ALEX Smith is hoping he can continue his recent scoring feats to take his Lancashire Schools side through to the ESFA Premier League Inter County Trophy final.
The Under 16, the first St Christopher's pupil in more than 25 years to play for Lancashire, has scored eight goals in his six games so far to take his county through to the semi-finals of the national competition.
They beat one of the favourites Nottinghamshire recently with Smith scoring a goal after just five minutes in the 2-0 victory at Teversal in Nottingham.
Lancashire, who have never won the comptition since it started in 1982, will now face Leicestershire in the semi-finals, which could take place at Burscough's ground.
Former Ossy Villa and Ossy Juniors striker Smith, who won the Hyndburn and District Player of the Year award after scoring 72 goals in a season when he was 13, was recently released from Blackburn Rovers but has been having trials at Burnley, Blackpool and Bury among others.
His main aim at the moment, though, is to keep firing home those goals and record a historic first for Lancashire.
The team, who won their North West group before going into the knock-out stages, are managed by Qegs teacher Andy Buckingham.