Eliot’s gone, but not forgotten at Seel Park

MOSSLEY are hoping not to have seen the last of Eliot Goldthorp, the hat-trick hero in The Buildbase FA Trophy, preliminary round victory at Cleethorpes Town.

The 17-year-old winger, who was on an initial one-month loan from Bradford City, has been recalled by the Bantams who want him to feature in first-team matches in the newly-named Leasing.com Trophy.Lilywhites’ manager Dave Wild, had been hoping to extend the deal for Goldthorp who made three starts and two substitute appearances, scoring three times.

He said: “We are hoping it might be possible to bring Eliot back after Christmas, but only time will tell.

“We are pleased to have played a part in his development.”

Goldthorp, whose treble for Mossley endeared him to the fans, is no stranger, however, to making the headlines.

He was a 16-year-old first-year scholar when he made his debut for the Bantams in September 2018 in the Checkatrade Trophy against Everton Under-21s.

And the youngster was not there to make up the numbers as he came off the bench to score the decisive goal in the penalty shootout victory after the score was 1-1 after 90 minutes.

That was followed a fortnight later with a first start in the same competition against Oldham Athletic.

Goldthorp made his league debut last December as an 89th minute substitute against Scunthorpe United, the first of two league appearances, the other against Accrington Stanley.Those four first-team appearances whetted Goldthorp’s appetite as this season it has been back to playing for Bradford’s U18 and U23 sides.

Goldthorp quickly settled at Seel Park where he trained two nights each week in addition to daily with the Bantams.

“When I have trained with Bradford in the morning and again with Mossley at night, it was tough,” he explained.

Goldthorp was happy to move to Mossley viewing it as a chance to further his football education.

“The idea was to play men’s football and to get used to its physicality. There is definitely a big difference to playing in U18 and U23 football,” he explained.

Goldthorp may lack the physicality but he reckoned his advantage was that he is a full-time professional.

“The players at this level are obviously not as fit and it helps that I can get around the pitch quicker than them,” he continued.

Goldthorp, before his recalls, said he would have welcomed the loan be extended in what he describes as a hugely important season.

This is the second year of his scholarship with the Bantams at the end of which the club must decide whether to offer him a contract as a professional.

It has been an eventful footballing journey for the lad who lives not far from Bradford City’s training ground.

He spent one season at Manchester United aged seven but, after not being kept on, joined Leeds United where he spent eight years coming through in the same group as Jack Clarke, Alfie McCalmont and Jamie Shackleton.

Goldthorp admitted being released by Leeds aged 16 was difficult as he had been hoping for a scholarship with them.

“It was a tough time and I struggled but, luckily, I found my feet at Bradford where things have gone really well for me,” he said.

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