Cureton out to beat his record tally
VETERAN striker Jamie Cureton has set his sights on breaking his best goal total for a season to help Exeter City get promoted back to League One at the first attempt.
The former Norwich City man netted his 20th goal of the campaign against Northampton Town on Saturday, as City boosted their chances of breaking into the top three automatic promotions spots.
It has been an excellent season so far for Cureton, who re-joined City last March following a baron spell at Leyton Orient, which had seen him net just once in 19 games.
And while he is still some way short of the breaking the 31 goals he scored for Reading in the 2000/01 campaign, he has that target in his sights.
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"It would be nice," he said. "We have got 10 games left, so we shall see.
"I will need a few doubles and I haven't got a hat-trick for Exeter City yet, which is a shame. I have got them for most other teams I have played for, so it would be nice to finish with one of them at some point.
"Hopefully the way we are scoring and the way we are creating chances I will get some more goals."
Going into Wednesday night's game against Bristol Rovers, Cureton was five goals behind Port Vale's Tom Pope in the hunt for League Two's golden boot award.
However, Cureton said that is not something that bothers him as it is a personal achievement and he is more interested in helping City get promoted.
"Obviously my job is to score goals for the team and if I'm scoring goals and we are winning then that is the target," he said. "At the end of the season you look at what comes out of that.
"If I finish as top goalscorer, or if I finish second, and we finish in a promotion spot then I would take either, because that is not the main aim.
"It is a personal thing for me, but it is not about me. It is obviously nice that I'm involved in it. I think it helps us, because if I'm scoring we are generally winning and that is plan. But I don't go out solely to try and win the golden boot. I would not be happy if I won that and we didn't go up.
"That is not what it is about, promotion is key, and if we get players who get glories and things along the way with that, then brilliant."
Speaking about reaching the 20-goal mark against Northampton, Cureton added: "It is great. I think every forward who is a goalscorer wants to get to 20 in a season, so I'm very proud. I have done it a few times and it is nice to do it again."
The 37-year-old striker, who has more than 35 goals in his two spells at St James's Park, also praised youngster Jake Gosling for his performance against Northampton.
The 19-year-old right-sided midfielder scored his first goal in the Football League on Saturday, and Cureton sees a bright future for the City youth academy graduate.
"He is a big prospect," said Cureton. "He has got a good head on him, which is what you need at first.
"He has got a lot of quality and I think Exeter City have got a real good prospect there and it will be a case of the older players nurturing him."