AIDEN Marsh says he will never forget scoring his first Barnsley goal 16 minutes into his first league start but he has been challenged to be a ‘force to be reckoned with’ in League One next season.

The 18-year-old forward from Monk Bretton opened the scoring against Preston North End but the Reds lost 3-1 on Saturday.

Caretaker manager Martin Devaney said: “Everyone knows how we feel about him. It was a good opportunity for him and to get the goal is fantastic. It’s about consistency now to make this not a one-off. He can look forward to next season and I am sure in League One he will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Marsh added: “I want to be a part of it next season. But I will take it game by game. I need do more than this game. But I will take a lot from it.”

On his goal, Marsh said: “I will take that throughout my life. I used to sit in the East Stand and hoped to play for Barnsley.

“I thought ‘there’s a chance this might bobble through to me’ then when it came through I thought ‘I am just going to have a crack’ and luckily it went straight it. It was crazy. It felt like slow motion.”

Marsh was substituted in the second half and walked around the pitch, with fans rushing to the front row to congratulate him.

“It was good but I wish I had saved it until after the game. It was a heat of the moment thing but I should have gone back to the dugout. Everyone was saying well done and a couple of kids wanted a high five.”

Marsh is enjoying working under Devaney and Tom Harban who he knows from the academy.

“I have known then my whole career. They deserve the chance they are getting and it’s good to be doing it with them.”