Port Vale: Supersub Ben Williamson setting new benchmark for Valiants
BEN Williamson says he's happy to be Port Vale's super-sub – for now.
The striker came off the bench to net the equaliser in Tuesday's 1-1 draw at Burton, having done exactly the same in Vale's previous match against Wycombe last Saturday.
The 23-year-old was also on the mark as a substitute in Vale's 3-1 win at Plymouth Argyle in September.
But while Williamson has relished the chance to make a sudden impact, he hopes his goals will help win him a starting place in Micky Adams's team sooner rather than later.
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"You want to make as big an impression as possible when you come off the bench, and it's been going well from that point of view," said Williamson, who joined Vale on loan from non-league Hyde United in July 2011, having previously spent time at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain.
"You have to make sure you take your chance when you get it, and I think that's what I've done so far.
"I've just got to keep it going, work hard and hopefully push myself into the manager's thoughts for the long term.
"All I can do is score goals and hope that's enough to give me a chance of a starting place.
"The team are going really well at the moment and I can't expect them to change around too much, so I've got to be patient and make sure I'm ready whenever I'm called upon."
Williamson had been on the field just eight minutes at the Pirelli Stadium when he swooped to fire home from close range, right in front of Vale's 2,000-strong away following.
The goal came a couple of minutes after Burton had taken the lead with a fluke effort from Jordan Chappell.
"Having just gone behind, it was important we hit back straight away," added Williamson.
"The goal was a quick break. Jeno (Jennison Myrie-Williams) got down the left wing and delivered a great cross just in to the right area. I just had to make sure I got a good contact on it.
"It was lovely to score right in front of all those fans. They went mental and it does make you feel proud when it happens like that. It was a great feeling."
And while a win would have put Vale top of League Two, Williamson reckoned a point from the Staffordshire derby was a good result.
"Burton is a tough place to get anything," he added. "They're a good team and they tried to stop us playing, which sort of worked.
"They have a lot of height and strength and were very physical, so we were happy with a point overall."
PORT Vale's first-round FA Cup tie at non-league Forest Green Rovers will be all-ticket for away fans.
The match takes place next Saturday, November 3, and admission for adults will cost £16 to sit and £14 to stand. It is £12 and £10 respectively for pensioners, £8 and £7 for under-21s and £5 and £4 for under-16s.
In the event of a replay, the match will take place at Vale Park on Tuesday, November 13 (7.45pm).