Matty Grivosti is delighted to get off the mark for Wanderers’ B Team against his former club Warrington.
The 19-year-old scored nine goals in 21 league starts for the non-league side last season before joining the Whites over the summer.
Grivosti felt there were plenty of positives to take from the 2-2 draw at Cantilever Park and reckons the side is heading in the right direction ahead of the upcoming season.
“You always want to score when you get your chance. On the left wing, I enjoyed it,” said the youngster.
“I didn’t want to give it too much but the lads knew how much it meant to me with their celebration.
“It was good to score and to get a result would have been even better. To get a draw, we will take it - it is progress.
“We felt like, ‘we’ve got the first, we can kick on from there’. And then Lamine (Toure) gets a second and you are pushing for more, you feel like can score.
“When you haven’t scored, you don’t feel like it is ever going to come. But once we got that first, I think a few lads believed they were going to score.
“Over the next few games, hopefully we get more goals in the league.”
Matt Craddock’s side also faced Atherton Colls, Bamber Bridge and Southport to prepare for the new season, and Grivosti has enjoyed coming up against non-league opposition once again.
“I’ve loved it,” he added. “The first few games have been back in non-league, so I have introduced the lads who haven’t played in non-league to it, and they have introduced me to full-time football.
“It has been great, I have met loads of new mates and just enjoying it really.
“Getting into the reserve league will be tough. There are some tough games in there.”
The 19-year-old played on the left flank against Warrington but can also play as a wing-back, and is happy to be used wherever the team needs him.
“I can play most positions really and it is something that is good to have,” he explained. “You look at some of the top players – James Milner has played every position on the pitch.
“I don’t mind being someone like him. If it gets you on the pitch and you get to express yourself, that is what you come for.
“You always come to play 90 minutes or however many you can. If I play a position, I am happy to be there.”
Andrew Tutte has worked with the new squad since taking up a position as player-coach over the summer, and Grivosti says it is great to have him around.
“Tuttey is massive,” he added. “He is really helping everyone individually and as a team. He will pull you one-to-one and push you in the right direction.
“As a team, he is guiding you how to be a pro and how to play that style. It is massive to have someone like him around us.”
Like every young player, Grivosti has ambitions of one day playing for the first team but is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead of the upcoming campaign.
“Everyone wants to be in the first team but you know you have got to progress through the ranks,” he said.
“Starting with the lads we are playing with - we play the gaffer’s style, we try to play his formation.
“We always have someone around us who is part of the first team, who is helping us pass on those messages from the gaffer.
“It is good to mirror them and once we get that chance, you really can step on it and push.”