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Watch: The early EFL Goal of the Season contenders?

22 November 2021

The 2021/22 EFL season hasn’t even reached the half-way mark yet, but there’s already been some strong shouts for the Goal of the Season gong.

But who are some of the front-runners in with a shot – no pun intended – at the coveted accolade?

The Stockton special

Morecambe talisman Cole Stockton is making a habit of scoring screamers this season, isn’t he? And there’s a reason why the prolific forward has been nicknamed ‘Goal Stockton’ by the Shrimps faithful…

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better than his no-look, looping strike against Wimbledon in September, the 27-year-old exceeded even his own standards, popping up with a goal fit to win the Lancashire derby against Fleetwood Town at the weekend.

From his own half, the striker spotted opposition goalkeeper Alex Cairns off his line and, in the dying moments of the game no less, sealed the local bragging rights for the Shrimps!

Worman off to a flyer

If there’s a better way to open your Sky Bet League Two account for your hometown team than Cambridge United talent Ben Worman’s effort against Morecambe in a 2-0 triumph at the beginning of this month then we’d like to see it.

The U’s youngster showed traces of Joe Garner’s 2013/14 Play-Off Semi-Final leveller.

The touch, the turn and the technique could give the 20-year-old – the youngest player to feature in a competitive fixture for the Club – a fighting chance.

Tilt’s Halloween treat

It’s no surprise to see Curtis Tilt’s thunderbolt for Wigan Athletic against Burton Albion was nominated for the October Sky Bet League One Goal of the Month.

Surging forward out of nowhere after the initial cross was cleared, the Millers loanee, who followed the result up with another goal just three days later, caught the ball perfectly with his left foot and the rest is history.

Speaking to the Club’s official website after the game, he said: “To be honest I don’t think I’ve hit one like that before. It came off the outside of my left foot and went away from the goalkeeper and as soon as I hit it, I knew it was going in.”

Not a bad effort from a defender…

Brace yourself for Miller

Walsall were held to a 2-2 draw by Barrow in October and forced to share the spoils after former attacker broke Saddlers hearts in the 96th minute, but striker George Miller didn't have to share the headlines.

The Barnsley loanee's delightful back-heel, and his second goal of the afternoon, saw the hosts re-take the lead, as he kept his cool to slot past Paul Farman in spectacular style and complete his brace.

Baker-Richardson off the mark 

In Courtney Baker-Richardson and Dom Telford, Newport County have got a formidable forward pairing on their hands this season, but this piece of individual brilliance from the former could prove to be the standout strike for the Exiles.

The striker curled in Newport’s second goal of the afternoon against Scunthorpe United at the beginning of October, as the South Wales side cruised to a 3-0 win over the Iron, with Baker-Richardson’s effort the pick of the bunch!

Mowatt the magician

If this campaign has taught us anything, it’s that Alex Mowatt can still do the business, and by business we mean scoring screamers in the Sky Bet Championship.

The midfielder gave his new Club West Bromwich Albion a taste of what he can do in the face of goal against Cardiff City, finding the top bins in the second half to make it 3-0 to the Baggies away from home. The goal has some serious competition from a host of other long-range strikes in Mowatt’s armour, but even the 26-year-old declared it up there with some of his best.

With a whopping 59 percent of the vote, the stunning half-volley stormed to the Championship Goal of the Month for September, but could the 25-yard strike go all the way and claim the Goal of the Season?

A day to remember for Bloxham

The Goal of the Season shortlist wouldn’t be without some aerial acrobatics and Shrewsbury Town teenager Tom Bloxham’s overhead kick is well worth a watch.

Although beaten to the League One Goal of the Month for August by Sunderland’s Elliot Embleton, it was a moment to remember for the 18-year-old when the Shrews welcomed Gillingham to Shropshire.

The Leicester-born forward was still on the floor with his back to goal when the net rippled, but he picked himself up, wheeling away to celebrate with his team-mates - and you could see what it meant!

The Celinda lob

Ipswich Town's Bersant Celina made a late play for the November Goal of the Month accolade, if not the Goal of the Year gong, at the weekend when the Tractor Boys ran out 2-1 winners against Crewe Alexandra.

On the stroke of half-time, the Dijon loanee restored Ipswich's lead with this outrageous lob. After latching onto the end of a long pass from George Edmundson and bringing the ball under his spell, he spotted the opposition shot-stopper ever so slightly off his line and put the icing well and truly on the cake!

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