ANDREW Ingram plans to keep on taking his opportunities at Windsor and repay the faith shown in him.

Ingram joined Windsor as a part of the Cox Green Sports Academy in the summer and was handed his first team debut in August.

The 18-year-old striker has gone on to make 12 appearances, scoring three goals, including one in the 5-0 win against Farnham Town at Stag Meadow on Saturday.

“It’s a great feeling to score. I’ve only ever scored at academy level so to do it on a bigger stage with fans cheering your name is a really good feeling. I love it,” Ingram told the Observer.

“It was an excellent all-round performance.

“We stuck together and kept our defensive shape, so it was great to get a clean sheet as well.”

Ingram was given his opportunity by Windsor manager Mick Woodham and first team coach Ashley Smith, and he has no intentions to give-up his shirt.

“As long as I keep on getting chances I’m going to try to give back to the manager,” he said. “I’ll give my best each game and hopefully I can get many more goals.

“I’ve been able to snatch my place here, so I’m delighted and loving it.

“The academy is also helping my football quite a lot.

“I’m playing on a regular basis so hopefully can continue this form and get many more goals.

“The manager tells me to just play my game and enjoy my football. Play to my strengths. Try to hold the ball up more and relax on it.

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PHOTO: Andrew Ingram (red) has scored three goals in 12 matches for the Windsor first team this season.

“I would like to reach double figures at least.

“I’m well on my way for that now so I might have to re-evaluate that, but hopefully I can get more opportunities and take them.

“I’ll keep pushing and stay in the manager’s eye, and keep the shirt.”

Describing himself as a player, Ingram said: “I’m probably more of a target man than one who runs in behind.

“I use my head more than my feet but that’s an area I can improve on.

“Hopefully I can learn to mix it up and become a more diverse centre forward.”

Ingram has received high praise from Smith, who coaches at the Cox Green Academy, and believes the young star has the right work ethic to become a regular in the Windsor first team.

Smith said: “My last words to him on Saturday were make sure you keep the shirt again and just keep on working hard.

“We know that if we put the ball into the box he is probably better than Kieran Knight in the air, so we need to make sure we keep on delivering for him.

"Andrew was unlucky when we took him out of the side after scoring two in two, but he scored another good goal and will probably have gone home thinking he should have had two more.

"Maybe one of his left foot and the volley when he has got to at least hit the target, but I'm really pleased."

Smith continued: "It's a big season for Andrew. The first year in senior football always is.

"We've not set him any targets but told him that it's going to be up-and-down. There are going to be times when you're going to get kicked, though he takes the knocks quite well.

"We've not put any pressure on Andrew but he has the quality and everything else has to back that up. He has certainly got the right work ethic so hopefully long may that continue."