Top-scorer Coulson is relishing cup adventure

Michael Coulson on the charge. Picture by Morgan Exley
Michael Coulson on the charge. Picture by Morgan Exley

Michael Coulson believes that helping Scarborough Athletic through to the first round of the FA Cup on Saturday will be a bigger achievement than when he played his part in Barnsley’s charge to the competition’s semi-final.

Coulson has been a live-wire in Boro’s charge through four rounds and six matches in the FA Cup this season, scoring six goals in the process.

Boro are now within touching distance of the chance to tackle a Football League club, but the home clash against Hyde in the fourth qualifying round on Saturday will be a tough hurdle to leap.

He said: “I’m looking forward to it, I’ve always enjoyed playing in the FA Cup and I’m loving my football at the moment.

“I have some great memories of the FA Cup, the first being as a young lad when Scarborough FC played Chelsea in 2004. That gave me a taste of the atmosphere, I just wanted to be out there playing.

“After that, I was lucky enough to come on for Barnsley in the 1-0 quarter-final win against Chelsea in 2008.

“I then got 30 minutes against Cardiff City in the semi-final at Wembley, which at the time I took for granted, but when you look back you’d love to do it all over again.

“There were 85,000 fans at that game, it was a mental experience.” Since that run with Barnsley, Coulson’s success in the FA Cup has been limited, until this season. My two goals for Barnsley came in the FA Cup, but since then it has been a bit poor,” he added.

“This season has been great though, we are doing well and it has really given the fans something to cheer.

“Because of the amount of games we have played, including replays, I think that us getting through to the first round will be a bigger achievement than Barnsley reaching the FA Cup semi-final.”

Coulson is also on a roll going into the fixture, hitting the net in each of his last nine games.

He said: “I still feel there is more to come from me. I never expected to be on 16 goals at this stage of the season, but I won’t be sitting back and getting comfortable.

“I’ve never been a natural goalscorer, but I’m playing with a lot of confidence at the moment, which is helping me to relax when the chances come.”