OSEI Sankofa surprised even himself by scoring for Southend United’s reserves in their 2-2 draw with Northampton Town yesterday.

The right back fired the Shrimpers into the lead with a fine first half finish at Roots Hall.

And the effort ended a lengthy barren spell for the 24-year-old who could not even remember the last time he worked his way onto the score-sheet.

“I’m not even sure when I last got a goal to be honest with you,” laughed Sankofa.

“It was probably during training but I did used to pop up with a goal every now and then in the reserves so it was nice to put one away again.”

Sankofa now hopes his goal and solid defensive performance can be the start of a happier spell.

For the defender missed virtually all of pre-season with an Achilles problem and he has yet to figure in the first team this term.

“It’s been a frustrating time for me,” said Sankofa.

“I came back feeling really fit but then picked up the injury- probably by doing too much too soon.

“I had to rest for a couple of weeks but I’m feeling fine again now and felt good in the reserves. I know I will have to be patient in waiting for an opportunity in the first team but I need to be ready for one when does come my way.”

Sankofa played the full 90 minutes for the reserves who were denied victory in the dying seconds of the game when Northampton winger Michael Jacobs lashed home a long range equaliser.