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Gary Taylor-Fletcher was delighted with his Accrington Stanley debut after they beat League One Chesterfield 4-1 in the EFL Trophy.
After signing on non-contract terms for the club on Monday, the 35-year-old went straight into John Coleman’s side and scored 14 minutes into the match.
Taylor-Fletcher also grabbed an assist when Terry Gornell scored Stanley’s second after 21 minutes, during what was a brilliant debut for the experienced forward, and he now hopes he can agree a deal until at least the end of the season
He told the club’s website: “I have been on trial at a few clubs and some have said they interested and wanted to take me but I have just been unlucky as they have not had the money.
“A friend of mine spoke to John (Coleman), it went on a couple of weeks and then I rang him myself and he said ‘come down and show me what you can do.’
“It was a bit of a risk but that first half was the most I have enjoyed football in a long time. It was great, they are a great bunch of lads and they made me feel welcome.”
Jordan Clark put the League Two side three up just before half-time, and after Kristian Dennis reduced the deficit early in the second half, Gornell ended a sweeping counter attack to score his second and Stanley’s fourth.
Accrington’s fourth was the goal of the game, and typified the way Coleman’s men like to play football – something Taylor-Fletcher also enjoys.
He said: “I knew Accrington liked to play football but I didn’t understand how much. In the first half it was like watching Barcelona!
“It was a high tempo and it was enjoyable. You could take a risk and nobody bothered if you made a mistake. That’s my game – to take risks, to create things and enjoy it.
“I am a big kid and I want to play football as long as possible. I still feel I have the quality – I have never had the legs! – but hopefully we can get something sorted and I can play some more games.”