Another non-league gem for Posh to polish

Marcus Maddison (kneeling) celebrates his goal for Posh against Port Vale with Jack Payne and Jon Taylor.
Marcus Maddison (kneeling) celebrates his goal for Posh against Port Vale with Jack Payne and Jon Taylor.
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Peterborough United’s latest non-league gem is determined to seize a second opportunity to make his mark in the game.

Flying winger Marcus Maddison has made an explosive start to his Posh career since being snapped up from Conference side Gateshead 10 days ago.

The 20 year-old struck for the second successive match when setting Darren Ferguson side’s on the way to an impressive 3-1 victory over Port Vale at London Road yesterday (September 6) as they preserved their position at the head of League One.

And Durham-born Maddison, released by North-East giants Newcastle 18 months ago, is just grateful for the opportunity to impress at London Road.

He said: “The first target was to get into the team soI’ve got to be happy with two goals in my first two starts.

“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully that will be enough to keep me in the side.

“Every player wants to make the fans happy by playing exciting football and I’m no different.

“It is good to be part of such a young team. We might not have much in the way of experience, but there is so much quality at the club and that will always shine through.

“It is early days, but we’re happy being top of the table and hopefully we can keep ourselves there to go up this season.

“All footballers dream of playing at the highest level they can. It didn’t work out for me at Newcastle, but I’m working my way back up and I’m very happy to be here at Peterborough.

“The gaffer is a nice guy and has explained the different positions he thinks I can play.”

Maddison was a constant menace to struggling Vale yesterday, seeing a strong penalty appeal ignored by referee James Linington before he fired Posh ahead with a classy volley on the half-hour after collecting a throw in from full-back Ricardo Santos.

Maddison added: “I knew I couldn’t hit the shot too hard otherwise it would have gone miles over the bar.

“It needed a bit of precision and luckily enough for me it dipped perfectly into the net. The goal settled us down, got us into our groove and we carried on from there.”

Match report: Posh 3, Port Vale 1 - Great goals as Posh stay top