O’Regan stands tall
The rough and tumble of the Ryman Premier League holds no fears for Wealdstone FC’s shortest new addition. At five foot and not many inches Tom O’Regan could be forgiven for not fancying a level of football renowned for its physical scraps, giant defenders and more than its fair share of midfield enforcers.
But after scoring a stunning goal from off the bench on his first team debut at home to Margate on Saturday, the former Wycombe youth team player vowed not to let the extra inches of others intimidate him. In fact he feels his speed and balance may mean he is the one posing problems for larger opponents.
Tom O’Regan: “If other players are bigger than me they are bigger than me – it does not bother me. Having been a left back and having been at Wycombe I was playing for the reserves and playing against bigger boys, so I’ve been used to it throughout my whole career really and you just have to deal with it. Hopefully my movement will give them something to think about rather than me having to get into physical battles with them.”
O’ Regan certainly gave Margate’s sizeable back four the slip when crashing home a 20-yard leveller to become an instant hit with supporters at the Vale. He is no stranger to goal scoring after bagging more than 20 after making the transition form left-back to left midfield during a season in the Combined Counties Premier League with Chertsey last season following his release by the Chairboys. The 19-year-old rated the strike his best yet.
O’Regan on his strike: “I don’t think I’ve ever hit a sweeter ball than that – I’d say it is the best goal I’ve scored in my career so far. Richard Jolly cushioned it into my path and I thought I might as well have a whack and luckily for me it went in.”