Matt Grimes’ first goal in two years was worth the wait. The Northampton Town loanee hadn’t rustled the back of the net since scoring for parent club Swansea City in a 3-0 League Cup win over York City in August 2015 – but what a way to end the draught.
A sublime left-footed free-kick from 25 yards, which clipped the post for aesthetic effect, set Northampton on their way to a crucial 2-1 win away at Gillingham on Saturday. A deserving winner of the EFL’s Goal of the Weekend award.
It’s fair to say it was the kind of match-changing individual quality that Leeds United fans wish they had seen from Grimes during an ineffective loan spell at Elland Road last season.
But dropping down a division to Northampton appears to have helped Grimes get a once promising career back on track. The former Exeter City talent, who joined Swansea in 2015 for £1.75 million per Devon Live, has been one of the standout players in a struggling Cobblers side this season.
His moment of magic against Gillingham, however, ensures that Grimes is finally getting the recognition his recent performances have warranted. And it’s fair to say the youngster has made a more positive impact on the Northampton fans than those underwhelmed Leeds supporters.
Class goal. Great win for the team. Onwards and upwards— Paul Smith (@PjSmith1976) October 22, 2017
Been working hard all season with little end result. Really pleased for him #ntfc— Keith B (@KB127) October 21, 2017
Sensational from Grimes. Sensational!— James Heneghan (@James_ChronNTFC) October 21, 2017
Player ratings also here. Good team performance, led by Taylor and McWilliams at the back and won by the quality of Powell and Grimes. #ntfc— James Heneghan (@James_ChronNTFC) October 22, 2017