Huge relief for Towner as he finds the back of the net at last

Sam Towner in action.
Sam Towner in action.

There was delight and relief in equal measure for Sam Towner as he shook a monkey from his back last Sunday night.

The summer capture finally opened his account after a frustrating start to life in the city – and it proved to be a rather important goal as the forward finally broke the resistance of lowly Bracknell at Planet Ice.

The ex-Hull man made the breakthrough just before the mid-point of a tougher-than-expected night for Phantoms as they were made to sweat for a 2-0 success in the English Premier League.

And Towner, who missed more than a month of the season with a head injury after being on the receiving end of a crude hit from Swindon import Max Birbrear in an early-October clash against the Wildcats, hopes it will prove to be the first of many goals in Phantoms colours.

“That goal has been a long time coming,” admitted Towner.

“My two linemates – Wehebe Darge and Owen Griffiths - did all the hard work and it was a pretty simple job for me just to finish the move off and put the puck in the net.

“I scored in the shoot-out to win The Ashes in pre-season, but it has been frustrating to not manage a goal in a competitive game since. It is no forward’s cup of tea to go three months without scoring.

“I’m not going to lie - it’s been a tough time for me as I was out for a few weeks.

“I can safely say that was the most frustrating experience of my life and I think I probably let that affect my game when I did get back playing.

“But my performances have been improving and my confidence is slowly returning now.

“Hopefully this first goal will now set me off and I can have a good second half of the season.”

The summer switch to Phantoms didn’t just mean a change of club for Towner after he impressed for Hull Pirates in their debut EPL campaign last term.

It also meant a move away from the 21 year-old’s home city and family life.

Towner added: “This is my first time living away from home and that was a big adjustment to make.

“Peterborough is very different to Hull – there’s no sea for a start! – but I’m really enjoying the experience.

“The fact I’m living with Robbo (Scott Robson) made it a lot easier as we’re both from Hull and have known each other for years.”