Oct 5 2012 By Matt Lewis
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GOAL machine Richard Jolly wants to go out with a bang by leading Wealdstone all the way to Wembley in his final season at the club.
The prolific striker’s double blast in Saturday’s FA Trophy first qualifying round victory over Chertsey Town made it six goals in his first nine games this term.
Wealdstone reached the semis of the competition last season before eventually bowing out to Blue Square Premier outfit Newport County.
Jolly got the Stones’ only goal against the Exiles and went on to score 48 times in an incredible season in front of goal that won him individual honours.
The 29 year-old has announced plans to retire at the end of the current campaign and wants to end his career on a high note, adding there would be no better way to go out than by going one better in the Trophy this time round and lifting the cup at the home of English football.
He said: “I don’t want this season to peter out and then to turn back and say that was an okay season – I want to win something.
“Unfortunately, with us going out of the FA Cup, this [the FA Trophy] really is the last big cup competition for me.
“There is more emphasis on the Trophy now. We’ve got to get some favourable draws and get through. I want to go out on a high.”
The glamour of a Wembley final is just one of Jolly’s aims for 2012-13, with the marksman also hoping to win promotion before he finally hangs up his boots.
He added: “I want to get the club into a higher division before I go, whether that be via the play-offs or by winning the league.
“From what I’ve seen this season, there’s no signs that one team is going to run away with it. We’re still waiting to click into gear and once that happens people will see the best of us.”
That quest for promotion continues on Saturday as the Stones travel to Bognor Regis Town in the Ryman Premier Division before hosting Kingstonian on Monday night.