North victory over Dereham Town on Tuesday night.

The first of Manor’s brace resulted in him surpassing the previous record of 97 goals, which was held by David Hope.

Although Manor grabbed the winning goal to seal a vital three points in Bowers’ quest for automatic promotion to the Isthmian Premier League, the striker’s evening ended on a sour note as he was shown a straight red card by referee Scott Rudd.

However, Manor remained in high spirits after being informed of becoming the club’s record goalscorer.

Manor said: “It’s a bit of a funny one really because I didn’t know that I needed to score just one more goal to break the record, but I’m buzzing.

“It’s a great club and I’m chuffed to bits.

“But it’s a bit bittersweet for me because of the red card.”

The 90th minute winning goal, which followed substitute David Knight’s pull-back, caused spectators to question who got the final touch.

Manor and Dereham central defender Ollie Ebbage contested for the ball from six yards out before it hit the back of the net.

But Manor was keen to claim the winner, which has taken him one strike away from reaching 100 goals in Bowers colours, and he wants his side to build on the win.

The striker added: “I’ll take the goal, but I’ll be honest and say I’m not sure if I got the last touch.

“I’m not sure if we’re a bit tired at the moment, but we started slowly in the first and second half.

“Once we finally got going, I think there was only ever one team that was going to win it.

“We got the result, which was important because everyone else around us won as well.”

However, the frontman was disappointed to see red in the dying moments.

Manor explained: “I took the ball in the corner and the defender caught me. I fell down with the corner flag and as I got back up, the corner flag swung round and hit him.

“It’s nothing – it’s pathetic and he’s made a lot of it.

“We squared up, where nothing happened, and I thought the referee was just going to send me away. Instead, he showed me a red card and I’m gutted about it because I’m going to miss important games during the run-in now.”