COLCHESTER United match winner Sylvester Jasper says he will always remember his winning goal against Harrogate Town.

The 20-year-old came off the bench to score the U’s winner to secure them a 1-0 triumph and their first league win of the season, at the JobServe Community Stadium.

It was Jasper’s first-ever professional goal - set up by Brendan Wiredu's superb run from deep inside his own half - and the Fulham loanee says it was one to savour.

Jasper said: “It was my first professional goal in front of my family who came to watch from London, so it was a beautiful day.

“I’ll always remember this day, for however long I play.

"It was a great way to win the game, in the last few minutes and the crowd were rocking.

"It was beautiful, seeing all their faces.

"If Brendan (Wiredu) had done that run and slipped me in, the goal don't come!

"I owe everything to him really - he's my guy and I hope he keeps doing it for me."

Jasper has had to be patient for his opportunities since joining Colchester on a season-long loan from Fulham, in August.

The talented youngster has made two league starts for the U's since joining them in the summer - and four in total.

Jasper is now hoping he has done enough to earn a starting spot for Colchester's home clash with Bristol Rovers, tomorrow night.

He said: "I want to play every single minute of every single game.

"If I can keep performing like that, hopefully I do.

"When I'm on the bench, it hurts but that's what I've got to do when I come on - I've got to impact the game and change it and that's what I did.

"I want to smiles on people's faces and if I'm playing well and scoring, then that's great.

“I want to score in every game but if I can’t do that, I want to create for my team-mates.

“I’ve never really been worried about goals and assists because I’ve been doing it all my life and it’s just a matter of time before they came."


Jasper was unlucky not to score just prior to grabbing Colchester's winner against Harrogate.

The youngster struck the bar with an excellent free-kick, before converting the U's winning goal minutes later.

He said: "I work on those free-kicks all the time and for it to hit the bar was frustrating but we go again.

"If you keep going at it and you keep performing and keep resilient, then the goal will come.

"I work on things like that every single day - I stay behind every day to make sure that I'm as good as I can be."

Colchester's win over Harrogate was their first home league victory of the season.

Jasper admits it was good to end the talk about the U's waiting to claim their maiden JobServe Community Stadium victory of the League Two campaign.

He said: "We're professionals and no matter what anyone is saying, people think there's pressure but there's no pressure.

"There's pressure to win every single game so we just treat it like another game and we got the win, so all that chatter has to go now.

"I have a lot of confidence in us - I know what they're capable of and I know what I'm capable of.

"We're not where we should be in the league, we should be at the other end so hopefully we can string a couple of wins together and get to the other end."